Sports Bra Sewing Patterns

September 25, 2019 15 Comments

Sports Bra Sewing Patterns

September 25, 2019 15 Comments

A big part of activewear for women is finding a good sports bra, and preferably one that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. So the idea of sewing our own is a pretty appealing idea. Luckily the range of sports bra sewing patterns are expanding quickly these days, and some also offer a lot of support with more intricate construction.

So here is a compilation of sports bra sewing patterns currently available, with comments from me regarding things such as support and construction.

A big list of sewing patterns for sports bra-making:

Endurance sports bra

Endurance Sports Bra from Greenstyle Creations

I love the cup design on this pattern and it comes in a wide range of sizes.  This is a pattern I can totally see myself doing in the future.

Alison Sports Bra Pattern from Bra Making Supplies

I first saw this pattern when visiting the stall of a Swedish bra making vendor at a sewing fair. The reviews seem really good and while the constructions look quite easy it looks like it could offer good support and the option to add foam bra cups

Kerri sports bra

Kerri No Bounce Sports Bra Pattern

Another sports bra pattern from Bra Making Supplies. Promises to be bounce proof and look very solid in its construction.

Sports bra from Ki-ba-doo

German sports-bra pdf-pattern company that comes in a great range of sizes. I have sewn this pattern and really liked it! But it does need some extra stability layers, such as power net.


Jalie 2563 and Jalie 3247

Sports bra patterns that are easy to make and best suited for small busts. And with the addition of stable power net lining it could offer good support too for small to medium busts.

Greenstyle Power Sports Bra

A huge size range and with lots of design options. From the styles shown on the website this looks like a model that will fit many well, but perhaps it doesn’t offer the super support that the Endurance bra does from the same pattern company.

Dunbar bra Sewaholic

Sewaholic Dunbar sports bra

Doesn’t offer much support in itself, but with some power net/mesh lining I think it could work for small to medium busts at least.

Sewing sports bra patterns

Pneuma bra top

Part of the tank top pattern. This bra offers zero support on its own (trust me, I have made it). But by adding power net and using a stable compression fabric it could work.

Swim Style sports bra

Swim Style Gym top

Another promising option if all you need is a simple sports bra pattern. Adding power mesh and foam cups would make this pattern more bra-like.

Christina Sports Bra Pattern by Porcelynne

Large range of sizes, with lots of design option and looks very supportive, according to the description it caters to lift larger cup sizes without the “uniboob” look. 

Mighty Sports Bra by Evie la Luve

Looks like a medium support bra that according to the description works by compressing the chest to hold your breasts in place and the that the fit and support is fairly dependent on the fabric choices. Lots of cool design options, this is definitely one of the most fashion-like, innerwear as outerwear, bra pattern I’ve come across.

Simplicity 8339 Sports Bra Pattern

Two strap options with sizes ranging from A to G: The thin strap versions don’t appear to be very supportive, but I think with some power net lining the racerback version could probably give it some stability for at least some breast. 

Ulla Sport Bra 

This bra pattern stands out to me because it looks more like a regular bra, but with added stability, which is a style that I personally like, rather than having the bra just pressing the boobs together. 

Emilia Sports Bra Pattern by Mood Fabrics (Free)

The actual fit of this bra pattern is hard to gauge since it looks kinda off on the model. The support comes mostly from the fabric, not much when it comes to structural support from what I can tell from the tutorial. But hey, it is free!

A free guide to sewing supportive sports bras

I created this pdf-guide to help you sew supportive sports bras. It covers what fabrics and notions you need in order to create a fully supportive sports bra and how to build a strong, non-bouncing foundation. I also show step-by-step tutorials for some common assembly steps to make the sewing process easier.

Download the sports bra sewing guide

 

Sewing Rabbit simple sports bra tutorial

If you just want to make a super simple bra top, this tutorial might be worth checking out.

Tutorial: Lining a sports bra with power net

Lining your sports bra with firm power net/mesh will make a huge difference when it comes to support.

How to sew a built in bra

Tutorial: Sewing a built-in-bra

Want to add a simple built-in-bra to your workout top? In this tutorial, I show how it can be done.

This was a pretty extensive list, but I’m sure there are more patterns out there. Please share in the comments section and if you have any tips, tricks and favourite materials for making your own sports bra

Also, join my Sewing Activewear Facebook group if you like. Several folks, there have made their own sports bra and can offer great advice.

Johanna Lundström

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  • Caitlyn April 27, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    I don’t know how available Simplicity patterns are where you live, but they recently put out a sports bra pattern (8339) with coordinating tank top (8338) and leggings (8212) patterns. Like several of the later entries in your list, the Simplicity design looks like it would offer minimal support unless a stable lining was added. I haven’t sewn it yet, but have the pattern and will be reviewing your tips on activewear when it comes to the top of my queue.

    • Johanna April 27, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      Thank you for the tip! I’ll add it to my list and yes it looks like not much built in support, but I like the style lines and the back variations

  • Summerflies April 28, 2017 at 10:05 am

    This is very timely as I’m looking at sports bra patterns. I haven’t seen any reviews for the Kelly sports bra and I’d be interested as Beverly drafts bras so I’ll presume she knows about keeping bigger boobs in place. I’m trying to get my friend in the US to get me the Simplicity ones mentioned above as they are not offered here yet, or maybe ever as we miss out on a lot in Australia.

    • Johanna April 28, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      Yes I think the Kerri sports bra is the way to go for bigger boobs, which is also the conclusion I got from skimming some reviews of the pattern (there are some on blogs). My overall impression is that there are not much to choose from when it comes to more supporting sports bra patterns, compared to the crop tank top versions, which there are plenty to go around. I really like the design of the Simplicity ones and is tempted by that one too.

  • Andrea April 28, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    I own Jalie 2563 and made one sports bra several years ago but after trying a RTW sports bra from Panache (no bouncing whatsoever, believe me, I jumped up and down at the store), I almost forget that I could sew one.

    I must confess that when I see a woman running or at the gymn without proper breast support, I fell sorry for them. They are damaging themselves and aren’t even aware of it!

    • Johanna April 28, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      Yes and it is painful too! I know that if I’m wearing something with not enough support and am jumping, it hurts! Perhaps there are some tricks and construction ideas you can get from the Panache if you are planning to make another sports bra? I have one from Shock Absorber that I’m thinking of mimicking and tweak to fit me even better.

  • Cindy M in Oregon April 28, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    I looked at your post because I am interested in making some sort of support bra. I had a lumpectomy in November and my exercise routine is sorely lacking because of the pain. The trampoline is totally out right now, which was my favorite way to exercise. running or jogging–forget about it!! Even the very expensive sport bra I got at the oncology wear center was no help at all. What’s a girl to do? Make your own, right? But finding a pattern that will work is not working out. I am going to join the Facebook group for active wear and see if they can offer any help. Thanks!

    • Johanna May 2, 2017 at 8:20 am

      Oh I can imagine! You have come back from such an ordeal. I hope that you are on the road to recovery, hugs. As for bras it sounds like you might need to construct your own pattern, or at least tweak a pattern to make it work for you. Or even better, take a class in bra making if there are any available in your area. I know several people who have done that and came back with great fitting me-made bras.

    • Donna Kraft August 7, 2018 at 10:12 pm

      Johanna and Cindy I have just found this post because I too am recovering from a lumpectomy and looking for a good supportive bra. My dr said to get a no wire, front opening sport bra to wear all the time. Most are bright colors that I would not want to wear under clothing and they have big chunky zippers. So I am looking to make some but not too pleased with the selection of patterns available. Just wondering since it is over a year later if either of you have found any more patterns or classes specific to sports bras.

      • Karsa November 28, 2018 at 4:55 am

        You might consider checking out maternity/nursing bras. Many of them hook in the front and come in wire-free options. They can appear a little odd with the cup flap, but it doesn’t really bother you while wearing it. They do tend to be supportive. And they usually aren’t brightly colored.

  • Maria April 26, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Not sure if you still want more links to patterns, but So Sew Easy has a “Ultimate sports bra pattern” for free download through Craftsy.
    Thank you for a very good list, and also the tutorials!

  • Billie V (Bruennhilde on Insta) September 13, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Hi! Only just found this post, and I watched your video on making a sports bra on YouTube, too.

    I was wondering if you have any updates on sports bra patterns for a larger bust, but (relatively) small band size? I’m usually around a European size 75 H, and most of the larger sizes don’t account for the difference in width. That means while the band will fit, the cups are often too wide and too shallow at the same time – I need that side support! I haven’t found any patterns that I’d not be afraid to try (I’m sort of a beginner/intermediate sewist…). I am hoping with time, I will be able to improve my sewing and drafting skills enough to draft my own pattern, because RTW sports bras are SO expensive in this size!

    Also, someone commented on the Panache sports bras – those are the best fit I have found so far. A lot of sports bras also have straps that are too long for me – the sliders can only go so far, and that’s not far enough for me. (My boobs sit quite high on my torso, apparently.) The Panache bras actually have very little stretch in the cups – almost none, I’d say. They are shaped really well, which means they encase each breast individually and just sort of hold the boobs in place. So if you were to try to replicate that, you’d have to make two individual cup shapes, not a uni-boob type thing (which always irks me, because then there’s still too much movement sideways, if you know what I mean).

    Anyway, sorry for the longwinded comment, haha! I thought you’d be interested to learn what things are important in terms of support for women with larger band-to-bust differences. Please keep us updated if you find more patterns that would be more supportive!

  • Karey September 26, 2019 at 6:07 am

    Porcelynne’s Laurel is very supportive and caters for small to large bands and big cups (I made 30 i, but it goes from 38-52 band and A to N cup), while being really comfortable.

  • Karey September 26, 2019 at 6:08 am

    Sorry 28 – 52 band for Laurel

  • Bel October 10, 2019 at 3:38 am

    I wonder what you think about this design as a sports bra. http://www.braandcorsetsupplies.com/2018/07/13/introducing-ingrid/
    It is marketed as a non-wired one but it looks very similar to the sports bras I wear to the gym and for running. I take an A or B cup so don’t need lots of support. What would you suggest to adapt this to a sports bra?

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