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Video: How to sew a sports bra

Remember that I decided to try sewing a highly supportive sports bra, inspired by Beverly Johnson’s stellar advice in my book Sewing Activewear? Well, I’m happy to report that I came out on the other side of that adventure! And if you want to know exactly how I went about that, I vlogged the process so that you can follow along with the steps required to make a sports bra that offers both compression and encapsulation (hint, it was a lot more work than I first anticipated)

Also, as I mention in the video, if you are (or want to become) a Patreon supporter, I have made a pdf sports bra-making guide with even more info, that is available for those who are Modiste and Couturier supporters.

Now I’m off to a trip down south, yes I’m going on a much-needed vacation. Stay tuned for more about that!


  • Summerflies
    May 28, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Again, I’m super impressed with your results and your tenacity in just forging ahead and getting it done. Your bra looks fantastic.

  • Lindy
    May 28, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    Thank you Johanna, I sent a text a while ago asking you about a sports bra. I an so pleased to see the video and all your information.

  • Rhonda L Russell
    June 17, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    I have RTW dresses that use non-removable bra cups. They are attached to the dresses with chain/swing/French tacks at two of the corners. Barbara Emodi has an excellent description of it and it’s advandages here: I find with my dresses that because the bra cup is only tacked down in two places, they tend to get twisted and turned around. I would suggest using the chain tacks on all three corners to prevent this.

    Thank you for the video–it has inspired me to try making my own activewear. In fact, I’ve put you’re book on my Christmas list!

  • Mimi
    July 2, 2018 at 7:20 am

    So fun! You so pleased with it, that’s really nice. My wool sport bra wore out, so I will try to build a new one using the carcass, but make some changes to the fit. For fabric I have some merino wool tops that are thin and somehow got holes. I patched the holes but they feel patchy, but who can toss merino? So making bras out of them seems like a good recycle, because I can cut around the holes. I am interested in the removable cup method in one of my Jockey “bralettes”, a very stretchy synthetic where the the liner is just serged but not stitched down in a part and that’s where you can remove the cup. Not super supportive but fine for me for stair master or weights.


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