Day 27. HOW TO attach adjustable bra hooks

Day 27.

A little detour for a couple of days into the wonderful world of bra making.  To complement the LITTLE 'GIRLS' TRIANGLE BRA a new soft cup bra pattern called the BRALETTE has just been released.  Once again it's designed for smaller women with A and B cup busts.

If you're making bras you'll need to know how to attach the adjustable bra hooks at the back.

1.  First It's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the bra hook.  Lay it down so the parts are facing in the direction they will be in when it's on the body.  For a reference pull out one of your existing bras and take a look.


This is what it looks like from the wrong side.


2. I always attach the hooks last, that way I can fit my bra onto the body and check that the underbust measurement is correct.  Starting with the left side run a line of stitching 5mm from the edge and trim away the excess elastic

3. Open up the two layers on the left hand side and insert the end of your bra in between. Pin in place and then using a zig-zag stitch secure in place, I like to go back and forth a few times.

4. Prepare the right hand side in the same way as the left, trimming away the excess elastic and running a line of stitching 5mm from the edge.

Keeping the right side hooks flat pin evenly to the end of your bra and using a zig-zag stitch secure in place.

5. Flip the bra to the wrong side and fold the end of the hook attachment along it's fold line so it encases the end of the bra completely.  Slip stitch in place and you're all done.

Hopefully you end up with something that looks like this.

I purchased my hooks, rings and bra strap elastic from an online store called Bra Makers.  The narrow knicker elastic and underbust elastic came from Lindcraft in Malvern.

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