How to Make a Delicate Bralette Out of Leftover Bridal Lace

by Loepsie
10 Materials
2 Hours

If you’re a bride-to-be, a new bride, or a bride who saved her bridal lace a long time ago, here’s a great makeover for your bridal lace! Follow along with this tutorial to learn how to make a bralette (yes, as in lingerie) from your leftover lace.

Of course, you could make this with any other lace you have lying around. I’ll include the pattern and instructions to sew the bralette in this tutorial, so let’s get right into it!

Tools and materials:

  • Bridal lace
  • Lingerie elastic (2 widths)
  • Thin-width lace trim
  • Scrap fabric
  • Sewing pins
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Sewing machine
How to make your own bralette pattern

1. Create your DIY bralette pattern

Use a bra that fits you well as your pattern guide. Fold the bra in half and trace out the side panel of your bra and one cup onto scrap fabric, adding a half-inch seam allowance. Cut out the pattern.

Creating a mock-up of the design with scrap fabric

With right sides facing, pin the outside edge of the cup to the front edge of the side panel to see how the whole cup and side will look. Unpin the pieces before you transfer the pattern to your lace fabric.

Pinning the bralette sewing pattern to the lace

Copy the first cup to make your second bralette cup.

Finally, pin the bralette pattern pieces to your bridal lace and cut the pieces from your lace.

How to sew a bralette

2. Sew the bralette cups

With right sides together, pin the outer edge of the cup to the front edge of the side panel and sew the side seam. Trim the excess fabric from the seam allowance.

Repeat for the second cup, making the cup in mirror image to the first.

Note: I struggled to sew the delicate fabric, so I sometimes switched to hand-sewing.

How to make a bralette

3. Trim the bralette cups

Sew thin-width decorative lace to matching width elastic, and then sew that decorative elastic around the upper edge of both cups so the edge of the lace extends above the elastic and is visible above the cups. 

Joining the cups with lingerie elastic

4. Join the cups

Lay the two cups side-by-side and pin the wider lingerie elastic across the bottom of the cups, to join them. Extend the elastic beyond the ends of the bralette because you will use those ends to close the bra in the back.

Hand-sewing the lingerie elastic

Hand-sew the lingerie elastic to the wrong side of the bralette using a whip stitch.

Securing the back of the DIY bralette

5. Secure the back of the bralette

Fold the two ends of the elastic into each other to get an interlocking fold of fabric as shown above. Then sew across the top of the fold to secure it.

Making shoulder straps for the DIY bralette

6. Make bralette shoulder straps

Use your lingerie elastic to cut shoulder straps to fit and hand-sew them in place to the bottom edge of the elastic lace trim of your bralette at the front, and to the elastic strap at the back.

DIY lace bralette from the back

This is how it looks at the back.

How to make a bralette out of lace

How to make a bralette out of lace

Here’s the completed bridal lace bralette from the front. It’s not a very structured or supportive bra, but it’s elegant and decorative and a very personal way to use your bridal lace.

If you decide to give this DIY bridal lace bralette a try, please let me know in the comments how it worked for you. 

Suggested materials:
  • Bridal lace
  • Lingerie elastic (2 widths)
  • Thin-width lace trim
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