List of top bra / lingerie making supplies in the UK and EU

Big bad list of UK + EU bra making supplies

List of top bra / lingerie making supplies in the UK and EU

So I’ve fallen deep into the rabbit hole of bra making and all the beautiful supplies it comes with.

And I’m not even sorry about it.

It started out with a longline Watson bra one lazy afternoon. Then it quickly escalated. I made another. Then some Watson briefs got made. Now I’m lining up my first underwire (well, after pattern testing the Sophie swimsuit) and. Am. Not. Looking. Back.

Here’s the thing. Bra making is definitely addictive. There are literally bizillions of options with elastics and fabrics and trims.

But it’s pretty darn hard to source materials easily available to the UK (you North American readers have no idea how jealous I am. Seriously).

So I wanted to put together a definitive guide to buying bra making supplies in the UK. Or as close to definitive as I could get.

UK BRA MAKING SUPPLIES

In alphabetical order:

Cotton Reel Studio has a really nice collection of stretch lace and elastics.

English couture company is good for straight up bra fabrics in no-nonsense colours (beige, black, white). Free sample service too.

Elise Patterns has a good range of supplies, including elastics, fabrics, and some nice-looking kits.

Evie La Luve (Etsy) has pretty coloured fold over elastic, gorgeous lace, and beautiful findings. I’ve used these rose gold findings and they are b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l.

Fit 2 Sew has a good range of bra fabrics. Less colour choice than Bra-makers Supply (below), but competitively priced.

Holly Haberdashery (Ebay) has a really pretty selection of fancy elastics and trims. And I can’t wait to use this fancy elastic (so pretty).

Sewing Chest has probably the biggest selection I’ve seen. Fabrics, elastics, underwires, and all sorts of findings. H-U-G-E range of colour choices, especially for elastics.

Sewn Bristol – has a dedicated section on their website for lingerie supplies. Straight forward collection of notions (elastics, fasteners, powermesh) in the same colours like navy, grey, cherry and peach – which makes coordinating sets easy.

The Bra Shop (Etsy) and Stitch bubble (Ebay) run by the same person has a good range of interesting elastics, good quality stretch satin (for cups and bands) and denier (for stabilising cradles) and nice kits. I used this kit to make my first Watson.

The Pretty Lace Shop (Etsy) – has a small (but perfectly formed collection of lace). I’ve used this scallop lace in grey.

EU Based BRA MAKING SUPPLIES

In alphabetical order:

BWare a really great range of supplies, from fabrics to notions. A wee bit pricey, but I think the quality is high

Kantjeboord has a range of elastics. I’ve heard their store is The. place to get lingerie supplies if you’re ever in Amsterdam.

Merckwaerdigh (Etsy) has unique kits, nice elastics (check the sale section), also lots of patterns

Studio Costura (Etsy) good for pretty kits and bra foam. A nice range of elastics.

Honorable mentions

(because I do love to stalk beautiful supplies…) 

Arte Crafts (Etsy) has a nice range of supplies (fabrics, linings, hook & eyes, underwires) and an insane collection of elastics.

Bra-Makers Supply has a good range of ‘proper’ bra fabrics like simplex, duplex, power net and stretch satin in a range of colours (matched using Pantone codes – clever).

Tailor Made (Etsy) is pretty much my dream lingerie supplies shop. Beautiful kits and findings in a great range of colours. Lush.

Measure Twice / Cut Once is based in Australia. I bought my first kit from her. She doesn’t have much, but what she does have is ace.

For a much more comprehensive list of North America suppliers, check out Orange Lingerie’s post bra making supplies.

List of top bra / lingerie making supplies in the UK and EU

I’d love to make sure this list is kept up-to-date, so do let me know if you know of any suppliers that I’ve missed!

  1. Reply
    Lynsey

    Amazing timing, after starting with two soft cup bras a few weeks ago I’m addicted! When I saw the new Cloth Habit pattern I brought it straight away. Finding lovely lingere bits here in the uk is quite hard though, I’ve ended up buying different bits from different places and hoping they matched (they didn’t!) maybe I should try a kit? I have ordered from a couple on the list but didn’t know about them all. I’d love to try a padded one too, its so exciting 🙂

  2. Reply
    Katie

    Thank you for this! Very timely as I’m just making up a wearable toile of the new Cloth Habit Harriet bra and falling a bit in love with bramaking!

  3. Reply
    Anonymous

    That is a great list. I use a company called the Sewing Chest in the UK online. The website is not very attractive but the supplies have been very good and are a good value if you are beginner. They have an extensive sale range for getting materials for practising then you don’t feel bad when you are making toiles. Jo x

  4. Reply
    Marie SEWN

    Ooh! Thank you so much for including us in your list! We’re looking to expand our range and update our website in the coming months 🙂

    Looking forward to hearing about your adventures in bra making. I’m thoroughly enjoying it, and currently have a Cloth Habit ‘Harriet’ cut ready to go.

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