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