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Sierra Free Pattern, Sew Along and Giveaway


Well, you asked and you shall receive! After many requests that I release a pattern for Sierra (Sophie, I’m referring to you!), I caved in, hunkered down for the past few weekends, and am now offering it as a free pattern as well as hosting a sew along. Where can you download it? How can you join the sew along? What is the hashtag? Read below!

Details + What I’ll Cover

The sew along will be held from Monday, September 28 through Friday, October 2 (breakdown of days below). It will cover how to make the Sierra bra from start to finish in 3 post. You can download the pattern here. As of right now, the pattern has the actual pattern, sizing info, supplies needed and printing instructions. It DOES NOT have instructions YET. I will publish the updated pattern with instructions AFTER the sew along is complete. That will allow me to add/update the PDF with any questions that might come up during the sew along. It’s a basic bra, so if you have experience with bra making, I’m confident you can go ahead and get started on your own.

update: PDF has been updated with instructions – click here to download (link is in the Details and What I’ll cover section).

Intended Audience

I’ll be straight up honest, this style is for smaller chests – cup sizes AA-B. The bottom of the bra is finished with a zigzag stitch that outlines the scallops of the lace. With no underbust elastic, the support comes from compression. Your girls won’t try to escape underneath the scallops, as long as they’re in the AA-B size range. Trust me on this one!

Along with Mallori Lane, the construction for this bra is as basic as it gets. This is a great project for newbie sewists who want to dip into the world of elastics without having to think about cup sizes, underwires and channeling. Katie (my intern) and I photographed the sew-along in about 4 hours, and that included a trip from the studio to my house after I forgot 3/8″ elastic. Dope! Without any obstacles or photographing each step, I estimate this will take you 2 hours to complete.

Like I wrote here, my focus right now is smaller chests. Trying to cater to all size chests is too many boobs to consider, and I’m not going to fool anyone by attempting to market this as a bra for many. It ain’t. Larger chested women, don’t you worry, I’ll be coming after you soon with patterns, tutorials and more! One step at a time!

The Schedule

Monday, September 28: Finding your size, fabric + trims and cutting.
Wednesday, September 30: Sewing the elastic and finishing the bottom edge.
Friday, October 2: Attaching hooks + eyes and straps.

Contest, Giveaway + Bra Kits

Enter to win $25 to Bra Making Supplies by uploading your version to Instagram with the hashtag #bramakingwithmadalynne and tagging Madalynne and as well as Bra Making Supplies. I’ll choose a winner at the end of October, which will allow you time to make a Sierra in case you take part in the sew along after the fact.

Also, Bra Making Supplies will be offering a notions kit for this sew-along. Click here to order now so you have all your supplies ready for Monday, September 28!


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    I’ve seen bathing suit styles like this, too. With your free pattern, maybe I’ll modify it for swimming. Thanks!

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    Okay, so what about us girls with bigger boobs? We can’t enter the contest? That’s not right. Or since I have a bigger chest should I make a small bra and burn it on Instagram? I talked to you about burning bras back in the 60s.. Yes, I am that old but I too want to learn new tricks!! Linda Lincoln SC

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      I just updated the post and addressed this. Not to worry, catering to big boobs is in my forecast. All in time!

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        Yippee skippy! You are fabulous!

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        Ooh! Awesome! Can’t wait for some C cup bras. Though I will be attempting to grade this up a bit and make one for me bc it’s just too awesome! Thanks for a wonderful, free pattern. 🙂

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      You can always make one to enter, doesn’t have to fit. Perhaps if you know someone that it would fit, or some young lady that would love to have a handmade bra. I myself will have to wait till one comes out for larger cups for sure.

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        That’s not an option. I’ve got too many other things on my plate. It would be like spinning my wheels. Time is too precious to waste. But thank you for the thought.

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      If you are serious about making supportive bras for larger sizes, check out the fairy bra-mother on craftsy. She has two courses available there. She is Canadian, and with the new P.M. running the economy into the ground you may even be able to afford to take her courses in person in Ontario, or her once a year retreat in Saskatchewan. She may have “boob camp”, dates on her site. She has taught for a long time, and many of her students have become professionals as well.

      Not trying to denigrate madalynne.com, (or any other bra- makers out there) her work is beautiful, serves her intended market, and clearly she is good at what she does. Just seems to me you are looking for another type of specialist.

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        Thank you for the recommendation, Mary. I know of Beverly Johnson (fairy bra mother) and think she is fantastic. I have taken both of her classes on Craftsy, and may teach at the same retreat as her in Saskatchewan.

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    Thank you for this pattern! It is beautiful. Cannot wait to try it.

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    Natasha Estrada

    So glad to be pairing with you again bramaking.supplies

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      Great partner (and friend) to team up with!

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    This couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I am small and fed up with bra shopping. I’m so ready to learn how to make my own, and I’m pleased as pudding that someone out there is catering to us smaller sizes without trying to make us “look” bigger.

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    I’m besotted with this bra and my man can’t wait to see me in it. Thank you so much!

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      Your man is going to be beside himself when he sees you in this bra!

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    verykerryberry (@verykb)

    Lovely, thankyou for offering a free pattern and a sew along, very much appreciated!

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    house of pinheiro

    Ohh exciting. I will have a go.

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      Please do! You would be a knockout in a Sierra!

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    Added your sew along to my social sewing calendar! http://swoodsonsays.com/sew-a-long-calendar/ I’m too busty for this, alas.

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      You’re a gem! Thanks for sharing.

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    I just made this bra with a scrap of jersy and FOE since I wanted to check the fit before I used some nice lace. Love it! I made it so that the lining is open on the edge so I could slide in some very thin bra cups for some shaping and to help hide nipple show. I really need to take a picture of the inside, I think you’d like the idea of removable padding option.

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      I decided to take a chance and show my ignorance, otherwise I won’t find out. What is FOE?

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        FOE is fold over elastic

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    I am so happy that you have helped me find both resources for purchasing & inspiration for making bras for those who have AA girls. I just hope I can get everything together in time for you sew along. Yay!

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    ooooh, this looks very cute! I’m going to give this a go; thank you so much for the pattern 🙂

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    Antipodean Stitcher

    Very excited to use this! So much nicer to make something in elegant fabric than always buying bras labelled ‘training’ or ‘my first bra’!

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    I am going to try it by enlarging the pattern as I am a lot bigger than the pattern. (Not boasting, it’s no fun I can tell you!) I want something to wear under sarong on overnight train rides in India and Europe.

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    Hello. Do you know of a magazine that has clothing pictures with instructions on how to draft them? I remember when I was younger, when we went to a dressmaker, she had this magazine that had pictures of the clothes and instructions. Like we would look at the pictures of which clothing we want her to make. It’s been a long, long time ago so I don’t remember what kind of magazine it was. I have been trying to look it up online hoping that I would find something similar to that. Any idea? Thank you!

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      Burda? Is that the magazine she used? There are a few but that is the main one I remember. I think another one is Ottbre or something like that too.

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        Thanks for chiming in! I’m not sure of the magazine Mae is referring to, so I appreciate your suggestions.

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    Will the PDF ever be updated with instructions? This bra is so cute.

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    Thank you for your download! i will sew it this week 🙂

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    I seem to be late to the party, the link gives me an error and I can’t download the updated pdf. Can someone send it to me please?

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    Sarah Mozzone

    I also came late to the game. The download link isn’t working now. I’d there somewhere else I can find the pattern??

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    Ashley Julia Giarratano

    your design patterns and website is amazing and you are a true blessing

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