1) Main fabric
Supporter was designed to be sewn in an elastic fabric.
For the main fabric, I recommend lycra or jersey with a percentage of elasticity higher than 10%.
I had written an article this summer about lycra. You can find it on the blog.
The basic version of Supporter was sewn in a galaxy lycra from Tissus Lionel:
The “thin straps” version was also sewn in a printed lycra. This one comes from Tissus.net:
This rounded version of Supporter was sewn with red striped sport jersey and black lycra.
You can find the striped at Ma Petite Mercerie:
The rounded version below was sewn in a scuba from Mondial Tissus.
Sachez aussi qu’il existe des tissus spécifiques au sport. Ils sont bien plus respirants que les lycra.
Vous pouvez par exemple en trouver chez Pretty Mercerie :
2) Mesh fabric
For layering fabrics, you will need mesh.
You can easily find them in many fabric stores.
The layering version (pictured above) was sewn using plain navy blue lycra and mesh.
You can find this net for example at Ma Petite Mercerie:
If you wish, you can also replace the net with stretch lace 😉
One of the testers sewed her version, and it is superb!
Your bra will have a better support if you line the front and back. Je vous conseille d’utiliser du powernet. If you don’t have any on hand, or to sew the test version of your bra, you can also use lycra.
The powernet will bring a better support than lycra. It is recommended for your sports sewing project, but also for your lingerie.
The powernet coupons from the Étoffe Malicieuse store are too small in height to sew Supporter.
When you buy powernet, beware: some stores indicate “Powernet” when it is not.
To make sure you’re not mistaken, look at the composition. If there is less than 20% of lycra, pass your way. If the composition is not indicated, ask for it by sending a short message to the store to check before buying.
You can find good powernet at Mamzelle Fourmi :
4) Foam cups
You can also use foam cups that you insert into your bra.
Foam cups can add volume and also help support the breasts.
You will find in the shops :
push up foam cups (the tip of the starting strap can easily be cut with scissors to fit Supporter thin straps)
and also “standard” foam cups
For the underbust elastic, I advise you to choose a width of about 2 cm. It should not shrink in width when stretched, so choose a crocheted, knitted or woven elastic. You can easily find it in any fabric/ haberdashery store.
As a reminder, I had written an article on rubber bands. It is on the blog: “All about elastics”.
For the armholes and neckline, I use elastic bias. For information, those I usually use are 15 mm / 0,6″ or 20 mm / O,8″ wide when unfolded.
You should know that almost every fabric store now has elastic bias. You can take a look at Mamzelle Fourmi!
For the thin straps version, in the explanations, everything is explained so that you can sew your own straps. You will need swimsuit clear elastic (not the transparent one used for lingerie, but the opaque one). The one I use is 8 mm / 0,3″ wide.
Can you see or feel the little ridges on the clear elastic under your finger? This indicates that it is easier to sew than the smooth ones 😉
If you know of any other nice stores, feel free to send me a note and I’ll add them in my article.
If you haven’t fallen for Supporter yet, you can find the pattern here :
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