Taking in a Bra – Tutorial Thursday

Hello and welcome to this week’s Tutorial Thursday post!

Recently I purchased a set of lingerie from Soda Fontaine but it didn’t fit quite right as the bra was too big, so I thought I’d do a tutorial showing you all how I take in bras which are too large for me. This is the Secrets In Lace Bettie lingerie in Leopard/Red and a set I have been after for literal years.

I bought the bra in a size 36B and I am a 32D/DD so by taking it in 2 band sizes the cup size would be equivalent to a 32D’s. I won’t be showing how to move the bra straps over as it isn’t necessary for this bra as the straps are close to the centre back. Also I will be enclosing the elastic in the seams, rather than removing it and stitching it back down. I will be doing this with french seams.


For this you will need:

  • A bra to take in
  • Fabric scissors
  • Snips or embroidery scissors
  • Pins
  • A sewing machine – you will only need a straight stitch


First I tried the bra on and pinned the excess fabric at the sides. It would be much easier if you could find someone to help you to do this. Pin from the top down so that you don’t stab your armpit while trying it on.


Now it’s time to sew! On the right side where you pinned it stitch down using a foot width from the side seam. Remember to backtack (sew back and forth) at the start and end of each row of stitching you do.


Next you need to trim the seam down using your fabric scissors. Cut it so there is about 3-5mm of fabric left free.


This is what the inside now looks like.


Now you’re going to want to fold this along the seam.


Next you need to stitch along this fold, again at about a foot width. Here I’m sewing right against the previous seam tape.

This is how the wrong and right side of the bra now looks. And that is also how to do a French seam! Now I will be stitching it down to secure it and also so that it looks like the original side seam.


Next you need to have the seam folded to the right side underneath so you can stitch it down. It is best to edge-stitch this which means to sew close to the edge. Preferably and as you can see in the picture the width from the needle to the side of the inside gap on the machine foot. This will usually be around 1mm wide, so tiny!


Now you can stop here but I want to secure and flatten it more so I will be top-stitching it. Top stitching is again, sewing at foot width.

Here’s the bra, now top stitched and finished on the inside and out! I like how neat it looks and how flat it lies.


Now you’re all finished!!


Here is the finished bra on me! As you can see it fits well now! I’m also wearing the matching girdle. I am sooo in love with this lingerie and I am so happy I was able to make it fit.

Being able to take in bras makes it really easy to shop for bras if you have a smaller band size as you can just take any regular ones in. Make sure you know your sister sizing though, which is scaling the cup and band size. Everytime the band size goes up by 1 the cup size goes down by one, for example 30D=32C=34B=36A all the cup sizes are the same. This also makes shopping in clearance sections so much easier as you can look for numerous sizes knowing you can make them fit so you can snap up all the bargains!

Hope you all enjoyed this tutorial, and find it helpful. Until next time!


One thought on “Taking in a Bra – Tutorial Thursday

  1. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread April 7, 2016 / 12:22 PM

    Applause to you for taking on a challenging process. It looks like you have this process down to a science and sharing your tips helps a lot of others. 🙂

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