Make your Bra a Longline Bra
As long as there is a band that runs under the cups here, you have what you need. Let’s get started!
You’ll need the front frame and the back band pieces
Decide how far under the bottom of the wire bowl you want the edge of the longline to finish.
Even a couple of inches lower than it currently sits makes a good longline, but it could go to the waist if you want.
Tape the band and frame pieces together at the side seam as if they were sewn. That means you overlap the edges twice the seam allowance width. That would be 1/2″ overlap for patterns using 1/4″ seams (mine are 1/4″) You will be treating this as one unit from here on.
Trace around the pattern on a piece of paper. Then, slide the pattern down to the desired amount, keeping the centre front line straight.
Straighten out the bottom edge, or keep a gentle curve
Separate the band from the frame again, adding the seam allowances along the added side seams.
Since you are only altering the frame and the back band, you can use any style of cups in the longline. Remember, though that this method isn’t for a partial band bra like Linda or Sharon. Only a full band bra can use this method.
Construction of a longline is no different than sewing a regular bra, although you may want to increase the width of the bottom band elastic, which helps to hold the bottom edge in place. Some will use boning inside a casing along the side seams, but that is a matter of personal preference.
Now, that wasn’t so hard to make your bra a longline bra, was it? Have you made a longline bra yet? I’d love to hear about it, and I would certainly love to see it posted to our Facebook page!