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Laurel Sports Bra Pattern Digital PDF Download

Laurel Sports Bra Pattern Digital PDF Download

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Description

The Laurel Sports Bra is a unique style sports bra that caters to lift larger cup sizes. The bra is supportive with firm stretch fabrics of 20-30%. Fabrics with stretch over 30% will not support larger breasts. For fabrics with less stretch, sizing up both the band and cup will be necessary. Since the waistband shape lends to low pressure on the ribcage, it’s ideal for someone who suffers from reflux or heartburn. The support is all in the body of the bra and less in the band, yet the Christina Sports bra can be worn as a daily wear bra without the feeling of being under dressed at work.

Versatility Plus! The Laurel Sports Bra pattern pieces are interchangeable with the Christina & Jackie Sports Bra pattern pieces, meaning you can use the front of one with the back of the other, or interchange the waistband styles for 2 very different style options! The Laurel Sports bra can be worn as a daily wear bra without the feeling of being under dressed at work. This style features adjustable straps and a hook and eye back closure.

The Laurel Sports Bra covers a total of 182 different sizes from a 28A through a 52N. Detailed instructions are provided for changing grades and elastic sizes. This pattern was designed to work with our 1 3/8” waistband elastic coded E32B8S or E32W8S for both waistband and straps.

Determining Your Pattern Size
This pattern was drafted based on the stretch of our amazing 1 3/8” or 35mm plush strap/waistband elastic. To test whether your elastic matches the stretch that this pattern was designed for, place 2 pins on your elastic, exactly 5” or 12.5cm apart. Stretch the elastic to the fullest stretch, if you hit 10” or 25cm, your elastic matches mine. If you are using an elastic that is more restrictive of a stretch, with a stretch to 6 1/2” - 7 1/2” or 16cm - 19cm, add one band to the band measurement determined below by the chart.

To determine your size, measure your under bust snugly. Round to the nearest whole number and add 1” or 2” to get to the next even number. This is your band size. For example, you measure 32.5”, round up to 33 then add 1” for a 34 Band.
Take your full bust measurement in your best fitting bra. If the bra does not situate the breast tissue up (meaning they sag), then your measurements will not be correct. You may need some assistance to help hold the breast up to measure the fullest point of your bust. Take this measurement and round to the nearest whole number. The number of inches in difference from the band size and your full bust measurement relates to the bra cup size.

Bra and Sports Bra Pattern Size Chart

Imperial Size Chart

Sports Bra Size
28
30
32
34
36
38
40
Under Bust (Imperial)
26-27
28-29
30-31
32-33
34-35
36-37
38-39
Under Bust (Metric)
66-70
71-75
76-80
81-85
86-90
91-95
96-100

Sports Bra Size
42
44
46
48
50
52
Under Bust (Imperial)
40-41
42-43
44-45
46-47
48-49
50-51
Under Bust (Metric)
101-105
106-110
111-115
116-120
121-125
126-130

Difference between Band Size and Full Bust
Cup Size
1" Difference
A Cup
2" Difference
B Cup
3" Difference
C Cup
4" Difference
D Cup
5" Difference
E Cup
6" Difference
F Cup
7" Difference
G Cup
8" Difference
H Cup
9" Difference
I Cup
10" Difference
J Cup
11" Difference
K Cup
12" Difference
L Cup
13" Difference
M Cup
14" Difference
N Cup




Supply List
Fashion Fabrics: Recommendation of spandex tricot, supplex spandex or similar athletic weight jerseys of 200-320 gsm (5-8 ounces). Pattern was designed for 20% stretch across the body, but works well for up to 30% stretch. For high impact and to restrict bounce, keep stretch in the length to under 20%.

Higher stretch and Spandex content over 20% may require sizing down the cup for more support on larger cup sizes. Scuba fabric can be used as it is very firm with very little stretch (I recommend going up one cup size if using scuba). With most stretch fabrics, be sure you have quality ballpoint or stretch needles in a size 90/14 or higher.

To create a more stabilized front, you can cut an additional layer of cut and sew foam and place between the layers. To utilize cut & sew foam, remove all seam allowances off of the pattern pieces. Seams can then be zigzaged together, butting the edges together. This construction step is not demonstrated in these directions.

Lining Fabrics: Recommendation of spandex tricot, power net or wicking or absorbent fabrics such as bamboo and hemp jersey may also serve nicely as a lining fabric. Weight 120-250 gsm depending on support needed.

1/4” or 6 mm Elastic: Plain elastic or lingerie elastic measuring 1/4” or 6 mm in width is used on the neckline.

1 3/8” or 35 mm Plush Elastic: Designed for use with our 35 mm plush elastic available in black or white. Other elastics are suitable and the width can be altered.

Supplies
Size Range 28A-38N
Size Range 34A-44N
Size Range 40A-52N
Fashion Fabric
18" Length x 54" Wide (45cm x 138cm)
21" Length x 54" Wide (53cm x 138cm)
25" Length x 54" Wide (64cm x 138cm)
Lining Fabric
18" Length x 54" Wide (45cm x 138cm)
18" Length x 54" Wide (45cm x 138cm)
18" Length x 54" Wide (45cm x 138cm)
1/4" (6/7mm) Plain Elastic
3 yards/meters*
3.5 yards/meters
4 yards/meters
1 3/8" (35mm) Waistband Elastic
1 yard/meter
1.5 yard/meter
2 yard/meter
1 3/8" (35mm) Strap Elastic
1 yard/meter
1 yard/meter
1 yard/meter
5/8" or 15mm Elastic
1/2 yard/meter
1/2 yard/meter
1/2 yard/meter
3/4" or 18/20mm Elastic
1/2 yard/meter
1/2 yard/meter
1/2 yard/meter
Hook & Eye 1-1/2" Wide
1 pair
1 pair
1 pair
Slide Set to Match Strap
1 set
1 set
1 set
*1 yard = .9 meters

File Types
All digital files are zipped PDF files (Adobe 6). We have discovered that individuals running Windows Vista or older may not have a reader that is compatible with this file format. Upon request, we can save as an older version of Adobe 4 or 5. The layer function does not work in older versions of Adobe.

PDF File Sizes
Three paper sizes are included with each pattern size: Letter size/A4 (9.7"x7.75"), A1 (22"x33") or A0 (33"x46"), and a Projector File. Not all patterns are in A0, as they fit on one A1 page.

Printed Pattern Options
Printed pattern and directions are now more accessible. All patterns are printed on ledger-sized paper and are grouped by four band sizes. There is a one band size overlap between each printed pattern set. Directions are printed in color, but the patterns are in black & white. For larger wholesale purchases, you can select the wholesale option which include 5 patterns for the specified size set. This is ideal if you are teaching workshops or have a small store and wish to stock our patterns.

License and Use Agreement of this Pattern
We are now offering several different licensing options for our patterns. If you are a small business and do custom sewing, you can now use our small business licensed version and use this pattern up to 1000 times. If you are a mid-sized business and would like to use our design between 1001 and 5000 times, we have a version for that as well. With this license you can request additional file types including editable Illustrator files, DXF and PolyPattern file types. If you are a corporation and plan to use this design for over 5000 pieces, you will need to purchase the corporate license. You may also request additional file types after purchase. Please contact us directly for these other license types or register on our wholesale website to purchase these additional license types.

By purchasing our patterns, you agree to only use the pattern for the license you have purchased.


Reviews

Pia B. on Mar 13, 2022

I really wish I liked this pattern more than I do. The little details and huge size range are definite plus points, but I find the construction method to be really cumbersome and it has put me off making this more often. I have made two versions so far. For the first, I followed the size recommendations and made a 38G. This is far too large on me to offer any support, but I wear it to bed in hot weather. For my second version, I sized down to a 36F. This fits snugly and offers enough support for daily activities, including low-impact sports. I agree with other reviews that the Laurel gives excellent shaping for an underwire-free bra: no uni-boob and no excessive flattening. As far as the construction of the bra goes, I will be making future versions from the bottom up. I have a basic overlocker/serger and the suggested construction with a double layer of high-elastane fabric plus elastic is too beefy for my machine to sew neatly. I find that the effort that goes into cleanly enclosing the neckline, underarm, and back cut-out seams is not worth it, especially considering that there is then no way to enclose the waistband seam. For my next version, I will enclose the waistband and finish the other edges using fold-over elastic.

Erica H. on Jan 8, 2019

I was one of the testers for this pattern and I struggled a little since the pattern called for skills I had never tried before (the sweetheart neckline, the heart shape in the back, the criss cross front, the slick way to do the shoulder straps to prevent bulk, and the way to prevent the elastic from directly touching the skin and keeping all seams enclosed.) Once I completed the bra, I wondered why I had never tried any of these techniques before! This is the first sports bra that I have made that fits correctly without a bunch of modifications ( and I have tried several patterns to get a pattern in my size a 46M.) I wore it all day the other day without issues of it riding up, the dreaded looking uniboob, or the straps digging in uncomfortably. If you want a great fitting bra from the first try, I suggest you give this pattern a whirl! On a side note, I loved the plush elastic for the shoulder straps that came in the bra kit and plan on buying more to use for the waistband on some UnderArmour type of bike shorts.

Karey H. on Jan 8, 2019

I was a tester for this bra. Its a wireless bra that works really well for busty ladies (and saggy old boobs). Mine is sewn in 30 I. It has good support but no uniboob. Best fit I've ever had in a pattern without having to mess with it. This is first wireless that provides me with support I need without squashing me or being uncomfortable.

Ivy P. on Jan 7, 2019

I love this pattern! Cute details and professional finishing techniques make this a win . I learned some new sewing techniques which is always a bonus . Clear directions for each step. The size inclusiveness really pleased me finally a pattern that comes in very large cups .

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