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Christina Sports Bra Pattern

UPDATE: The range has been extended to cup size N on all band sizes.

The Christina Sports Bra is a unique style sports bra that caters to lift larger cup sizes without the "uniboob" look. The bra is supportive and the waistband shape lends to low pressure on the ribcage, ideal for someone who suffers from reflux. The support is all in the body of the bra and less in the band. The Christina Sports bra can be worn as a daily wear bra without the feeling of being underdressed at work.

The Christina Sports Bra pattern pieces are interchangeable with the Laurel Sports Bra pattern pieces, meaning you can use the front of one with the back of the other, or interchange the waistband styles.

The Christina 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 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 (E32B8S). 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.

Determine your recommended size by measuring your underbust and full bust. Round up to the next whole number. Note: my sizing generally places you in one band size smaller and one cup size larger than other brands, but I am consistend with my sizing on all my patterns.

Bra and Sports Bra Pattern Size Chart

Imperial Size Chart
Sports Bra Size
28
30
32
34
36
38
40
Under Bust
26-27
28-29
30-31
32-33
34-35
36-37
38-39
A Cup
29
31
33
35
37
39
41
B Cup
30
32
34
36
38
40
42
C Cup
31
33
35
37
39
41
43
D Cup
32
34
36
38
40
42
44
E Cup
33
35
37
39
41
43
45
F Cup
34
36
38
40
42
44
46
G Cup
35
37
39
41
43
45
47
H Cup
36
38
40
42
44
46
48
I Cup
37
39
41
43
45
47
49
J Cup
38
40
42
44
46
48
50
K Cup
39
41
43
45
47
49
51
L Cup
40
42
44
46
48
50
52
M Cup
41
43
45
47
49
51
53
N Cup
42
44
46
48
50
52
54


Sports Bra Size
42
44
46
48
50
52
Under Bust
40-41
42-43
44-45
46-47
48-49
50-51
A Cup
43
45
47
49
51
53
B Cup
44
46
48
50
52
54
C Cup
45
47
49
51
53
55
D Cup
46
48
50
52
54
56
E Cup
47
49
51
53
55
57
F Cup
48
50
52
54
56
58
G Cup
49
51
53
55
57
59
H Cup
50
52
54
56
58
60
I Cup
51
53
55
57
59
61
J Cup
52
54
56
58
60
62
K Cup
53
55
57
59
61
63
L Cup
54
56
58
60
62
64
M Cup
55
57
59
61
63
65
N Cup
56
58
60
62
64
66

Metric Size Chart
Sports Bra Size
28
30
32
34
36
38
40
Under Bust
66-70
71-75
76-80
81-85
86-90
91-95
96-100
A Cup
74-75
79-80
84-85
89-90
94-96
99-101
104-106
B Cup
76-78
81-83
86-88
91-93
97-98
102-103
107-108
C Cup
79-89
84-85
89-90
94-96
99-101
104-106
109-111
D Cup
81-83
86-88
91-93
97-98
102-103
107-108
112-115
E Cup
84-85
89-90
94-96
99-101
104-106
109-111
114-116
F Cup
86-88
91-93
97-98
102-103
107-108
112-115
117-120
G Cup
89-90
94-96
99-101
104-106
109-111
114-116
119-121
H Cup
91-93
97-98
102-103
107-108
112-115
117-120
122-125
I Cup
94-96
99-101
104-106
109-111
114-116
119-121
124-126
J Cup
97-98
102-103
107-108
112-115
117-120
122-125
127-130
K Cup
99-101
104-106
109-111
114-116
119-121
124-126
130-131
L Cup
102-103
107-108
112-113
117-120
122-125
127-130
132-135
M Cup
104-106
109-111
114-116
119-121
124-126
130-131
135-136
N Cup
107-110
112-115
117-120
122-125
127-130
132-135
137-140


Sports Bra Size
42
44
46
48
50
52
Under Bust
101-105
106-110
111-115
116-120
121-125
126-130
A Cup
109-111
114-116
119-121
124-126
130-131
135-136
B Cup
112-115
117-120
122-125
127-130
132-135
137-140
C Cup
114-116
119-121
124-126
130-131
135-136
140-141
D Cup
117-120
122-125
127-130
132-135
137-140
142-145
E Cup
119-121
124-126
130-131
135-136
140-141
145-146
F Cup
122-125
127-130
132-135
137-140
142-145
147-150
G Cup
124-126
130-131
135-136
140-141
145-146
150-151
H Cup
127-130
132-135
137-140
142-145
147-150
152-155
I Cup
130-131
135-136
140-141
145-146
150-151
155-156
J Cup
132-135
137-140
142-145
147-150
152-155
157-160
K Cup
135-136
140-141
145-146
150-151
155-156
160-161
L Cup
137-140
142-145
147-150
152-155
157-160
163-165
M Cup
140-141
145-146
150-151
155-156
160-161
166-167
N Cup
142-145
147-150
152-155
157-160
163-165
168-170


Supply List
Fashion Fabrics: spandex tricot, supplex spandex or similar athletic weight jerseys of 200-320 gsm (5-8 ounces). High spandex content over 20% can be used but may not be supportive for larger cup sizes. Scuba fabric can be used as it is very firm and very little stretch (I recommend going up one cup size if using scuba).

Lining Fabrics: powermesh (120gsm). Wicking or absorbent fabrics such as bamboo and hemp jersey may serve nicely as a lining fabric.

If your fabric stretches in the length rather than the width, you will need 10"-15" or 25cm-38cm additional in length, to account for pattern pieces that are cut on the fold.

Supplies
Size Range 28A-38N
Size Range 34A-44N
Size Range 40A-52N
Fashion Fabric
15" Length x 54" Wide (38cm x 138cm)
18" Length x 54" Wide (45cm x 138cm)
21" Length x 54" Wide (53cm x 138cm)
Lining Fabric
15" Length x 30" Wide (38cm x 76cm)
18" Length x 30" Wide (45cm x 76cm)
21" Length x 30" Wide (53cm x 76cm)
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
*1 yard = .9 meters

File Types
All 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.

File Sizes
Three to four paper sizes are included with each pattern size: Letter size, A4, A1 (22"x33") and A0 (33"x46"). Not all patterns are in A0, as they fit on one A1 page. For all sizes 36 and up, the waistband and strap patterns are included on the A0 and A1 pages. For sizes smaller, the waistband and strap patterns need to be printed out separately.

Printed Pattern Options
If you would also like to have a printed pattern or printed instructions sent to you, select the checkboxes in addition to the pattern license. Even if you only want the paper pattern, you need to select the license type in addition to the paper pattern check box. The printed pattern is printed in large format and does not contain any color. The instructions are printed in color. Sizes 28-34 contain one large format page and sizes 36-52 contain two printed pages.

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.

By downloading our patterns, you agree to only use the pattern for the license you have chosen. Please include a note in your order for the company you are buying this license for if it differs from your registered company name.

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Laurel P. on Oct 10, 2018

I felt compelled to comment, nay, RAVE! again about this bra. I spent almost 10 straight very hot sweaty hours helping prepare my mom to move - clearing out basement, packing, moving furniture, carrying out heavy stuff, going up and down hill and clambering over a stone wall to the curb waaaay too may times to count... and this bra was fantastic! No binding, cutting, chafing, pain in a 38J. Never have I owned something so comfortable and well-suited to my body in overdrive with moderate impact mode. My only regret was that it wasn't washed and dried in time for day 2 of packing and organizing. Thanks again Jennifer!

Melissa E. on Jul 18, 2018

This plus size sports bra pattern works for me. I'm working on making the cups separate but at least I can make it with easily found fabrics and notions and it's not a difficult sew. I no longer have to try and see if there are any plus size sports bras in my size! I have a smaller band and a larger cup and those are practically impossible to find. Thanks for making this!

Laurel P. on Jun 16, 2018

Forgive me if I gush - this is the most comfortable sport-style racer-back bra in the universe! No exaggeration: 1. under bust wrap band feature is super comfortable and non-binding 2. wide, covered straps do not bind, chafe or hurt tender shoulders (even after two shoulder surgeries) 3. accommodates large (38J) bust size without creating uniboob or total compression attempts and finally 5. very comfortable for lounge, sleep or casual wear. I sewed them up without seeing blog videos, but they are a great guide - I was too eager to sew it up and didn't stop to look first.

Jutta D. on Jun 15, 2018

I love the Christina Sport Bra pattern. The cup sizing is great and accurate, the fit is fantastic and it is so comfortable. I thought the cross over front band was pretty for looks, but now that I have made it, I don't want any other band, it makes it sit so nicely around the body and stays in place all day. I also found the straps very comfortable and the right width. Best sports bra pattern and the only one that goes up that high in cup sizing! Of course, PDF is the best since you can download and get sewing as soon purchase.I like the option to print color or black and white (using black and white setting on my printer). Sometimes color is just better on bra patterns. I also like that there is a You Tube video "sew along" to go with the instructions.