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How to Make Custom-Fit Bras & Lingerie
by Don McCunn
Cover for 'How to Make Custom-Fit Bras and Lingerie'

Drawing on a decade's experience teaching online classes, this compendium of pattern making and sewing instructions by Don McCunn provides instructions for making five kinds of bras: conventional, bikini, bandeau, bust sling, and athletic.

It also includes instructions for making fitted & bikini briefs, thongs, swimsuits, and leotards. Furthermore, McCunn provides instructions for combining the bra with skirt patterns to make Empire-waistline sleepwear, tops, dresses, and wedding gowns.

Perfect Bound Paperback: US $24.95
    ISBN: 978-0-932538-39-0
Case Laminated Hardback: US $34.95
    ISBN: 978-0-932538-38-3
8-1/4" x 10-3/4", 182 pages

An Introduction


"Utilize all the great information in this book and your lingerie collection will never look better or fit better."

Notions Magazine, Winter 2018
American Sewing Guild

"Veteran pattern designer and sewing instructor McCunn (How To Make Sewing Patterns) brings his considerable knowledge of fit and patternmaking to this guide to sewing bras and lingerie. Each section details fitting and measurement, as well as sewing instructions for both the basic design and variations. A final chapter on designing a wedding dress seems slightly out of place but highlights additional lingerie designs such as petticoats.

"VERDICT Bra and lingerie sewing is increasing in popularity, especially in the online sewing community, and McCunn's expert advice will help experienced sewists design, fit, and sew their own foundation garments and swimwear."

Library Journal, October 1, 2017

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Praise from Users

"I purchased Don's book and with much procrastinating and apprehension, I bit the bullet and drafted a bra pattern. Then I made the most comfortable bra I have ever worn. Thank you, Don for sharing your wonderful knowledge."


"In an effort to find bras that fit my 38AA figure, I recently made your bandeau bra and I love, love, love it! It is the first bra I've had that is so comfortable, I don't take it off as soon as I get home."


"An invaluable guide for making clothes and lingerie that fit a real body rather than the measurement system of standard commercial patterns. The instructions are clear and provide many tricks for a person fitting herself."

Joan Vinall

"McCunn's approach enabled me to make well-fitting and supportive bras and swimsuits for my unusual figure."

Kathryn Raike-Panuline

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To ask for assistance and/or discuss custom patternmaking issues, join Don's free group. Bespoke Sewing Patterns

Copyright © 2017 by Donald H. McCunn