Friday, 9 November 2012

DIY Cage Bra

Welcome to another DIY Friday. For the past couple of weeks I have been slacking on the diy posts but I'm back with a great one this week! Cage or cut out bralets/bras are everywhere at the moment. The sport luxe variety often come with several cross over straps and are worn to make a statement. These bras are worn to be seen.
I know Topshop have sold several over the past year all of which have been sell out designs and most certainly over the £30 mark. So I'm going to show you how you can make your own for much less. They are great for layering under sheer blouses or loose knits. A few carefully placed black lines can transform a top you thought you could never wear. I was inspired by Ivania's wonderful blog Love Aesthetics to create my own design and based it on many I've seen on the high street. A double triangle front with a T bar back. 

 Black 1 inch elastic - 3m
Needle & Thread
Strapless Bra
Measuring Tape

001. Start by creating a design. It's a good idea to sketch out some ideas first. Wearing the bra, measure the amount of elastic needed for each strap. Remember you want the elastic straps to be taught so take an inch off your first measurement. This ensures there will be no slack straps. 
002. Pin the elastic in place and using a needle and double thread, hand stitch across. Be sure to go over this a few times so it's nice and strong. Most bras are made from several layers of material so it's easy to make a stitch that can't be seen. 

003. Keep adding straps to create your design. I have gone for a triangle shape on the front of my bra and a T bar strap on the back. Cut these to size by trying on the bra and measuring them symmetrically. Hand stitch adjoining straps firmly.  

004. To add the T bar back strap find the center of your halter neck strap and attach a strip of elastic here. Stitch the other end to one side of the clasp area of your bra, making sure not to sew through to the metal fastenings. You should still be able to unhook and slide of your bra with no problems.

I'd love to hear what you think and I hope some of you decide to give this a go. The trickiest part is the sewing as the bra fabric is very thick, but it's worth a few sore fingers. I love receiving photos of the DIYs you have done so feel free to email them to me or tweet me. 



  1. This is a great how-to post, thank you! :)

  2. this is such a great idea:D

  3. I've always wanted one of these bras! I going to try this out asap, thankyou for this x

  4. The finished product looks amazing and so similar to the topshop ones !
    great post :)

    Beautiful Dreams

  5. this is genius you are genius aha love it!!

  6. such a brilliant diy idea ! skills ! xx

  7. Amazing! I love the T bar detail! xx

  8. This is the coolest thing ever! I will try and make one! Fingers crossed :)

  9. This is genius! :D I'll try this next time! :)

  10. This is such a cool idea! xo

  11. Ahhhh i adore this DIY, definitely going to give it a try:-)
    thanks for sharing hun, love the blog!
    Entered your give away:)


  12. You're so talented Gwen! I genuinely love reading your DIY Friday posts, you're seriously an asset to the blogging world! xx

  13. Very good! I might give this one a go!

    Well done.

  14. Wow, just wow... This is a great bralette

  15. I've just finished making my bra and it looks fantastic! Such a good idea, thank you. It looks lovely under a sheer shirt teamed with disco pants. I'm very pleased, thank you.
    Megan xo

    1. I'm so glad it's worked out well for you Megan! Yey! xx

  16. Wow great idea, i will apply on wonderbra ultimate bra, thanks for sharing good info about resizing bra.

  17. If I tell you it looks nice will it help me get it off you quicker?

  18. made this last night...looks amazing! didn't take long either, thanks so much for the tutorial! X

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