Power Sports Bra Hack #1

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Thank you to those of you who have commented on this Greenstyle Creation Power Sports Bra Hack! I made a couple with this hack during the sew a long (check here) to get a comfortable fit that was so fast to sew up! Hopefully these steps are clear and if not, please let me know! 🙂

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First, I’ll talk a bit about the solid front. Someone had posted a solid front a couple of months ago and I knew I wanted to do it, too. I was getting a TINY bit of puckering along the front seam, and knew with my size I could eliminate the seam. I basically just overlapped the front pieces by 3/8″ on the bottom and top. The middle was overlapped a little more, but that has not been an issue for me. Sarah from Sewing with Sarah wrote up a post about her more technical method after I had made mine for the first time. 🙂

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So, back to the hack. I love the look of the strappy back PSB, but I also wanted some more simple bras that would be a tad quicker for me to sew up. I also had made the U back PSB, but where the straps connected in the back hit my shoulder blades in an uncomfortable spot. I decided to make a sort of combo of the two and this is how this hack was born!

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So, I used both the strappy back piece and the U back piece to make this one. Basically, what you do is use the curve from the U back against the middle of the strappy back piece. So you will see portions of both of those pieces in these photos.

For reference, in these photos, the plain white piece is the new piece I created. The actual pattern pieces will be underneath my new piece, to not show full pattern pieces. Normally when tracing, I place the actual pieces on top of my plain piece of paper… it will be opposite here. Hopefully that is clear!

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In this first photo, the strappy back piece is shown. The photo shows the side of the new piece, drafted from the strappy back piece.

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You can see where the actual piece would be.

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Next, I am taking the curve from the U back. I followed the curve from the MIDDLE SIDE (where the fold goes).

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This curve will go right where your fold will be. Make sure that the curve is HALF the width that you want it. This will depend on if you are using one or two straps on each front side coming to the middle back with two or four straps.

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Here is the final piece with the fold mark. You can see where my line was drawn for the strappy back and where the curve comes up from the U back. This piece is used from one strap on each side (so two straps coming together in the back. The width would need to increase if using two straps on each side!

So, there you have it! You cut the back piece on the fold, and sew it exactly like the U back, but instead of straps going into two back openings, they go together into one opening!

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This is the first one I hacked. I used two layers of supplex from Boho Fabrics (click for 10% off your first order!).

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The second one, I made with black supplex from Phee Fabrics. Again, I used two layers of supplex. Both of these are paired with matching solid Super G Tights.

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The final one I have made, I tried two straps going out of each side. I apparently didn’t trim the straps enough before turning, because they are a tad bulky on this one. I like the two straps, as it is a bit more comfortable with the weight being distributed evenly, but honestly I’ll probably make future ones with just one on each side! This one is also made with supplex from Phee! This supplex is so incredibly soft… I have another color on the way and I can’t wait to sew up more leggings and PSB sets! This one is paired with some strides (written here).

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In all of these, I have omitted the elastic in the band around the ribs. The double layer of supplex is plenty of support for me. Not saying this will work for everyone, but I have a comfort issue with too much compression and prefer without! 🙂

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This hack makes for a pretty basic sports bra, but also such a quick sew! What do you think? Is this one of the hacks that you will try?

As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments! Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers!
Caitlin

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