Va-Voom Bullet Bra: Day 3 front and side bands


Bullet Bra Sew-Along day 1  Download the pattern and get sizing info
Bullet Bra Sew-Along day 2  Cut and assemble the cups, learn about circle stitching
Bullet Bra Sew-Along day 3  Attach the front and size bands and make sizing adjustments in the band
Bullet Bra Sew-Along day 4  Finishing the bra and attaching straps and closures

Today we're going to attach the front and side bands to our bullet bra. This is a pretty quick section. Let's begin with the front band

With right sides together, sew along the bottom edge

Press seam open. Turn out and press

Open front band and with right sides together, pin to cups along lower seam. When it's pinned and opened up, it will look like this

Sew cups to front band. The inside of your bra will look like this

On the inside of the bra, turn the edge of the front band 3/8 inch under and pin into place

Hand sew using a blind hem stitch or catch stitch. Yesterday's Thimble has an excellent list of basic hand stitching with diagrams and instructions on how to hand sew.

Finish the bottom edge of the side band. Turn up 1/4 inch and sew.. Turn up an additional 1/4 inch and sew. Press.

With wrong sides together, pin bra to side band so that the exposed seam is on the outside of the bra

Sew together. Trim close to seam and press

With right sides together, pin so that the seam is now encased in a fold. Stitch and press.

Repeat on the other side.

Fitting Tip:

If the band provided is too big or small, you can adjust the band by lengthening or shortening along the dotted line on the side band pattern piece.

If you prefer for your bra to have a thinner front and back band, you can certainly alter the pattern pieces to your liking, leaving enough seam allowance or lengthen these pieces to make it a long-line bra. You may even add a lining and casings for boning if you want something more heavy-duty. 

Come back tomorrow and we'll finish up the edges, attach the straps and closures.

If you have any questions, please leave them in a comment below or email me at

For more bullet  bra inspiration, check out the Va-Voom Bullet Bra group pinboard


  1. Ohhhh, that it is being nice! Are you doing a Sew Along, perhaps?? I'm late ... Heck!

  2. Slightly OT, but I really I love your warm honey wood table!

    ♥ Jessica

    1. Oh thank you! It's actually an old wooden ironing board! I love them so much, I have 3. I've used them all around the house for plant stands, side tables, one for laundry detergent and Aunt made one into a coffee table and it was the cutest!

  3. I'm doing a bullet bra for my uni project, this tutorial really helped I just wanted to say a massive thanks! This is my new fave blog!! Xxx

  4. Just found your blog, love this tutorial! About to get started. Before cutting the band, do you happen to know what ribcage measurement your pattern is for, if I leave it unaltered? 34? 36? Can't wait to get to work, thanks so much for the free pattern!


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