Introducing the Marlborough Bra Sewing Pattern!

Marlborough Bra by Orange LingerieMy first lingerie sewing pattern is now available! This bra, called the Marlborough, has been engineered for great shaping and support. This is one of my custom clients favorite bras since it is not only beautiful but it is also a style that can be worn everyday. One of the reasons I like it so much is that this style provides a great foundation for playing with different laces and fabric prints for fun and variety. You can see some samples of completed Marlborough bras in the style gallery starting here.

I worked very hard to make the best pattern possible, including some unique features:

  • A PDF pattern that does not require any taping. All pattern pieces fit entirely inside the printable space of US Letter or A4 size paper. For printing ease each size is grouped together.
  • All pattern pieces are separate, not nested, and clearly show the seam allowance and/or trim allowance as applicable. This allows for construction clarity and simplifies any pattern alterations.
  • The detailed illustrations in the instructions make the seemingly complex steps of bra construction very clear and easy to understand.
  • This pattern was reviewed and graded by professionals who typically send their output directly into production so you can be extra confident that you have a great starting point for your garment.

You can buy the pattern here!

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26 replies
  1. Renee
    Renee says:

    Congrtulations! I am looking forward to seeing what you come out with. I hope there are some great panties in your queue. I just ordered some new to me patterns from Germany. But, it’ll be far easier to support a US based patternmaker!

  2. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! It sounds like you’ve put a lot of thought into the user friendliness of this pattern! And, the versions in your gallery are beautiful.

  3. Shona
    Shona says:

    Thank you so much for releasing this pattern, I love it! I’m still trying to wrap my brain around bra-making fabrics and what “low to no movement” would mean. I figured plain muslin doesn’t have any stretch so I made a mock up with that for the cups (with the bias following the DOGS) and it was much too small. I did order some Duoplex from Bra Makers Supply that should be here soon. Would you mind sharing what fabrics you used for your samples in the gallery?

    • Norma
      Norma says:

      Hi Shona,

      I am happy you like the pattern! The bra was designed using Duoplex fabric from Bra Makers Supply as the material for the cups, bridge and frame. That fabric has very little movement and is very easy to work with. Even though muslin on the bias qualifies as low to no movement, I recommend making a mock up with the actual fabric you will be using for the final bra.

      In the gallery, all the solid color Marlborough bras are made from duoplex and power mesh paired with various laces. The print bra was made with a fabric from Kantje Boord. While the print fabric has some stretch, it is lined with a light nylon fabric that has little movement.

      I am working on a blog post about materials and I will be sure to elaborate on fabric choices!


  4. Grace
    Grace says:

    Congratulations! I love that it isn’t nested and each patter piece fits inside an individual piece of paper. If I wasn’t G cup I would certainly buy this pattern!

    To that end, do you have an suggestions for people who have a large cup but smaller band? Most bra patterns do not cover both my band and my cup size. Which is easier to correct, the band or the cup?

    • Norma
      Norma says:

      Hi Grace,

      Thank you for the kind words! I tried to cover as many sizes as feasible for the pattern launch. I have heard from several people who are beyond the Marlborough size range and I am looking into additional grading. I will definitely keep you posted.

      To answer your question, it is easier to alter the band versus the cups.


  5. Sandra (Sewist-Stitch)
    Sandra (Sewist-Stitch) says:

    Yay! I’ve got your book on Kindle and love how clearly it is written and so easy to follow – not that I’ve even started sewing anything yet. This pattern looks great!

    • Norma
      Norma says:

      Thank you Sandra! The Marlborough bra is perfect for a first time bra sewing experience! Using book along with the pattern, you will get great results!

  6. Helen Cloke
    Helen Cloke says:

    I’m really looking forward to your blog post about fabric choices. Will you be covering possible alternative fabrics to those suggested? As a novice bra maker (one bra completed) I find choosing the correct fabric to be the hardest part. Living in a place where it is impossible to find duoplex/powermesh etc. adds to the confusion! I have your book, look forward to purchasing your pattern and using them together to create some fab bras.

  7. Patricia Pfeiffer
    Patricia Pfeiffer says:

    I am very excited to learn of your fabric selection information, as this is a real issue for me since I live so far from any fabric stores and must mail order fabrics without the chance to really check them out first. What I am hoping for is for you to begin to sell fabrics, elastics, pretty laces, foam fabrics, and so forth so I can buy them in the USA. I have no big problem buying from other countries until the shipping charges are added. And I do like to support USA businesses, also!

  8. Marie
    Marie says:

    It’s really a nice pattern, and with your book I feel that I am in good hand to plunge into bra making 🙂 It might be a stupid question, but I was wondering if the lace can be replace by the cup fabric, and what kind of elastic would you use.

    • Norma
      Norma says:

      Hi Marie,
      If you replace the cup fabric with lace, be sure to line the lace pieces with a fabric or lining that has very little movement. For the band and underarm elastics, I use picot lingerie elastic. For the straps, I use strap elastic. The width of the elastics is based on the size you are making and is noted in the pattern information. I will be writing more about the materials over the next couple of weeks!

  9. Patricia O
    Patricia O says:

    This is another Patricia. Not Patricia P. It is nice to see a new pattern available. Do you think you will include any that go up to larger sizes? Personally, while I do have some bust, I am not really “well blessed” but know some ladies who turn to sewing their own bras do so because they get fed up of being ripped off when buying larger RTW bras, if indeed they can buy one that fits them properly. I’ve heard larger sizes are harder to grade for than smaller to medium ones. I do appreciate you making this resource available, though. I’m in the UK but the only bra pattern emanating from this country (the VeraVenus one which you mention on your website) was designed by an American lady. Seems the British designers are more interested in commercial outlets (or maybe it is just hard for them to find an outlet for lingerie patterns here).

    • Norma
      Norma says:

      Hi Patricia O,
      I have had several requests for larger sizes. You are correct that larger bra sizes are more complex. To do it correctly means redrafting the bra for multiple fit models in the larger size range and then using those new patterns to form the basis for grading adjacent sizes. I have not ruled it out but I am carefully thinking through the process to see if makes sense for me and my customers.

  10. ErinKG
    ErinKG says:

    Another vote for larger sizing, especially in the cups. The bra looks great and I would definitely buy it if my size was available. 🙂

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