I want to dip my toe into making my own. I know theres at least one other person here who sews their own, is there anywhere in particular you like to get fabric? I have hardware.
I am in Ontario, Canada where we have a couple of suppliers so I have used their products. Emerald Erin is a fantastic resource for fun fabrics and underwire packs: shop.emeralderin.com/ I have also bought lots from Bra Makers Supply. www.braandcorsetsupplies.com/
LizSews on YouTube also is a huge resource. She will have more information from American suppliers on her bra sewing supply videos.
Also, depending on what pattern you are using (no underwire), you don’t need special fabrics. My first few makes were with stretch jersey. The only special fabrics I needed were the marquisette mesh for the bridge and the power mesh for the back. You can get FOE and band elastic anywhere.
Definitely look into the underwire packs from Emerald Erin. She will give three sizes. Based on my band, bust, and overbust measurements, I should have been a 38 wire. When I got the pack it was obvious that the 40 wire fits way better and I have wide roots and hollow upper cups. Which explains why standard commercial bras don’t fit well at all.
More information mala since I did a deep dive last year. Large chested individuals generally prefer that pin-up girls patterns (only on paper from bra makers supply) and LilyPaDesigns. They are the most recommended.
My best fit has come from the Maya bra from Atelier AFI. It is a free pattern and as I recall it came in a large range. I had to blend between sizes which means I had to download multiple sizes for that pattern. However, there are no instructions (the designed did a YouTube series of tutorials that have disappeared). So you have to follow along the construction steps with another pattern. I really liked the Black Beauty pattern from Emerald Erin since she gives such excellent instructions. However, I have yet to achieve the perfect fit and I don’t like the shape as much as the Maya so I haven’t really dug into it.
I have also done a bunch of wireless Watson bras. They’re ok, but not amazing. Good instructions. Those were the ones where I used spare jersey, so the support isn’t amazing but I was dipping my toe into bra making and it was a highly recommended and pretty accessible starting point.
This year I’ve focused on swimwear and have made two bikinis and a rash guard. It’s awesome having nicely fitting and stylish underthings!