The Hello Kitty Bra

This bra is dedicated to my friend Kat and her love of leopard print :-) or lack thereof!


Teaching Kat to make bras the other week, I pulled out this little number I was making and asked her whether she liked leopard print – turns out she hates it (Not the bra, just an aversion to leopard print). Oh well, more for me then. I’m going to embrace my inner perma-tanned 80 year old wearing inner self with as much all-over leopard print clothing, lashings of  kohl eye liner, pale pink lipstick and a margarita in my hand…

But back to bras, I present to you the Danglez DB4E:


Danglez Bra Patterns

Which looks a lot like a bra that I own from this British bra company – Miss Mandalay. This three piece cup seems to be their standard bra design.


(Photo from here)

And because a whopping 60.87% voted for finished bra pictures to be modelled on a real person in my last post about bra making, I have conjured up a bra model (By the way – I really hope it wasn’t a bunch of perverts that hacked my page and voted!)

Firstly, if you have just eaten your breakfast – I apologise. Secondly, this person is aware of the fact that they have back fat – so no bitchiness please :-)

Hello Kitty Bra, leopard print bra, bra sewing, Danglez DB4E

Well, what can I say about the construction?

I really don’t like the pattern. No, scratch that, I like the design but I HATE the instructions. And, it is at this point that people would say something vaguely humorous like the instructions were like reading double Dutch. Well readers, I can read and understand Dutch and even if these instructions were in their original Dutch I wouldn’t understand them! (n.b. Danglez is a Dutch Pattern Company). Where are the pictures??!!! The construction sequence is just weird and so ended up just doing my own thing, again. I always like to start with the cups, then the band, then the elastic, then the underwire and finally the straps. I guess I’m a creature of habit but you know ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!’


This is also first time I have made a bra from lycra. Let me tell you, I was sceptical to begin with and I am still sceptical after I have finished!! I like a rigid cup and bridge, especially if you are making a bra for bigger cups. I certainly do not like the idea of applying interfacing to strengthen my bridge piece. NONE of my RTW bra’s have ever featured that so why should home made bras differ so much from your RTW bras?

Additionally the pattern calls for lingerie lycra – I have no idea how thin or thick that is but I ordered another bra/lingerie pack online a while back and ended up with a load of leopard print lycra. I assume that the lycra I have is appropriate for lingerie but it’s pretty flimsy so I’m surprised that this pattern (specifically for larger cups) instructs you to only cut a lycra wing piece that you attach elastic to the bottom and top of. There is hands down not enough support for a lady with larger cups in a bit of flimsy lycra at the back. Anything over a C or D needs powernet, seriously. (FYI this bra pattern is designed for cup sizes D to F.)

So here’s what I did:-

I liked the idea of an all over leopard print bra, so I had a layer of powernet and rigid tricot on the inside with a layer of leopard print lycra on the outside.  I also did my usual bridge alteration, modified to fit me.

Hello Kitty Bra, leopard print bra, bra sewing, Danglez DB4E

Unfortunately, it’s hard to really know how a bra fits until it’s fully made up. So whilst I am loving the all over leopard print look, the band is unfortunately a bit too tight and I think the cups are flattening the breasts slightly. This is most probably due to me making the bra more rigid when it has been designed specifically with stretch fabrics in mind.


Hello Kitty Bra, leopard print bra, bra sewing, Danglez DB4E

Hello Kitty Bra, leopard print bra, bra sewing, Danglez DB4E

You can seen more clearly from the back view that the band is a bit too tight here.

And for the obligatory interior bra shots:

Hello Kitty Bra, leopard print bra, bra sewing, Danglez DB4E

I definitely could have been neater but I knew this would be a tester bra so my seams are exposed. As it is a double layer cup, next time I will make more of an effort to enclose those seams to prettify up the interior. I will also change the elastic straps, I prefer something more firmer than just elastic for straps. I thought about adding a hot pink ribbon to the front but actually I like the plain leopard print with black look just as much.

Hello Kitty Bra, leopard print bra, bra sewing, Danglez DB4E

Anyway, I’m completely sold on the leopard print now and am thinking of making matching knickers, a slip and a bra. Seriously a girl can never have enough leopard print, right?




About Freya

I love everything there is about sewing - oh, except for cutting out fabric.... I'm the creator of Elise Patterns - an independent lingerie sewing pattern company - based in London. When I'm not doing that, I can sometimes be found writing on my personal sewing blog - Handmade By Freya. I appreciate all of your lovely thoughtful comments and opinions! Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read what I write.
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6 Responses to The Hello Kitty Bra

  1. Tia Dia says:

    Love the leopard print! Gotta have more than one, y’know!

  2. Laurel says:

    I had a similar problem with another Danglez pattern – the cup had a flattening effect and was not deep enough even when I DID use lycra for cups. I would have major alterations to make the shape correct for me. May I suggest
    1) Bravo Bella bras bravo 2 pattern or
    2)the Beverly Johnson Bramakers supply (Canada) Shelly bra pattern?
    They both have deeper cups and are designed for a more stable cup fabric. I have also fused lightweight lycra directly to sheer stabilizer to create pretty, stable cup fabric with a little give and still use fun prints!

    Have you also tried cloning your RTW bras? i have done that with success also.Thanks so much for sharing your experience with bra sewing!

    • Freya says:

      Hi Laurel,

      Thanks for your lovely comment! And thanks for the two different bra suggestions – I’ve never heard of Bravo Bella so I will have a look at that. I already have a Beverley Johnson Classic Pin Up girls bra which I will try soon but if that goes well I may try the Shelly too! Although I find her patterns to be the most expensive to be honest. However, I’ve just finished an Elan 645 which I will blog about next week though and that went pretty well. As with cloning bra’s, I think it is a great idea and I did start doing one a couple of years ago and then lost interest. I have it in a little bag in pieces somewhere in my sewing room though!

      • Laurel says:

        I think the Shelly bra has a better shape and support than the Classic – I know the prices are high, but they are excellent patterns. I had zero success with Elan patterns – totally wrong shape for me, I am glad it worked for you! But the bravo Bella is well worth its cost and the kits are very reasonably priced, too. It is really nice when a bra pattern works without a a major re-working. I did the cloning prior to a large weight loss when I could not find any RTW to fit me, not matter the cost. It was a challenge, but very rewarding with excellent results. I even made patterns from a paper surgical tape mold of the breast… and then designed a custom swimsuit pattern, underwires and all. It took 3 tries, but it was the best swimsuit I ever had at any cost. Have fun!

      • Freya says:

        I’ll definitely look into both! But I am also going to start drafting my own bras soon too :-)

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