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How to Make a 1950's Bullet Bra

How to make a bullet braSilhouette is important for vintage as well as historical clothing: make an authentic pointy bra that Jane Russell or Marilyn Monroe would have been proud of.

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dcollington  
  I find it impossible to purchase bullet bras in my size it is not 'period'. This article is priceless, thank you!  
 
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sewlolita  
  niiiice, I'd just been planning to do myself a bullet bra...  
 
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sewlolita  
  *thinks* does anyone have any thoughts on padding a bullet bra? the chicken fillets don't look like they'd do so well for this shape...  
 
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alexafaie  
  What Katie Did sell bullet bra pads to fill them out a bit if needed. I suppose you could have a look at them and see if you could make your own version to use. :)  
 
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charl_elias  
  This is so awesome!!! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. I can't wait to try this!!!  
 
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catmacgregor  
  This is so frickin' sweet!! Thank you so much!!  
 
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wltaylor  
  This is great.. any ideas how to create the same shape without straps???  
 
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Chelley Bindle  
  I'm fed up with the prices of all that foreign made stuff. If I can learn how to make my own it would be a big plus. Joann fabrics had some US made material last time I was there so I could be using all US stuff. I've never been really good at sewing just little stuff like shortening pantlegs and sleeves and making a few mends so this is something all new to me. I have no idea where to start.  
 
alison91  
  hi Mark,

this articles are great and I am now the proud owner/maker of a circle and spoke bra, I just wanted to know if the bullet bra would have had wires in the 50s?
thanks
ally
 
 
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sara  
  This is a great article (as are ALL of Mark's!) and it primarily discusses the cups. What fabric would the non-cup portions of the bra be made in during the 50s? Did they use powernet then or was the rest of the bra also made out of woven fabric, perhaps with a little elastic in the back of the band? If so, how would you adjust for that?  
 
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mark_garbarczyk  
  Hi Sara,
Most 50’s bra cradle / wings were Rayon, Nylon or cotton and yes with a small amount of elastic at the back for rib cage movement. Look for slightly stiff “crisp handling” lining fabrics. Because the fabrics are for lining they are dirt cheap so a metre to make about 15 bras will not cost the earth. As to drafting and making look at the bra article Soft Bras, Part 3 and substitute the circle / spoke stitching for spiral.

Corset Hugs
Mark
 
 
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sara  
  THANKS MARK!  
 
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