Our Empress bralette will make you feel like royalty! This knit bralette fits a wide range of bodies from XXS to 5X. The tutorial explains how to mix and match cups with bands to fit up to a 18" bust to underbust difference. If you need help figuring out your size, you can always ask in our Facebook group.
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Pattern options: Choose from a short fabric waistband, a wide elastic waistband, or a longline waistband. Rear hook/eye closure or pull on style. This is a two layer bra - all but the waistband seam are enclosed (we added a tip for enclosing the waistband as well).
Difficulty: There are some advanced techniques in the pattern, such as inseam elastic, and elastic straps. However we've added lots of videos to help beginners! There are minimal pattern pieces and you can easily tell which is which.
Fabric: Horizontal stretch of at least 50% (70% preferred). Light vertical stretch needed. Vertical stretch of up to 50% is okay. Bamboo/spandex, merino wool rib knit, merino/spandex, cotton/spandex, yoga knit, swim knit. Fabric weight of 10oz or 220gsm and up recommended.
Yardage: About one yard total for both layers.
Special supplies needed: Bra strapping with rings and sliders. Shop our supplies section for kits.
Maternity friendly: Yes, use current measurements.
Nursing friendly: No.
Size range: 40 base size combinations. plus extra 28" underbust band and back pieces. These cover from a 35" bust to 58.5" bust. Up to 18" difference between bust and underbust (P Cup). All sizes are included in one pattern! All our bra patterns use the same sizing system.
Fit: Snug and supportive. Should be difficult to pull on, but fit comfortably once on.
Time to complete: Start to finish is about one hour.
About our Patterns
We aim for inclusive patterns that fit all bodies. If you don't see your size on this pattern, send us a message and we'll add it in!
Our size charts offer both metric and imperial measurements.
All of our patterns have a standard, 3/8" or 1 cm seam allowance.
Our tiles have two layers, labeled A4 and Letter. US printers use the Letter layer, and everyone else can use A4!
We designed our tiles to save paper and be easy to assemble. Place the guidelines on top of each other and tape or glue. The letter layer has solid guidelines with a star in each corner. The A4 layer has dashed guidelines with a circle in each corner. Each page has a number, and the tutorial has an assembly chart.
All of our files offer layers, allowing you to print only the size(s) you need.
A0 pages are 33.25" by 60" and are printable at most copyshops. We design ours to be printable in black and white. There are no passwords on any of our files. Our A0 files have layers, allowing you to print only the size(s) you need.
Projector Optimized Files
Every pattern comes with a projector optimized pdf file. See what our projector file includes here.
All of our patterns are drafted digitally and tested with a projector in our paper-free studio.
Video + Picture Tutorial
We use pictures in our tutorials, not line drawings. We add in videos of steps that testers have a hard time understanding.
Our tutorial has a table of contents, along with bookmarks. This allows you to quickly get to the page you need.
When a pattern is updated, you will get an email notification. We allow our testers access to our entire pattern catalog, which means we get continual feedback on our patterns.
Each download contains a zipped (compressed) file, for downloading all the files at once. Download the .zip file, right click on the file and select "extract all".
We also include each file individually, if you wish to download each file separately.
Want to use merino wool to make this? Check out our article with tips on sewing with merino wool and where to buy it.
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The Empress bralette was maybe the 4th or 5th bra pattern I've tried, and ties for #1 with my previous fave! I found the construction to be fairly straightforward, and I really appreciated the advice on making adjustments for better fit. I honestly only had to make one muslin before getting a perfect fit! That is unheard of for me. I have a fairly narrow ribcage with a MUCH larger chest (38" band, 55" bust) and got an almost perfect fit straight off the pattern as-is. Following the instructions, I lengthened the darts and raised the front a touch and now I've made 5 bras lol. The darts ensure that I don't end up with uniboob, and the adjustable straps give me more support than I usually find with a bralette. 10/10!