I decided to include this paragraph at the beginning of each festival post so you know what you’re getting yourself into:
When I had the idea to do these posts outlining how I make my rave bras I wasn’t really sure how it was going to go. To give a step -by-step tutorial would be close to impossible because I go into making my rave costumes with no expectations and no plan. Yes, I know the theme of my outfit and I have a blurry image of what I want it to look like in my head but my bras rarely come out that way. In addition, once I get a good thought going and have all the materials starting to work in my favor I barely come up for air. I get engrossed in the creative process and it’s difficult for me to interrupt that, it’s a lame excuse, I know, but I just forget about taking pictures. So, in this post I’m going to give you a very rough step-by-step of how I created this bra, some tips for creating rave bras, all about the materials I used and where I find my inspiration. I’m 100% ok with anyone copying these bras but another reason I’m not going to give clear cut direction is because rave bras and costumes are meant to be unique and this post is meant more to inspire you.
That being said here it goes, you’re now about to enter my mind and get an inside look at my thought process for my ULTRA music festival day 1 outfit: Circus Ringleader
My search for rave bra/ costume inspiration never stops, regardless of if I have an event coming up or not. If I see something on the internet, or instagram or pinterest I screenshot it because I never know if I’ll find that image again. Usually I’ll come up with 10+ possible themes for outfits but as I find more inspiration on certain themes the tops themes clearly make themselves known. The main inspiration from this look came from the Victorias Secret Fashion Show, where one of the model wore a top with long fringes off the sleeves like the one I’m wearing. I love the idea of this top so I went threw my list of theme ideas and tried to figure out how I could work a top like this into one of them. I decided on the ring leader because they often have elaborate outfits and wear jackets with elaborate details.
HOW I (AKA MY MOM) MADE THE TOP: I can’t take much credit here because my awesome Mom did most of the work with her master sewing skills.
Materials: Red long sleeve sheer top + 2 beaded curtains
Step 1: Cut, ever so gently, along seam on sleeve of shirt to open it up (we did this while shirt was inside out
Step 2: Remove part of curtain where curtain rod would go. I wanted the curtain to be thicker so we folded it in half at the top and then sewed the halves together along to preexisting seam. Once the curtain is well sewn together cut as close as you possibly can to the seam, but, be extremely careful you don’t get too close and accidentally cut the seam, in which case your curtain would unravel.
Step 3: Pin the curtain to the inside of the shirt seam. While the shirt is right side out begin pinning the curtain in (make sure you go all the way from the armpit to the wrist) and then cut off any excess curtain.
Step 4: Sew that baby in, make sure to use a very strong stitch. My mom used a stitch called a ‘zipper stitch’. Repeat for both arms.
Step 5: Try on the shirt and the cut curtain to desired length so it doesn’t drag on the floor. I did mine on angle so when my arms were down it wouldn’t drag behind me.
Step 6: (if you want to make this a crop top) While you have the shirt on make a mark where you want to cut off the body of the shirt
Step 7: Once the body of the shirt is removed take your trim and glue it along the edge of your shirt. Tip: use a cheap ribbon that is slightly thinner along back side of trim, doing this will essentially sandwich the shirt in between, giving the glue more surface area to stick to and a lower likelihood that the shirt will fray where you cut it
HOW I MADE THE BRA:
When I make a bra the final outcome of the bra is heavily decided upon how the materials I have can be manipulated. I’ve had times when something I thought was going to work amazingly failed because the fabric was too stiff or the gems were awkwardly big and it completely changed the direction of how my costume came out.
Most of the materials I get come from the craft store but I also find myself on Amazon searching for specific things or Yandy, where I get almost all my bras and accessories (the things I can’t make). Once I have an idea of what I want to do and maybe a few accessories I head to the craft store and go down every single isle. You never know where you’re going to find inspiration! I pick up anything that remotely looks like it could fit my theme. Then, I lay things out in my cart and start pairing what works best with each other and imaging how they will look on the bra, whatever materials make up this rough draft I buy.
Step 1: I started with the red lace fabric, I like to cut the fabric bigger than I need and once the fabric is glued where I like it I cut off the excess. Bras have a weird shape so you need to accommodate for the rounded shape and make sure you can pull the fabric to lay flat and not buckle.
Whenever I glue on a fabric like this I fold it over the edge on the top and glue it to the back of the bra. On the bottom I glue the fabric to the underwire and cover the under wire with rhinestone to hide seams.
Step 2: I added the gold trim that goes down the center of the bra. Always make sure you think of how things will layer on the bra. I did this trim first so that the trim along the top would cover the ugly edge.
Step 3: Glue trim along top edge. The braided trim gave me a lot of issues because it likes to unravel, you’ll notice wherever that trim ends a rhinestone is covering all the glue I used the hold the trim from unraveling.
Step 4: Rhinestone and more rhinestones. I have a massive collection of rhinestone so I just dig through and find what I think will look best on the bra.Unfortunately you have to glue on each individual gem……
Step 5: Accessories. If you have extra materials dazzle up your accessories to match your look better. I wrapped the red fabric and gold trim around my mini top hat to make it a bit less boring. I also added some extra gems to my Little Black Diamond bottoms.
All Trims and Fabrics From JoAnn’s Fabrics
Sheer Red Shirt: Here
‘Beaded’ Curtain: Here (you need two)
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