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.
In this post I’m going to give you an overview of where I got my inspiration and how I created my all white rave look. I wasn’t sure what to call this look, it’s a mix of a snow princess, polar bear and eskimo, maybe??!! I haven’t done an all white outfit in awhile so I was excited for this and the materials came together very well. I would say that this look turned out to be my favorite because of all the details.
This outfit was inspired by Kylie Jenner’s Eskimo halloween costume, her look already had a rave vibe I just needed to add more sparkles to it! The rest of my inspiration for this look came from the Victorias Secret Fashion Show. You can see a picture of the look that inspired me here, I loved the pink puff balls and lace, so I used that same idea but with all white. With this look I started by searching for the accessories first, I knew I wanted a white fluffy hood, which I found on Yandy along with some fluffy white boot covers. At first, I was going to make a white icicle crown so it would be more of a snow princess look but, the ears on the hood and the furry boots made this outfit come off more like a polar bear. So, I decided to roll with it.
The materials I found massively persuaded this look. One day at the craft store, while shopping for something else, I spotted the stunning netted sequin materials that makes up my gloves and the shoulders of the bra. When I saw this fabric in the store I completely fell in love and bought it without any plan of what I was going to do with it and without any of the other materials. Luckily, I found this material while I was back home visiting my family and my mom was able to use her insane sewing skills to make my gloves. I’ll have to have my mom get on here and do a guest post if you guys want more directions on how she made them! However, I can tell you that we used a white ribbon tied through the holes in the fabric for closure and I simply hot glue gunned the puff balls on.
THE BRA: I wanted this bra to be different on each side since my other two bras were symmetrical
Step 1: Cover entire cup with white sequin fabric, fold over edges and hot glue to inside of bra. Glue scrap fabric over the edges where you glued to help hold the fabric down since it’s netted and the glues doesn’t have a lot to stick to.
Step 2: Attach fur ribbon (found at JoAnn’s craft store) along top edge, this will hide any fabric creasing
Step 3: Rhinestone along underwire, this will help hole the fabric in place and hide where you had to cut/glue it
Step 4: Add some puff balls!
Step 1: Start with sequin fabric, cut a strip of your desired size and lay it on bra, use a small amount of glue to hold it in place
Step 2: Take ribbon and create three X’s over the strip of sequined fabric (to look like a corset). Then use the ribbon to create two parallel lines that cover the edges of the fabric and X’s. When you glue these down they should hold everything in place.
Step 3: Use the furry ribbon along top edge of bra
Step 4: Rhinestone the rest of the bra, making sure to cover any part of the original bra that isn’t already covered. I also used these tiny white puff balls that came in the package with the larger ones.
(sleeves and accessories)
Step 1: The piece that dangles in the middle came preassembled, I found it in the jewelry isle at JoAnn’s craft store. I used a ton of glue to attach the chain piece at the top to the enter of the bra and then covered it with a small piece of the fur ribbon.
Step 2: The sleeves were not complex. I started with a piece of fabric cut in a half circle shape, while the bra was on my I continued to make small adjustments to the size of the fabric until it was how I wanted it (so start with a big piece and cut down). I then help the sleeve how I wanted it and had my boyfriend glue it on while I was holding it and, yes, still wearing the bra. I added a piece of white ribbon over the strap where the fabric was attached to ensure it was held on strongly. Then I glued on the puffs.
Step 3: I was initially only going to do one sleeve but it look weird so I took some extra fabric and hung it off the other strap to create a faux half sleeve.
Step 4: I used my extra puff balls to add some fun to the plain white bottoms. I randomly glued them on along with some rhinestones.
Craft Store: White Ribbon, Pre-Strung Crystals, Webbed Sequined Fabric (all from Joann’s Fabrics)
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