June 20, 2022

Introducing the Willowdale Bra, an underwire bra sewing pattern for large busts in sizes 28C-54J


Welcome to the lingerie drawer, Willowdale! Treat your boobs to the supportive, beautiful bra they deserve with the Cashmerette Willowdale Bra, an underwire bra sewing pattern for big boobs in sizes 28C to 54J.

And you can get yours as a FREE bra pattern—keep reading to learn how!

You’ve been asking for a bra sewing pattern for years, and we’re thrilled that after many months of development, the day has finally come! The Willowdale Bra is a full frame underwire bra with a 4-piece cup design for vital support and lift in a beautifully rounded shape—the perfect bra for a large bust.

The Willowdale is available to purchase as a PDF pattern, and all of the sizes are included in the pattern. That’s 14 band sizes (28 through 54) and 9 cup sizes (C, D, DD, E, F, G, H, I, and J) for 126 separate sizes.  At Cashmerette we’re specialists in fitting for big boobs, and the Willowdale is no exception. We teamed up with a specialist bra drafter for larger cup sizes to develop the Willowdale and we’re really delighted with the fit we achieved with our fit models and photoshoot models!

SPECIAL OFFER IN JUNE

The Willowdale is available to all for $18, but you can get it as a FREE bra pattern when you join Cashmerette Club by June 30th at the All Access level!

And that’s on top of the 20% discount you get for being an All Access member. This special offer means that you get 17 (!!) patterns over the year (6 of them instantly) as well as access to fitting masterclasses, live events, and exclusive discounts for only $144.

That’s less than $9 a pattern!

Special offer available through June 30, 2022 at 11:59 PM EDT and only for active All Access members of the Cashmerette Club. Free copy of the Willowdale must be redeemed by July 31, 2022 at 11:59 PM EDT.

Rachel is wearing a Willowdale Bra in a size 38H. Her measurements are 47″ full bust and 37.5″ underbust.

Brittany is wearing a Willowdale Bra in size 30G. Her measurements are 38″ full bust and 30″ underbust.

Sourcing fabrics and notions for bra-making can be a bit more complicated than simply heading to your local fabric shop. But we’ve made it beyond easy by partnering up with specialist bra supply stores around the world to bring you dozens (yup, dozens!) of gorgeous kits. These kits are designed specifically for the Willowdale Bra (pattern not included in kits) and sold and shipped by the stores from their websites. Keep reading to learn more about the Willowdale and the many beautiful kit options available. We also have a blog post coming up with recommendations for bra fabric and notion suppliers all around the world.

The best bra for large busts

When you have big boobs, it can be hard to find a bra in your size, even at a specialty lingerie shop. It’s especially true in the US, where many shops don’t carry cup sizes beyond a DDD/E, which means that many of us end up wearing an ill-fitting “sister” size. And if you do find a bra in your size, it’s unlikely to come in the seemingly endless designs or pretty fabrics that smaller bras come in.

So say goodbye to boring, ill-fitting bras and hello to the beautiful, supportive Willowdale!  The Willowdale is a large cup and plus size bra that features:

  • Full frame with underwires for comfort and support
  • A 4-piece cup design for a beautifully rounded shape for large boobs
  • Low cut front that won’t peek out of your clothes
  • Stretch lace upper cup that molds to your boobs’ unique shape
  • Outer power bra for added lift
  • Lined cups with fully enclosed seams for comfort
  • 126 separate sizes (band sizes 28-54, cups C-J). Pattern pieces are laid out in separate files by size without nesting and very little taping required!
  • Two views: lace upper cup, and full coverage lace

Let’s take a closer look at each view of the Willowdale.

View A is a half lace design, with a stretch lace upper cup and a solid body that is ideal for low-stretch fabrics.

Rachel is wearing View A in a nylon tricot and stretch lace.

Brittany is wearing View A in a neoprene/scuba knit and stretch lace.

View B is an all-over lace design. The lace pieces are all underlined (with the exception of the upper cup) and you have the option of using a decorative lace edge on the bottom band.

Rachel is wearing View B in a nylon tricot and stretch lace.

Brittany is wearing View B in a nylon tricot and stretch lace.

Bra kits galore!

The Willowdale Bra is designed for for a fantastic fit using low-stretch fabrics (like nylon tricot or firm scuba) with a stretch lace upper cup and power mesh back band. Want to use a no-stretch fabric for the cups and front frame? It’s totally doable, but the fit will be firmer so you may need to go up a cup size.

Sourcing bra making supplies can be a challenge, but we’ve made finding fabric and notions for your first Willowdale beyond simple! Bras require lots of specialist bits and bobs, so we’ve partnered up with specialist bra supply stores around the world to bring you dozens of gorgeous kits. These kits are designed specifically for the Willowdale Bra (pattern not included in kits) and sold and shipped by the stores from their websites.

Plunge into bra-making

Bra making can seem intimidating, but we’re here to help! Like with any sewing project, constructing a bra is just a matter of following a series of steps. The Willowdale Bra is rated intermediate, and our detailed, step-by-step illustrated instructions walk you through the entire process, from cutting your fabric to sewing the bow at the very end. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at bra-making, here’s your chance!

That said, you should keep in mind that there will be some fitting work involved. We’re designed and tweaked and iterated on the Willowdale to achieve the best fit for as many sewists as possible straight out of the gate. But our boobs are shaped in an endless array of shapes and sizes, and measurements aren’t always enough to determine your ideal bra size off the bat. So be ready to make a muslin or two before you ace the fit, and we’ll be here to help you along the journey. We’ll be sharing lots of resources and tutorials to help you create your ideal bra fit, as well as everything else bra-related: sourcing fabric and notions, inspiration, hacks, and more!

Your Willowdale questions, answered!

Can I get the Willowdale as a printed pattern?

The Willowdale Bra is only available as a PDF pattern, with print at home (very little taping required!) and copy shop files are also included if you’d rather send it out to be printed or you don’t have a printer at home. If you’re new to PDF patterns, check out our complete guide for beginners.

Do I need to figure out my size before purchasing the Willowdale?

Nope! All of the sizes are included in the pattern, which accommodates full bust from 31″ to 65″ (79 to 165 cm) and underbust from 28″ to 55″ (72 to 142 cm).

We’ve got lots of helpful info for choosing your starting size in the pattern instructions, and will have a tutorial on our blog as well.

Are these US sizes, European sizes, or what?

There’s so much variation between bra sizing from country to country and company to company, so we recommend identifying your size using your measurements, and the instructions we’ve included in the pattern for choosing your size! You will likely find your recommended size is similar to your RTW size, but even if it’s not, don’t worry! Your measurements are the best guide to start with.

I’ve never made a bra before. Should I try the Willowdale?

Absolutely! Bra making is a whole lot of fun, and so empowering (especially when you’re making a bra designed for your body!). We wouldn’t recommend it as your very first sewing project ever, but if you feel comfortable sewing with woven and knit fabric, we say go for it.

Our detailed instructions and many blog tutorials to come will help you through every step of the process, plus we’ll be sharing tons of resources for online classes, books, and more.

What supplies do I need in order to make a Willowdale?

You can find the complete list of fabrics and notions in this post or in the pattern instructions booklet.

Can I sew a bra on a regular sewing machine?

You sure can! You can make the Willowdale from start to finish on a basic sewing machine (a serger is not needed).

It’s helpful to have a walking foot, but it’s not essential.

Can I make the Willowdale without underwires?

The Willowdale is designed to be an underwire bra, but you can sew it up as is and leave out of the underwires if you’d like something less structured (but also less supportive).

Can I make the Willowdale with bra foam?

The Willowdale isn’t designed to be used with bra foam.

Do I need to be in the Cashmerette Club to get this pattern?

Nope! The Willowdale is available to anyone to purchase, although as an exclusive offer ONLY in June, All Access members get the Willowdale Bra free a special bonus! (All Access members who are signed up by June 30 will be sent a discount coupon eligible for one Willowdale bra PDF. Offer ends June 30, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST.)

Not a Club member? Join today.

Got other questions about the Willowdale? Drop them in the comments below!

Let’s sew some beautiful bras for big boobs!

Are you ready to sew your first Willowdale? Get your copy here, then get ready for a whole lot of inspiration and tutorials to come.

(New to PDF patterns? Check out our complete guide to PDF sewing patterns for beginners.)

We’d love to see your gorgeous new bras, whatever stage of the process you’re in! Be sure to tag your makes with #WillowdaleBra and #Cashmerette on social media.

One thought on “Introducing the Willowdale Bra, an underwire bra sewing pattern for large busts in sizes 28C-54J

  1. Eloise says:

    This looks amazing! As you have worked with a specialist bra drafter, I’m just wondering what assumptions the pattern makes regarding inner/outer fullness and lower/upper cup fullness?

Let me know what you think!