VV 1940s Brassiere Pattern

A newly drafted sewing pattern inspired by a late 30’s-early 1940s brassiere from my personal collection of vintage clothing. It gives a slightly pointed silhouette (but is not a bullet bra), supports without underwires and gives a period  bust shape under 30’s & early 40’s style clothing. The pattern can be lengthened to make a great hot weather top too.

VV brassiere line drawing

PDF Pattern: price £6.50  (exchange rates as of Aug. 1st 2016 approx. $8.65 USA, 7.70 EUR, 11.35 Au.)

Skill level:  Advanced Beginner and above

You will receive an A2 pdf pattern (16 1/2 x 23 3/8 inches) in your chosen pattern size as well as the 9 page thorough instructions pdf with many photos of a bra in progress. By following the tutorial even less experienced sewers will get good results after a practise bra or two. More advanced sewers can easily adapt the making method to suit themselves.

The pattern can be printed full size at a copy shop (USA copy shops should use Arch 3 size paper) or alternatively can easily be tiled on a home printer using the poster option in the free Adobe Acrobat Reader program. Linux users can try PosteRazor for tiling or just get in touch with me as I can do a pre-tiled pattern if really needed.



Sian of Rebel Angel blog wrote a lovely review about her experience of making this bra. You can read her post and see  photos here.

You can see another version  here by Meadow of Duchess Trading.

Comments from happy bra makers:

The size you sent is absolutely perfect. I’ve just done a quick toile and it fits really well, and is so, so flattering. I can’t wait to make it up in a lovely fabric. Thank you! –Lorna”

“I love the pattern! I’ve gotten the fit spot on, I just need to nip a bit from the seams along the sides of the cups and the fit is perfect, but now I can’t stop making them! Thank you for designing such an excellent pattern. Best, –Liberty”

“Hello! I love the bra pattern! The instructions are well done, and I love the shape. –Chessa”


This bra pattern is not sized the same as commercial bras!
To to select your pattern size have a tape measure handy and refer to my
 (a pdf which can be viewed on-screen or printed) for measuring and finding your Band and Cup size. It is very simple to do. As it isn’t possible for a pattern to be ‘just right’ for every body type and after a trial bra you feel a cup size up or down would be a better fit I will send a replacement pattern at no extra cost. There are no refunds given once a pattern has been emailed so do ask for help with sizing if you are unsure about choosing. When ordering it will be very helpful if you would also add your actual measurements  and modern bra size in the Comment box.
So, if my 1940’s style Brassiere is the pattern you have been looking for just fill in the form below. I’ll then email you a PayPal invoice and within 24 hours of payment your pattern and the tutorial pdf will be emailed directly to you..

* You may be wondering why no instant ordering and download? Read about Vatmoss, the new headache for EU based micro-business pdf sellers.