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A sparkly Sewaholic Dunbar sports bra

Sparkly Sewaholic Dunbar sports bra by Megan Nielsen

I sew so many things that sometimes a garment will slip seamlessly into my wardrobe and I’ll forget to tell anyone i ever made it. Which as a sewing blogger is like a life failure right?!

Enter the Sewaholic Dunbar sports bra! It’s been hard to get a chance to blog this make because it’s been used so much. Did anyone else do a happy dance of excitement when Sewaholic released that activewear collection? There are so few cute activewear patterns out there – and these are all super cute. I was dying to try the sportsbra. I have worn my fair share of sports bras, and loved the idea of something a little more “me”.

And by me, i mean sparkly. Because i just can’t resist being a little ridiculous and making a sparkly sports bra. Don’t pretend you didn’t know it was coming.

This is quite possibly the coollest sports bra i have ever owned, and i luuuurve it.
Sparkly Sewaholic Dunbar sports bra by Megan Nielsen

But must admit, I did find construction a little bumpy. For such a small garment there are a lot of pattern pieces. Also i do wish i had googled a few reviews before making it, because after completely finishing i found it to be really baggy, which seems a common problem. I like my sports bras to be snug and supportive. I ended up taking in almost 2 inches on each side, which is a lot. I feel like that resulted in the underband looking a bit messy – sparkly lycra doesn’t like being unpicked.

I’m not sure if you can tell in the photo above, but those side back seams are where i pulled removed the excess. It sticks out like a sore thumb to me, so i hope no-one else can tell.
Sparkly Sewaholic Dunbar sports bra by Megan Nielsen

Also as a personal adjustment (because i think this is just me, i haven’t seen anyone else come across this, so i think it’s my short torso) I also had to shorten the centre back as it was too long for me. It’s pulling on the dress form, but on me it sits just right. It’s just way too darn cold in Perth right now for me to model a sports bra, also i’ve had three babies, not gonna happen.
Sparkly Sewaholic Dunbar sports bra by Megan Nielsen

Another modification i made was to finish the neckline and arms with fold over elastic. I really didn’t like the included method, because it didn’t offer much stability. I really feel like you need elastic in all edges of a sportsbra to really give support.

BUT of course as i was doing this, i didn’t read the instructions properly, and didn’t notice that the binding method included in the instructions results in the edges being turned in by 1/4″. I simply bound my edges, this means that my bra is a little too high cut at the underarm – as there is an extra 1/4″ around the arms and neckline – you can see in the image above how it’s crossing over the metal plate on my dress form. Ooops. So far it hasn’t caused me any discomfort when running, so i’m hoping that continues – but otherwise, i will probably have to remove that section, cut back the armhole and reattach the elastic.

So if you’re looking at my bra and thinking the straps look wider than the ones other people have made – that’s why, nice mistake there Meg hehe.

Sparkly Sewaholic Dunbar sports bra by Megan Nielsen

Overall I really love this sports bra, and i will definitely be making more. I love the design lines, they’re gorgeous – and now that I have the fit worked out for my body, i think the next one will take way less time and be much neater.

Anyone else make this pattern? What was your experience?

Ps. as a side note – anyone else really sad to see Tasia step down from Sewaholic? I’m sure it was a good decision for everyone involved – but i’m really going to miss Tasia’s voice and direction.

About Author

Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Ann
Ann
6 years ago

Hi! Your sports bra looks amazing and glamorous!!

I tried to make a Dunbar but unfortunately I found it kind of confusing and it turned out such a mess I didn’t even try to fix it…I have a Jalie pattern that works for me, although it’s really basic and doesn’t have that interesting front. So I went back to the Jalie.

And I was really sad about Tasia, totally agree, she had a great voice, that is exactly the right word!

p.s. I love your voice too!!

Ann
Ann
6 years ago
Reply to  Meg

Hi, again, Jalie 2563 is the one I like, the one with the wide straps (I’ve never tried the one with the skinny straps). I have the paper pattern but you could also get a PDF, I think. Anyway, thank YOU for your blog!

districtofchic1
districtofchic1
6 years ago

I love that this is like a spacey wonder woman bra! I would feel like a superhero at the gym!

District of Chic

Susie Wood
Susie Wood
6 years ago

I think it’s gorgeous! What foot do you use on your machine to attach the fold over elastic? My regular bernina foot doesn’t want to glide on the elastic, it kinda sticks.

fionaparker17
6 years ago

Gorgeous! I started reading thinking that I really liked the wider straps and wanted to find out how you’d done it so I might try fold over elastic on my next one! It doesn’t look messy at all. Love the fabric combo

Sarah
6 years ago

Meg! This is such a fun sports bra! I just started working out again for the first time in forever and I need to restock my activewear wardrobe. Something sparkly would be so fun!

gingermakes
6 years ago

This is so fun and cute!!

jonilonglegs
6 years ago

This is adorable! I’ve been looking for good sparkly lycra that will stand up to activewear activities – where did you find that silver? Has it been holding up well?