Before I get into my bra history, I have to give a shout out to K-Line. She has been doing a fantastic little series on bras. Pretty sure this is part of what gave me the push to make another. Sadly I haven't been in the right mental state to comment on it much, but it's a good read. Go over, I'll wait.
Most of my supplies come from Sew Sassy. Even with duty etc at the boarder, it seems worth it based on what is available at Fabricland (although most of the lace is from Fabricland). The under wire are heavy, I love the channeling (922 - not 909), the stretch satin has a nice amount of stretch to it and washes well. My parents go to Florida for the month of February, to save the crazy shipping I stock up once a year. My other recommendation if you are going to make bras is the Beverly Johnson book The Bra-makers Manual. This has saved my sanity and inspired me that I could make bras and it was okay to make a few to get it right.
To answer the first bra post from K-Line, I am not comfortable taking pictures of me in ill fitting bras. I'm sorry these are not so great pictures because my 38D/DD bras do not look so pretty flat, but I still don't have a dummy to model them for me. Maybe if I can get this looking good and no nipple showing, but for now, you get flat pictures. If I do work up that courage, it sure as hell won't be sexy "oh look at me" bra-porn pictures.
So first up is the bra I am working on. Elan 645. I'm making it in purple stretch satin, lots of support with tricot in the cup, powerknit underlining the back. So far so good, except... I put the black lace in on the wrong cup so it is inside out. I realized this after I had topstitched and cut the seam allowances so I'm sucking it up knowing it's not perfect. Right now one cup is inserted, the other is not. It will have under wire, I think that is optional with this full band bra but I like underwire if it's fitting properly.
I have made this bra before, but the cup is much too large. K-Line asked if people like a snug band. I am sad to say all the bras I'm wearing at the moment are loose from being too old and stretched out. The one thing I loved about this bra was the feeling of the band. It's snug, you aren't fitting much between my skin and that bra, but not uncomfortably so. It is quite sad just how much retrofitting would be required for those cups to hold my breasts because the band truly is perfect. My breasts get bigger when pregnant, maybe one day my band will stay the same and I'll fill those cups. Doubt it. So realizing a lost cause, there are no straps on this bra.
|Bah, this is right side up in Photobucket.|
Ever try on a bra and you just know it's not designed for your breasts? The shape is wrong, it is just... wrong. That's Kwik Sew 2101.
I'd say the consistent fit issue comes down to a few points:
- Too much space in the upper cup, I'm a D/DD depending on the band, but it's not in my upper chest.
- My breasts do not push together, again, they just aren't spaced quite like other D cups I think
- Fabric - a small change in the degree of stretch has left some bras (not pictures) just making me look flat and spilling. Ick.
- Fabric - shrinking. One of them must have shrunk because by the time I went to sew it up, the band was smaller than the power net. It wasn't that way when I cut it.
Oh and to answer another question K-Line asked, I have been for a proper bra fitting. The first time was to get a strapless bra for a wedding I was a bridesmaid for. A couple of years later I dragged a friend to get fitted. I was wearing the right size and was pleased to hear that. My friend, however, did have one of those life altering fittings that drastically shrunk her band and increased the cup size. Go figure, the bruising from the under wire stopped with the right size bra.