Smiley, I tried cannibalizing a bra to sew into the dress, but I can't figure out how to place the cups! I'm sure it would be much easier if I either had a dress form or another set of hands. Do you remember any tricks you could share for the actual sewing in of the bra?
I'm not Smiley, but I had to chop up an old bra for parts when I made my bathing suit. What I did was, I put the bra on, put the suit on, and then carefully pinned them together while they were still on me. The pins were on the outside, but after I took all of it off, I repinned it from the inside. I basically ended up sewing the whole bra in except for the straps. I sewed the cups in, sewing right on existing seams to secure the cups. I only sewed the back to the suit on the sides, so that it could still be adjustable for monthly fluctuation in boobage.Then I used the ring and slider thingies from the straps to make the bathing suit straps adjustable in case I got to feeling slutty and really wanted to hike up the girls
. The bra was one of those unlined underwires in kind of a stretchy jersey fabric.
I haven't had time to use the halter dress pattern I have, but I plan on using a variation of the above method for the dress since it worked so well on the suit.