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Topic: Free Patterns Online And Breast Binders...Anyone Want To Try To Help Me?  (Read 1304 times)
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« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2007 05:28:23 PM »

Re: Breast Binders

Here's a good first link for you:
http://ftm.underworks.com/

The following came straight from the keyboard of a FTM activist I know:

Get a compression shirt. Do not use an ace bandage. Ace bandages are not meant to be worn around the ribcage and are, by their very nature, fucking dangerous to use for binding. The nature of an ace bandage is to immobilise a joint. When it feels itself stretch at all, its response is to get tighter, because it thinks the joint is still able to move. When you wrap it around your ribcage

A few options:
The Frog http://www.title9sports.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=82&itemType=PRODUCT&iProductID=82&RS=1&keyword=frog+bra
- this is not a sports bra. Do not buy it in a too-small size. It has 32% spandex, whereas racing swimsuits have about 25% spandex. It is made to give you maximum compression. Get a proper size. (Works best if you're under a C, but I've known bigger guys who love them too.)
http://ftm.underworks.com/ - the Double Front Compression Shirt is by far the best, according to all the accounts I've heard from guys who have tried different ones.
The Tri-Top holds second place.


And here are some links in helpful FTM communities on LJ:
http://community.livejournal.com/ftm/tag/binders-making+your+own
and
http://community.livejournal.com/ftm/tag/binders-choosing+one

It sounds like a real challenge to me but I can't even thread my sewing machine yet. So what do I know? Good luck anyway.

Annette
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« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2007 02:54:33 PM »

I made a binder for a "cross-dress day" once.  I'm pretty small-chested, so I cut out a section from a pantyhose (the control-top kind), big enough to go from my armpits to about my waist.  It squished the breasts down three or four inches, and wasn't restrictive at all like a corset would be.  I suggest you at least try this before spending a lot of money trying to make something a lot more complicated!
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« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2007 09:58:28 PM »

CrazedWizard - no but I just started cackling. Love the unintentional puns Smiley

The bandage I was using wasn't an ACE one, but a normal one. I was just in one of the local cheapo-fashion places and they had boobtubes made of this really really tense material that I think might be helpful. But I live in Oz, so it may not help you. Old lady underwear sections might have somesmall girdles which may be useful.
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« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2007 07:27:44 PM »

I've been told I'm "young, sex crazed and hormone driven..." what do you expect?
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« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2007 08:47:08 PM »

Control-Top Hose/"Biker Shorts" Method
This method is also inexpensive, but really only effective for guys with small chests. Buy a pair of women's control-top panty hose, cut off the legs, and carefully make a hole in the crotch area for your head to go through. Pull the binder on upside-down over your head, slipping your arms through the leg holes. You can also try this method with a pair of spandex "biking" shorts (without the padded crotch found in real biker's shorts), but it is a bit more expensive.

This was off of http://www.ftmguide.org/binding.html
It sounds like a decent idea... over a tank top would be uber comfy I'd think.
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« Reply #15 on: January 21, 2007 02:00:05 PM »

This link was right at the end of my last reply so perhaps it didn't stand out so I thought I'd bring your attention to it as there is a pattern on there and discussion of how to make a binder:
http://community.livejournal.com/ftm/tag/binders-making+your+own
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