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Elphelba
« on: February 24, 2007 02:56:49 PM »

After another day of bra-shopping that involved me realizing that it's nearly impossible to find my size, I've decided that I want to undertake bra making. I've read a couple of pages that detail making a bra from one that you already have, and I'm confident that I can pull this off. My only issue is finding a fabric that is suitable, and what kind of fabric I want for the cups. I've seen the pre-made bra cups in stores, but those are a little stiffer than i like them. I prefer bras that are some where inbetween the very soft cups (where it's just a layer of fabric) and the moulded ones (where it looks like there's a boob in it when no one's wearing it). The bra that I want to copy feels like it has batting or something like that in it. Is there a special fabric for this?

What exactly do you reccomend for straps and the part that goes around the ribcage? Where do you reccomend getting the fabric (There are no stores around here for that).

Thanks,
Lisa
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2007 07:10:38 PM »

your name is my name!!!

and while i have no answer to your query, i am interested in finding the answer, as i too have a horrible time with bra shopping.
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Rhowyn
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2007 07:22:55 PM »

I don't know anything about bra making except that you can buy pre-made straps and swimwear cups are better at JoAnn Fabrics. also the hooky parts.
However, I was a bra fitter in a bridal shop before, and I thought I'd tell you the secrets about fitting, maybe help you make the correct size.
first, measure around your chest where the bottom band would be. (oh, have on a bra that sort of fits) take that measurement and add 4" to that. that's your correct band size. then measure around the fullest part of your bust. the general rule is one inch per size. if your band size is 36 and your bust measurement is 38, your cup size is B.
now look in the mirror. if it seems to you that the distance from the middle of your cup to the top of your shoulder is long, get stretchy or adjustable straps to get more length. then look at your boobs. if they point forwards when naked, you don't need extra space between cups. if your boobs sort of point out to the sides (slavic breasts) then look for a bra with more width between cups. underwire helps with this issue. then try for a commercial bra. maybe the correct measurements will help, maybe they won't. but try a swimbra cup, they seem to be more moulded. hope this helps.
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stacysews
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2007 07:54:18 PM »

Well, I'll throw in my two cents on this one since I've made a few bras now.

If you decide to use a pattern for a bra, there are a few out there - Kwik Sew has a few and a company called Elan has some as well (they are a bit more difficult to find).  There are also a few books out there on the subject as well. 

For the material, it's really up to you.  Most bras are made from either knits (like t-shirt bras), stretch satin, or tricot.  You can use the same material that you use on the front of the bra on the inside (otherwise you can use a tricot).  If you need more support, you'll probably want to make your bra an underwire - underwires are sold according to cup size and you'll have to make a channel to place them in when you're making your bra.  As for padding - molded cups are not something that you can buy for the home sewer (they are litterly molded foam that is specially created for the bra your wearing)  - so it's a good thing you don't want them!  The push up pads\soft cups and inserts can be found on the notions wall of Hancocks & Joanns.

Finding fabrics for lingerie can be a bit of a challenge (like finding tricots and stretch satins) - there are a few stores online like Lace Heaven that sell nothing but bra notions, etc.  I also have a store locally, Needle Nook Fabrics, that specializes in stretch fabrics and especially lingerie.  They don't have a website, but they do a lot of business over the phone - they are extremely helpful and can set you up with everything you need.  The store owner has just put out a book ont he subject as well.

Hope that helps!
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MaxineBrandywine
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2007 09:58:12 PM »

someone posted this a while back... it may help
http://www.sewsassy.com/

Good luck!  Wink
Maxine
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atomic mary
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2007 08:21:37 PM »

www.bramakerssupply.com
she is awesome! i've taken her bra making course and she also has a book and a blog. making a bra isn't hard once you know. i'm sure you can get lots of information off her sites as well as fabrics, findings and elastics
good luck
atomic mary
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dyno
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2007 09:29:46 PM »

there's already great advice here, but in case it's helpful fellow craftster BlackResonance posted a reconstructed bra recently. you might find some helpful tips there too http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=155625.0
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