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« on: March 02, 2009 06:59:37 PM »

Hello all,
Recently I've become frustrated with shopping for underthings, especially bras. Nothing ever fits, and if it does, it's padded. I guess they assume that all us small-busted ladies are ashamed of our breasts and want a little extra help. Angry  I'm also too poor to shop at boutiques that carry higher end bras. $30 and up for a single bra seems crazy!
Anyway, I've always loved 1940s style, and I think these old bras let breasts look more like breasts than the padded, weirdly-rounded,  boob-smooshing things I find in department stores nowadays.
I've been working on this bra for a few weeks at least, and it's FAR from perfect, but I love it and I think I will do better next time. The bra itself is made from a cotton, button-down shirt with a bit of stretch, the straps are cotton twill tape, and the lace along the bottom is stretchy too.


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I hope you like it! I was so happy to see other people posting diy underthings this week, I hope more people start doing the same. I could use more inspiration!

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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2009 07:05:36 PM »

This is great!  So did you use a vintage pattern or...?
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2009 07:06:21 PM »

That looks so comfy! Also I love your ship tattoo Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2009 07:14:10 PM »

Thanks!  Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2009 08:34:48 PM »

That's a cute idea Smiley. It looks like it would be really comfortable. I've made myself a few bras (I just buy the supplies off the cyberwebs) or steal the straps and buckles off of old bras Smiley Did you use a hook and eye closure for the back or snaps? And is it comfortable when you lean back in a chair (Seems like that would be a lot cheaper than buying closures)

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« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2009 08:43:03 PM »

i wish i could wear a bra like this... my post-baby D-thingies need to be strapped down, tied up, wired, smooshed, padded, and scolded firmly.
Except I do like padding because if I'm cold I prefer not to share that with the world.... that's my no.1 reason to wear bras with at least a BIT of padding.  Damn things attract too much attention as it is.

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« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2009 08:36:24 AM »

What a great idea!! I've also had an incredibly hard time finding the right fitting bra... I don't know if I could just wing it like you did, I guess I don't know unless I try!!!

Very nice job, I'm also a fan of that 1940's style bra... I hope you're able to tweak the design to your liking...

P.S. I can't believe people would actually make negative comments about your armpit hair, how rude!! It certainly is a personal choice (not my choice) but everyone should be respectful of your choice.  Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2009 09:42:38 AM »

wow how fab! that looks very comfortable. i like how it comes pretty far down your torso, and doesn't just end below your breasts. that to me is the worst part of the bras today. i bet wearing this under a silk blouse is really stunning (and remove that uni-boob effect). i like how you used reclaimed fabric too - a woman after my own heart! i may try this!

PS. i don't shave my legs in the wintertime, and only about once per week in the summertime. i wish i had enough self-confidence to do the same for my underarms. you rock, girl!

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« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2009 08:04:35 PM »

I lie your idea, I've been trying to make my own, too. Tired of the underwire poking into my armpits and just generally being a pain, but the big-girl bras are rediculously uncomfortable just the same. Good start at the very least, trial and error makes it more comfortable. I like a thick cotton knit cup doubled with seamed sides together, lingerie knit feels best that way, too. A little goes a long way, too. The longer line under the bust is key to keeping the girls supported properly, awesome.

Looks very period. I agree that it looks much more natural, feels more natural, too! And the hair? Not everyone shaves all the time. I like in North Dakota and I know loads of girls that don't bother shaving in the winter without a fuss, and some that never shave. It's your thing, whatever for the people that don't understand.

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« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2009 12:00:59 PM »

Oh super cute! I drop anywhere from $50 on a cheap one to $80 per bra! If I didn't have some F bombs to wrangle I would try it too! As for armpit hair...my hubby gets so excited when I stop shaving! In some cultures it is very sexy to have a bit of hair to peek out at times. kinda like a pubic preview. Haha! great job!

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