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Tailte
« on: June 19, 2009 06:00:44 PM »

My brother and I are holding a costume party in september, and I'm planning to dress up as a bellydancer. I want to make a coin bra, I've found instructions how to cover a bra to make it ready to decorate, but not how to decorate it. I'm pretty sure I'd be able to work it out myself. But I was wandering if anyone who's had experince making one could give me a few pointers? 


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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2009 02:29:36 AM »

Use a padded t-shirt bra - normal bras are too flimsy to hold much.
Use doubled thread or dental floss (extra strong!).
Chop the straps off and sew them on as static (one length, not adjustable) so you can decorate them. But do this last - as the weight of the bra will affect them. Smiley
Once you're done, line the bra with felt - this will protect your breasts from the thread you attached everything with, and can be changed out if it gets sweaty (a pro told me this tip a few years ago).  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2009 04:37:46 PM »

Cool. Thanks!
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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2009 01:25:33 PM »

In addition to replacing the straps, you may want to replace the fastener/strap in back...depends on how heavy it gets.  WalMart has some incredibly padded bras in some fabulous colors that I have always thought would make a good foundation for a coin bra.

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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2009 01:33:23 AM »

Let me refer you to an awesome tutorial!

http://members.iinet.net.au/~ramsden/tribal/coinbra.html

I used this website as a guide for my bras. Use a bra that is thicker. Something that will stand up on it's own. I used a Fredrick's of Hollywood Extreme Cleavage bra. I used quilters thread too. You might want some small pliers for when you're sewing through the bra too. It will help when your fingers get tired.

Also, make sure you are careful how you angle the straps. That will affect your cleavage a lot.

Hope that helps!!! Good luck! Post pics when it's done!
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« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2009 08:52:37 PM »

You might want some small pliers for when you're sewing through the bra too. It will help when your fingers get tired.

Seconded! Though I always just use a thimble to avoid blisters.  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2009 09:58:33 PM »

You might want some small pliers for when you're sewing through the bra too. It will help when your fingers get tired.

Seconded! Though I always just use a thimble to avoid blisters.  Smiley

It took the friggin will of god to get that needle through that bra's padding for me. But then again it's heavily padded, so it was probably more difficult than usual.
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« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2009 10:11:48 PM »

I'm a hack and slash seamster and tended to use any available surface to force the needle through... table surfaces, door frames, shoe soles...  Wink

Pliers is sensible. And planning ahead! And stuff.  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2009 01:44:06 PM »

I'm a hack and slash seamster and tended to use any available surface to force the needle through... table surfaces, door frames, shoe soles...  Wink

Pliers is sensible. And planning ahead! And stuff.  Grin

I had to eventually break down and go grab some pliers. My fingers just couldn't take any more.... All I have to say is that it was a good thing m bra was red and black....so the blood stains from my fingers wouldn't show...
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