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« on: May 24, 2010 08:38:06 PM »

I'm at the end of my rope, bra-wise.  I've probably not been able to find a fitting bra in 5 years.  I'm 36 Aish, and sometimes fit into a 34A, but nothing, NOTHING fits just right.  They're mostly too loose; I don't fill out the cups properly.  I don't do push-ups, but I need something to turn my constantly on headlights down, so I usually buy lightly padded.  So then I've got small boobs rattling around in a moulded padded cup, and the whole thing is really uncomfortable.  I would just wear camis except for the nips issue.  I have a couple bras of thickish stretchy material that I can wear on very warm days, but it's not often warm around here.  What can I do?!
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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2010 09:16:27 PM »

I know this sounds ridiculous, but have you tried the kids' section? They have 34 A and AA bras. You might need an AA, but the wires might be too narrow for you. I really have to try on lots of bras to get a good one. I like the Victoria's Secret Pink T-shirt bra the best. I'm like you, I don't want my nips showing, but I don't need va-va-voom padding all the time. I'm a 32A btw. I think VS makes a slightly smaller cup, but they don't come out and say it.
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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2010 05:19:20 AM »

Kwik Sew has quite a few bra patterns (lots of different styles) that I believe include small sizes, and if not I'm sure they could be scaled down. 
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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2010 01:50:42 PM »

Yeah, Kwik Sew covers a wide range of sizes in its bra patterns, and many people swear by KS patterns.

McCall's currently has a sports bra pattern: McCall's 4261. They call it a top on the envelope, instead of a bra, but it's a bra. I'm not sure how it would fit you (I'm at the other end of its size range), but it comes in XS and S and ought to be fairly easy to modify. If you're in the US and near a Hobby Lobby, I believe they have McCall's  on sale for $1.99 this week.

If you look at Amazon at a book called Lingerie Secrets, you can see what might be another option for people who don't need a lot of support, a pattern for a sewn, soft cup bra without wires that the book says can be made in a wide variety of fabrics. The book isn't available from Amazon right now, but if you click on the "click to look inside button" and then search for "bra pattern" in the "search this book" box, you can see the relevant pages. It might give you an idea for how to make your own. You could add an extra layer of fabric or thin batting to help with the nipple coverage.

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« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2010 02:10:07 AM »

I put a pattern for a strapless bra on BurdaStyle in two different sizes. One of them is 34A, the other one is 34AA.
The 34A pattern was drafted for someone who wears 30C, but if you make the band piece 4 cm longer, it will fit 34A.
I think I also have a normal bra pattern for 34A somewhere, I'll see if I can find it.
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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2010 10:34:53 PM »

I think there should be a special section for "extra-non-curvy craftsters" because there are plenty of bra tutorials for big busted ladies.
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« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2010 03:34:11 PM »

Oh, I feel your pain. I haven't actually taken the leap into sewing my own bras but I have been drafting the patterns. My thought is to take a bra pattern or swimsuit pattern from, say, Simplicity or Burda or what-have you, and subtract the dart or make a very shallow dart.
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« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2010 05:22:21 PM »

My favorite (as a 34AAA) is KwikSew 3301. You can take the extra ease out of the bust on this pattern by slicing and lapping the pattern under the bust, where you are instructed to "gather". I remove all of the gathering ease.  Quick and easy to make, you will just need a good stretchy knit and some lingerie elastic.  I prefer nylon/lycras which have excellent recovery and are likely intended for lingerie or skating/dance outfits.  If you use something that has poor recovery (when you stretch the fabric, it remains stretched when you let go), it won't work so well.
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« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2010 05:03:46 PM »

I swear I used to bust out of an A cup, but it seems like the girls have shriveled up.  I haven't even had any children to breastfeed.
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« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2010 07:49:27 AM »

Vicky's does indeed have AA sizing in the smaller sizes (34 for sure). But, you have to ask for it, because it's not something they put out (apparently those of us with this problem are not buying enough bras, perhaps because we can't find them?).
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