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« on: July 05, 2010 08:23:14 PM »

i want to make a lingerie outfit with the top in the style of a triangle top bikini. the fabric i am planning on using isn't stretchy though- so i am wondering if i need to put darts in the top or if i should just cut out some triangles and sew them. i hope this question makes sense.

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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2010 06:57:35 AM »

Honestly, it depends on how well endowed you are, but to one extent or another, you aren't going to be able to just cut triangles.  You're either going to need to pleat, dart, or gather the bottom edge, so that it fits around your chest.  You can actually measure yourself to see what shape your pieces need to be.  Take a fabric tape measure, and hold the end where you want the top point of your triangle to be, on your chest.  Measure down to three different locations, keeping that top point the same.  First, to the center of your chest, where your cups will meet, second straight down over the fullness of your breast, and third to the far side of where you want the triangle to stop.  To get the width, measure over the fullest part of your chest, your ends will be higher up, most likely, than where you want the triangle to stop and start, but that's okay.

It's difficult to explain without a drawing, but you can use those four measurements to draw an uneven diamond shape.  Round the bottom of it out, and voila!  That's what you need to start with.  Then pleat, dart, gather, or what have you, until it fits the way you want it to.
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