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« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2012 08:53:45 AM »

I have a book that uses a drafting method that is very easy to understand, though the patterns need some adjustments for larger sizes, but I'm quite sure that would be with other drafting methods too. Unfortunately the book is in Dutch and I don't think there's a translated version, so not much help to most people.
Unfortunately it's pretty unlikely your bra will fit at the first try and there's no way to find out until your bra is finished.
Quite right, I don't speak Dutch!  Wink Although I have been to the Netherlands.

What tips would you recommend? You seem very close to my size.
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« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2012 11:43:15 AM »

Quite right, I don't speak Dutch!  Wink Although I have been to the Netherlands.

What tips would you recommend? You seem very close to my size.

Well, taking a bra apart for a pattern would work. Although this can be pretty expensive if you do it with a bra in your size. I just found out I put a pattern for a bra in 34L on burdastyle and fortunately for you it runs small.
http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/green-and-blue-lace-lingerie-set--10
It would probably need some adjustments, mostly in the band. You may have to make the insert for the cup deeper and less wide. From the armpit to where you put the hooks on you can change the band to look more like it does in higher end brands, pretty much straight from the armpit to where the straps go and then in a quarter circle to where you put the hooks.
If you have a problem with the bra making one breast point in one direction and the other in the other direction, you can change the pattern for the cups to have the tops of the pattern pieces more to the middle (where the middle of the bra would be, when finished). This is more difficult than adjusting the band, but if I remember correctly I already took this into account when drafting the pattern.

I hope this helps.
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« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2012 01:01:32 PM »

Thank you so much!
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