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« Reply #280 on: March 31, 2008 03:23:48 AM »

I recently took a bra making workshop with Anne St. Clair of Needlenook Fabrics. Wow. I walked away from there with a very nicely fitting and very comfortable bra. She has two sizes of bra patterns that she sells from her blog. (Her cup sizes go up to an "H", and if you're larger than that, she can help you extrapolate from there--she put me into a bra that was between an H and an I cup). If you prefer to work from a pattern, here's her web site:



WOW! I clicked on that link as I have all the others, and am so excited to find that she works in my state!!! Thank you for that link!
« Reply #281 on: March 31, 2008 03:44:06 AM »

Oh my stars! This thread was excellent. I made a blog entry a couple of weeks ago with a few websites, etc on how to make bras (I have yet to make my own, the thoughts and process just fascinates me!), but nothing like this!
I have gone through a LOT of the websites listed here and can only say... WOW! Ladies, you are incredibly talented!

I didn't notice the links I had on here, but if they are here, I am sorry. I really did go through every page, but I've been carefully going over the whole thread for about 2 hours now. ACK.
Here are the websites I found:

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« Reply #282 on: April 03, 2008 05:15:41 AM »

*laughs* Pursuer, there's a LOT of stuff here.  I'd be surprised if you caught EVERYTHING.  Smiley

« Reply #283 on: April 17, 2008 04:38:38 PM »

I just got a custom bra from a seller on etsy.  she did a great job for me. So I don't think i will brave  making my own bra quite yet.

 If anyone is interested in her shop send me a PM.
« Reply #284 on: April 28, 2008 10:55:50 PM »

Underwire and Bra FAQs (rec.crafts.textiles.sewing)

The Underwire and Bra FAQs are divided into five parts:

Underwire FAQ: Mondo discussion and analysis of underwires and sizes.

Bra FAQ #1: Bra Fit and Fashion Discussion

Bra FAQ #2: Bra Making Tutorial (Covers design, a lesson in drafting a pattern, bra construction order and habits. Recently added is a section on how to alter cup size (also foind in Bra FAQ #5).)

Bra FAQ #3: Places to look for bras and lingerie supplies, including some addresses for rtw bras (I have trouble finding them on the rack) and at least one place for bathing suits. All mailorder houses.

Bra FAQ #4: A discussion of bra fabrics and bra anatomy.

Bra FAQ #5: A discussion of bra oddments and trivia at the moment. Forming increasingly into the swimsuit FAQ, and now includes some addresses for sources for supplies. Discusses how to alter cup size.

« Reply #285 on: March 12, 2009 02:36:40 PM »

I have uploaded my pattern with instructions on burdastyle in 80/36/14 F and 80/36/14 G.
I will upload the pattern in more sizes, but I knew at least someone wanted a pattern in 80/36/14 F and I know this pattern runs small, because of the drafting method, so did it one size larger as well.
The 80/36/14 F pattern can be adjusted to fit 85/38/16 E, 90/40/18 D, 75/34/12 G and 70/32/10 H.
The 80/36/14 G pattern can be adjusted to fit 85/38/16 F, 90/40/18 E, 75/34/12 H and 70/34/10 I.
They run small though. If you are used to wearing Freya bras (or probably any Eveden brand) you will need to take a size larger.
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« Reply #286 on: March 15, 2009 05:09:25 PM »

You Rock!!!!
(Those aren't my sizes, but it is still fantastic of you to make them available -- even as a C I find bra buying one of the most frustrating things in life.  Wink  )

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« Reply #287 on: June 18, 2009 01:21:00 PM »

Yeah, you do rock, Psycho_Bitch aka Fiefje... I'm making my first one now, sort of a template from non-stretch fabric, and I'm totally happy with how it's turning out - I didn't need to adjust a thing, just the band length as you suggested. Smiley Well, and my own piecing of the pattern... but that's not the pattern's problem, that's the problem of my stupidity. Cheesy

I did not use stretch fabric at all. I cut the back band on bias and it works perfectly so far... although so far I do not have any straps, elastic, nor closure on it... I'm also not using underwire, because I don't have it; instead, I put fusible interfacing on the front band pattern pieces. And I've just topstitched around the seams on one of the cups and it makes a big difference, too...
I think I'm going to stick to the non-stretch with any bras to come. My storebought stretch bras always stretch out after some time... Non-stretch could have a longer life span.

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« Reply #288 on: August 01, 2009 03:08:32 PM »

Rant ahead...
I'm one of those inbetween 32E/F and 34D/DD girls, and finding a pretty bra is a hell. I also got my "grown-up size" boobs well before the age of fourteen. I always wanted to wear those cute hello kitty printed bra's, but they never went above a b-cup. It's unfair of stores to condemn young girls and women to black and white boring bra's that to top it off are ridiculously expensive. Anything that exists in any colours exists only in special stores...

Anyhow, this thread is great! I'm trying to work up the courage to make a bra so that I can finally have something pretty and colourful. 

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« Reply #289 on: August 03, 2009 06:14:58 AM »

Cia_Moonchild, making your own bra looks intimidating, I'll definitely grant you. I put off making my first for quite a time, too. But that's just it - it only LOOKS intimidating. Once you get in there and get one done, it's no big deal. It's just straight stitching and zig zag stitching with curves and straight lines. If you can do that, if you have BASIC sewing skills, you can make a bra.

Taking my bra apart took me about an hour. Making pattern pieces took me about 15 minutes. Making a first bra took me about 3 hours due to uncertainty on my part combined with double checking everything. Second bra, about half that. Next bra will likely take an hour.

They honestly ain't that difficult.

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