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jenfullmoon
« on: July 17, 2008 04:12:39 PM »

Okay, so I bought a couple pairs of those sew-in bra cups. I was thinking of either:

 (a) putting them in a T-shirt reconstruction project- I'd like to make a halter, but I have DD tits and no strapless bra (not that those ever worked for me before they hit DD anyway), so I was thinking of building in support somehow.
(b) putting the bra cups into an existing dress or two that I have.

Anyone know of any websites that talk about putting bra cups into already-existing clothes, or how to work with bra cups in general?
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SpottedFrog
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2008 05:55:18 PM »

I'm just a B but I have a top & a dress I used sew in cups on & I love the results! I also have a halter pattern that I made & linked in a similar thread in the Curvaceous Craftsters D & Q that I can wear braless (unfortunately it's out of print). The top supported nicely but was too sheer to wear without a bra, tacked the cups in & it looks great. The dress ties behind the neck with an empire cut so semi-supportive, but a strapless bra always showed in back, this one I don't think I could get away with if I was more than a B cup. The halter top I used one extra layer of fabric in the cup portion to assure of opacity & it supports nicely without modification.

Keys to braless tops that look good (no uni-boob, no sagging, no nipple shows):
The top itself needs to support. Plain & simple. Yes, you can wear a halter top if you are a DD but it needs to be structured just like a bra. Whether that means you sew a bra into it & remove parts that might show, or use ready made cups & sew them in, the rest of the top must have the same strength across the top & around the back as your regular bras. Baby doll styles, even low back ones, are easiest to make work as bralless halters on big busts, the band & shoulder or neck support is already there for you.

Ordinary tanks (not good sport bra tanks or the ones with full bras) with built in shelf bras and tiny elastic straps do not support anyone but slim B cups & under. Real support would work if the elastic straps were replaced with non strechy ones. Conquering the uniboob can be done by simply running a gathering stitch at the center of the shelf bra- suddenly 2 boobs instead of one.

I have a set of the lightly molded foam sew in cup that I slip inside my sport tanks (not permanently, I move them around & wash them regularly) because I have to pointiest nipples on the planet, they are just enough to keep people from staring & keeps my baby pink not quite opaque enough one civilized.
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KindredSpirit
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2008 06:38:12 PM »

I'm just a B but I have a top & a dress I used sew in cups on & I love the results! I also have a halter pattern that I made & linked in a similar thread in the Curvaceous Craftsters D & Q that I can wear braless (unfortunately it's out of print). The top supported nicely but was too sheer to wear without a bra, tacked the cups in & it looks great. The dress ties behind the neck with an empire cut so semi-supportive, but a strapless bra always showed in back, this one I don't think I could get away with if I was more than a B cup. The halter top I used one extra layer of fabric in the cup portion to assure of opacity & it supports nicely without modification.

Do you have any pics of your clothes you could post?  I have never seen the cups sewn into a garment.  I sew a lot for my 19 year old and she would probably like this, as she is smaller busted.
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SpottedFrog
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2008 08:11:57 AM »

I can dig them out Smiley still in my jammies right now though....
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