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« Reply #20 on: May 15, 2006 11:04:45 AM »

presumably it means that you are smaller than an A cup - ie an AA or smaller like I am...
« Reply #21 on: May 15, 2006 11:10:10 AM »

So first take your underbust measurement. Mine's 30". After that, you take the full bust, mine's 36". WIth these two numbers, you should be able to get the correct size for you. To the underbust measurement, add 5". That's right, +5". I don't really know why it's 5, but both lingerie stores I worked at used this same method. So for me, I'd add 5" to 30, to get 35". That's your band size, I go back & forth between a 34 & 36 (depends on the maker.) To find your cup size just subtract the two, so 36"-35" = 1". One inch difference is an A cup, 2 is a B, 3 is a C, and 4 is a D. Yeppers, this formula makes me a 34 (or36) A cup.  You can aslo go for your "sister" size, which another bra specialist at VS told me about. Step up one cup size, and down one band size. It really didn't seem like it was going to work for me, as I"ve never filled out a B cup in my life, but she was right! (and I should have bought that 34B cup! LOL)

How does that work if the number you end up with after subtracting is negative?

You get a AA...


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« Reply #22 on: May 15, 2006 02:47:51 PM »

Wow, thanks guys!  Grin

I think I'm going to start writing knitting formulas (to make personalized patterns) instead of generic-sized patterns, that way everyone can have at least one sweater/ top that fits.  This totally prooves my theory that there is no "mode" size, tho.

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« Reply #23 on: May 15, 2006 05:14:21 PM »

Wow, thanks guys!  Grin

I think I'm going to start writing knitting formulas (to make personalized patterns) instead of generic-sized patterns, that way everyone can have at least one sweater/ top that fits.  This totally prooves my theory that there is no "mode" size, tho.

knitting formulas would be sooo wonderful!  you'd be my knitting hero!

To find your cup size just subtract the two, so 36"-35" = 1". One inch difference is an A cup, 2 is a B, 3 is a C, and 4 is a D.

Is this formula supposed to work for everyone? I ask mainly because I have nearly the same measurements as you do (one inch less on each), but am definitely NOT an A cup... and if I'm a B, I'm on the large side of it.

that seems weird to me too.  i have a difference of 1/4 of an inch, but i'm between a C and D.  and according to the rest of the formula i have the right band size.
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« Reply #24 on: May 16, 2006 01:54:21 AM »

In the UK we have a bra shop called Bravissimo, and they don't believe in the measuring/formulas thing, for lots of reasons (http://www.bravissimo.com/bravissimo/info/brafitting.aspx).  Now I'll only shop there and my bras have never been so comfortable and suportive!   Grin

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« Reply #25 on: May 16, 2006 05:07:36 AM »

sorry, can't be bothered to measure all the bits. at my boyfriend's palce and he has no tape measure. but i know bust-waist-hips off by heart, because how else could i shop on ebay Wink

Bust: 34
Waist: 27
Hips: 36

« Reply #26 on: May 16, 2006 02:38:04 PM »

I think the thing with the bra measurement calculation is that it is only intended as a guide to the right size....... it is not garunteed to produce a bra for you that automatically fits no matter what

When I bought a bra recently (my first non-nursing/non-maternity bra in over 8 years!) I asked to be measured cos I hadn't got the faintest idea as to what size I needed.....  the lady who measured me said that you should NEVER buy a bra based on the size alone - you should always try it on first (so no buying on-line unless you are garunteed to be able to send the thing back if it doesn't fit)

 - not only does it make a difference how you measure yourself (ie how tight do you pull the tape, is it lying smooth, hitched up at the back etc etc), but also different makes of bra (and even different styles from the same maker) will fit differently - plus the fact that everyones boobs are different shapes and sizes even when they have the same cup measurement/size in inches.... some are further apart than others, some saggy (I have a pronounced sag even though I am an aa cup), some pointy etc etc etc....

oh also you should always be measured wearing an old bra even if you think it is the wrong size - even when you are as small as I am gravity still has an effect and will throw the measurements off......

most of my bras are AA cup, but I have one that is an A (apparently that make always runs on the small size), and  I cannot get a balconnette style bra that fits me properly without it pinching under the armpits and making me look a funny shape.........

but it does mean that the tape measure may say that you are one size, but all your bras fit properly and are another size totally.....  not cos the caluclation is wrong - but cos the combination of make/style of bra and your unique bodyshape make you a different size to what the measurements say.
« Reply #27 on: May 20, 2006 10:30:34 AM »

Bust (at largest circumference):44
Underbust (which'd actually be your bra size, easy one  ): 37  (my bra size is 40)
Waist (smallest circumference): 38
Underarm to waist:
Hips (largest circumference): 46
Underarm to elbow:
Circumference of upperarm:13
i know this isnt really part of this thread, but what about nursing moms?  where can i find some less mom-like patterns for nursing wear?  i really like some of the high end nursing clothes, but will never be able to afford...maybe some wrap tops to turn into nursing wear...dresses? anything!!!!

« Reply #28 on: May 20, 2006 03:29:25 PM »

The only nursing knitting pattern I know of is the knitty one

Not sure what that is like to knit or what it lookslike on......

I have breastfed all my babies, and apart from the last I never had any special nursing clothes apart from bras.....  I did try a few nursing clothes for the last one (mostly ones I made from Elizabeth Lee Designs sewing patterns, but also a few bought tops too)....  I have to say that I didn't find them much help for me, and they did have a sort of "obviously nursing top" look iyswim....

I prefer to wear a close fitting t-shirt or tank-style top with a zipfront cardigan/jacket over...... ie layering......you can pull the tee/tank up to feed the baby and undo the zip enough to give the baby access but you still stay covered and decent for feeding in public....  and it has the benefit that they look like "normal" clothes and you can still wear them when you are no-longer nursing....

if you want"non-mummy" nursing clothes, your best bet is to knit some cardigans etc and then a couple of matching or coordinating tanks/tees that you can wear underneath....  or what about the old-fashioned twinset?Huh or if you want a "proper" nursing top you could go for the crop-top style layered over a longer top and make slits in the underneath one in appropriate places for your shape and the cropped top would sit on top and cover the slits so that you don't expose anything you didn't want to......

if you have a look at the elizabeth lee website, it shows how they do the nursing openings on the clothes (OK they are sewn ones, but it would give you an idea how to modify the knitting patterns to make them nursing freindly.....  the website is http://www.knitty.com/issuespring05/PATTpeekaboob.html

there are also several sewing pages for how to modify standard clothes into nursing clothes (pretty much sewing again but it may help you)...

http://www.kellymom.com/parenting/links/bf-links-sewing.html for a whole list of links.....

hope that helps :-)

« Reply #29 on: May 20, 2006 04:43:15 PM »

Bust (at largest circumference): 33"
Underbust (which'd actually be your bra size, easy one  Wink): 30"
Waist (smallest circumference): 25"
Underarm to waist: 9"
Hips (largest circumference): 33 1/2"
Underarm to elbow:  9"
Circumference of upperarm:  9 1/2"

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