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25 January 2010 @ 05:17 am
Bra Alterations  
I'm curious to know how many folks here alter their bras (either themselves, or by taking them to a seamstress)? From strap shortening/lengthening, to cup darts, to band shortening, and more... I'm interested to hear what you've tried. Anyone here ever try sewing a bra from scratch?

Next post I'll talk about my most recent attempt. In the meantime, enjoy these bra cupcakes made by versaquilts.

 
 
 
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Sue: gosh!gorillapotter on January 25th, 2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
I've shortened bands several times. Works great, and also means that I could buy bras with the right cup size from thrift stores and make them fit. Excellent for not spending much money.

I'd really like to learn to make bras from scratch, as part of my self-sufficiency kick, but so far I haven't tried it. I'm sure making/adjusting the patterns will be awful, even if I start with a worn-out bra I already like that fits. I have been saving them, though, for the underwires and so I can give it a shot. I'm particularly interested in learning to do it with natural fabrics like cotton or even silk--I don't like synthetic, and pretty much everything out there is synthetic.
Kimberleykimbari on January 25th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
Does adding an extender count?

I swear, until I started reading your blog it never occurred to me that I could actually *alter* a bra. The closest I've ever come to making one is standing in the fabric store and staring at underwires... and it just occurred to me that the underwires could be salvaged from beat up bras and re-tasked in a new one. I had to discard a couple of bras because nothing I did would cure the "push-through." Those wires must've been made of titanium! I really should've hung on to them.

Cute cupcakes. :)
Sewing as Self-medicationsewaddicted on January 25th, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
I've sewn a couple of bras from scratch, and for me it wasn't difficult. But I should add that I've sewn 95% of my clothing since I was 12. I even made my school uniform.

Bras require precision sewing, and the degree of stretch in a fabric makes a huge difference in the cup fitting.

The bras I made were patterned from existing bras with an increase in the cup as at that point I could only find E's in shops. Since then I found the specialty shop and don't need to sew my own. Mightn't need to but still want to.

Though I'd be less likely to sew a bra fron a pattern, as is it hard to find patterns for a UK 38H. And then you don't know if the design suits your body frame. My income dropped radically with the GFC so I can't afford to buy a pattern from europe & make it only to find it gives me eastie-westies.

I did clone a bra and build it into a swimsuit. And I had to harvest underwires from a worn out bra for it.

Edited at 2010-01-25 11:47 pm (UTC)
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