After her first installment, I know many of us were desperately awaiting the next post from guest writer Jillian on how she began her journey to making custom bras for her fuller-bust. Her personal struggles resonated with so many people, and I know all of us can relate to bra frustrations at one time or another. As a result, I am exceedingly pleased to brighten up your Thursday with another entry! Also, I want to note that there was some initial confusion with the first post. At this time, Jillian is only designing bras for herself but plans on sharing her patterns and tips in future entries as well as offering personal advice to anyone hoping to pursue making their own bras.
Hello! Jillian again, back with another installment about bra making. In my previous entry, I gave you the sordid back story of my particularly problematic endowment. Today brings the four year research and development pilgrimage to lifted boobies.
I should first say that the decision to sew your own bras does NOT only apply to those that surpassed the cup constraints of RTW. Custom bra making can benefit any and everyone. You will know your undergarments are tailored to you alone. No one else will have the exact same article of lingerie. Plus the sense of accomplishment you feel when the last seam is done- priceless!
Although I knew what my end result should/could be, I had no concrete plan of how to reach that point. So the initial stage of my research was deconstructing a retired bra and analyzing the components. I also collected materials to match the bra I currently wore. Cloning and altering the Panache bra proved to be a great decision- made me that a three part cup was absolutely awful for someone my size! I took the most straight forward approach by just opening up the cup via the centered lower cup seam. Everything, though now fully encased, just gravitated to the floor. It was as if the fabric tension and grainline didn’t even matter. I also concluded that the intended outcome is absolutely dependent on the materials as well.*Note to self: using actual muslin for a practice bra is a bad BBBAAAADDDDD idea.* Like a suspension bridge, the physics, design and materials of a bra must work together. So I invested in stronger practice materials to mimic the final product materials. Trying again with the altered Panache clone did not fare well. Nor did the third or fourth try. There was a lot of foul language directed at the failures in the beginning. Those were dark days….. [Read more…]