bra alterations

Weight Loss & Bra Buying

TweetHello Everyone, As little as a five pound weight loss or gain can completely change your bra size, and I am often asked by women in transitional weights how to navigate bra buying.  Because bras are expensive, no woman wants to invest money in an item she can only wear a short time, so today I want to discuss ways of maximizing your lingerie budget while on a weight loss journey. Almost every week, a customer will ask if there is a way to determine how weight loss will impact her bra size, and I wish I had a firm answer.  Depending on your body type, your bra size may not change, or you may experience fluctuations in the cup, band, or both.  Since the weight loss process is so variable, there is no definitive way of knowing how your bra size will be impacted. Nevertheless, in general, most women lose weight in keeping with their body shape.  Breasts are composed of both glandular tissue and fatty tissue, and losing weight tends to impact the fatty tissue the most.  Consequently, if you gained weight and gained cup sizes, losing weight could mean a drop in breast size, but if you were always on the busty side, losing weight may not drastically reduce your breast size.  For example, I have always been between a GG and a H cup at every weight.  When I was at my heaviest, I was around a 36GG, and at my lowest weight, I was a 28H. 

Large Cup Size Dilemma: A Plea

TweetHello Ladies, Today, I have a reader question that I want to answer: Hi Erica!  I feel like I have disproportionately large breasts for my frame because I wear a 34LL.  In the past, I tried the Bravissimo Alana bra in size 34L, and this is my best-fitting bra even though the cup size is still a little small.  I’m not sure what to do because I can’t find any company that carries another L cup much less a LL.  I want to get a reduction, but until I can get my insurance to cover it, what do I do? — Jess Jess, you are not alone in your need, and it’s time manufacturer’s listened to feedback like yours to expand the selection they offer fuller-busted women.  Several of our customers have been beyond a K cup and in need of recommendations on how to find a bra that fits.  Unfortunately, many UK companies stop at a K cup (although Panache does offer a KK), making it difficult for women who need a larger cup size.  In these cases, we partner our customers with an adept seamstress who can determine which alterations will adjust the bra to fit your shape.  Sometimes the proposed fix is as easy as tightening the band of a larger size (e.g., buying a 36L instead of a 34L).  In fact, we covered multiple resources for this alteration in an earlier post. However, unless you are capable of altering the bra yourself, the cost of using a professional can quickly climb.  Between the alterations and the retail price of the bra, the total out-of-pocket expense can reach $100+ which is not always feasible.  As a result, I recommend buying bras you can snag at a deep sale price to lessen the expenditure. When buying a bra,

Saturday Spotlight: Resources for Altering a Bra

TweetHello Ladies, Depending on your size and breast shape, finding bras that meet specific needs, such as those that blend well under special occasion wear, can be challenging.  Then, there’s always those occasions where we fall in love with a bra that doesn’t fit, and despite our better judgement, we can’t stand to return it.  In other instances, unexpected weight loss may render bras in good condition unwearable because of a band and/or cups that are too big.  These situations make altering your bra a viable option, and I have compiled a few links for our Saturday Spotlight to help. June of Braless in Brasil created a comprehensive guide with “10 Rules of Bra Alterations” to provide background information ranging from what part of the bra to alter first to how to measure accurately.  Following this post, she also wrote a detailed step-by-step blog on how she has shortened the bands of her bra.  Nevertheless, if the idea of removing stitches seems a bit too advanced for you, Boosaurus developed a nifty technique involving ribbon to tighten a band as well. Finally, if you’re like me and have doubts about your own sewing competence, there’s always a good seamstress or tailor.  In the Burlington area, I highly recommend Melanie Cook of Silver Threads & Golden Needles.  In many cases, she has bridged the gap between what we could offer with a bra and what a customer needed, and I can attest to her amazing skills. Does anyone else have links to helpful resources for altering your bra? Erica

Reader Questions Answered: Video Blog

TweetHello Ladies, For this week’s video blog, we wanted to address a few of the questions we’ve received from blog readers, newsletter recipients, and customers in the store.  Topics include which hooks to use when you buy a bra, tips for caring for your bra, alterations on bras, and the lack of smooth cup options for women with higher cup sizes.  As always, if you ever have any questions, please feel free to email! Erica and Debbie