Hello! I made a new set of bra and undies yesterday. This is actually a test bra and so far I’m quite satisfied with the result.
As I’ve mentioned in my previous post about bra, I’ve been using A Sophisticated Pair’s bra calculator to help me find my correct bra size. With my 26.5 inches band measurement and 31.5 inches bust measurement, the calculator gave me the size US 28E for moderately snug band. This time I wanted a very snug band, which requires the size US 26F.
The cups for 26F are actually the same as 28E and 30D. I used my Pin-up Girls Classic Bra #1230 size 30D and altered it to make size 26F. Here’s what I did during pattern alteration and construction:
- removed 0.5 cm from center front
- shortened the center back 4 cm
- added downward hike on the back to make sure that the band doesn’t riding up
- lined the bridge area and lower cup so they are not stretchy at all
- added plastic boning to side seams
- used 3 hooks
The fabric is cotton jersey with striped pattern. It is quite stable and not very stretchy. Unfortunately the wrong side is white and showed through a bit to the right side through the needle holes. I got the fabric and plush elastics from an auction at Merckwaerdigh at ebay.
I’m very happy that every bra I made fits me better than before. So far this is the best fitting bra that I’ve ever had! One little thing that I’d like to change in the future is moving the straps just a little closer to center back. The band is very snug as expected and it is more comfortable that way.
I’ve bravely modeled the bra! You can see that cup F is not as big as it is imagined, it is all just a matter of proportion. The right size underwires fully enclosed the breast and the center front sits comfortably against the sternum. Before I made my own bra, I thought I was size 32B and always had to wear my bra on the first (tightest hook). Here I wear the bra the right way, which is on the last (loosest hook). The hooks are actually there to maintain the snugness of the bra when the fabric is gradually loosing its elasticity.
Since I started wearing bra in the right size, the first thing I noticed was that my bra still stay in their place when I wake up in the morning (I sleep with my bra on because I don’t feel comfortable without them). Don’t you hate that you have to adjust your bra every time you change position and every time you lift your arms? Well, no moar!
For further readings on signs of poor fitting bra, please check out these links:
- Are You Wearing The Wrong Bra? By Susannah Perez – FullerFigureFullerBust
- Bra Fitting: Five Signs of a Poor Fit – Boosaurus
- Breakout Bras Fitting Guide – Breakout Bras
Bra pattern is Pin-up Girls Classic Bra #1230 from eLingeria, size 30D altered to 26F.