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Date: 6/11/06 6:48 AM

I've made two swimsuits for my young daughter (no bra needed) and now am attempting to make one for myself. I am using Kwik-Sew's Swim and Action Wear Book. For bra cups they show "sew-in or pin-in style" and "cups with attached stretch lining." My RTW suits have the cups with attached stretch lining. I've looked around the internet and haven't stumbled upon a source for these. Does anyone know where they can be purchased? Or can you tell me if you sew the sew-in type to a piece of lining first? In my book it looks like the cups have short straps you can use to sew them at the seams but the cups online don't look like they have anything extending from the cup itself. Any help would be most appreciated!
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UPDATE - July 4, 2006 - I've completed this swimsuit. I went to Hancock Fabrics and only found the pin-in style swim bra. I went ahead and purchased it to see if I could make it work although I wasn't really happy with it. Then I had the bright idea of buying a "cheap" swimsuit at Wal-mart and cutting out the bra. I did this and my mom helped me with the placement. While I was basting the bra in my mother called and suggested I just wear a bra under it. I could do this because the pattern I'm using for the swimsuit top is more like a sleeveless T-shirt. Well, my basting job didn't turn out too smooth so I opted just to wear a bra underneath. I'll just dedicate one to the chlorine abuse it will receive.
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Date: 6/11/06 6:51 AM

Hi Mel,
Look at my photo album, under Swimsuits. I have photos showing how I used the sew-in type.
HTH, Belinda

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Date: 6/11/06 7:15 AM

Belinda - THANK YOU so much! The photos are really helpful!
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Date: 6/11/06 12:29 PM

I have been "pondering" a similar issue. I am going to make DD some swimsuits. I have 2 patterns--one with "triangle string" type top and the other is a halter style with a back-tied band. With DD's RTW suits, they have thin little "inserts" of a bonded foam tye material inside the top--they are like a triangle with a rounded top. There is an opening near the straps of the top that these little slightly cupped inserts go. They are a pain because they move around and fold up when laundered--even on the delicates cycle. DD has several suits like this.
Now I looked for thoses types of "cups" and i didn't see any in the stores-- of course. So I ordered some bonded foam from SewSassy but it is thicker than the RTW stuff and just flat--not "cupped". I guess I could still use it but my idea was to stitch it into the tops so it doesn't twist or fold during washing. I am worried that it will not let the gathers of the tops "scrunch" properly though. Any ideas where i could find thinner stuff to use? Belinda's sew in cups look like the right material but they may not be the right size to sew into the cup lining on the suits I have planned to make. Plus I hate to spend $4-$5 dollars on cups when I am trying to save money by making the suits in the first place! Any ideas?

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Date: 1/11/07 10:10 AM

Hey Ladies

After perusing the internet for god knows how long I found a wonderful site for us girls who require the not-so-standard bra cups, ie, sew in pin in, cups with sew in bodice. Here is a site to go check out they not only have some of the nicest people I have ever delt with but the customer service is impeccable!

The are called Barnhart Industries and the website link is:
www.brasandnotions.com Check out their site! And you can call and talk to a lovely lady named Lola Abela and request a current price list. Be aware however that they will be having a price increase at the end of this month, so if you need your goodies now then I would hurry up and get my order in with them. Hope this helps!

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Date: 1/11/07 1:23 PM

Mrs. Moos and Bobinator: they sell both the stretch-type and molded cup bra/swimsuit inserts at my JoAnns. They are back by the shoulder pads.

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Date: 1/11/07 1:46 PM

I am aware that Joann's sells the cups with the lining but I am saying that most of what is out there is "standard" fit. I am able to order from brasandnotions my exact bra size and not have it be a run of the mill bra cup. I am a 42D and believe me some of the D cup bra cups don't even cover what my mama gave me. So I guess the choice is up to you, Not everyone has the same size or shape bosom to fit the same size cups. This company can send you your size and you won't have to "settle" for what's out there. The ones that are currently out there remind me of the "one size fits all" and that's just not true!!! Oh well.

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Date: 1/11/07 1:49 PM

Oh I forgot here is some of what they carry:

Sew-in-Bra (without bodice)
Soft molded plunge line bra
Sew in Bra with bodice
and the rest off the list would take me forever to type.

HTH!!!

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