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Date: 4/14/09 7:06 PM

Just curious if there are any others out there who make their nighties or pjs with shelf bras for comfort? I've been experimenting with a couple of different knit versions but am not completely satisfied yet. So far, I've done slip nighties & pull over type shelf bras but I'm getting ready to start summerwear and trying to think outside the box for both comfort and ease of on/off. Any ideas?

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Date: 4/14/09 7:50 PM

I've been thinking about this for a couple months and will be following this thread closely. I tried adding a basic shelf bra to a vintage nightgown pattern, but it just caused the front bodice to pull down. I ended up cutting the bra out of the nightgown.

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Date: 4/14/09 9:05 PM

There is a wonderful fabric shop in KC, MO, that includes this woman named Zoelee, who is a wonderful teacher. She offers five two hour lessons on lingerie that the KC Pinheads regional group is thinking about taking together. We should in the future have more information for you, as Zoelee is a very good teacher.

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Date: 4/15/09 3:46 AM

It almost sounds as if there may not have been enough length in your shelf bra if it pulled the front down. I had that happen with my first attempt and did the same thing as you! So far, I've used knits for both the nightie and the camisole and slim fitting slip dress style. For summer, I'd like to try a lightweight cotton or even well washed handkerchief linen in a looser style and am trying to think my way through this one. Front opening on bodice of nightie, soft knit or stretch lace type leisure bra with front hook on inside? Or, do I even need front hooks on the latter? Hmmmm, decisions, decisions I don't really know if the woven nightie would make a difference to the style or comfort at all - guess I'll just forge ahead and experiment some more.

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Date: 4/18/09 10:31 PM

I have a leisure bra that I've been wanting to copy and it would be great to try to incorporate it into a nightie. I really do need the support and I even sleep better when I wear one. Hmmmm...I might have to think about this a little. I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with!

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Date: 4/19/09 3:07 PM

I tried on a RTW tank with a shelf bra in it and looked so horrible, I've never tried anything with a shelf bra since. Maybe it's my age and saggy boobs, but I just had this weird shape. I'm a C cup, so it isn't size that's the problem. I envy anyone who can wear one. It seems like such a great idea.

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Date: 4/19/09 4:11 PM

You might check out this pattern, it goes up to 4X and has cupsizes. It has a snug fitting bodice, that could be supportive, especially in 2 layers.
http://www.sewinglingerie.com/patterns/nice_nightie.html

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Date: 8/26/09 6:35 PM

I just wanted to bump this up to see if any one had any luck making a nightie with a shelf bra.......

Nora :)

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Date: 4/11/13 11:02 PM

I plan on making this sleep bra/nightgown/nursing nightgown.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/82314109/e-pattern-sweet-blossom-lingerie?ref=cat_gallery_1

http://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/47851

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Date: 4/12/13 9:16 AM

I use Kwik sew 3115 for knit pjs. It's really yoga pants and a tank top with a built in shelf bra. I do have to lengthen the shelf bra by about two inches for my D cup but then it looks quite presentable.
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