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JuneHawk
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Date: 9/18/09 10:37 PM

I don't even know if this question belongs here but I couldn't figure out where else to put it.

I want to make a maxi dress with a V neck and thin straps. Of course, such a dress would require that I didn't wear a bra, however, pregnancy and months of breastfeeding have left my breasts in no condition to go braless. So.....what I'm trying to figure out is how to sew bra cups into the dress and actually have them provide support. Does that make sense?

Any tips or ideas?

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Date: 9/19/09 0:19 AM

There are a couple of tutorials that might be helpful.

Nancy's tutorial on adding bra cups

Gigi's Tutorial on the old SewingDivas blog

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Date: 9/19/09 3:14 AM

Those links are great as I have used them and found them to be quite helpful. Also take a look at ready to wear and see how they are put in. It's actually much easier than you would think.

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Date: 9/19/09 9:45 AM

Back in the 60s, sundresses w/built-in bras were quite popular and would be in style today. I had one in black and white pique - slight A-line style w/empire waist. I literally wore it out! I remember seeing Nancy's tutorial and hope to give it another try. Good luck.

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Date: 9/21/09 3:52 PM

I think I know what you mean. I was looking at this older burda, 06 maybe and they had yoga clothes and the top had a "shelf bra" in it. Basically you sew a self-fabric top with the bottom made of 1" elastic to the top of the garment.

I do have a lot of knit RTW tops made like this but I have one that's like a strappy camisole with a "bra" built into the front of the top.

What you need, IMO, is a combo. Soo, say a bralette or whatever they call these things, cut identical to the top part of the dress but with bra cups sewn in (for esthetics+support)and elastic at the bottom (extra support).

Or something...

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Date: 10/17/09 5:09 AM

This cool! Thank for this link. I was looking for a way to wear a halter neck top, without having to wear a halter bra (I hate those).
Lat summer, I made myself a dress with spaghetti-straps, and I could not find a bra that fitted under this dress, I don't want the bra straps to show and a strapless bra is not an option for me.
My solution: I bougt a bra that fitted well enough and the straps of this bra were faily in the same place as the straps of the dress. I removed the bra-straps en sewed the bra-without-straps into the dress, so to speak as a lining. Attached at only 4 points: the points where the bra-straps were cut off, matched the point on the dress where the dress straps started. As a result of this, the dress-straps took over the function of the removed bra-straps.
Ik hope you understand what I mean, as English is not my mother-tongue (nor do I live in any English speaking country)
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