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Date: 1/1/12 1:40 PM

I took Ann St. Clair's bra-making class back in October, and the bra fit great (the most comfortable bra I've ever worn), but I haven't yet tried making another.

As soon as I post this message, I'm going to go cut out the other two bras in the kit and get this done. It will be a weight off of my mind -- and I will then have two more custom-fitted bras. Wish me luck.

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Date: 1/1/12 8:08 PM

Harriet

Good luck! Let me know how it goes. I think that I would like to give it a go. I'm a 30-32 band, d/dd. Do you have any links or other info?

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Date: 1/1/12 10:04 PM

Harriet, the new Threads (March 2012) has an article on bramaking. I just picked it up the other day.

I'm curious how Anne St. Clair's sizing compares to RTW. If you've been properly fitted (say like at Nordstrom) are you likely to wear the same size in her patterns? I'd love some enlightenment on her sizing system. Good bras (I'm partial to Chantelle) have gotten so blasted expensive.
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Date: 1/1/12 10:51 PM

Her sizing is quite a bit different. For example, in RTW bras, I usually wear a 40C, but my pattern is 39G (she adjusted it to fall between 38 and 40 band size by taking a 38 band size pattern and adding 1/2 inch to it). If I hadn't taken the class and gotten step-by-step instructions on the construction, I'm sure I would be completely lost trying to do this on my own.

She doesn't really have a website, but there is a blog with a lot of information:

Needle Nook Fabrics

I think if you want to order anything, you can just call her.

btw, I did manage to cut out two bras this afternoon. Now to sew them . . .
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Date: 1/1/12 10:52 PM

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I'm curious how Anne St. Clair's sizing compares to RTW. If you've been properly fitted (say like at Nordstrom) are you likely to wear the same size in her patterns? I'd love some enlightenment on her sizing system. Good bras (I'm partial to Chantelle) have gotten so blasted expensive.

Thanks, Jan


I attended one of Ann St. Clair's bra workshops about 1-1/2 years ago. I too wanted to learn now to make my bras as the cost for a good bra is so high, not to mention it can be difficult to find my size.

As part of this workshop she measured everyone and provided the pattern and size - she put me in her Queen Bra Elite pattern in a size 33 H. I've been properly fitted and purchase my bras at Nordstroms as my band is 32 and my cup is triple D.

I loved learning how easy it was to sew a bra. But I love the fit of my Chantelle and Natori bras better so I'll continue to pay the high price.

Everyone else in the workshop loved their new bras and the fit better than what they had been wearing.
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Date: 1/1/12 11:00 PM

I think it would be difficult to make a bra with the polished finish of any RTW without a lot of practice plus access to proper materials. My bra from the class is absolutely plain, like the cheapest nylon tricot bra you can buy, and my finishes were not great, but it fits perfectly. My only complaint is that the seam across the cups shows through on thin knits, but that could be because of my lack of sewing and pressing skills.

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Date: 1/2/12 1:48 AM

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My only complaint is that the seam across the cups shows through on thin knits, but that could be because of my lack of sewing and pressing skills.

I took her class and made the bra, and the horizontal seaming gives you a somewhat pointy shape and I never wore it, I took it apart and started to rotate the seam to a vertical or diagonal seam, but lost interest.

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Date: 1/2/12 3:09 PM

Congratulations on getting a bra that fits! I wish I lived close enough to take Ann's class. Bras are torture devices for me; they always hurt (although that could be because of fibromyalgia). Thanks for the link. I'm seriously considering having some made-to-order if I can find someone close enough to me to do it. I'm a 44C. I take mine off as soon as I'm in the door

Sue

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Date: 1/2/12 5:54 PM

Wow, I'm relieved to hear that some of you have had similar results in bra-sewing that I've had.....they fit okay but just didn't feel or look good enough to wear. I have found that I really need to be able to try on quite a few bras before I find just the right combination of size, shape, seaming, and style.

For me, it's just like jeans. I can make a pair that fit, but they never make me feel like I do when I wear my favorite RTW jeans.

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Subject: Anne St. Clair bras Date: 1/17/12 1:14 PM

So I cut them out -- and they've been sitting there for two weeks, even through the 3-day weekend I just had. Do I need to face the fact that I'm too busy to do any sewing right now? Or how can I get myself started?

wrt the fit/finish issue: Right after I signed up for the class, I went to Macy's and actually found some bras that I like quite a bit. I think the brand is Lilyette. The fit and support aren't quite as good as on the bra I later made in the class, but the fabric is much more luxurious, and they weren't terribly expensive, either (I think I spent about $100 for three bras -- so not dirt cheap, but not so bad).

I will look for that Threads issue and see if there is any enlightenment there. And try to give myself a kick to at least sew a seam a day and get this project done.

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