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Message Board > Miscellaneous > bra sizing ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 1/22/12 3:08 PM

Did anyone else catch the info. about bra sizes that Tim Gunn mentioned on the new show THE REVOLUTION? According to him the average bra size in the US is 36dd!!!!! That is quite a big change from the 34b that the Big4 still draft from . No wonder there are so many required FBA.

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Date: 1/23/12 9:41 AM

I had a big revelation about bra sizing when I went to Breakout Bras website and measured their way. Instead of being a 36C (traditional measuring), I was a 34F. I ordered in that size and I have to say that bra fit me MUCH better than any bra I had ever worn. That said - since the pattern companies don't measure that way, I don't think their "B" is the same. It's always a bit of a mystery.
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Date: 1/23/12 10:01 AM

Bra sizing is a mystery to me. I've been measured at Nordstrom's and was told I was one size, but when I took Ann St Clair's bra making class I was a completely different size and when using one of my fitting books I am yet a third size. Some bras fit better than others and some styles of bras I like better than other styles - but once I find a bra I like, I try and purchase several ones to last me for a awhile.

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Date: 1/23/12 12:53 PM

The sizing isn't standard in rtw bras either. European sizeing and US sizing is similar. Then there's UK sizing that has ff and gg cups for example. I was told at the lingerie shop, those are like half a size up for cups.

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Date: 1/23/12 1:01 PM

Speaking from the "almost A" camp I hope they don't start drafting patterns for 36DD

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Date: 1/23/12 2:01 PM

That maybe might be the mathematical average, but it's definitely not the mean. I have heard it's increased from a 36B to a 34C (band sizes might be reversed), but there's no way that's the mean. Maybe that's the average for women from his last show who were wearing the wrong size? My friend and I both wear 34DDs from the same company, but I'm thoroughly convinced there's no way she's in the right size, even though she said she'd been measured recently.

The most uncomfortable, unflattering bras I own are from Breakout Bras. They put me in a 32F, which I had to add an extender to even wear, and it seems to move things down and back more than up and centered. It's strange, the bust point hits in the same spot, but the girls look sad.

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Date: 1/23/12 4:22 PM

Bra sizing is quite a complex area! I was wearing a 34DD for the longest time thinking that was my bra size. A friend of mine gave me an honest opinion and told me that she thought I was wearing the wrong size and that my chest shape made me look frumpy. She directed to to Bra Tenders in NYC on 9th Avenue. Bra Tenders has sizes all the way up to cup size K!

I made an appointment and got measured by one of the fit experts. It turned out that I am a 30GG. She explained to me that the stores don't carry all of the larger cup sizes so what they do is put women in larger band sizes because the cups happen to be bigger the higher the band size you go. And that is exactly what happened to me. My large chest was hanging down more than needed to be because the band was too large and slid up my back instead of helping to hold them up.

With the proper bra size, I get the support I need so now my apex is at a higher point and I look a little slimmer.

I have also found, oddly enough, that with the pattern sizing, I am a D. They say to measure the upper chest instead of the bust. My band size is 30; my chest size is 38; and my upper chest is 34. It makes sense that my upper chest is larger than my band size since my torso/frame gradually is larger as you go up to the shoulders.

So using the recommended method of choosing a size for patterns where you use the upper chest measurement, I am a D!

Given all of these variables, I must always do a muslin to be sure I make a garment that fits.

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