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Date: 10/9/06 10:15 PM

I have always found it very difficult to find bras that fit me. Technically, I'm a 32DD, but because I have NEVER seen this bra size EVER, I am forced to buy 34DDs and alter the straps and take in the back in order to get the proper fit.

I went bra shopping today in hopes of finding a better fit, but after trying on 15 bras in one store, I decided it was too beautiful out to get frusterated over my bra size and left. I've been reading through some of the threads on sewing your own bras, and I checked out a few websites. When a pattern says 32A-44DD, does that mean that 32DD is included in that pattern? Or, can I assume that I can adjust these patterns to make a 32DD?

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Date: 10/9/06 11:13 PM

Hello Isew. Yes that pattern should have the 32DD in it. I am a 44DD and have made bras, they are suprisingly easy. And you can customize the fit.

There was a very good article in Threads a few years back that you might find helpful. And there is a site, Bra makers supply, that you will find helpful. They have lots of information on fabrics to pick and which details you need.

Good luck with this, I know there is a lot of really good information out there. And I was very happy with the bras I made.

Bonny Dune

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Date: 10/10/06 7:52 AM

You should be able to get a bra in a 32DD, Try here. If you can get a good bra I'd suggest trying to copy it- if you search PR I think there's a book/kit mentioned...

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Date: 10/10/06 9:41 AM

Look for a brand called "Goddess". They have 32DD. You'll probably need a specialty store as most department stores dont' carry this brand.

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Date: 10/10/06 9:47 AM

I saw Oprah's show on finding the right bra. She had the audience trot off to Nordstrom's for fitting. Almost everyone was in the wrong size bra. I also was very frustrated with my bra's, so off I went to Nordstrom. I thought I was a 38 D...she measured and said I was a 36 DDD. I told her that a 36 would never fit. Well they all fit like a dream, and feel so much better. I suggest you go to your local Nordstroms and get a professional fit. No appointment necessary, fitters are there all the time. Several of my friends have gone, and they too are a new size. I have a website that carries all the bra sizes for making your own and will post it later. But my recommendation would be to get fitted before you sew anything.

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Date: 10/10/06 10:24 AM

When looking at bra sizes, remember that as band size goes up, cup size goes down. So if 34DD fit you cup wise, you probably really need a 32 DDD.

That being said, If you get a pattern you can mix and match band size with cup sizes and blend the sides together so the seams line up properly. I need to do that on some patterns I have and just have not had the chance yet.

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Date: 10/10/06 2:43 PM

I used to be in the same boat as you ... a 32DD to 32E. I gained some weight and am now more a 34DD, which are easier to find in the stores. Another website to try out is: BareNecessities. I've had much success with them and Figleaves. Good luck.

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Date: 10/10/06 3:36 PM

You might try Anne at Needlenook Fabrics. She sells her own pattern for bras which is a good one and has her own book too. I took a class with her which was informative and fun and surprisingly not as hard as I would think.

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Date: 10/10/06 10:21 PM

I had the same problem, I'm a 32E. I viewed one of Oprah's shows and visited a store called Intimacy in Atlanta, Georgia, which are bra fitting specialists. They are excellent, I purchased the Le Mystere, renaissance which they did not alter. I also purchased a strapless called Primadonna which was altered for a custom fit. They removed 4-1/2 inches, from the band. The first strapless bra that I own in which I don't have to babysit.
The bras come with a life time guarantee. But they are costly. My two bras totaled 150.00, it was money well spent.
-- Edited on 10/10/06 10:23 PM --

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Date: 10/11/06 3:26 AM

Yes you should be able to make your own bra - they are actually not hard to do - which really surpirsed me
some links that I have book markedbra makers blog
beautiful bras her book is on my Xmas wish list
beautiful bras

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