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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Bras that Fit ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Bras that Fit
Why can't I find a good fit when the meas.tape says I should?
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Date: 10/20/06 10:12 PM

I've always been a hard fit, I've measured myself, I've had others measure me, but still I can not get a good fit. Even in normal bras, not sport bras, I have uni-breast. It's frustrating!!!

So I've looked up all the bra calculations and stuff like that, my question to you is, for those of you who have made your own bras, does it really work? Do you have a good fit? What kind of adjustments did you have to make, and how did you decide what cup to go for?

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Date: 10/21/06 10:48 AM

I think I've gotten a much better fit - now if I could only get a really comfortable underwire -hehehehe.

Anne St. Claire of Needle Nook Fabrics has a bra book out now - I think that it's only available in her shop (or if you call and order one for her) and when she's speaking at conferences.

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Date: 10/21/06 11:14 AM

Yes, making my own has made a huge difference, and I don't think I have such a weird shape. I'm mostly a 38B, but have a large rib cage. Now think of Victoria's Secret (I know a lot of folks love 'em:-) Do you think they are trying for fit? Hmmmm, if so, it would be called Victoria's Best Fit - no?

Give it a try if you've had a hard time. It's a bit of a fussy process at first. You need to take apart an old bra that fits you best and basically copy it.

HTH,
Nina

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Date: 10/21/06 2:35 PM

Have you ever considered going to a professional fitter. I know a lot of women think that they can do it alone. I did not have an option when I had my mastectomy.
Most fitters are really good but like with every thing there are a few bad ones out there. Go the a high end retailer and you will be amazed out what they can do for you. If after you find a good fit then you might want to make your own.

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Date: 10/21/06 5:54 PM

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I've always been a hard fit, I've measured myself, I've had others measure me, but still I can not get a good fit. Even in normal bras, not sport bras, I have uni-breast.


IMHO bra-fitting is like taking our measurements for a garment pattern and expecting it to fit out of the envelope. Ummmm.... sort of like making pants. (Aaack!) You are not alone.

I have numbers that say what my size is. However, shape, curvature, width of "the girls" at the base, etc. make it a living nightmare for me to shop bras. I've even been to the best Dept. stores & fitters and have tried on $80 bras that don't work. Gravity and menopause have made it all worse.

Funny . . . I do best in a $28 bra that is usually on sale for $18 and it hides the "problem" area so nicely.
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Date: 10/21/06 7:43 PM

I have the same problem. According to all the measurement charts, I take a 40a, which is impossible to find. Right now I wear a 38c and the fit is pretty good. I think that things like muscle development and the shape of your rib cage can throw off the measurements and give a wrong size. Try on a whole range of different sizes in the lingerie fitting room - even sizes you think you don't take - and see if you don't find something. Or, if you don't have time for that, go to one of those high-end lingerie stores where they fit you.

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Date: 10/22/06 7:30 AM

I don't buy the bra size I should, either. The one that fits best, and makes The Girls look 30 years younger doesn't permit me to sit all day and breathe comfortably. On the other hand, the size the experts say I should wear could be pulled over my head without unfastening it, and it makes a darned unattractive necklace. I aim for something in between those two (the Girls look only 15 years younger but I can inhale), and when I find one, I order a bunch of them.

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Date: 10/22/06 3:10 PM

I have a favorite Victoria's Secret molded bra that fits perfectly and I'd love to try to clone it. I recently found all my supplies at bramakers.com. One of these days, I'll get around to actually making it.

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Date: 10/22/06 4:29 PM

Thanks for posting everyone! I think I'll start off by trying on a bunch of different sizes and then buy a good fitting book. I'll try bramakers.com for supplies and hopefully I can find something that works. You know, you always here of the wonders of a bra that fits.
Nina I'm glad to here you think it's worth it to make your own. I'd hate to spend all this time and money and then feel like I wasted it.

I'll get back to you all later as I start my quest for the perfect fit.

Sarah

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Date: 10/22/06 6:41 PM

I recently got fitted at Nordstrom's and found out that rather than a 38 C I should wear a 36 D. It made a huge difference in how my t shirts fit! I bought two Wacoal bras which at abt $50/ea. were amazingly expensive, but are very comfortable. Needless to say, I am not putting them in the washer and dryer! If you have a Nordstrom's in your area go get fitted- it's definitely worth the trouble.

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