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Finding them in a DD size!
Nancy K
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Date: 7/15/08 8:45 AM

My dd is a 32 DD bra size and I am making her a dress (bridesmaid, we didn't pick the patern) that is not bra friendly. she doesn't love strapless bras. I have looked for bra cups in her size, but no luck. Anyone out there know of a place that has larger cup sizes?

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Date: 7/15/08 9:25 AM

that's always an issue and because of the uncommoness of it, you always end up paying ridiculous amounts of money.
Bra cups are mearly a slight structure conturing to styles that may look like wet dish rags otherwise on the rack or some bodies. A DD doesn't share that problem and usually needs support to defy gravity so a built in semi-corset is always the best way. But if the style of the dress doesn't merit this then I highly recommend just going to a Wal-Mart or something and buying an "end-of-season" swimsuit for under $10.00 and removing them and using those. It's much easier to find and they are available in everything from the individual cup to the actual bra style with elastic band depending on the swimsuit.
Hope this helps. JF

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Date: 7/15/08 10:14 AM

A long line strapless bra is the best investment you can make for a DD woman. It doesn't "fall" because it's resting on the waist not the ribs!

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Date: 7/15/08 10:55 AM

I agree with Greco in that a built in corselet would be the way to go.
More work but she'll def look better than if you just stitch in bra cups.

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Date: 7/16/08 7:30 AM

I would have done that, but I don't think that the dress is a candidate for for a built in corset. Here is the dressdress B I would have had to draft a corset, and that is really beyond my skills. I think that she will look for a strapless bra.
It's just not a full bust friendly dress. I made 2 muslins of the front bodice, one with a side dart and one with the dart rotated to add gathers at the top and bottom of the bodice. The added dart looked much better than the extra gathers, which made her look matronly and was truly unattractive. When a 22 year old looks matronly, that's bad.
-- Edited on 7/16/08 7:30 AM --

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Date: 7/16/08 7:43 AM

Nancy, You can make an internal, shelf bra for this dress by simply fitting heavy weight 4 way stretch spandex to her as a form fitted bra and then attaching the pattern bodice over that. But even that idea, unless you are very ept at constructing the shelf bra with support sides and under lifts, she will be constantly defying gravity with the blessings she has.
And a regular strapless bra, will be not much more help. Without straps,, strapless bras ALWAYS tend to slide down and assure an evening of tugging up the offending undergarment. Based on this pattern though, a "racer back bra would probably work with the style requiring you to only put some bra stays in the dress straps to keep the bra straps hidden out of view. You can also do emergency surgery and sew in a strapless bra at a few key points of the bodice once the dress is finished, allowing the dress straps to be the support. JF

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Date: 7/16/08 11:20 AM

Quote: Nancy K
My dd is a 32 DD bra size and I am making her a dress (bridesmaid, we didn't pick the patern) that is not bra friendly. she doesn't love strapless bras. I have looked for bra cups in her size, but no luck. Anyone out there know of a place that has larger cup sizes?

Any chance at reasoning with the bride? (Having all of the attendants wear the exact same dress and looking like clones isn't even really in style at the moment...)

If the bride is less-endowed, she may not even realize what she's asking of your daughter. Rather than being uncomfortable through the ceremony and reception, maybe she can direct the bride towards a more bust-friendly dress for herself? (It would help to have a similarly styled pattern picked out beforehand.)

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Date: 7/16/08 11:48 AM

Nancy, I had bookmarked this address as they do sell bra cups in the DD size. Here's the link...http://www.bramakerssupply.com/cart/displaydriver.asp?function=Welcome
They are Canadian, and I have no experience with ordering from them. (I'm Canadian too, so that was a plus!)
Hope that helps.
Helen

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Date: 7/16/08 3:06 PM

Quote: Janie Viers
A long line strapless bra is the best investment you can make for a DD woman. It doesn't "fall" because it's resting on the waist not the ribs!

I completely agree. As the proud owner of a D+ bust, simple sewn-in bra cups would make for one mortifying wedding picture (unless DD, unlike me, has a much friendlier relationship with gravity)

Nancy
-- Edited on 7/16/08 3:08 PM --
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Date: 7/16/08 3:39 PM

You might try a cup in a smaller size since she wears a small band size. I'm a 34F (or DDD) and when I made a bra, I used a pattern for a 38 D and shortened the band to a 34. The cups fit me well. Keep in mind that the size of the br**st in a 32DD isn't as large as one in, say a 40 DD.

Sew Sassy has swim cup inserts. They say to order a size larger for C/D cups, so I'd order maybe 2 sizes larger for a DD or 3 for DDD. Like the ones that come in dress sizes, for me I'd probably order an 18 since I wear a 12 dress and a DDD cup. Clear as mud?

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