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Supportive Sports Bra - Jalie 2563
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Date: 2/14/11 3:03 AM

Well i'm looking to take up jogging/running here in Aus and while the most supportive bra i've got being a Hestia brand one -Sports Edge Contour ....

So i am looking to make a super suportive bra....having been looking at Jalie 2563 i've seen people say that it's quite suportive in there reviews but also note that got some what smaller bust sizes whereas i'm about a D or even DD in some cases.

I was thinking given the overall coverage offered in the bra pattern it might be a good one to start with - but i would need to adapt it to accomodate and underwire and am not sure how to go about that.

Any idea on the best fabrics to purchase? That offer the best comfort and most importantly support?

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Date: 2/14/11 1:10 PM

I have not made the Jalie sports bra, but have made a few bras.

At the last bra making class I took we discussed sports bras and one thing we determined was that to prevent bounce, compression was needed at the top of the bust, as well as support from below. One of the ladies in the class was game to give an example, and a 2 inch wide elastic under the arm, over the bust made a huge difference.

The Jalie bra does not appear to have any support from above.

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Date: 2/15/11 11:46 AM

Your mileage (literally) may vary but I would not like the Jalie (I'm a DD). For short distances (>10 miles), I wear two sports bras. For longer mileage runs, I wear a custom made job. You don't mention your band size. If you are average or larger, you have more options than a slender woman. Iow, if you wear something on the order of a 30/32DD and are looking for a high mileage bra, you may find it more advantageous to hire it out. I mean, I'm a pattern maker by profession. I've made bras. I didn't want to make this one. Just getting the right materials for this kind of prolonged bounce wasn't a sourcing job I wanted to take on.

Or maybe it's a case of knowing too much. I didn't want to put X hours into the draft, x hours in to locating materials to say nothing of sewing it up and then not being guaranteed it was going to work. To me, $85, guaranteed fit and four weeks to have it custom made was a bargain. The company is Enell. I have no professional affiliation with them.

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Date: 2/15/11 12:20 PM

I had an enell in my jogging days. It wasn't custom made, I went by the advice for size and bought it accordingly. It looked like something a religious order might force you into, but definitely did the work. Only time in my post pubescent life I've been able to run painlessly.

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Date: 2/15/11 12:31 PM

I wish I could find a British company that would custom make bras, other than the 600 Rigby and Peller.

I have never found any bra that fits, which could explain why I usually just wear a layer of support Lycra. But then my main problem for RTW, apart from finding the size, is too much support as I hate to feel constricted. I do make my own but I also wouldn't make the Jalie apart from the grading up to 46H and sourcing(as Kathleen says) (but try bramakers in Canada) but it just doesn't look comfortable to me!

Because of the way this one is constructed you will have trouble adding an under wire, though I have more experience doing the reverse to bra patterns as I hate under wires with a passion! Also they describe it a sports top rather than a bra

-- Edited on 2/15/11 12:37 PM --

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Date: 2/15/11 3:47 PM

I just noticed that you are in OZ.

Booby Traps in in OZ

They are one of the great online bra making resources. There are others in Canada, the US and Europe.

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Date: 2/15/11 6:18 PM

Thanks for all the good advice!

But low is me i'm just a poor girl who doesn't like paying $20 for a bra let alone $85.

I was thinking that Kwik Sew 2374 might then be a better alternative....though i may just draft my own pattern :tounge:

Any idea on the trype of compression i would need for a good sports bra? Any what type of material?

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Date: 2/15/11 7:10 PM

Yup I would say that kwik sew one would be better as an actual bra, rather than a top. However its not really sports bra like...Do you like
this? or this one?
Not sure on underwired sports bras though! not my area i's afraid!

You'll need something called Powernet for the compression factor and something non stretch for the cups and band and then elastics and stuff like that. Lace if you like that sort of thing.
Best thing to do is simply buy a kit from one of the many retailers that offer them. My faves are Bra makers in canada and bra compnets who do more colours, if that matters to you (and offer a 30% discount if you know how! NAYMMV) but booby traps would be just as good seeing as it's the same country!
Bra sewing does take some practice so maybe buy enough for 2-3 bras so you can muslin it. Once you know the tweaks for you, you can buy nicer fabrics or use your garment leftovers or remnants.

With sports bras, as Kathleen said, there is much tweakery depends on your individual fabric's elastic properties,
If you really want to investigate further there is making beautiful bras or the bramakers manual by beverly johnson which contain the useful info you might need!
-- Edited on 2/15/11 7:24 PM --

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Date: 2/15/11 7:24 PM

I just made Jalie 2563. I've got ittie bitties and it's fine for my purposes, but if I were anything larger than an AA cup I would invest in a (commercial) underwire sports bra. Tiny boobies just need compression, but larger ones need support *and* compression. The Jalie does not really offer support.

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Date: 2/15/11 8:13 PM

Another vote of support for Enell. In a properly fitting Enell bra, your boobs will not move independently of your body.

I'm not affliliated with Enell except as a happy customer. I have three of the Enell sport bras. Every once in a while I think of maying my own interpretation of one and I have decided that it's just not worth my time and it's worth spending the money. If I put off exercising because I hadn't made a proper bra, then I was doing myself a disservice.

If you have the chance to try one on at a store, you should. I recommend that you read through the sizing/fitting page on their website and try on the bra in the store. If it doesn't fit make notes and order a custom made bra.

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