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I hate bras and the knit camis, what can I wear instead?
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Date: 4/29/11 6:01 PM

We'll, the title says it all. I hate bras, and the knit camisoles are just TOOOOO HOT in the summer. What are some good bra alternative I can wear? I'm trying to make a a woven camisole, but I am have SOME fitting issues... I think maybe I need to start somewhere else. I can make empire waisted dresses, but I'm hoping for some options. Please advise!

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Date: 4/29/11 6:44 PM

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Date: 4/29/11 6:48 PM

Eeek. I think I'd be swinging MIGHTY free

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Date: 4/29/11 7:46 PM

You're so bad.

I was thinking about built in cotton corsets in dresses. I'm also looking for something else, not so much the heat but the tightness and the elastic bothers me.

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Date: 4/29/11 8:07 PM

In the past, there have been a few patterns for things like woven camisoles and such with a built in support system that looks a bit like a long, extended neck facing that extends below the bosom and has an elasticized bottom. I don't believe there are any such patterns in recent years, but I'll look through my stash and see if I can come up with pattern numbers.

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Date: 4/29/11 8:10 PM

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I hate bras

What precisely do you hate about bras?

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Date: 4/29/11 8:13 PM

Go & get fitted by a specialty store. It makes all the difference. Oh, and expect to spend $100 for one bra.

Another alternative is a sports bra that doesn't smoosh you. Check out the Title 9 website or catalogue for a reasonable selection.

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Date: 4/29/11 9:13 PM

As Anne says, a comfy bra, though pricey, is a wonderful thing to have, if you're looking at the long haul (sorry, but the subject lends itself). Cooper's Droop is devoutly to be avoided, if possible.

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Date: 4/29/11 10:57 PM

And in the interim, you might consider this advice about adding a 'shelf bra' (relevant search term) to a woven top, as discussed at Pamela's Patterns here.

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Date: 4/30/11 8:35 AM

Have you ever had a really good quality, professionally-fitted bra?

Even as a DD-DDD (weight fluctuations), I can find well-fitting, supportive, comfortable bras in the $25-35 range by going to a Hanes outlet.

Bali and Playtex usually suit me but bras are like jeans -- different brands are so different in cut and shaping that you have to try a lot of them to find out what actually matches your body.

One of many articles on how to choose a bra that really fits.

The only really useful alternative to a bra that I know of is a properly-fitted corset (this usually means custom-made). They're really much more comfortable than they sound -- especially since they can be made of woven cotton -- but fit is even more critical than it is with bras. The best sources for either patterns or garments are the companies that sell supplies to historical reenactors.

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