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jynclr
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Date: 7/12/12 11:31 AM

I am considering making this Simplicity 2947 Maxi dress view A.

Seeing as how it ties behind the neck, I was considering adding bra cups for added support. I was wondering how difficult it would be to sew in bra cups. If anyone has suggestions or tutorials, I'd appreciate it.

Here are the instructions for this pattern.

I was thinking either individual cups like these or one of these with both cups attached. Which would you suggest?

(BTW, I'd like to wear this dress to work. I'll be making the shrug, view E, to go with it.)

Thank you for your help and suggestions. I'll be going this afternoon to pick out fabric.
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Date: 7/12/12 12:20 PM

A Bing.com search for "how to add bra cups to a dress" brought me right back here to PR. Of course!

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Date: 7/13/12 8:29 AM

I think it depends on how much support and padding you require. The individual padded cups work well if the dress is a snug fit. I have a small bust, though, so I need more padding than support. :(

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Date: 7/18/12 2:41 PM

Yeah, I have a large bust. I modified a maxi pattern to add cups. It did not work well at all. I'm not liking it in the least. I'm going to make a modification to the dress for more support and see how that works out.

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Date: 7/18/12 3:12 PM

Wearing a DD cup myself and never ever being able to have a sundress type thing (finding a decent fitting bathing suit is hard enough) - I'm wondering about this too - the link posted for how to do it was someone that wore DD so it must work somehow - was thinking of trying to make one - even bought the cups - really surprised they don't make patterns for one that is actually designed for that sort of thing. Also wondered if there is a bathing suit pattern that fits DD and has good support and there was a way to simply add a skirt to that.

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Date: 7/18/12 4:54 PM

Yeah, we're on the same page with adding a skirt to the bra idea! I was wondering about that too.

One of the reasons why I went ahead and added cups was because the person in the tutorial said it worked for her. I did not like how mine turned out. :(

I'll still be on a look out for a sundress/maxi-dress with a support-like bra pattern.

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Date: 7/18/12 5:43 PM

I reading this with interest because I made a halter maxi dresslast year that I have yet to wear becuase I wasn't able to sort out the bra thing. It seemed as if I could wear a straples bra, but the front neckline dips below a bra line, even with a low center front gore. I recently saw this and wondered if it would work. It only goes up to a D cup, but that may be enough for something like this. After all, I wouldn't be running a marathon in it!

Yours however, isn't low in the front at all. Why not wear a strapless bra? You'll probably get a better fit than with sew in cups and you can use it for other dresses. Wacoal makes a good one in larger cup sizes.

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