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Date: 4/4/13 9:50 AM

I'm an unusual size so I can never find a bra that fits. I've never made anything for myself (I sew clothing for my daughter and some home dec) but would like to try my hand at making bras for myself. I don't know the first thing about what to buy or where to find a pattern that will work for my size (42A)

Any suggestions on where to look for a pattern in my size. Any retailers you'd recommend for supplies? I live in the boonies so if I shopped *locally*, my nearest place would be Joann's an hour away so I'm fine with online retailers for supplies. I did PR search and only came up with 3 threads, none of which answered my questions. Any help/advice you have will be greatly appreciated.

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Date: 4/4/13 10:02 AM

Contact Bev at Bra Makers Supply she has her won patterns, as well as others. Her patterns come in a great many sizes and she can probably help you.

I looked a bit further on the website and found Full Band has an A cup in sized 40-48

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Date: 4/4/13 10:11 AM

Thank you SO much Michelle T!

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Date: 4/4/13 10:36 AM

Do you know about about Ann St. Claire? Her shop has been in business 30 years and she travels to teach bra workshops.

Needle Nook, Kansas

She has a bra making workbook for $35 if you can't take a class. They are super helpful on the phone, will discuss and suggest supplies for your body type and are quick to ship. There's a recent review here by Kemish, a very different bra size from you, but she's happy with her fit.

Check out her review

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Date: 4/4/13 10:57 AM

I live in the boonies (and am an unusual bra size) too!! I recently started making my own bras, and this thread is full of amazing tips!

I too recommend Anne from Needlenook Fabrics. I've been getting my supplies from Sew Sassy recently.

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Date: 4/4/13 12:19 PM

Thank you so much wendyrb and JennaF! I'm getting so excited about the prospect of having a properly fitting bra sooner than later!

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Date: 4/4/13 8:35 PM

Another Anne Fan here! Her book is fabulous, and the shop has, in the past, sent a set of "fit bras" for you to try on and see which fits YOU. She is very customer service oriented, and will answer emails and phone calls quickly. Recommend!

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Date: 4/16/13 12:38 PM

I fit bras as part of my job as a stylist for a major department store. Are you sure you need a 42 band? Something seems off. When you measure around your rib cage right below the bust, you shouldn't be adding inches. If your rib cage measures 38, then your band is a 38. If your rib cage measures 37.5, then you need a 38. I would try moving up a cup size and down a band size if you can, and see if your fit improves. If the cup is still too big, try a smaller band and bigger cup (so maybe a 36B or 34C) and if you need to add a band extender, do.

It might be easier to add a band extender to a bra whose cups fit than to sew your own. Hope this helps!

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Date: 4/18/13 7:44 PM

I wear an odd size too and don't want to fiddle with making one-I'm a new enough sewer that it'd take me forever.
I buy new with tags on ebay. I wear a 34 ddd/e (was just a D before pregnancy and nursing!). You could get one and copy it? Buy a cheap one and deconstruct it, add seams? Sounds so easy-surely it must be! haha.

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Date: 4/29/13 6:29 AM

Quote: MarthaOnFive
I fit bras as part of my job as a stylist for a major department store. Are you sure you need a 42 band? Something seems off. When you measure around your rib cage right below the bust, you shouldn't be adding inches. If your rib cage measures 38, then your band is a 38. If your rib cage measures 37.5, then you need a 38. I would try moving up a cup size and down a band size if you can, and see if your fit improves. If the cup is still too big, try a smaller band and bigger cup (so maybe a 36B or 34C) and if you need to add a band extender, do.



It might be easier to add a band extender to a bra whose cups fit than to sew your own. Hope this helps!

I'm seconding this. I'm a bra fitter in a big department store so I fit dozens of women in a week. I'd go further and say that on bigger band sizes your band size is usually less than your underbust measurement. It varies with brand of course, but I measure nearly 38 myself but wear a 36. In Fantasie I could easily wear a 34. Your band should be snug remember and the wire should sit quite far back so it's behind the breast tissue.
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