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Pattern Reviews> Pin-up Girls> PB-3200  (Shelley Full Band Bra)

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Reviewed by:Ros B.
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Posted on:8/2/13 2:49 PM
Review Rating: Helpful by 2 people    Very Helpful by 8 people   
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sewintheforest said... (3/29/14 8:32 AM) Reply
Oh, sorry! Just reread that you started with the E cup and adjusted band size! Happy to hear you like this bra :)
sewintheforest said... (3/29/14 8:31 AM) Reply
I fall in between the 2 sizing packages. I need some of the D package and a smidge of the E cups but don't want to buy the pattern again in the larger size just for a few fractions of inches. What did you do to get the E cup fit from your original D pattern? Thanks!
Ros B. said... (8/4/13 12:09 PM) Reply
@ ArtAttack - thank you for the kind words, I've appreciated the details in your reviews and seeing your successes! @Sigrid: thanks so much! Much appreciated re. your advice and answers to my PMs @RobbieK - I really like that this pattern is multisized, albeit in certain ranges. Contacting Bra Makers Supply can also help re. choosing the pattern as well as the sizing :) @ASiverson: Fitting is the hardest thing! But some smart folks have blogged suggestions like sewing a trial bra (use a non stretchy fabric for the band). I've also read that if you have your rib measurements or band size (I have used upper bust as my band size - no adding any inches to it), and you are able to figure out your underwire size, then you can find out your bra size. Some online stores have printable underwire charts. I wonder if fitting a pipe cleaner (you know, kid's art stuff?) under the breast would be accurate? I'll have to try! @AndreaSews - thank you! Advice for improvement is also always welcomed! Would love to try an all lace version, but even stitching through this lace left a noticeable (read: ugly) row of stitches?
AndreaSews said... (8/4/13 0:57 AM) Reply
Beautiful bra! Shelley is a great pattern, and perfect for your first, such great instructions.
Ros B. said... (8/3/13 11:42 AM) Reply
@jeanbluecat: I just set myself up for private messages! Thanks for the kind words - I've already started on a rocking hot pink bra for my mum, and used a solid material instead of lace for the upper cup - will post progress pics. Hard to fit someone else, esp someone who lives out of the bra may need to wait until I have her [bust] in person again :)
ASiverson said... (8/3/13 10:06 AM) Reply
I have been thinking and thinking about making bras. Thank you so very much for posting your success story! I am hard to fit also!
RobbieK said... (8/3/13 9:06 AM) Reply
It looks great. I'm hard to fit and seeing your success...I might take the plunge.
Sigrid. said... (8/3/13 5:58 AM) Reply
Beautiful. It's so addictive making bra's that fit really well. Congratulations with the beautiful result.
ArtAttack said... (8/3/13 0:30 AM) Reply
Welcome to bramaking and congrats on your first bra! Pin-Up Girls is a great place to start and that will give you the confidence to start branching out all over the place. Great job!
jeanbluecat said... (8/2/13 11:44 PM) Reply
Are you set up to receive private messages? I would like to pm you if it is okay? Thank you!
Ros B. said... (8/2/13 10:54 PM) Reply
Thanks! I am in the process of sewing a hot pink and black version for my mum. Definitely easier to fit oneself than to push, pull on another person ;) There are other interesting patterns made by the same designer, and the description will give you an idea of the style that might suit your shape well. I also spent time reading before ordering the pattern, and now realize that sewing a trial bra is a good idea - for this bra, best to sew the cups with the fashion fabric itself (you can omit the lace and use the same material as for the other portions of the cup), but the main band can be made with other material. I've also signed up for Bra Makers Supply newsletter - just received a useful tip today on fitting the pattern!
jeanbluecat said... (8/2/13 4:13 PM) Reply
Amazing! You have inspired me to seriously think about making my own bra. I am a hard to fit size. Hmmmmm. Your bra looks great!
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