I have a serger and a sewing machine. Congratulations on your weight loss!
I'm short-waisted shorter torso than usual, which makes my boobs look even bigger , so when I try to wear a DD cup which fits better , the underwires are WAY too big and poke into my underarms.
Have you ever tried cutting down underwires? You'll have to let me know how your "Frankenbra" that's cute turns out! I've never tried to cut an underwire. I'd imagine if you do, you'd need to somehow sew it in place, so it doesn't slide around and out of the right spot.
It might be worth a shot trying it on on an old bra. I know I have a few where the underwire broke through the fabric on its own Hi , I am in the exact same situation as you are.
But I'm not sure what you mean by buying a D and a DD. Do you put them together somehow? I find that the underwire bras work for me in 36C size. Let me know please if you've made your bra fit you. This comment has been removed by the author. Thank you so much for posting this, such a clear and helpful tutorial!
I bought an amazing bra which fitted me perfectly, so naturally bought two more online in the same style and size but different colours The backs were enormous! But I've now amended them as shown here and they fit perfectly and I'm back in love with them!
Do you have a tutorial on how to alter a bathing suit top or maybe it is a good suggestion to make it a tutorial? I've never altered a bathing suit top. They are each so different it would be hard to do a general tutorial. I just ended up shopping around until I could find something that fit off the rack. It was hard because I wanted something to cover my belly wanted to hide my stretch marks all while fitting my new-momma-chest.
I ended up finding a tankini from Kohls that worked for me. Same as to this in a different print: Worked great for me! I have this problem I lose weight and i was cup C and now I'm B Can I fix the bra somehow?.. Sory for my english. If you are a new cup size, there really isn't a way to alter the cups, only the band if the cups still were to have fit.
I think you will get to shop for something new! Hey this post is very much appreciated, but I have a question I was wearing a 34 B but my boobs always fell out. And the band dose rise a little but when I go up to C the boob fits weird when I bend over they stay in, but when I lay down they have a small gap. I think its the band because I pulled it back and when I layed down there was no gap.
But I can't find a 32 C that isn't 50 dollars, and I don't have that kind of money just to see if that is the perfect size. So do you think if I buy a 34 C then if I altered the band it would fit correctly. Ok, so this might get confusing. I'm confusing myself thinking about it! Surprisingly, if you alter down the band on a 34 B by an inch it creates a 32 C. Perhaps just doing that could fix your issues. Also, taking in the center can sometimes be enough to hold you in.
Sometimes certain bras' cups are just not cut to suit our shape well enough to keep us in place all day. I have some that fit perfect in the fitting room, but then give me an hour doing house work and I'm about to throw it in the garbage because I can't stay in it. You may need to pick a new brand that works with you better. If you buy a 34C and alter it down to a 32 band it is now equal to a 32D.
So if that's what fits you, then go for it. You might just be a 32D. And get an expert to tell you what size you are. Once you have that figured out you can use those fit-skills to buy cheaper ones and alter them.
I find that a lot of the cute cheaper bras at Wally world are all sorts of funky shapes in the cups. Most notably are the ones that create "torpedo tits" where there is a too tight seal around the edge of the cup, and a giant air pocket inside. So cup size isn't always the problem, sometimes the shape is the culprit! The "Genie Bra" or other stretchy ones might be great later, but I want a normal bra with normal-sized straps right now!
Gotta try this as a temporary fix! I'm not sure why they don't market towards us? I wish I could find something like the genie bra to fit me, but since having babies I just can't fit into pretty much anything off the rack. I have to alter it all. The stretch bras are too loose in the band for me, or I can't even begin to stay in the cups.
Sport bras are my toughest find right now -- I don't feel can really alter them and keep the comfort -- haven't figured that out. I got the genie bra, and I was not impressed. And now that I'm breastfeeding I never wear it Thank you so so much I'm a 32 ddd my size is so hard to find but when I do find a bra that kind of fits it costs more than I can usually afford.
You are a godsend. I only know of two companies that bras in my size. Decent Exposures makes comfortable wireless bras in the original un-bra, a front closure un-bra, a strapless un-bra, and a nursing un-bra.
She covers from a 0 and up to 17 inch difference between ribcage measurement and fullest bust measurement. They come in 7 fabric choices. Can customize them to be latex-free upon request , Lycra ribbing, pockets for a prosthesis or extra coverage across the bust, straps can be made longer or shorter, and armholes can be cut higher or lower.
I had to downsize a bit to get the right fit as the size that should have worked from me was too large which is usually the case with slip on styles.
Ones with a closure I have to upsize. The other company would be Ewa-Michalak but Paypal won't process my order as I no longer have a bank account linked to it and I have no idea how to get the other type of payment they would accept from me.
I'm not good at sewing though so I'll see if someone can help me with that part. For those who have a bra that gapes slightly at the top of the cup s , try this first instead of buying a different size straight away. I have one breast slightly smaller than the other, so this is how I fixed the problem.
On the cup that gapes a bit, stitch a small section of clear swimsuit elastic along the top edge just below the lacey edge if that's the style in the area where the gaping happens. Don't expect to stretch the elastic too much- you're only taking in a tiny bit of looseness otherwise you should buy a new bra!
If you can't find the clear elastic, use another very soft, thin elastic- you don't want it to be bulky. Do you think that the straps being closer to the middle gives you more or less support than how they were before? I can imagine they might give you more support, almost like a racerback. But, they also seem like they might pull on your shoulder muscles. It probably does give a little bit more lift and cleavage. The should straps are not actually what should be receiving the burden of the weight, the weight should be held up most by the fact that your band is fitted correctly now, which is why having a correctly fitting band is so important.
This is great and easy. I just altered a bra using your instructions. The cups were the right size but the band was a size bigger. It matched a dress so I didn't want to pass it up. It was a set with panties. Have you ever altered panties. I teach a sewing class and can't wait to share this with them.
It might not be too hard? But it might be hard to get the seams to be smooth enough to feel good. So glad the bra worked out. And how fun to teach it to a class! Pre-pregnancy I was a 34 dd, but every time they measured me Victorias secret AND aerie they tried telling me I was a 36 b. Then, to humor them, I put on a 36 b and show them the muffin top, lol. Any idea what that's all about? Why do I measure wrong every time?
Anna, Victoria Secret is terrible for measuring size correctly. That is not the right way to do it. Which is what I tried to explain in the post as best as I could. Your size is never going to come up right if they measure up over your chest like that. Nothing to say that others haven't said Thanks so much for posting your ideas- can't wait to try it. It feels like a brand new bra again I need to reduce the cup size of a 2 piece bathing suit.
Do you think I could just take in the cup both across and vertically? It is a nice tip. I'll work my nice lace bra that has a good cup size but the band is too long.
It is very informative to me that a well-shaped bra can be easily molded as per the comfort. Thank you for telling the steps as well tips for using bra brands here in this blog so simply.
I really like your ways. This is a God-send post! I can hardly wait to try it! And I have stretched out ones that still were good, so thank you!
I do have one BIG one that is expensive and warrants a make over! I like to go up to the outlet mall and get bras and this is perfect to get them big, cheap, and alter. And ones that look cute instead of like tanks or grandmas. Also, being short, they are too high in front so I can now find a better one and fix. I also re-sized the bras I had that were 1 band size too big.
Like the fit, very comfortable. I had mastocemy in and the fitting for the mastecomy bras went well, except the bras I got were a band size bigger than the fitter measured. I got 2 back fastening and 1 with front fastening. I found that authritus in my shoulder makes it impossible for me to reach back to fasten the back fastening bras. I cut the front of those bras and put 5 hooks and eyes in to convert them to the front opening style. I sewed the hooks under the right side opening so they didn't show, for a fit almost like before I cut the front.
Check the style of the front, those with a seam or enough fabric for cutting and seaming work the best. Look at how the front openings are made and copy that the best you can. That is what I did. Do an old bra first, for practice, so you will know how to do the good one. Since the specialty store has few or no front opening in the price range my insurance will completely cover, I plan to alter more now that I have figured out how.
That will make the alteration easier. I haven't had one of those since I was in trainers! And, gosh, do I remember how easy those were to put on now. By comparison my morning routine is wrestling myself. Lydia Thank you also for reminding me not only do I still want pastels, ribbons, lace, and unlining- I've never been heavy-chested, in fact I'm starting to think only the left is even a C and I might as well donate my in-case Ds to one of my buxom friends, I'm here because I recently lost some weight and nothing I own fits quite right, probably the bands, but every bra was a battle to find- that it is possible and I deserve to feel pretty and comfortable.
Like I did when I was thirteen. And I don't know why ut there's something about sewing that just makes you feel useful and content. And wearing the wrong sized bra can not only be very uncomfortable, but it can also cause a whole other host of problems like clogged ducts or mastitis. When you have a larger bust, you need to make sure that you are wearing a bra that offers you enough support.
Mom Heather says, "I'm a 36GG. The best thing I did for myself was to get a professional measurement at Nordstrom. I had been to lingerie stores and measured but the staff in those places didn't really know anything about fit the way that they do at Nordstrom. I had been wearing a 40H and had back pain. When I went to Nordstrom and got fit properly, my back pain went away. The jury is still out on synthetic materials.
Ask around and find out what other moms have found success with. Additionally, various styles may work better at different times in your pregnancy and nursing experiences. You may want the added support of top clasps during the early weeks of nursing when you may also be wearing nursing pads. Then, once you and your baby become nursing pros, claspless designs may work better for your lifestyle. Finding the right fit for your nursing bra is important. To find the proper measurements, start by wearing a non-padded, well-fitting bra, prompts Anne Dimond, founder and president of Bella Materna, which produces nursing bras.
Be sure the measuring tape is parallel to the floor from front to back. If you measure between sizes, round down for a snug fight and up for a more relaxed fit. To find your cup measurement, bring the measuring tape around the fullest part of your breast.
Cacheux cautions women not to wrap the tape tightly but rather position it loosely over the breast. For example, if the measurement around your breasts is 41 inches and your band size 38 inches, the difference would be three inches. Keep in mind that when you begin nursing your breasts will be larger and you may need to use nursing pads. Rounding up a band size can accommodate these changes. More bra manufacturers are now recognizing the needs of larger-breasted women.
The Bravado brand offers nursing bras in sizes up to 46H—a real plus for full-figured moms. She recommends that women check the sizing charts to find the right size along with making sure the website has a good exchange policy and a percent money back guarantee. Dimond advises you put on your bra while bending over slightly, lifting the breasts into the cups.
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