Tuesday, June 18, 2013

boulder holders


Despite the saying "kids, don't try this at home, we're professionals"... our plucky heroine has, as previously mentioned, every intention of learning to make her own bras, custom fit and adapted to her personal configuration.


here's how the professionals do it...
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This project will require not only my skill in franken-patterning, but gathering supplies. While (hopefully) suitable fabric was not that difficult to locate, the other things are not available in local shops. Since ordering the same thing from Canada (closer supplier, geographically) costs twice as much for the wires and three times as much for the postage, last Thursday I ordered the underwires from Merckwaerdigh, an Etsy shop located in The Netherlands that carries all kinds of lingerie/bra sewing supplies, patterns and kits.

The envelope with my order was in my mailbox just before lunchtime today. Four days !! (better, faster, and cheaper) I was shocked. It takes longer than that to send a letter across the USA. I ordered supplies from the other side of the planet, and they get here in four days...

I only need to order a few more needful notions and supplies, (this time from Texas) and will be ready to begin the great bra pattern adventure! It will be curious to see how long those items will take to arrive...

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5 comments:

  1. Hi, was wondering which bra pattern you have decided on? Have been thinking of going this route myself ;)
    Nikie

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  2. Alison, I am eagerly watching your progress as this bra-making thing is on my bucket list. : )

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  3. Nikie - I am going to make my own pattern, using former bras that mostly fit, except for the cup/underwire ratio. (I need a 38DD size wire and something like a 38G cup) I'm using the instructions in Threads #99 to copy the pattern pieces, and then will adapt the cup to fit me better.

    If I was going to purchase a pattern, I would probably go with the "Pin-Up Girls" patterns (from Bra-Makers Supply), as they have sizes that fit a really wide range of folks, and from what I have read online, have excellent instructions as well. I have checked out from the public library Beverly Johnson's two books, Bra-Makers Manual 1 and 2, which have a lot of information about fitting and constructing bras.

    Thanks Janis, for the vote of confidence! I have been wanting "pretty" bras for about thirty years, and like so many other things, have decided that I am not willing to wait any longer. Life is short, and pretty lingerie would be a treat.

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  4. Hi Alison - I'm with Janis. I am on the edge of my chair. I never considered making my own lingerie but I haven't bought any new things for at least three years, maybe four. This would be an entertaining (I think) way to replace the shreds. . .

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  5. Alison, thanks so much for the info, the pin-up patterns are ones i have been looking at ;)
    Nikie

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