I've been much taken up lately with the idea of making my own custom bras, not just the simple sports-bra style that I've made for the last twenty years or more, but decorative fancy/pretty ones, like I'd long given up hope of every having. I went to Nordstroms a few months ago to try and get "fitted", and they didn't have anything; then went to a small boutique nearby on Alberta "The Pencil Test", where it was discovered why it has been so difficult for so long, the size(s) that actually fit our plucky heroine are not common. There were a few to try on, but nothing that was "just right"...
I have TNT garment patterns, why not add in lingerie? There is a fair amount of information online, and I just checked out two books from the library. In the back of my mind I am cogitating on frankenpatterning... Like anything else, as far as custom sewing, it involves a lot lot lot of trial and error to get the pattern right, and a fair amount of fitting, but the actual sewing sounds to be not that time consuming (once the pattering is sorted out) This will be a rather long term project... even more complicated than my t-shirt project, which took about four trial patterns to get right... but just think how nifty it will be!
One of the difficulties is that even here in Portland - City of the Independent Fabric Stores, most of the particular supplies are not available. I ended up finding a few of the needful fabrics, and one of the several plush elastics at Mill Ends (still need to scope out Fabric Depot), but just ordered underwires from Merckwaerdigh in the Netherlands, for my DIY bra experiments. Why is it cheaper to order from across the planet than from Canada??
Huzzah for Sharon Rose! Girl is seeing some gradual improvement in my baseline pain, acupuncture is definitely making a difference. While recreational walking is still not really an option, necessary walking is getting easier, and today the up and down stairs was almost normal. The strange neuro-pain in my left arm, which occasioned the horribly drama-llama visit from the 911 boys, is easing off, hopefully not to return.