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Re: Fashion Fabrics for Bra-Making? (NightMist) wrote:

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Well I wondered.... it was just a thought.  Nasty fumes, eh?  I feared
that.  LOL..... glue buzz...... very funny!  When I was drafting for a
living, we used spray fixatif (Krylon usually) all the time to set our
inks, and the like on various media.  And man were there warnings on
those cans.  Is the stuff used on quilts similar??

Phae, having a nice cuppa

I fear me you but warm the starved snake,
Who, cherished in your breasts, will sting your hearts. (Henry VI, Shakespeare)

Re: Fashion Fabrics for Bra-Making?

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Yeah, that would be a totally personal call.  
I hated adjusting mine with the comercial ones.  After a couple of
wearings the adjustment kept slipping.  Do rethink the elastic though.
If it's what you want it's what you want, but one of the things I
started out to do was eliminate all unnecessary elastic.  Both the
side breathing triangles and the straps are easy enough to replace, I
just didn't see the point to making the straps elastic.  
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The joys of stretch fabrics.
I would definitly go with a lightweight soluble.
Or maybe since it is smallish sections, a washable glue stick (sticky
stuff on stabilizing fabric then the georgette on that) might be
functional.  I'll have to try that, I've never used it on a quite so
big a small section but it ought to work.  It'd be considerably less
expensive too.

The wolf that understands fire has much to eat.

Re: Fashion Fabrics for Bra-Making?
This is something I've been mulling over, as well. If you are making a
custom garment, what is the point of having so much of an adjustment? My
plans for some upcoming bra experimentation is to try to do without the
elastic straps, at least. I can see a point for using it for horizontal
adjustments, since weight can fluctuate, and many people lose or gain in
that portion of the anatomy so easily, with hormonal changes,
especially. If the bra fits YOU, why does it need to have so many strap
possibilities? It doesn't make sense to me, and I am seriously thinking
of using something a bit sturdier. Elastic does wear out faster,
especially when laundered.

Karen Maslowski in Cincinnati

NightMist wrote:

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For those who are at the outermost reaches of the amply endowed scale,
the monthly calamity (j/k) can easily take you up another cup size or 2.  
Adjustable straps are most welcome at those times.  That is also a good
time for a corset.  Straps are an abomination. ;)


I fear me you but warm the starved snake,
Who, cherished in your breasts, will sting your hearts. (Henry VI, Shakespeare)

Re: Fashion Fabrics for Bra-Making?
Yes, rayon challis would be soft.  If layered over a cotton or organza
lining perhaps it wouldn't absorb a lot of moisture.


Re: Fashion Fabrics for Bra-Making?
G'day Pora

I like to use poly-cotton and overlay it with whatever pretty fabric or
lace I find.  Just recently I noticed a bolt of Raschel Lace in the
wedding fabric section and while it was quite expensive per metre
because I only needed a small amount so that didn't matter.  The width
was 1.2m so I'll get a few bra cups out of the piece and it is sooo

I've also embroidered plain fabrics so the choice is only limited by
your imagination.

Bronwyn ;-)

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Re: Fashion Fabrics for Bra-Making?
Well, I've started homemade bra 2.0.  Bought flesh-toned organza and am
using some leftover georgette and organza ribbon.  Because the
georgette is actually stretch georgette I bonded it with a layer of
organza to stabilize.  Maybe the stuff I'm using to bond is too strong,
because it turns practically like paper!  More in a few days...


Re: Fashion Fabrics for Bra-Making?
On Fri, 28 Apr 2006, wurstergirl wrote:
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As for "fashion fabrics"
I've used poly stretch satin and a light weight stretch denim (cotton).

The problem with the polyester is that as a fiber it is oil-philic (is
that the right word?)  it attracts oil.  Which being that it is an
undergarment near your underarms this can be a problem.  Since body oil
has a may not see it, but eventually you may smell it.  Regular
detergents may not always do the job to get rid of it. I've heard of
specialty products out there, but haven't tried any of them.

Now if you wear the bra everyday for months this will be more of an issue
that if you wear it once a month for years....

Cotton doesn't have the same, problem but I've noticed it does wrinkle up.
Ok, so it's not bad enough that I have to iron it, but it does make the
trip out of the wash look pretty mangled up.  I've had more issues
getting the seam along the cup to lay flat.  Like it streched more while
being sewn, I'm hoping that will get better.
   I also found to to be too restricive because it didn't stretch enough in
the band for comfort, but that might be more of a "me" issue than the fabric
issue",  (it was about a 15-20% stretch).  I fixed it by making the back
band out something else (powernet works).  I added a side seam so that
from the front it all matches and from the back view it matches.  The side
seam is unnoticeable.  Many RTW plus size bras have a support stay in the
place anyway, the seam acts like a suport stay, without the plactic
poking out.

I've lined the lower part of the cup with regular tricot and that seems to
care of the "itch,and  comfort issue against the skin".   I've also seen
swimsuit fabric used,
but for the lif of me I can't remember what the fabric content was.

For straps I've used a self fabric tube to match the cups.  If I leave it
adjustable, I don't use elastic, if they are fixed lenght I add about 4
inches of strap elastic attached to the back for comfort.   I also used
fold over elastic once in a pinch I doubled it and it worked out pretty
good.  That one is adjustable, but I usually don't have to.
What determines adjustability is whether I can find rings and sliders to
match. And time.  Non-adjustable takes a few fittings to get it right, so
it's faster at the sewing table to make it adjustable.

Hope this helps

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