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December 2nd, 2008

How to Measure Your Bra Size

from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

Believe it or not, at least 80% of women wear the wrong size bra, some studies show as much as 95%.[1] The most common mistake is wearing a band size which is too big, and/or a cup size which is too small. Although the average bra size is often quoted as 36C, most people who wear this size should actually be wearing either a 34D, 34DD, 32DD or 32E bra. The true average bra size is around 34DD.[2] Cup sizes are in proportion to the band size, so a D cup, for example, is not the same size in every bra. A 32D is the same size as a 34C or 36B, but on a smaller frame. A 28F is actually 2 cup sizes smaller than a 38D.[3] If you are fairly slim, then you may well need a large cup size even though your bust doesn't look any bigger than average. You may not think of yourself as being busty, but in moving to a smaller band size you will find that you need a bigger cup size.
Your bra size changes as your weight fluctuates throughout the different stages of your life. Losing or gaining just a few pounds is likely to have an effect. Sometimes you go for so long wearing a specific size that you don't realize it doesn't fit well anymore and you stop noticing the discomfort. If you're looking for a better fit, here's how to find your true bra size.Read more...Collapse )

August 17th, 2007

Sewing Meme

1. Five-eighths, one-half or three-eighths?
I presume this is about seam allowances... well, I don't use them per se, because I mark on the actual seam line and the "allowance" is whatever i happen to cut. I usually allow at least five eighths in corsets though, because I need three eighths or more for the boning channel.

2. Linen, cotton, wool or silk?
Depends entirely on what I'm making. I could do with getting myself a bolt of cotton though, and making loads of basic clothes.

3. Stripes, solids or prints?
I have a thing for prints at the moment.

4. Drape or draft?
Draping all the way! It just makes so much more sense in my head... (I do sometimes draft things though, if it's something basic and not very tailored.)

5. Pins or weights?
Never used weights.

6. Nipper or seam ripper?
What's a nipper? I do get through a lot of seam rippers though... they don't sell bernina ones in John Lewis for some reason...

7. Pleats or ruffles?
I like ruffles, as long as they're not overdone. Pleats have their place.

8. Wheel or scissors?
Scissors. I do have a cutting wheel, but I don't use it much. It sticks the fabric to the cutting mat!

9. Princess seams or darts?
Princess seams are usually best. When I try to do darts they always end up getting longer and longer....

10. Flat-line or bag-line?
I always flat-line. It looks nicer, and it's easier anway. It gives clothes that lovely haute couture feel.

11. Serge or French seam?
French seams are neat. I think I might marry them.

12. Invisible or original sliding?
Unless it's for a jeans fly, I normally buy concealed zips, even if I'm going to conceal them anyway - they always end up showing a bit.

13. Hooks & eyes or lacings?
Depends on the circumstances. I do like laces though.

14. Corset for comfort, or corset for look? (And no, you can’t claim both.)
Yes, I can!

15. Bind, pipe or face?
Well, seeing as I mostly make corsets, I do a lot of binding.

March 29th, 2007

Forget Alexander Henry...

...it's all about Robert Kaufman!


September 8th, 2006

Corset pictures :-)

Here are the pictures as promised:

September 7th, 2006

I finally finished my skulls & roses corset today, and it looks fantastic!! I can hardly contain my excitement... I haven't taken any pictures of it yet, but they will follow shortly.
I'm amazed at how comfortable it is, especially as it's 6 inches smaller than my natural waist. *eek* I can lace it completely closed, but my lateral muscles start to complain so it's more comfortable to leave a 2 inch gap.

All that's left to do now is make a set of detatchable suspenders to go with it ;-) (although whether I'll actually wear it as underwear I don't know)

August 15th, 2006

Fabrics arrived today...

I got some parcels in the post today that made me very happy....


The brocades are from http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Renaissance-Fabrics and the skulls and roses print fabric is the one I mentioned in the previous entry.

I also got my copy of Valerie Steele's "The Corset - A Cultural History" from Amazon which looks fascinating.

August 12th, 2006

Alexander Henry fabric

You know when you find something that you know will change your life?
I have just discovered Alexander Henry fabrics...
I've already bought the rose tattoo fabric (roses and skulls on a black background) to make an underbust corset/waist cincher with, and I'm sure there will be many more...
I really like the mannequins pattern, but I think it might look silly on a corset so I'll probably make something else in that one.

This is the Alexander Henry website:

This shop stocks dozens of different prints, but unfortunately for me it's a US site. They might post to the UK though.

August 9th, 2006

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I just had a look at the pictures I took of my new corset when I first put it on, and compared them to the laced in pictures...
Wow... I didn't realise the difference was that noticeable!
You can tell by looking at the lacing that it's not laced in very much, but the difference not only in size but in fit and posture is really dramatic!

August 7th, 2006

New corset design

I just got round to taking some better pictures of my new corset, it will be available made-to-measure soon :-)

The corset pictured is a 23" waist, (4" smaller than my uncorsetted measurement) I have about a 3" reduction in the photo, ie a 1" gap in the lacing. I can of course make the same design with a greater reduction, and I think I'll probably increase the standard reduction of my corsets since it was so easy to lace in with that one.

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