Not Your Mother's Bra_ Part 5 of 5

Taking Care of your new bra.

 

Give your bra a break!

  • To maintain the elasticity, avoid wearing your bra 2 days in a row. This allows the spandex to regain its shape.

     

    Wash in cold water

  • Wash by hand in cold water with a soap made for delicate fabrics. Regular soaps or bleach can harm fabrics and laces.

     

    Extra protection

  • When washing your bra in a washing machine, attach the back hooks and place the bra in a lingerie bag to protect the fabric. Select the coolest water and most gentle cycle.

     

    No dryers. Ever.

  • Hang to dry. Dyers distort cups and cause wire casing to shrink, wrecking underwire and making it break.

     

    Keep in shape

  • Store your bras in smooth finish drawers with enough room to avoid distorting the cup. When traveling, keep our bras together by pacing the cups into one another.

     

Poncho

I wanted to wear a poncho to work but I couldn't find a design that I loved so I decided to make it myself. 

What you will need.

- 1 to 2 meters of fabric

- scirrors

- sewing machine and serger

 

Step 1

Fold the fabric in half (decide if you want the hem line to be even) I wanted the front of my poncho to be a little shorter in the front.

Step 2

Fold the fabric in half again. Cut along this fold and stop at the first half fold. (this will be at the back of the neck)

Step 3

Depending on how wide you want the neck opening to be, cut along the first fold evenly on both sides of the 1/4 fold and cut.

Step 4

From the edge of the cut on the first fold, create a diagonal line to the cut on the second fold. This will create a opening for your neck, and based on the angle of the diagonal you will create a tight or wide neck opening.

Step 5

On the bottom corners of the poncho cut of the extra material to prevent dragging.

Step 6

Use your serger or sewing machine to trim all the raw edges. This will prevent any fraying of the material.

Step 7

Decide and measure where you'd like to create a large button hole. The holes will help create a space for a belt for the poncho.

Step 8

Grab one of your waist belts, and voila! your poncho is done in an afternoon.

Not Your Mother's Bra _ Part 4 of 5

Cross- Fitting

Cross-Fitting is when you must use “bra math” to adjust the size you are wearing.

 

The equivalent of any size can be found by going up one band size and by going down one cup size. Or by going down one band size and by going up one cup size.

For Example: If you wear a 40DD

Go UP one band size = 42

Go DOWN one cup size = D

Therefore, 40DD = 42D

Going up and down band and cup sizes can be confusing, but one does effect the other.

To change one you must also change the other.

 

Not Your Mother's Bra _ Part 3 of 5

What Your Looking For

You've been fitted, you've picked out the prettiest one and now you're trying it on, so what should you be looking for?

The first thing you should be looking at and fitting is the band.

The bottom of the cup should be contouring the bottom of your bust line and the band should be sitting straight across your body from front to back.

The hooks at the back shouldn't be riding up between your shoulder blades. They should be in line with the straight band traveling across your body.

As the cup should be contouring the outside of your bust the gorge (center front where the two wires or cups meet) should be sitting flat against your rib cage.

Once the band looks good more on to looking at fitting the cups properly.

They're easy, the cup should form smoothly around the curves of your breast tissue. You shouldn't have any gaps (it's too big) and your bust shouldn't be spilling over (it's too small).

The wires or the where the cups meet is called the gorge, as this part should be sitting flat on your ribcage, the wires shouldn't be  poking into your bust. The wire contours the entire bust line from center to the sides. Women with broader chests will sometimes need a wider set cup however the wire should never be poking into your underarm. (because that's not where your boob is! unless you're sleeping on your back, lol)

All of your breast tissue should be sitting in and filling up the cup.

If these things look good, face the mirror in the change room and lift your arms above your head.Your bra shouldn’t pull away from your body, ride up or expose your bust from under the bra line. If you can see under the bra line either the band or the cup is too big creating a loose bra which will lower your support. Or the cup is too smalland pushing the bra away from your body. 

Below I've included some fitting tips to keep an eye but in the next series we'll look at cross-fitting and adjusting your bra size to keep the support you need.  

 

Fitting Tips

- Straps are digging in or slipping off?

Both scenarios are the result of a band that's too big. Try sizing down.

- Are there gaps or are you sagging?

Your cup should hug your curves. Try going down a cup size.

- Is your underwire digging in?

The underwire should fit flat against your ribcage, try a bigger band size or deeper cup.

- Is your band riding up or digging in?

Your band should be comfortably snug. Try a bigger band size if it's digging in and a smaller band size if it's riding up.

- Are you popping out?

If you're overflowing at the top or sides, try a larger cup size.

  • The wire should be sitting in the fold of the bust tissue (not on the stomach, not away from the body and not on the bust tissue itself)

  • The cups should sit flush with the bust tissue, nice and smooth (no gaping or spilling over)

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Bra Facts

- A woman's bra size changes AT LEAST six times during her lifetime. (with weight gain and loss, age, child birth, menopause your body shape will change and so will your bra size)

- On average your bra's life span is 6 month! This decreases with more wears, you can extend the life of your bra by adding more bra's into the rotation.

- More than 70% of all women wear the wrong size bra. (because they are wearing someone else's bra or because they weren't fitted with the right size and style, educate yourself about your body type and the style carried by different brands)

- A poorly fit bra can cause back pain, headaches, stretch marks, permanent grooves in the shoulders, bruises under the armpit and loss of elasticity in the breast tissue. (a miss sized bra will dig into your body or shift throughout the day as you wear it, both these problems can cause discomfort)

- A properly fitted bra improves posture, overall appearance and body confidence. (when you're wearing the right size bra, it will not dig in or move, it will sit in place and you will not be readjusting it all day long)

- Support comes from the band, not the straps - make sure you're wearing the right band size. (90% of the support comes from your band {the number on the tag}, this will preventing shifting during the day and help lift your beast tissue into your natural bust line position)

- Only 10% of the bra's support is found in the straps. (a good test when trying on a new bra is to slip the straps off your shoulders to gage how much movement there would be, in a perfect world when the strap is removed from your shoulder there will be no movement)

- You should own a minimum of 3 bras - one you're wearing, one you're ready to wear and one that needs washing. (you should not wear the same bra 2 days in a row, your body oils degrade the integrity of the elastic and fabric)

- You should fit your band and your cup size separately (and when fitting resize them separately as well)

- Your band should be snug enough to fit two fingers under the band comfortably (I like to say the band should be taught, snug enough for the support that it gives but loose enough that its not digging into your skin {which isn't loose at all})

- The side boning helps to support the wire and shape of the bra (if the bra you are wearing is designed with boning it is meant to be there to help support the wires of the cup, it helps create structure in the band and cup for the size and style, but it also helps prevent the wire from shifting bending and breaking while you're wearing it)

- When trying and wearing a bra, it should be hooked onto the middle clasp’s (that is the measurement of the band, if your breast swell during your period you will have round to go out to the largest hook or as the elastic and fabric gets older and looser you will be able to extend the life of your bra by going into the smallest hook)

Not Your Mother's Bra. _ Part 1 of 5

How to Measure

Step 1. Use a soft measuring tape measure your band size.

  • This is a measurement of your ribcage and should be taken were the contour of your bust meets your abdomen.

  • This measurement is what you will use for your band size (the number).

Measure where the fold of the breast tissue meets the ribcage.

Measure where the fold of the breast tissue meets the ribcage.

 

Step 2. Measure across the fullest part of your bust line.

  •  The second measure is taken across the fullest part of your bust line.
  • For every inch difference between the first measurement and the second you must go up a cup size (the letter).

Measure for the cup size across the fullest part of your bust line.

Measure for the cup size across the fullest part of your bust line.

 

 FOR BOTH MEASUREMENTS THE MEASURING TAPE SHOULD BE TAKEN STRAIGHT ACROSS AND AROUND YOUR BODY. THESE MEASUREMENTS ARE USED AS A GUIDELINE WHEN FINDING YOUR BRA SIZE.

ALL BRA STYLES AND BRANDS WILL FIT DIFFERENTLY AND YOU WILL HAVE TO ADJUST ACCORDINGLY. STAY TUNED TO UPCOMING POSTS FOR TIPS ON WHAT TO LOOK FOR ONCE YOU'VE TRIED ON YOUR BRA AND HOW TO ADJUST SIZES.