Today I will share with you a little on how I decided to do quick tests on modifications to the cup shape before settling on one that was good enough for me.
If you remember from my last post, I drafted size 24F from the EZI SEW nursing bra and this is how it looked. Clearly, the cups were not supportive enough and modifications needed to be made. You can read my thoughts on this bra here.
Since the pink bra above was not going to get any use, I decided to remove the cups and retrace the band and the cups in cotton muslin. I then proceeded to test the fit of the cups and the effect the alterations had.
Each time I made an alteration, I would cut out one new cup, and sew it on the band. It took seven alterations to get to my final draft. The alterations included shifting the cup seam and the strap position, removing and adding darts at different locations along the cup seam, splitting the lower cup and rounding the cup crown.
I then proceeded to cut the fabric for the two cups and sew the final bra (into the same band). This is what it looks like:
Likeable & Dislikeable features:
I was pretty happy with the final fit of the cup. I like the support it gives to my breasts and the fact that it lays almost flat against my chest. It makes them more “perky”!!
I also like that it is made in a rather thick cotton muslin (something you would normally use to underline corsets), because although it isn’t very shirt-friendly and the seams don’t lay as smoothly, it feels soft (as opposed to itchy) and provides quite a bit of structure. It is breathable, which I guess will be a good feature for when I actually start to use it for breast feeding (hopefully that goes well…).
When I wore this bra, I felt like I had finally recovered the gap between my belly and my breasts, it was just a lovely feeling!! In a way, I felt like I regained curvy self confidence!!! It is simply amazing what a difference wearing an undergarment with a better fit can do. Here is how this bra compares against the RTW and the my first nursing bra versions.
Much better, right?? I love it!!!! ❤
Although there are many likeable features and the fit definitely improved, this bra is still not perfect; the band curls and the elastic digs below my breasts a little. In a future version, I would like to test a few band modifications to make it more comfortable to wear throughout the day.
What do you think? Do you see the difference? Do you have any advice or recommendations? Have you felt a difference wearing more supportive undergarments?
That’s all for today folks! I hope you had a lovely and restful weekend.