How long will it take to have a custom bra made?
A custom made bra may take up to 14 hours to create, from initial measuring, pattern drafting and construction to the finished product.
How long should a bra last?
A bra should last about a year depending on care and how many other bras you wear.
How many bras should I have?
You should have at least 3 everyday bras – one to wash, one to wear and a spare. Beyond that, it’s your choice based on your lifestyle – consider a foam cup / T-shirt bra, sports bra, special occasion bra or boudoir bra.
Why is a custom bra better than a store-bought bra?
A custom bra pattern is drafted from 5 different measurements exclusive to your unique body. A ready to wear bra is one of millions made in a factory for “standard” bodies. And who of us is “standard”?
What are the elements of a poorly fitted bra?
- The back rides up, and the breasts sag.
- Straps either fall off or dig in causing ruts in your shoulders.
- Breasts ooze out of the cups at the top or are not completely covered at the bottom.
- Breasts don’t fill the cups causing wrinkles.
- The bridge or cup connector doesn’t lie flat against the body.
- Wires either break or poke and are generally uncomfortable.
- A rash can develop underneath the breasts from skin rubbing on skin.
Why is it important to have a well-fitting bra?
- An uplifting bra will make you look taller and slimmer by pulling the breasts up and away from the body and defining your waist.
- Lack of circulation in the breasts caused by constriction of the blood vessels by improperly fitted cups and/or wires has been linked to several breast-related health issues, including breast cancer.
- A bra that doesn’t fit can trigger headaches and back and neck pain, as well as soreness in the arms and tingling in the fingers. These can be alleviated by proper support from the bra band, not from the straps.
- Poor posture and low self-confidence can often be caused by a poorly fitted bra.
- A professional bra-maker uses latex-free materials for those who have a sensitivity to latex
How should I care for my bra?
- Wearing the same bra two days in a row will wear out the support elastic so… “One to wash, one to wear and a spare”
- Washing does not deteriorate bras: body oils and lotions, and simply wearing your bra, contributes to fiber wear and tear. Washing keeps fibers clean and helps elastic maintain its original tension.
- Hand wash and hang to dry is best. Lynne uses “Bubbles and Squeak” a natural soap product hand-crafted by SoapStones in Huntsville Ontario, available at Belly Buttons Bath Shop in Sarnia. It rinses clean and is scent free. In a pinch baby shampoo will work too, however, laundry detergents are too hard on the fine fabrics and elastics used in bras.
- If you must machine wash, do up the hooks and put the bra in a laundry bag sized to fit the number of bras you are washing. Wash in cold water with a gentle cleaner on the delicate cycle.
- DO NOT use bleach. You bra will turn yellow, and the bleach will kill the stretch fibers.
- DO NOT put your bras in the dryer. The high heat will destroy the elastics in your bra.
My favorite bra has been discontinued! What do I do?
If you love that ready-to-wear bra and would like to have more made just like it, I am fully qualified to copy or clone that bra and duplicate it, often without taking the original bra apart
I want to learn to make my own bra?
If you know how to sew and would like to make your own bra, why not book a private or semi-private class. I supply all the fabrics and findings and customize my pattern to fit your body. See Workshops page for list of bra-making and lingerie classes available.
Do you do other types of sewing?
Custom swimwear, lingerie, dressmaking, alterations and bridal fashion services are available.
How do I book a consultation visit?
Contact Lynne by filling out this form and I will call to set up an appointment.