Once long ago I , with two friends started a lingerie company. Poirette was intended for the trousseau market. Foundation start up costs were beyond us, and mail order seemed too trashy at that time. We hit on a powerful idea. Decorative hand sewing of bra cups on fairly inexpensive bra and panty sets. Our first two releases were Kingfishers ... and Ankhs, hand sewn by Filipino ladies in Shantung silk. Sewn into the bra cup one side only they were pretty and original. At the first lingerie show where we had a booth we were inundated with orders, so many that hand sewing was out of the question. We did not order enough in advance and after a couple of years we closed down, forced out by lack of capital, inability to think the whole thing through, and competitors who ripped off the idea. I held to my bras for a long time, but now they are gone. Just an idea !
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All bra adventures
Just added the option to add optional titles to the adventures, the will default to today's date so you don't need to do anything if you don't want to
Though I luckily fall into a not terribly hard to find cup size (30DDD US), one of my biggest pet peeves after having my eyes opened to the woes of being unable to find large cup sizes is all of the celebration and excitement and exclamation points that follow "available up to a G cup!" like that's a big freakin' ... deal. I mean, I applaud these brands for doing what others still are not by even going that far along the alphabet, but it's that exclamation point that bugs me. The implication of that exclamation point irks me to no end, like G cups are so huge and rare. Which they're not. Maybe it bugs me because for some brands, going up to a G cup is a big deal, and I feel like it really shouldn't be, because you shouldn't have to embark on a quest to find the right bra size, you should be able to go into most stores and find what you need. But I guess I'm just a dreamer.
From my own personal experience, my biggest bra problem that just makes me want to yell at people is that different brands and countries get all weird right at my size. DDD, E, F... what am I?! I'm right at the start of where things start getting funky. Sometimes a DDD is an E, sometimes it's an F. And sometimes, trying to figure all of this out makes me want to cry. I wish there were just one system...
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The previously mentioned bra is amazing Love my first Cleo by Panache bra-Meg. My Freya Louisa should be here tomorrow
If you do have a longer torso this blog post is a must to read! Looking at her checklist everything is true for me. But these are my most troublesome:
"Constant underarm fat even when you always make sure to scoup your breast tissue into the cups, the band is tight, and you're wearing the right size"
"Struggling to find ... bras with enough lift. Your breasts never feel high enough."
- I'm ok with that problem as I kind of like a lower more relaxed shape.
"You prefer bras where the bottom of the underwire is even with the band, not below e.g.
- Standing up Panache Andorra is ok. Sitting down it's poking hell.
"You feel like your breasts slope down too much into the cups"
"You've never felt underwires that dig into the bottom of your armpits. However, you might have had problems with straps that dig into the sides of your armpits/shoulders when you've attempted to tighten the straps to get enough lift."
- Yes yes yes yes yes!
"You may feel like there's extra breast tissue above the cups of your breasts but going up in a cup size just means that there's gapping at the top of your cups."
- Yes yes yes yes yes.
"Wrinkling at the bottom of your cups."
- Yes yes yes yes yes.
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Braless in Brasil: Torso length, height, underarm fit and...
I live in Denmark, where there appears to be a ceiling on bra sizes, that stops at EU cup size H (so, about FF in UK sizes). For me, who is well beyond FF's, this is of course rather upsetting. But what is more upsetting is the false joy I get when I twice in this month has seen UK ... brands that make up to K-cups, only to discover that the store refuses to stock them beyond H. "H in UK sizes?" I ask, still a bit hopeful, though that would still be too small for me, it may allow me to find styles I could order. But alas, no, only EU H-cups. Well, what is the point of stocking Freya and Fantasie if they are not going to use it to it's full potential?! They are only using much less than half of the offered sizes, why?!
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After moving to the UK, I finally found bras that actually fitted! I still got a bunch of bras that are brand new but before I got fitted I bought tons of them, often didn't try them on because I was a bit embarrassed. It's a fab site and I plan to list some there, for some odd reason I ... didn't want to throw away brand new bras so I kept them all in a box. My digital cam gave up living but as soon as I got that sorted, I'll take pics and no problem sending them worldwide. I've lived in places where bigger bras or unusual sizes were seriously hard to find, so I do sympathize!!!!
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I used to look forward to getting new clothes in the mail, but now I'm looking forward to my new bra purchases...wahoo!
Today I went to Norstrom to look at bras in my size. All they had was the Deco in 30F, which turned out to fit magnificently, a Cleo Jude in 30G, which also fit well, but didn't give me the amazing shape that the Deco did, and a Panache Porcelain, which was maybe a size too small, and gave me an elf-shoe look when I straightened my posture.
People who shorten bra straps permanently, please state it when you're selling a used bra. Also, if you bought a used bra with altered straps and you resell it, mention that the straps aren't as long as they normally are in that model.
Some of us need shorter straps, but some of us need all that length!
Also, I'm wondering if it's really a good idea to shorten straps permanently when you're not sure if you're going to keep the bra or resell it.