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Best way to alter?

I have noticed that the backs of my Freya bras ride up a bit after wearing. I probably should have gone for 30Fs instead of 32Es, but the support in the front of the bra felt so much more secure than what I was used to wearing, that I thought they were tight enough.

A quick search on the internet shows a few methods to help with this - reducing stretch (by sewing a ribbon along the band, or just sewing along the band to prevent it from stretching), or by shortening the band (either by cutting the band or folding it over and sewing it in place).

Does anyone have any experience with these methods of altering bra bands? Is one preferable to another?

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Shared on Apr 28, 2013 Flag this


  • I have altered a bra that was way too big in the band for me with the ribbon method. Umm... I did NOT like the end result! Sure enough, the band was a good length afterwards, but the stiff and tight nature of the ribbon didn't really go well with my body. It felt really restrictive and it cut in in a non-flattering manner.

    I would recommend altering the band by ripping off the hook and eye closure from both sides with a seam ripper and cutting off the length that you don't need. This is for sure a more lengthy option time-wise, but I genuinely believe you would feel happier with it in the long run. I have a half-altered bra (meaning that I've started altering it, sewed the hook and eye closure back on again, and realized I need to cut off more than I thought) that really seems promising and I will pick it up again when I have time!

  • Thanks! I will look into doing that. When you cut off the extra length, do you tailor the remaining strap down so it is the same height as the hook and eye closure, or just reattach?

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