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Fits ribcage0.0
B. perimeter0.0
Stretched Band94.0
Band Length76.2
Stretch ratio1.2
Cup width16.5
Cup depth30.5
Depth ratio1.8
Wire length31.8
Cup height20.3
Cup separation2.0
Gore height8.9
Wing height11.4
Strap width1.5
This bra's measurements have been altered
I cut the stretch lace on top near the side panels, pulled it about .5" tighter, then restitched it in place. This prevents the stretch lace from gaping like crazy.
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I acquired this Envy quite cheap, secondhand from the buy/sell/swap subreddit. It's definitely been worn a few times (judging by the wear on the tag-- the lace itself seems to be in mostly solid condition). Also, it's possibly been put in the dryer, or in the washer, as the underwire seems to be slightly warped (though this could also be from age). The lace/band around the underwire won't seem to lay flat, but it doesn't affect the fit. I wanted to try the Envy, as it seemed that it might be deep enough in the cup, if loose in the stretch lace top. When I got it, I was right-- very comfortable, wasn't sliding out of my IMF nearly as badly, and the top lace was gaping like wild.

I decided to do a little experiment, given how inexpensive the bra was to begin with. I figured, if I ruined it, oh well-- now I know what definitely won't work. What I did was cut along the side of the stretch lace against the side panel of the bra, on each side. I also cut about .5" along the bottom (making an L shape and freeing the edge of the lace from the side panel of the bra). Then, I pulled the stretch lace tighter, about .5" or so at the widest point, and sewed it back on in an angle, so that the excess lace on the side made a triangle shape-- the widest point being at the top of the cup, the tip of the triangle at the bottom corner.

Doing this small and easy alteration proved to make all the difference-- there was now no gaping along the top edge at all. Of course, doing this does have one drawback-- as I only narrowed the top of the cup but not the bottom part of the cup, there will be a slight "nipple" in the fabric by the corner of the lace/side panel due to the extra fabric on the bottom accommodating for the shorter length of lace on top. However, it is barely noticeable, and definitely cannot be seen under shirts. If it were possible to do the alteration on the other side of the cup, the sides where the lace attaches near the gore, I think the alteration would come out a little nicer-- but there is just no extra room to sew. I'll also admit that I did this project as a complete novice seamstress; I can barely sew a button. The black textured lace on the outside of the bra saved my ugly stitches-- they are completely hidden in the fabric/color.

I also noted that I had a nicer, more rounded shape after tightening the lace-- which makes sense. The gaping, loose lace was not providing any extra support, while now it is. Overall, I don't think I would attempt this with a brand new, expensive bra. This is probably best saved for cheaper ones that you don't mind ruining, but I am pleased to say that this is officially my best fitting bra. Having wide/short roots with a lot of projection has proved to be a challenge for me... sometimes, you have to be creative!

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Updated on Apr 06, 2017 Flag this

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    Yay for successful alterations....and cheap bras ;-) ;-)

  • 2

    Love it! Would love to see pictures of the alterations. There are a few bras I would like to do this to.

  • 1

    Sounds like a significant improvement! I, too, would love to see pictures. I'm having trouble visualizing all the steps.

  • I will post them up shortly! :) Just gotta get my photographer (my boyfriend) to help me out. I meant to take some of the bra before I did the alteration, but forgot until I had already finished the first cup. I will comment back when they're up!

  • 1

    I'm going to add these pictures to my bratabase listing as well, but here is the imgur album that has some captions/explanations. Let me know if you have any questions/what you think! :)

  • You know, looking at these pictures, the wires look like they are way too narrow for me. Maybe the could stand to be slightly wider, but truthfully, I was very comfortable in this bra. If anything, the wires could be a bit shorter, though.

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