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Bra fitting help » Having a very difficult time knowing what size I actually wear. Have been measu

1st & Curve » Unknown Model » 38D 38:4

When I first got the bra, it was a good fit considering the difficulty I have with fit. I wore it a lot because it was the only one I could wear for long periods of time without being in extreme pain. I had made some alterations to the bra and they seemed to work, but now they are not working. Bras always feel too big at the center (sternum) section, especially if they have a triangular shape. I made that section smaller in this bra. Now, after years of wear, the middle section feels as if it could be a little wider.
Also, the band in the front was painful to wear and caused red marks, so I curled it upwards and stitched it down by hand. This seemed to help, but it actually feels like it would be more comfortable if it were up higher. I made darts in the top of the cups to prevent the cups from gapping and now the top of the bra seems too high. The band width has always felt a little too narrow although it has 3 hooks. Now I have to pin the band at the closure to make it a little smaller. After a couple of hours of wear, I have to keep re-adjusting the hooks to make it comfortable. I always have problems with the straps being too far apart (thus the bra is too wide in the front). If I pull the straps into a racer-back style, it feels like I have more support. The bra I am referring to is the first bra shown (not sure why they all show up in the request). I have fit issues with the other bras shown as well. I have described the fitting problems separately with the picture of the bra.

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