Well, after 30ish hours of utter stomach flu misery (17 of them spent sleeping), I returned in brief to the bra I'm in the midst of making. Yeah, I know, it's painful to sew these things at the best of times, but when disembodied from light-headedness, it's a special kind of trip...
As you know, with bras it's all or nothing. You can't determine whether it will fit until the last closure is attached. This one is practically finished and I continue to have suspicions it will fail somehow. For one thing, I'm having issues with the closure attachments. I always have issues attaching the closures to the bra back. (You think it would be easy after all the rest of it.) This time the difficulty is compounded because the shape of the bra back, where the closures are meant to attach, isn't right. It's supposed to be a closure-sized notch out from each side. In this case it's a broad, too-wide span.
If anyone has any suggestions about how to change this on the fly, at the very end - yes, I realize it's a pipe dream - pls. advise.
The good news, I suppose there is some, is that the cup fit is MUCH better than in any of my other attempts, which was my primary goal. I'm trying to take solace in that.
The bad news is that I suspect - as with every fucking bra I've made - it's not going to be adequately supportive.
I really need to start addressing this issue. Because if, for reasons of the unavailability of truly high-end bra materials, I can't find really strong fabric (that's also great-looking) and the sturdiest of wires etc., then I regret to inform you all that I will not continue on this path.
I already own some of the most gorgeous, great-fitting, incredibly supportive RTW lingerie in the world. That stuff is far more delicate (smaller elastics, no under band, predominantly lace) than any make-it-myself pattern I've come across in my size. And, to a one, they keep my tits from bouncing around.
Why on earth would I work my ass off till the end of time, were I to determine that the materials aren't out there to do create something comparable at home? I'm all but finished reconstructing my RTW bra to the T, so I know, if this one is the right size and yet does not support in the same way, then there's got to be another issue.
So, those of you with large breasts who make your own bras and who also own some excellent RTW (i.e. Freya, Fantasie, Charnos, Panache, Lejaby, Chantelle) - RTW that you know you are wearing in the correct size - tell me true: Is your homemade stuff every bit as supportive as the stuff you buy?
I know you might be able to make something fabulously supportive in a D cup - and certainly in sizes smaller than that - but what about the Es and Fs and above? For what it's worth, I don't see any Etsy or grass roots retailers making bras in large sizes. Maybe there's a reason. Please bra-makers, tell me straight.