Bra-A-Week : Lift Lift Lift
Now as a 24 year old with no children, and medium cup size- I don’t really have enough of a lift issue to show this very well- so my mom very kindly offered to model this bra for me 🙂 in exchange for a custom bra of course- in her favourite kit- chartreuse, with white findings, with the more vertical ‘Bliss’ wires. (I’ve decided to call these wires ‘Bliss Wires’- for obvious reasons 🙂 )
Now this is one of those tester bras with two different cups – one side lifts and one side doesn’t (and I promise that I replaced the non-lifting cup for mom after I was finished with the lift experiment!)
Before I jump into this bra- first I’m going to talk a little bit about lift- and I think this is where people start to get confused and terminology starts to get mixed.
Lift is the upwards force that is pulling the breast up from the strap and is controlled by the upper cup. This is not to be confused with ‘push up’ or ‘push in’ forces that come from slings and powerbars on the underside our outer edge of the cup.
Lift is controlled by the upper cup- and if your upper cup is too long from apex to neckline/strap- then your bra is going to be letting you down- literally.
So to show this- I took moms custom pattern, and I added a bad alteration to one of the cups- The blue is the original seamline, and in pink you can see the additional curve and vertical length that I added to the upper cup in the cross-cup seam.
And this is the effect:
You can see that the right side (right side of the photo) is lifted and rounded, no wrinkles in the cup, breast sitting entirely above the wireline, apex pointing ahead.
But on the left side- there are wrinkles, the breast is drooping below the wire, and even the apex looks off centre now.
The effect is even more dramatic when you see it from the side view:
This side is a nice lifted, but round and casual fit for under T-shirts.
And this side is is looking quite let down.
You can even see through a T-shirt how much more lifted the right side is!
Isn’t it amazing how a little alteration like that can make such a huge difference to the fit!
A good way to test your bra to see if it needs this alteration is to take a big horizontal pinch from your upper cup and see if that makes things more lifted for you!
Thank you again so much to mom for being such a good sport! And for breast-feeding me for those 9 months! I already have your bra cup replaced with a lifted one- ready for you to wear! 🙂
What are you opinions on lift? Is that something that you struggle with in your bra fit?
Now on to your lovely submissions!
First we have this super fun bra from Amber!
If you can believe it this beauty is actually a nursing bra! Who says nursing bras can’t be beautiful!
Amber made this from a Pin-Up Girls Classic pattern- modified for a horizontal seam with split lower cup and powerbar! And modified for nursing clips!
Amber made this bra with white duoplex, and stamped these little bees on with stamps and fabric markers! HOW CUTE ARE THEY! I want a bee bra! She also used fold-over elastic and a little folded ribbon for the front! Love it! Thanks Amber!
Next we have this gorgeous lacy number from Karin of Mrs. Weaver’s Finest!
Karin made a strapless bra! which is always quite the feat in bra-making- especially with larger cup sizes!
And oh my is it pretty- such a delicate feel- and that little bow 🙂
She also added little loops for G-hook detachable straps- just in case she wanted them- love it!
Make sure you go over to Karin’s blog to check out her post on this beauty, and all the info that she gave with it- more Bra Theory 🙂
Next we have pretty lace bra from David of Bonnet Bleu
David made this bra with underwires and two types of lace- non stretch embroidered lace for the cups and stretch lace for the back band. Love those lace cups, and a perfect job on mirroring the lace! So pretty!
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Next we have a very luxurious set from Maddy of Miss Maddy Sews!
This is Maddy’s Burlesque set! She made it using stretch velvet (found in the remnants bin *all hail the remnants queen!*) and stretch lace. What a gorgeous effect- there is just something about velvet- and this colour is gorgeous!
And of course she didn’t just stop there but she made the whole set, panties, garter belt and all! Wow- I must say that I’ve been feeling a bit of lingerie envy – I definitely need to get making some full sets! I bet you feel like a million buck in this Maddy!
Make sure that you head on over and check out her post on this delightful set!
Next we have a very fashionable bra from Sofia of Silver Lining Atelier!
This is Sofia’s second Maya pattern bra- and tweaked with perfect fitting alterations! And this time Sofia was really resourceful with her fabric and made it from her boyfriend’s shirt sleeves! Love it! She even used the cuff buttons for the front embellishment!
I’m really loving this look for fall- I think you could wear this under a sheer shirt or a mostly buttoned up blazer! very tailored/menswear feel! Fantastic!
Make sure you head on over to Sofia’s blog to see her lovely post about it!
Next we have two beautiful makes from new contributor Anna of AnnaSkapar!
Anna made this beautiful bra using the Pin-Up Girls Classic pattern with modified seams. She used a lovely turquoise fabric with foam underneath! Loving that lace trim along the top!
She also made this gorgeous bikini top for her trip to Mallorca! She said it was the only top that didn’t have to worry about falling off when she jumped in the water! She made this using the Pin-Up Girls Three Sisters Bikini, the Rebecca version, with some modifications. Love this print! So tropical!
And last but not least we have these two lovelies from Diana of Diana Lingerie Design
These are both from Diana’s new pattern that she is testing, and she made these for her sister- What a great sister!
Wow these look so pretty and professional- and I’m loving the shape on that vertical seam! Great!
Make sure to check out Diana’s post about these two over on her blog!