Bra-fitters Speak: 5 Tips to Know Before You Shop

Here at myBratelier, the focus is on lingerie that we’re making ourselves, but I also want to include tips to help us all shop as more knowledgeable and informed consumers. And for those of us who do sew our own bras, there’s always something more to learn, right?

Help is on the way! This slideshow from Refinery29* reveals the top 5 tips to know before you shop— straight from professional bra fitters. If you’ve never had a bra fitting, reading through their advice, which ranges from how to fasten your bra to considering tailoring, will help you shop with confidence!


 Caution: Slideshow includes some illustrations (no photos) that could be considered NSFW.


 

How do you choose a bra?
With an overwhelming variety of bras available everywhere these days, where do you start? Refinery29’s slideshow will help you to see past all the color and lace to focus on fit. (Click the photo to go to the slideshow.)

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I Asked, You Answered: It’s in the Bag!

In a recent post, I asked the question uppermost in my mind at the time: Underwear… Or Not to Wear? In which I confessed my hesitations about actually wearing my beautiful new hand-made lingerie. And your responses (thank you!) were overwhelmingly in favor of a laundry compromise: Wash in the machine, but protect my delicate pieces in a mesh laundry bag.

Lingerie wash bag
Shown in my 14″ x 18″ bag: My Ombré-Dyed Bra and solid Panty. I’ve found, though, that I can comfortably fit at least 2 bras and several panties in this bag.

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ArteCrafts Launches New Website, Celebrates with Free Shipping!

ArteCrafts, one of my very first suppliers of bra-making goodies, has just launched their brand-new website: bramaking.supplies. To celebrate, ArteCrafts’ owner, Natasha, is offering free (yes, FREE) shipping on all U.S. orders placed on her website* until May 15, 2015! Simply use the discount code FREESHIP when you place your order.

In my very short time making my own lingerie, the beautiful and high-quality materials I’ve already used from ArteCrafts include wide stretch lace (for my first thong), continuous hook-and-eye bra back closure tape (on all of my 4 bras, including dyeing the tape for 2 of them), and super-soft bra strap elastic, which I’ve dyed to use on my second and fourth bras.

Stretch lace for thong
A gorgeous wide stretch lace from ArteCrafts that I used for my first thong. Click the photo to find this lace on their new website— and get free shipping too!

Natasha also sells fabrics, specialty elastics, underwires, kits, and much more. I highly recommend her shop for carefully curated bra-making supplies!


*IMPORTANT: This special offer applies to orders placed on bramaking.supplies only— not the ArteCrafts Etsy store or any prior orders.

What Lingerie Do You Actually Need? (The Panty Edition)

After sifting through the sale notices, sweepstakes offers, and the inevitable invitations to “claim my inheritance”, I found this in my e-mail inbox this morning, courtesy of Refinery29:

6 Undies Every Woman Should Own & Why

r29pantytypes
What types of panties do we need? Refinery29’s slideshow has the scoop. (Image credit: Refinery29.com)

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