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Thread: Has Anyone Ever Quilted a Bra?????

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    Senior Member AndiR's Avatar
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    Perhaps you've seen the Artful Bras that have been created to be auctioned off as a fundraiser against cancer.

    (If not, here are a few links: http://wings.buffalo.edu/org/artfulbra/
    http://www.quiltersofsc.org/Artful%2...artfulbras.htm)

    I am working on one for a local fundraiser. Mine is not anywhere near as creative or clever as the links above. I've just done some semi-traditional piecing similar to a NY Beauty and some bargello. And trying to machine quilt it, but underwire doesn't like to be quilted :D. Good thing I have extra sewing machine needles around!

    Anyway, I've struggled to make this fit a "C" cup (after all, aren't we quilters always trying to make our tops perfectly flat?????) and now I have all the components made, but not sure how to get the edges finished.

    Has anyone done one of these that can offer some suggestions on how to encase all the edges? I can't do much by machine because of the underwire. I really don't relish handstitching a bunch of bias binding around all the edges, but that might be what I have to do. Fusible, hot glue.....I'm open to anything!! LOL
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    I can't help, but it's great, I love it!!

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    -Well, if you'd put it on a dressmaker's dummy for us I'm sure someone would be able to suggest a way of doing it easily.

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    You could glue on trim to finish off the edges. I saw a tute on these bras that was finished this way :D:D:D

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    Another use for a folded Dahlia!

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    What a great idea!!!!

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    hmmm I think I would have ( I know , kinda late now -- maybe u could add it and still do it this way??) made the edges just a bit longer, folded then toward the inside of each cup, then hot glue the " underwire areas" together, thus catching the " binding" in the glu area. Turn the wrong side out and trim any extra quilted fabric to the edge.
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    glue underwire areas together, then glue or hand stitch some sore of large trim ( pearls, rick rack gimp, etc) to hide the glued areas

    after going back I see u covered the side straps too.. most of the ones I've seen were made into purses and the side straps were cut off...leaving just the shoulder straps for purse handles..

    ignore me if u making a truely quilted bra.... smile

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    Can you remove the underwires so you can sew and then re-isert them when you close up the last bit of lining.

    I don't know if this is praticla but you could face it with a lining. Make the lining the same shape as the cups and place them right sides together. sticthe round onthe machine leaving a turning gap ( near where you want to re-insert the underwire) turn and then reinsert the underwire and close up the gap. Depending onconstruction you could do both cups and the side starps at the same time. like facing a top.

    hope that helps. Maybe not on this project but the next one :o)


    Quote Originally Posted by bluteddi
    hmmm I think I would have ( I know , kinda late now -- maybe u could add it and still do it this way??) made the edges just a bit longer, folded then toward the inside of each cup, then hot glue the " underwire areas" together, thus catching the " binding" in the glu area. Turn the wrong side out and trim any extra quilted fabric to the edge.
    or
    glue underwire areas together, then glue or hand stitch some sore of large trim ( pearls, rick rack gimp, etc) to hide the glued areas

    after going back I see u covered the side straps too.. most of the ones I've seen were made into purses and the side straps were cut off...leaving just the shoulder straps for purse handles..

    ignore me if u making a truely quilted bra.... smile

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    Wow. This is new to me and a totally fun idea.

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    This project made me smile! Thanks for sharing. :-)

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