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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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    Great idea - I will be watching to see how this turns out.

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    this is scary. but great. i've been wondering about making a bra for real. i finally found one that fits right, supports right, and looks nice. the looking nice part is very difficult when you are overly "blessed". (or cursed depending on how you look at it). most of the ones that fit me are not pretty and have enough fabric to hold small children. let us know what you come up with. i sure would be interested in knowing.

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    I think you could glue ribbon on it front and back, or something like that. I see you have used rickrack you could use that to or cording. Just a few ideas good luck .

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    Quote Originally Posted by ann31039
    this is scary. but great. i've been wondering about making a bra for real. i finally found one that fits right, supports right, and looks nice. the looking nice part is very difficult when you are overly "blessed". (or cursed depending on how you look at it). most of the ones that fit me are not pretty and have enough fabric to hold small children. let us know what you come up with. i sure would be interested in knowing.
    I feel your pain .Finding a bra that does its job for a larger cup size is very difficult . When visiting a frined of mine in OK I went to a bra store down there.Boy did I learn alot.They told me that it is not the cup but the band that gives most of the support, and they put me in a size I thought would be to small but wow the support I usually took a 38 band they took it down to a 34. I love the Aviana bra.Straps set to the side so they go over the shoulder bones and you dont' get the U in your shoulders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ann31039
    this is scary. but great. i've been wondering about making a bra for real. i finally found one that fits right, supports right, and looks nice. the looking nice part is very difficult when you are overly "blessed". (or cursed depending on how you look at it). most of the ones that fit me are not pretty and have enough fabric to hold small children. let us know what you come up with. i sure would be interested in knowing.
    I feel your pain .Finding a bra that does its job for a larger cup size is very difficult . When visiting a friend of mine in OK I went to a bra store down there.Boy did I learn alot.They told me that it is not the cup but the band that gives most of the support, and they put me in a size I thought would be to small but wow the support I usually took a 38 band they took it down to a 34. I love the Aviana bra.Straps set to the side so they go over the shoulder bones and you dont' get the U in your shoulders.

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    Beautiful bra. Never knew you could. Guess anything is possible.

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    Looks great, really great, so far. Hope you find a satisfactory solution. Wish I could help. Happy Quilting!

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    I would hand stitch all the raw edges down, BUT then again I enjoy hand stitching binding on. LOL

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. I wish I had asked before I started, as it would have made things easier. In retrospect, I should have made the whole thing off the bra, made a lining as well, and then joined the two pieces with the real bra in the middle. But I started adding pieces as I thought of them, which made it more difficult. And I wish I had thought of the folded dahlia - great idea!

    I'm making progress - I made a bias tube of fabric which I folded over the edges and am hand tacking with a tapestry needle and pearl cotton - it's the only way I can get through all the layers. Should be done in a couple days and I'll try to remember to post photos.

    Thanks!

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    ha ha ha! That cracks me up. That is so cute.

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    I always say.......since I was a teenager, they went in the door before I did.

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    I have always wanted to do one when our local area had a display for charity. Never got around to it. LOL

    I was going to do "Texas Hold'em" and put poker chips and cards on it.

    they are fun displays to look at. So many clever people.

    Jean

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    this was entertaining, yours is coming along great

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    Now that is one bra with personality :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    I have made my own bra's from patterns and you can get the cups, wires etc at Joann's or Handcocks. This way I get well custom fit and use my own colores of fabric.

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