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Re: Quick Fix-It's For Bra Emergencies

Postby TazManiac » Thu Dec 29, 2016 9:13 pm

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Re: Quick Fix-It's For Bra Emergencies

Postby Catawampus » Fri Dec 30, 2016 7:41 pm

DinkyInky wrote:Why has nobody discussed using heavy plastic corset boning to replace the wires before wearing them? Tape the ends so they slide through, then remove and stitch closed.


Likely because some of us have a bit less experience with bra wiring and corset boning than others, and so have less idea of whether or not it would make any sort of good alternative. I would have expected it to be a problem to replace the wires with due to it having too different of a cross-section and thus not fitting into the space that the wires had been in.
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Re: Quick Fix-It's For Bra Emergencies

Postby DinkyInky » Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:50 pm

Catawampus wrote:
DinkyInky wrote:Why has nobody discussed using heavy plastic corset boning to replace the wires before wearing them? Tape the ends so they slide through, then remove and stitch closed.


Likely because some of us have a bit less experience with bra wiring and corset boning than others, and so have less idea of whether or not it would make any sort of good alternative. I would have expected it to be a problem to replace the wires with due to it having too different of a cross-section and thus not fitting into the space that the wires had been in.
Mine is a bit wider, and a mesh. You cut it longer than needed, roll it, then tape the end with electricians friend, then slide it in place, pushing out the old wire(unless it's rusted, then you seam rip it open, remove all the rusted metal, wash it, press it, then fit it for the new boning, baste stitching it to hold it in place, then insert new boning, and machine stitch it closed), and stitch the end closed behind it.
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Re: Quick Fix-It's For Bra Emergencies

Postby Julie » Wed May 17, 2017 1:59 pm

I, for one, am not handy enough with a needle and thread to deconstruct something as architecturally constructed as a bra (I have been known to have trouble hemming pants straight), so replacing metal underwires with plastic isn't exactly an option for me. Additionally, I have a high level of disdain for plastic boning in corsets (aka the most uncomfortable alteration to corset designs ever), so I'd be reluctant to trust them with my breasts.

Atomic wrote:Speaking as not-a-bra-user, what issues do underwires solve? I'd imagine it's something to do with shaping rather than (up)lift, but I remember seeing various ads for the Quadra-Boob and Side-Spill problems with poorly fitted bras. I realize that breasts will never hover just under the collarbone forever, but is width vs depth really that much of a problem in the real world?

It's not just about uplift. It's about support. Most women will tell you underwire bras are godawfully uncomfortable, but most of them wouldn't trust their girls not to slide out of or stay put in a bra without underwire. The only folks I know who can get away without them are smaller breasted. I mean, I could wear a bra without underwires, but I'd have the worst underboob sweat ever by the end of the day, and I'm not entirely convinced the left one wouldn't try escaping out the bottom while the right one made a break for it out the top. There's just so much more confinement-by-design in a bra with underwire than I've ever seen achieved in their cloth-only brethren.
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Re: Quick Fix-It's For Bra Emergencies

Postby TazManiac » Mon May 22, 2017 9:45 pm

(still magical-mystery devices to us who do deal with them from the inside-out...) & I'm very good at Engineering and Architecture.

edit- Hmmm, upon reflection, I very likely meant 'outside-in'...
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Re: Quick Fix-It's For Bra Emergencies

Postby ShneekeyTheLost » Wed May 24, 2017 7:50 pm

So would women want an undergarment that supported more like a bodice does than with underwire? Because I am rather familiar with bodices, and the design would likely translate quite well.
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