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Old 11-01-2009, 09:50 AM   #1
 
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I wear a small band size (30) and a larger cup size, which makes it very difficult to find bras... especially nursing bras and ESPECIALLY reasonably priced. I've recently bought a few in a 34 band size (going down in the cup to compensate) and then having the band taken in by a tailor. The first one was very successful - they got it right on the first try. The second one (a few months later) they seemed really confused and I had to take it back a couple times until they got it snug enough. I recently bought a third and TRIED to do it myself, but I don't think I can handle the job as I'm pretty new to sewing and it's harder than I thought it would be.

I plan to bring it to the tailor now, but I want to make sure they get it right. I figure if I can tell them exactly what it needs to measure around (unstretched, on the tightest hook) then that should make it more clear. I measured the two that I have and they measure around 24", but I've had them both for a while so they're probably stretched out a bit. I'm wondering if I should tell the tailor about 22"? If it's a little too snug on the tightest hook, I can always wear it on a looser hook until it stretches out a bit.

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Old 11-01-2009, 01:17 PM   #2
 
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I'm not that helpful since my mother alters all of mine... but I think telling them a slightly smaller size, so that you can wear it on the middle hook is the best thing you can do. That way when it stretches slightly you can wear it on the smallest hook.

I've read many places that it's best to get a bra that you can wear on the middle hook for that reason (like you I have a narrow back with a large bust, so it doesn't work for me).

On another note, Motherhood Maternity now carries as small/big as 32F. You might want to look there for bras that are reasonably priced that might fit a little better through the back and need less altering (like maybe just moving the last row of eyes to in front of the first row making a narrower band).
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I had mine altered at a bra speciality store, the kind for extra large breasts or post-mastetomy. I had a seam taken up side and an extra row of hooks added. They also did something with the straps but I don't remember what.

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Can you have her take a peek at it while you are wearing it? to see how much she has to pull in? Or if you are wearing it, how much can you pull out on the back of the band and on each side. I've never braved having alterations done a bra though am getting so frustrated not finding anything, that I'm seriously considering it.
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You should get bras altered so that they are comfortable on the loosest hook, that way when the material stretches you can tighten the hook and still wear the bra.
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You should get bras altered so that they are comfortable on the loosest hook, that way when the material stretches you can tighten the hook and still wear the bra.
totally agree with this, it'd almost be like buying the bra based on the loosest hook.
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Thanks for the replies everyone. Maybe I will ask her if I can try it on for her with the loosest hook. I think she may have with the first one, but not the second which could have contributed to the problems.

goldy - I'll definitely have to check out Motherhood. They don't have 32's on their website, but maybe my local store will.
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By the time you pay someone to alter the bra you could have gotten one that fits. Look up Fantasie on the web. They are a UK based company and are carried at Nordstrom. Also Elle MacPhearson makes great nursing bras all the way down to 30. Fantasie come in 30 all the way to H and they are about $50.00. I think a bra is the most important piece of your wardrobe, buy cheap underpants instead, if your boobs don't look good the whole outfit is wrecked plus you don't want to have bad support when you are full of milk. I sacrifice a lot of other things so I can get good bras because I have big boobs, I'd rather spend one night in on the weekend and save up for the bra.
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Old 11-02-2009, 02:38 PM   #9
 
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I've altered several bras for myself and I think they turned out well. I didn't have a very "scientific" process for determining how much to take it in. I just put the original on and kind of pinched off how much extra material I thought there was, and used that as a gauge. I also tried to get them pretty snug on the loosest hook so I could tighten them up over time as the elastic loosened.
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By the time you pay someone to alter the bra you could have gotten one that fits.
Not in my case... the last two I got from Target were only $12.99 and are actually really nice. The alterations only cost $5 with my tailor, so it's definitely cheaper and easier to do it this way. Plus, I've had bad luck before ordering bras online even if they were the "right" size.
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