Just wondering if anyone has ever bought a bra which is a couple of back sizes too big & adjusted it - do you still get the same level of support?
I'm a 10F (at least I think so) and it's a nightmare trying to find bras. The only option I really have if I want to actually be fitted properly is BGDC but it's a fair trek for me & they don't really seem to have much range in my size. Plus it's really expensive & I'm struggling to afford upwards of $70 for each bra.
So I was thinking, what if I bought something like a 14DD & adjusted the back so it fitted me? Do you think that's a viable option?
I've looked into making my own bras but at this stage I think that's way beyond my sewing ability, so was considering this other option in the meantime.
I'm really sick of spending days and days on end treking around half the town trying to find one bra that fits. And spending a fortune on one that does, while heaps of other people I know get to go to department stores & spend $20-$30 on a bra. It is really affecting my self-esteem & confidence & I just don't want to do it anymore.
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22-06-2013 15:16 #1Senior Member
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Buying and adjust a bra? - has anyone done this?
22-06-2013 17:18 #2
The letter is the size of the cup, and the number the size accross the back, so if you have a lot of boobie, buying a smaller cup and trying to adjust the back probably won't work for you.
I get fitted professionally, and then using the size/brand/type that is recommended (I buy one at the fitting) keep an eye out online to purchase multiples at a reduced price.
Goodluck!! It is a pain to be anything above a DD ;-)
22-06-2013 17:21 #3
It is annoying, but I wouldn't recommend buying a bra that isn't your size. A 14 is too big for a size 10 figure, even with the straps adjusted. I buy mine at Myer, they have a great fitting service and often have 30% off sales. I think your confidence will do a lot better in a well fitted bra, even though the expense is annoying - plus your back will that you for the support.
22-06-2013 17:21 #4Senior Member
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Thanks Zabella - I was told that if you go up a back size then you go down a cup size. Therefore a 10F would be the same cup-size as a 14DD. Hence why I was wondering whether adjusting it would work.
I'm not really sure where to get a decent fitting anywhere other than big girls don't cry as all the other places have fitted me wrong. I can't afford to keep going to big girls don't cry as it is really expensive.
Thanks MummaOJ - Myer & DJs say I'm a 10DD or 10E. The middle of those bras sit off my sternum (mono-boob, anyone?) and I get red marks etc. So I've given up on Myer & DJ's cause they get it wrong every time.
I have chronic neck pain already from so many poor fittings & years of wearing the wrong size. Big Girls Don't Cry don't really have much range in my size though, and I'm not really sure where else to go. Evie-Boo is closing down.
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22-06-2013 18:20 #5
Ok so get a fitting done at myer. And go to blest bras . Com. They have a great range. If you find a brand you like you can often get them cheaper online straight from the uk.
22-06-2013 18:28 #6
I can't really answer your question, OP but re. Myer and DJs fittings (and I'm sure other places) I'm fairly certain they don't fit you properly on purpose- if you're an unusual size they will tell you you're the closest 'regular' size they stock, that you'll fit in. I got fitted at 2 different Myers when pregnant with DS- both told me I was a DD cup when there was no way I was below an E. I was going up from a DD. I'm certain it was because they had hardly any/no stock above a DD cup :thumbdown:
22-06-2013 18:52 #7
If it is sitting off your sternum, I would try a 12E full cup underwire tshirt bra. I have had bra troubles forever (10DD since having kids, was an E) recently I found a lightweight underwire at Myer(sorry cant remember brand, Berlei maybe but I can check later) and it fits so beautifully I feel like I have perky round breasts now instead of one saggy one
22-06-2013 19:50 #8
I reckon that the theory about going up a band size and down a cup size (e.g 12E = 14DD) only works one size in each direction. So I think going from a 10 to a 14 in the band will change the overall fit too much.
I'm currently pregnant and a 12F so I'm also seriously struggling to find anything that fits. Bought a nice Hot Milk one the other day. But I know what you mean about the prices. And they're all so flippin ugly!
I tend to agree about the crappy fittings that get done in Myer, DJ and Bras and Things. I was in BnT and had one of their brand on in an F and it was waaaay too small. Like I pretty much had four boobs cos so much was squeezing out the top. The stupid girl kept going on about how well it fit. WTH?
Then she admits that they don't do a G. Was clearly just trying to make a sale. Grrrr!
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