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Cupped corsetsRoyal Black shares secrets of creating cupped corsets, using a standard overbust corset pattern & well fitting ready-to-wear bra.

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emcadorette
This is absolutely BRILLIANT, thank you so much for such fantastic inspiration! I am in the midst of working on a Morrigan themed corset for a friend, and this is perfect timing.

Just had a flash for perhaps attempting a breast form from medical tape in similar fashion to this, and then making a seamless (or nearly?) cup by steam-shrinking, rather like shaping darts on a wool blazer. Hmm.

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royalblack
Thank you! I'm so happy to hear that my article helps people to realize their own designs. :)
The idea with steam-shrinking medical tape cups into shape sounds very interesting. Please do keep us posted, in case you give it a try. (Nearly) seamless cups would be a wonderful achievement!

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scrapkittie
Thank you Barbara - I LOVE you for this article!!! Oh, the de-mystification!! !

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royalblack
And thank YOU for the positive feedback! It always makes me happy, if my articles are well received by fellow corsetmakers.
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suzanne_castro_reid
Brilliant - I'm always excited to read one of your articles, well written and easy to understand with great photos! Many thanks!!
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royalblack
Many thanks, Suzanne!
I always try my best to find the right words and to take clear and easy to understand pictures for my articles. That takes a lot of time, but is worth every minute of it, once I read the positive feedback here. :)

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oli_jane
These are very good instructions! Could you tell me where you got your original over bust pattern from? Thanks!
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royalblack
Thank you!
I constructed the original overbust pattern from scratch, as I do for all of my patterns.

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lori_b
I wish I could do this. I am ashamed to say that it's been years since I've had a bra that fits correctly. I even went for a professional fitting once. I ended up with an expensive bra that fit poorly and made everything I wore over it look terrible. I threw it away because I knew I was never going to wear it again. This article makes me want to try again though. Your designs are so beautiful! The thought of making something like that is so tantalizing.
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royalblack
No need to be ashamed at all, Lori!
In my opinion bras are THE most complicated garments to fit, especially for larger cupsizes or sizes that aren't within range of what is considered as "standard".

It can be incredibly frustrating to hear that "unfortunately we don't carry your size" in a specialist shop or getting fitted and ending up with a very expensive yet still not well fitting bra.
Allthough I'm on the small end of sizes, it still took several attempts for me to find my size, because I have a very small underbust measurement compared to my cup size. I can only encourage you to keep trying, if you find new places where you could look.

Here are two more online sources that I personally found helpful:
https://www.abrathatfits.org/calculator.php
https://whatbrasizeslooklike.wordpress.com/

I used the calculator named above to compare the best fitting bras I had with these numbers and it got me there in the end. All the best on your journey to a well fitting bra! <3

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jocelyn
Reading this with great interest, thank you. Off to put tape on an old bra!
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