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Most of us have a love/hate relationship with the bra cups that are sewn in our dance and skate costumes.

They’re too hard, too soft, too flimsy, too small, too big, too pointy and too pokey.

They’re just dang uncomfortable, yet necessary. They offer support, shape and cushioning in areas that get banged around a lot by our partners.

What’s a woman to do? Win the battle of the bra cup shell. Find the perfect bra cup for your body!

Basic bra shells are flimsy and unnaturally shaped. As a result, they tend to cave in and look hollow.  I mean, really, who invented these things? Did they not know that elbows are the only pointy body parts?

Here are a few tricks that will make those icky bra shells look and feel better:

            • hot glue two shells together so they are firm enough that they don’t cave in and look hollow
            • add padding inside a single layer shell so it is more comfortable and it fills out that ridiculous empty space where our breasts are not as pointed as the cup
            • Next, trim the corners on the cups so they don’t poke
            • finally, sandwich the entire edge of the bra cup with lycra (after trimming the points, of course) to soften the edges that rub against your skin

 

Don’t want to mess with the bra shells?

I can’t blame you. Here are two additional options:

 

Use a regular bra in your dance and skate costumes

  • buy one at the thrift store for just a few dollars
  • recycle an old bra in which the bust shape is still good. It doesn’t matter if the straps don’t hold up the girls like they should; you can cut off the straps and replace with elastics.

Use a different kind of cup

  • ChrisAnne-Clover in England has a great selection of nicely-shaped, comfortable cups.
  • In the U.S., I love Braza Bra Cups! They’re comfortable, well-shaped, nicely priced, and available in quite a few common stores like your local fabric shop and Target. (P.S. Check out their website. They’ve got some other clever items for your street clothes too.)
  • Wawak Sewing Supplies in the U.S. carries a variety of bra cups and, of course, sewing supplies.

 

 

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Choose the perfect bra cup for your body and costume needs

Teresa Sigmon, creator of the SEW LIKE A PRO™ training series, teaching YOU to make professional quality dance and skate costumes
Basic bra shells are flimsy and tend to cave in and look hollow.

 

Teresa Sigmon, creator of the SEW LIKE A PRO™ training series, teaching YOU to make professional quality dance and skate costumes
Add padding to the basic shell to create bust volume, add comfort, and to prevent the shell from looking hollow.

 

Teresa Sigmon, creator of the SEW LIKE A PRO™ training series, teaching YOU to make professional quality dance and skate costumes
Hot glue two shells together to make them firm enough they don't cave in at the apex.

 

Teresa Sigmon, creator of the SEW LIKE A PRO™ training series, teaching YOU to make professional quality dance and skate costumes
Braza Sew-in Cup (left) versus pointy shell cup (right). What's your choice? I LOVE Braza cups! Been using them for years.

The perfect bra cups for ballroom, country and skate dresses.

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From Teresa Sigmon,
Founder and Designer of Seams Sensational
Creator of the Sew Like A Pro™ training series

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