Tara knows how to make us feel comfortable about the requirements of the body.
Moving forward...I remember last month spending 3 hours in the Dillards lingerie department getting fit for bras. It was horrible, I was tired, my hair was a mess, and nothing fit. You say, I'm small in comparison to the average woman with bra problems... Yes, I have a small chest area, 1/2 inch is all it takes to cause a bra to sag, and I hate saging. I want my bra to hug my chest, not sit away creating a ridge under my clothing. "It does matter."
I made the matching panties from the panty kit provided by Needlenook Fabrics using Kwik Sew 2908, view B- bikini. The fabric is a wonderfully satiny nylon. The size may seem off, but trust me, when you really have the correct fitting bikini panty they may appear big. I was shocked, however, I did not want to change the size until I was completely finished so as to get a true "fitting" of the final garment. They really fit, with full bottom coverage and a low ride. No panty lines. Yee Pee! The crotch will be narrowed an inch in the next pair, but really these are some great fitting panties. So if you have buns that cup under a little, these have a nice curved bottom that catches all that rump.
Compared to the first pair I made, in which I used vanity sizing, I cut a small, because I figured the pattern has to be wrong. I got a really good pair of panties that I had to give away....
I used some of the blue panty fabric to line the lace area of the bra for a little more coverage. Although, the bra kit came with a lightweight nude tricot lining. Anne told me I could have dyed it brown using some strong coffee. duh I didn't think of that. More about the bra... When I first learned to make these bras, my first complaint was that I donot want a "line" to show through my clothes. But as you can see, the line isn't really that prominent. I found that the slight curve in the sewn cup actually causes it to sit just a little off and properly fitting clothes just hang past the line. Aaannnd...the bra isn't pointy, like it might appear.
I especially the way the band covers the side of the body...
...and how the back has the 3 hook/eye combination. This is much more comfortable and supportive. Anna has a reason and really good explanations for the structure of the bra. The whys and why nots are important for someone like me.
Of course, you are not seeing the pesky little rings in these bras. Thats because you don't need adjustible straps if they were made just for you. Why do you need to adjust anything? Right?