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Sunday, September 25, 2011

My bra saga continues

Anne did indeed draft another bra pattern for me but I'm wondering if the redraft was some cruel joke or what. The redraft is not too small, but rather a single cup will fit on my head like a beanie. Now, I am beyond pissed off. I wasted more of my precious time and supplies. I am really wondering if she actually knows how to "custom-fit" a bra. Can I be the only one this has happened to or are my expectations too high or my fit too complicated? If I'd been fitting people for and sewing bras for 25 years, I'd hope there wouldn't be a challenge I couldn't conquer. I guess this time I made my seam allowances too narrow? WTF!!

When my neighbor dropped the pattern off she commented that her bra didn't fit as well as she expected and that she would work on tweaking the pattern. I'm sorry, for $175 I expected my bra to be a near perfect fit the first time around. It's not as if you can salvage or alter an ill-fitting bra. This experience has totally soured me on hands-on classes. There was a little too much emphasis on "it's in my book" ($30 extra) and too much time spent with students that did not have enough sewing experience to even be attempting to make something as complicated as a bra. I'd say that less than half of the class finished even though we ran over by an hour and a half.

One good thing has come from this experience. I now have a bra pattern that is too small and one that is too large. I'd say I'm knowledgeable enough to be able to draft a nearly perfect fitting bra pattern from the two.

8 comments:

  1. What a shame and know you will make it work.

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  2. I peeked into that class at the ASG convention and thought that those were the ugliest bra's I had ever seen. You just made me really glad I didn't take that class. Since the bra's that I like cost at least $80 and up, I have thought about making my own, but not if it is gonna look ugly and not even fit good.

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  3. That is terrible, just terrible! But at least now you have the tools to make your own customed fitted bra, which I know will be wonderful!

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  4. Again, write to Janet Pray about your complaints. She is the owner of the show and needs to be made aware of problems. Contact her on the ASE website. I would be totally pissed. I belong to a HUGE sewing group, and am going to ask if anyone there took that class, and if so, what their take on it is. I will let you know what I find out. Regardless, that doesn't help you with your current misfortune.

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  5. So sorry to hear about this. I was going to take the Baltimore class but it filled up so fast I had to be put on the waiting list. Maybe this was a blessing cause I too would be pissed!!

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  6. I agree, for $175 I would expect a bra that fits. The fact that students who lacked sufficient sewing experience were allowed into the class is also inexcusable. The instructor should have labeled the class "advanced" and taught it at an advanced pace (such that everyone would be finished with their bra at the end). Students who can't handle the pace should sign up for a beginners or intermediate class instead. I'm not being a snob because *I'm* a beginning sewer, and I would never sign up for something so difficult! Hope you can make lemonade from your two ill-fitting lemons (bras).

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  7. It certainly does not sound like you got what was marketed - I would be pretty annoyed too. I hope you end up with a successful pattern eventually!

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  8. So sorry all of this happened to you. While the whole bra issue is one thing, I really get upset when there are people in an advanced class who should not be there. Is it more a matter of fill the seats? At least at this point you have enough to get going on your own to fit a bra that works, albeit through some trial and error. I've learned a lot about sewing that way!

    Such a shame.

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