Dear Constant Reader,
Happy Friday! Here’s your tip!
When making tear-away cup bras, use two bras.
It may seem like the logical thing to do is cut the cups off a bra and then reattach them to the bra with fasteners. Trust me on this, you are only setting the stage for sorrow.
In order to have a good structure, you want underwire on both the cups and the frame. So, get two bras. From one cut the cups from one just below the underwire — these are going to be your cups. From the second cut the cups just above the underwire — this is going to be the bra frame. I know it’s a bit wasteful, but you want both pieces to have that wire. I salvage the straps and hardware from the now-cupless (and useless) frame for other projects, so it doesn’t all go to waste. If you’ve got other ideas of how to use the leftover bits, I’d love to hear them!
If you want a little extra lift, or you need to conform to decency laws that prohibit underboob, instead of cutting away the entire cup, you can leave part of it attached to the frame. Don’t forget to finish the edge! A little bias binding works great for this.
Attach your fasteners (I use snaps) so the underwire of the cups sits on top of the underwire on the frame.
Have fun tearing away!
Like this costuming tip? There are lots more in Miss Mina Murray’s Little Book of Burlesque Costuming.