Friday, April 19, 2013

Bra Fitting Information

    a. If your bust is 1" to 2" larger than your high bust measurement,
        you are a B cup.

         Example: bust is 38" and high bust is 36" you would wear a
         36B bra.

        We were always taught to measure the bustline which means
        you would purchase a 38 bra and go from there for the cup
        fit. This means you would be wearing a bra that would be
        to loose around the bra band area.

    b. If your bust is 2" to 3" larger than your high bust measurement,
        you are a C cup.

    c. If you bust is 3" to 4" larger than your high bust measurement,
        you are a D cup.

       ~ Information from Simplicity 4302


  1. You're welcome! Bra fitting seems to be such a hot topic
    that I thought I'd share this info with those of us who are striving for perfection when it comes to fit.

  2. Hi Dorothy - I'll be getting my tape measure out again - I've always done under the bust and bust measurement. Be interesting to see what the difference is.

    1. It'll be interesting to see the results. What did you do with the difference between the under and bust measurements?

  3. Thanks Dorothy!! This is good information

    1. It works for me. I'm one inch smaller than the purchase bra size so I move up to the next whole number. It's spot on. I've been wearing the same size for years.

  4. I've never understood how it works. I always just have the lady at the store measure me. haha Good info!

  5. I appreciate your interest and hope it works well for you.

  6. I was just working with a Simplicity pattern and went by those same measurement guidelines to pick which size pattern pieces to go by. There were different pattern pieces for every cup size. The size i went with didn't match up to the bra size i actually wear, but i think you really have to fit your bra size by trial and error and it does vary by the brand of bra and shape of cup. i actually used to work in a lingerie boutique, ha ha, fitting people, folding thongs, all that fun stuff. i think the cup size on the simplicity pattern ended up working out well, but the actual numbered pattern size had so much ease built it, i need to go back and try starting from a smaller numbered pattern size with the same cup size and see if that works better. more trial and error! or hopefully trial and success =)

  7. Thank you for pointing this out. That would be a great blog topic for you to share. About two years ago, while reading a review on Pattern Review, I learned a serious lesson that I had never noticed before. When cutting a pattern, make sure you check on the back of the pattern for the finished measurements for the bust and hips. Sometimes they are't listed there, but normally they are listed on the front piece of the pattern. That being said, I do make sure this step is completed before cutting my project.


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