As a large-busted woman I find bra shopping to be a tedious chore, not to mention incredibly depressing. I can’t go to places like Victoria’s Secret because even though their models are *ahem* well-endowed, VS doesn’t cater to anyone over a 38DD. Let’s just say if they consider their models “well-endowed” I must be a boob billionaire. Finally, a few years back I discovered Lane Bryant, a store which not only caters to larger-all-the-way-around women, but also to large-busted women. And instead of just buying plain black and white bras, I suddenly have an entire world of colours, styles and materials open to me. (Only a fellow woman would understand my giddy school-girl excitement when I discovered this.)
The only problem: I was used to buying JC Penney bras at $25. Lane Bryant charges at least $40 for theirs, and in some cases as much as $60. I have, over the years, come to understand that this is normal; in fact, a lot of bras (such as VS) run even higher, into the $80-90 range. So when I DO buy bras I a) wait for the BOGO sales, and b) wear my bras until they literally fall apart.
So when I got pregnant and realized I’d need to buy nursing bras I kind of freaked out a little bit. It’s hard to find nursing bras that offer the support a large-busted woman such as myself needs, so it was unlikely I’d be wearing the nursing bras once I stopped breastfeeding. This time around I am once again balking at spending that kind of money…so when a friend of mine brought this to my attention, I got quite interested. I’m no pro, but I think this type of sewing is something even I can manage. Awesome.