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Friday, February 3, 2017

Psssst...About the "girls" and the "jiggly bits"

*Reposting*

Now, some 700 posts into this blog, I look at some older, but still useful posts, and pull them out again...

I was inspired to repost this entry (originally posted two three five years ago) because of a very timely article I read online today (three years ago).  Ever fascinated by the entrepreneurial spirit of ambitious young people, a skilled dressmaker's contribution, a great business idea, and a market and investors who respond and support the idea, I felt moved and reminded to "support" us all...

We all need support sometimes. Well, except for a lucky few... But as you create, sew,or simply style yourself or others, you find that you have to work your way around "the girls" and all the other bits that don't want to stay where you'd like them to be. You do know who I mean, don't you? Whether you are a member of the "committee", are very ample, pendulous, voluptuous or asymmetrical, you have to work with fitting them every time you get dressed, design and/or sew. Below, are body-shaping swimsuits I've made for a client with a HH cup.

Padded strap elastic from SIL Thread, underwires from Steinlauf and Stoller (doubled in the channel for extra strength), powernet used as lining for a supportive body structure from Spandex House - made my client look like a Bond girl! But every body has different needs...
If the garment is already made, and you are simply getting dressed, every form of "help" you could ask for is available at Manhattan Wardobe Supply. Used by stylists and wardrobe professionals all over New York City, this place knows what you need, and has it in stock. Website or brick and mortar! Wanna make lingerie? There are lingerie and swim bra cups (same cups) sold at Steinlauf and Stoller, by the pair, for well under $10. Need hip pads or underwires? Boning? Stays? They've got that, too. In a wide variety of sizes, and all extremely affordable. And SIL Thread even carries a "separator"! But hey, if you've got a real challenge when it comes to fit, or if you just want that killer hourglass look, you can get a bra or shapewear you can swim in, a bra you can dance in, something that fits you... without having to make it, or have it made. A true specialty store within walking distance of the garment district... This is the "Pssst...." part. Bra Tenders Shhhh.... they're not on street level, and you wouldn't find them, or even know they EXIST otherwise. They really serve the theatrical community mainly, but they are also a retail establishment. Sizes AA to L. No kidding - I said "L". Make an appointment for a fitting. Be prepared to be eyed suspiciously by the guard in the lobby (or maybe that was just my imagination?), and being asked why you are there, and what the heck you want... They clearly don't want just anybody stopping in, which I did... today. "We're not set up for browsing", I was told. "We're really more of a showroom." Doesn't look that way, once inside, as it looks quite "browseable", but they make it quite clear that they don't want you to just "look around" or "explore", so know there are some gatekeepers involved here. They will not let you just buy without having a fitting first. Seriously. They specialize in undergarments and shapewear, and appointments carry no fee or obligation to buy, although you do have to secure your appointment with a credit card. In true New York fashion, they won't let you waste their time.

Now you know. Bratenders 630 9th Avenue Suite 601 NYC 10036 Tel: 212-957-7000

10 comments:

  1. And the address for the 'tenders'?? have a dear daughter with girls she wants so badly to 'remove'. ouch. Guys love them...she doesn't. Please share the address...Thanks..Karin

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  2. Whoops! Pretty important omission!

    630 9th Avenue
    Suite 601
    NYC 10036

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  3. Mimi,

    Thanks for the info.

    How much do bras, uh, tend to run at Bra Tenders?

    New York Sewer

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    1. Think better department store prices. As always, depends on what you need. No obligation to buy, if you go for a fitting. There's no "browsing", so I don't know low to high range.

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  4. I've been thinking of my own suit because I can't get the support I want. Did you still use swim cups or just the underwire and powernet?

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    1. I did not use the cups, because for me, I found that the powernet as lining in the lower half of the cup, with a self-lined upper portion of the cup gave me the shape I wanted. Lift, with a still natural-looking bustline. I like the "cradle effect" that gives, and I avoid anything that gives the "girls" an armour-like housing.

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  5. Mimi, can you comment on the stock at Bra Tenders, in terms of pretty factor? I've gotten my prettiest /most luxurious bra-making elastics, fabrics and notions from German and Dutch sources. It seems that what we have here in the US is a little more utilitarian.

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  6. BraTenders carries a complete range of undergarments at every price point. Having worked for the past 40years in the theatrical community they have serviced many productions with everything from basic underwear to beautiful, colorful and glamorous offerings. I now send my custom dressmaking clients there for proper foundations before embarking on a new gown. I can't remember how many times a customer has come back to me and exclaimed that going to BraTenders was "life changing".

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    1. Yup, Cindy! And you were the one who told me about them in the first place! (And I will be forever grateful!)

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  7. That sounds wonderful. Thanks for the information.

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