Saturday, June 14, 2014

Bra Flaws: How To Uncurl a Curling Cup

PLEASE READ THE PARAGRAPHS BELOW BEFORE CONTINUING. 

I do not have time to edit this to everyone's liking. First you complain there are no photos, then I'm finally able to upload them around my schedule with the problems mentioned below and now some of you are having an issue with lack of descriptions. Sorry, but I just do not have time to hold your hand along the way.

EDIT: I have WiFi for about 2 minutes at a time on my laptop. The only way I was able to fix the photos below was to spend an hour going back and forth between my phone and laptop and using whichever one I could that had the better connection, meanwhile turning wifi on and off to get it to respond. I've removed the broken photos and also their descriptions. The photos below are not in the correct order. The very last two are the sewing process. The one with the chalk line where I'm holding the cup is where you mark your stitching. Go in with the needle catching only a little of the fabric. You don't want it to go through to the outside (think of it like large tailor tacks). That's all I'm going to add. Easy fix for this...buy better quality bras and don't order through the mail. Just in the time it took to write this measly paragraph my WiFi has once again timed out so now I have to shut it off and wait just so I can update this stupid post...




One of the reasons I buy Freya is not just for their somewhat extended size range and the availability of a t-shirt bra that fits rounded boobs made of naturalness in a 28. It's also for their somewhat better quality. I'm not going to find the same type of durability or size that fits from a bra bought at Victoria's Secret, Target or Walmart - or any American brand for that matter. Sometimes...even Freya falls short on their own quality. Perhaps their QC team is made up of a bunch of monkeys, or 5 year olds, or disgruntled sweatshop workers...or all of the above? I don't know. But if I'm paying $60+ for a piece of underwear that has a tag loaded with those wretched QC stickers that leave residue to prove they've been inspected then I expect something decent! Because $60 is more than I even spend on groceries in a single week!!

That being said...last year I ordered the last of Freya's "original" shaped Deco bra: Deco Honey Plunge in Jade. (Currently they are making them all with an overstarched trim that only fits women with shallow boobs. The original design does not have this.) Upon receiving it in the mail I noticed one of the cups was badly deformed. Having to avoid shipping it back and waiting a month (Figleaves.com - overseas - they're mad slow!) I kept it and figured maybe it'd work itself out. Not only that but I ordered a larger cup size because my others were getting small and thought maybe if I wore this one enough I could mould it to my shape. Then I lost weight...! Well I gained the weight back so now I can wear it again. I had it on yesterday and Luke noticed the flaw, "If I can notice it then it must be bad!". Yes, thank you!

I searched online for a cure. The most popular result, and pretty much the only one, was to iron it with a cloth to protect the fabric. I actually tried that when I first got this but it only lasts a short while, like, 1 wear, and eventually the cup refolds.

Why does this happen? A couple of reasons:
  1. Shoddy workmanship!
    a) The main fabric has not been cut correctly, usually because it's too short for the foam so it has to stretch over the top of the foam cup and this causes it to pull the moulding out and down. - or
    b) When stitching the main fabric to the moulding, either one of them could have been pulled too much in the process resulting in the fabric being stretched and the thread in the stitches actually keeps this shape.
  2. The bra is old and has stretched out - except this would most likely happen equally to some degree in both cups.
  3. The bra has been washed/dried incorrectly. Never put them in the machine and always line dry them letting them hang from the center gore so neither the straps nor band can get stretched out in the drying process.
So why did it happen to mine? Reason 1a. There is a super quick and easy fix for this that involves chalk, thread, a thin needle, and a pair of scissors. Below are photos, pretty self explanatory but I'll briefly describe them as needed.













      

55 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you, this looks like a good fix. I have a couple new bras with this problem.

Olly said...

This worked perfectly, great fix :D saved an extremely pretty bra from the scrap heap. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this :D saved loads of money and frustration.
Greetings from Finland!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! I have been fighting this problem for years. This is a genius idea! So easy and quick. Thank you again!

trouty 1998 said...

What if there isnt a clear line of where the curl/bend starts

Anonymous said...

thank you thank you thank you! definitely a post that deserves more attention! lifesaver!

Call_Me_Little_'D' said...

Thank you for posting this! I'd just bought an adorable penguin print bra from VS and didn't notice the cup curl when I tried it on. Your fix worked perfectly and now I can wear it without dreaded show through!!

Darth Tardius said...

It won't be an obvious line but you will see an area where it starts to look different than the rest. You can also try folding it further to exaggerate the curl to give you a good idea/starting point.

Darth Tardius said...

Awesome!! Glad to hear it worked out! =)

Darth Tardius said...

Aw thanks! =) And you're very welcome!

Sarah Cameron said...

I have been struggling with a way to fix the dreaded "curl" for so long! I cant count how many bras I have had to pitch because nothing worked. I tried this and I cant believe how well it worked!! Its amazing, thank you so much for the tip! No more money down the drain on bras that decide to curl :) You are such a life saver

Anonymous said...

Worked like a charm! Thank you !

Anonymous said...

Uhmmmm...Am I the only one who cant see the pictures...?!?!?

Anonymous said...

is there anyway to get the pictures back?

Anonymous said...

Yes please bring back the pictures! I need to know how this works!

Mette said...

Yes please bring back the pictures! I also need to know how this works!

Darth Tardius said...

Sorry!! I don't know how that happened! Ill re-upload them as soon as I can!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe I just read this truckload of intro to scroll to the actual tutorial with broken image links.

Melissa Blackbird said...

Please bring back the pictures

Jennifer said...

Yes, I need them please!!

Sonia said...

Me too. Please!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Same as everyone else.

Your blog seems to be the only thing online with an answer and loads of other sites are linking to it, so if you could fix the photos that would be great!, all my bras (I have like 2 drawers full!) have got this problem!

Gabrielle Hedges said...

Pictures are still missing :/

Darth Tardius said...

Pics are back.

Darth Tardius said...

Pics are back.

Darth Tardius said...

Pics are back.

Darth Tardius said...

Pics are back.

Darth Tardius said...

Pics are back.

Anonymous said...

I see the pictures but don't get what to do

Anonymous said...

What's the chalk for? Is all you do, is sew it so it's pulling back?

Anonymous said...

Hello, I see the pictures however I don't see the description of really what to do. Please help :/

Jessica George said...

Thank you for all your hard work on this post! You have saved me a few humdred$. Short story: gained weight, had to buy all new bras, and I always hand wash and hang them to dry. And they ALL started curling! Store wouldn't take them back. Said I caused damage. So THANK YOU!

Mommafo said...

Awesome fix!!! Thank you!

Mommafo said...

Struggling with finding the "line," but have noticed a definite improvement. Thank you for your post!

Mommafo said...

Struggling with finding the "line," but have noticed a definite improvement. Thank you for your post!

Lucia Contreras said...

It looks like a great fix! Thanks so much :) I'll definately try this

Lucia Contreras said...

It looks like a great fix! Thanks so much :) I'll definately try this

April Hansen said...

Just tried this with a VS bra that had this dreaded curl, and it worked like a charm! Thank you SO much for posting this!

Unknown said...

I wish I would have seen this a year ago. I had one that I loved but I gave it away.awesome hack!

Unknown said...

I wish I would have seen this a year ago. I had one that I loved but I gave it away.awesome hack!

Anonymous said...

Awesome! Thank you for a taking the time to show us how to fix this!

Samic said...

Thank you so much!! I have a bra that the left cup is doing a major curl out on the left cup and I think it might be a bit of a challenge to fix it even with this method!

Still WAY better then having to throw a perfectly good bra away!!

THANK YOU!! 😀

circalise said...

Ahh thank you! This is genius. I am definitely going to try this.

Your sewing pictures are super helpful as they are. :)

Anonymous said...

This actually didn't help me that much. The sewing left a huge lining lip around the edges. So it doesn't curl out, great, but it's so obviously forced to curl in, you can still see a definite lining (just not as sharp) of the bra...like a freaking speed bump. Lol. In the end, after a few wears anyways, because I refused to throw them out... the edges close to the cleavage curled right back out. Useless. I just have to buy new bras. I've never even had bras curl before, this is the first with damn Target bras. Bottom line, just buy GOOD bras. Spend. Dx

Lisa G. said...

Wow, I thought I was the only one with not panty lines, but bra lines showing thru! Haha My bra that did this is from Victorias Secret which Im not sure why its done this since I always hand wash all my bras for this kind of reason. Ive tried ironing them flat, pulling on the fabric, bending it back, ugh!!! Will try this and let ya know! I agree, bras are expensive and I expect mine to make my figure more flattering, to keep my boobs from eventual(hopefully) sagging to my knees and that it outlive me. I know, I know, how can I ever expect a bra to keep my boobs from sagging to my knees?! LoL

Lisa G. said...

Wow, I thought I was the only one with not panty lines, but bra lines showing thru! Haha My bra that did this is from Victorias Secret which Im not sure why its done this since I always hand wash all my bras for this kind of reason. Ive tried ironing them flat, pulling on the fabric, bending it back, ugh!!! Will try this and let ya know! I agree, bras are expensive and I expect mine to make my figure more flattering, to keep my boobs from eventual(hopefully) sagging to my knees and that it outlive me. I know, I know, how can I ever expect a bra to keep my boobs from sagging to my knees?! LoL

Anonymous said...

This technique is saving my bras!! Thanks so much!!

Anonymous said...

thank you!!!

Unknown said...

Another great way to do this is to get the bra wet with shampoo an conditioner an wear the bra till it drys pulling the bra back to its it's original position every 10/20 min also a great fix an it actually stays

Clarissa Kramer said...

Another great way to do this is to get the bra wet with shampoo an conditioner an wear the bra till it drys pulling the bra back to its it's original position every 10/20 min also a great fix an it actually stays

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Unknown said...

Where exactly are u cutting?

Beverly Grabowski said...

You can also iron the bra cup back to shape.

Anonymous said...

Omg, thank u!!!! This works perfectly. Ironing doesn't work...this is a great fix.

Nikita Gadowska said...

Why can't I see the description of the work you did ? just photos ?