1. The shelf bra, which is a piece of fabric in the front of the suit with a few gathers along the bottom edge. This type of shelf bra is not good at supportive a larger bust or one that is flaccid or heavy. I rarely recommend this type of support.
2. Using pre formed foam bra cups sewn into the suit lining. The cups aren't bad as long as you can get them in your size. However, you are limited to the shape of the cups that are available.
3. The free floating bra. This is the best solution, in my opinion. You can use your own bra pattern and make the cups for inside the suit. The bra attaches at the side seam and the shoulder of the swimsuit, and is not visible from the outside of the suit. There is no limit to the size, and the cups can be underwired or not. Best of all, it supports as well as a bra!
So today after the students were measured and assigned a swimsuit size, they got to work making their free floating bras.
Some got right to work!
Here is the inside of the cup we are making. We use cut and sew foam to make the cup from the bra pattern, then cover the seams with seam tape. Don't have any seam tape? We used duoplex cut into strips, and that worked just as well!
One student finished her cups and was ready to start the main part of her suit. She wanted ruching on the side panels of her princess line suit, so I showed her how to make the pattern piece for it. Here it is in the beginning.