Underwire bras containing metal wires as the main site of support can cause problems with security at airports and may cause some women discomfort. There are other materials and options for creating an underwire bra without the inconvenience of metal. These options will require a bit of sewing and the willingness to create a bra from scratch.
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Things you need
- 1 yard covered plastic boning
Construct a bra using a pattern of your choice. Follow the instructions just as you would if you were going to insert metal underwires.
Purchase covered plastic boning. You will need 2 to 3 feet so that you have extra to play with in making a snug fit in the underwire. You will only end up using 1 to 2 feet of boning depending on your cup size. Make sure the boning is flexible enough to shape to your cup size. You can purchase either precut pieces of boning or purchase boning by the yard.
Insert the plastic boning into the bra where the metal underwire would originally have gone. One option is to tack the boning onto the bra along the cloth lining following along the bottom of the bra cup on the inside of the garment. Use a thread and needle to attach the boning to the bottom of the cup. Sew along the bottom edge of the boning casing, attaching the boning to the bra as you go. Then you will sew the boning along the top of the cloth casing to secure firmly in place for support. As you sew, bend the boning to follow the curve of the bra cup. Another option is to create a wider channel (because plastic boning is bulkier than metal) in the bra pattern through which you can feed the plastic boning.
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