It's always the same spread, like 34-42 in any cup size you want, or any band size but only in a D or DD. It's astonishing that we have not jointly raised hell to demand this industry create everything custom.
Actually, it's weird that we don't have more "give us your dimensions and we'll laser-cut and sew you something" businesses by now. The only place I have seen doing that sells jeans.
I think the thing pissing me off most in the lingerie access world today is that I've never seen shapewear cut for larger cup sizes. If you want a bra that fits, but you really want kind of a midsection shaper, maybe a full bodysuit affair, something you can just throw on that handles everything at once?
That tops out at a DD. I saw a 48 today. I think 48DD is actually the exact size a lot of people *think* they wear because it's often the largest they can try on and no, it's not cutting into their flesh, but they are actually more like a 42I or a 44G or something... and you can't get those. Well, who the hell do they think would appreciate some extra support?
This is also the point where I should point out that you absolutely can have someone draft a custom bra pattern for you and sew a standard, well-constructed underwire bra for you from scratch. Such services do exist. The prices I've seen range from $450-$800 per bra. At that point, without a very specific reason for the purchase, I think most of us would say that service effectively does not exist. But it does make me wonder what we could do if we set people with cutting gizmos and such up with people who are willing to iterate on cut patterns and get theirs right, open sourcing their custom sizes for others with similar shapes to try to adjust. As it stands, I can't simply go to Jo-Ann's and buy a bra pattern that could be sized up that far in any sensible way, but a homebrew set of "bra: DDD-G, H-J +custom band sizing" digital patterns which have gotten over the worst of the translation would give people a starting point, at least.
@pmosetc that would be so awesome. I just discovered I have different cup sizes so I'd pay for that kind of custom thing.
@pmosetc and there’s that whole made-to-measure segment in business-y clothes, like dress shirts, blouses, suits, etc., where it’s not fully bespoke tailoring but a base cut adapted to your parameters.
it’s a really well established thing, so it’s extra outrageous that we’re just accepting cookie cutter solutions for items where precise fit makes all the difference.
@pmosetc It's mostly because drafting patterns is specialized and time consuming, and since pants are basically 4 straight pieces, it's easy to promise a reasonable result for most bodies with a minimum amount of measurements. (And if they don't get it quite right, pants are one of the things tailors can tweak pretty quickly.)
@pmosetc If someone cares to develop robust AI for drafting custom garments, I think we'll see a lot more other things because having that base of pre-predicted pattern pieces would make it easier for experts to mostly error check, and to train new drafters in how to make things.
@erinbee this place took a variety of custom measurements and redrew the borders slightly, enough to recontour away from their standard sizing, but never enough to need to reorient how the pieces are cut. I would love to see what people could do with a material where waste and nap and things weren't limiting issues for them.