I took your great advice and got a bra fitting. However, it wasn’t the amazing revelation that I expected. First, I checked the Lane Bryant store Cacique, but they start at a 36 band. I’m a 34. I went to the Bealls next store, which if you’re not familiar, is like Kohl’s Department store, only more geared to snowbirds. Their service was terrible (apathy was a good way to describe it), so I hightailed it out of there like I do every time I go there looking for something. Then I decided to hit up JCPenney, which was recommended by several of you. The lady was very nice and measured me. She got the exact same measurement as me. 34C. I used to wear that size until I realized that is isn’t normal to have one’s boob pop out of the thing if you move wrong. So, I brought a 34C and my current 34D to the fitting room. Upon inspection, I was able to confirm what I had suspected: I’m lopsided. In case that’s not clear, one boob is a C and the other is a D. Fun times. The saleslady confirmed that this is very common and supported my decision to buy the 34D, what I’m currently wearing. I mentioned that my bust is lower than the apex on the fitting shell, and she felt that didn’t make me malformed, either. And I just saw Marta Alto lower a bust dart on a pattern in the Fit for Real People DVD. So, it’s not just me.
So, I’ll be making a bit of padding for my smaller boob and sticking it in the bra to even ’em out.
I’m also going to try the tissue fitting technique in the FFRP DVD, now that I know what it actually means. I can see why they don’t use fitting shells. Not all the garments she made for that nice Ethel lady needed the same alterations due to ease (when something’s got 10″ of ease, reducing it to 8″ isn’t going to make that much difference).