Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Tutorials for Sewing a Bra Pocket

When I first heard the term “bra pocket”, I thought it meant one of those money pouches women used to tuck in their cleavage. I was surprised and humbled to realize a bra pocket is a solution for women who have undergone a mastectomy.

Having a mastectomy is a life-changing event, and many women require a long time afterwards to feel right about anything in their lives. Although, when ready to move on, you can still fill out your clothes like you did before the operation by using a prosthetic.

Sewing a bra pocket provides a way to secure the prosthetic inside a fabric pouch, so it won't overheat your skin. To maximize your comfort level when wearing the prosthetic, use soft, absorbent, breathable fabric for the portion that touches your skin.

I was going to write a step-by-step tutorial explaining how to sew a bra pocket, but I decided that my sources were so excellent, all I really need to do is provide the links and brief descriptions so you can find the tutorial that fits your needs.

If you have any questions, or if you have problems opening the tutorials, let me know and I'll go ahead and prepare a tutorial to post here, with photos to help you with making the pocket.

The first source is Threads Magazine, and their bra pocket tutorial describes sewing a flat patch that rests against your skin onto the back of your bra. You then slide the prosthetic into the pocket.

The next two sources describe a similar sewing process, so I’m lumping them into the same mini paragraph. The American Cancer Society and the Cancer Council describe making a pouch that completely encases the
prosthetic and then rests securely inside of your regular bra.

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