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Many gowns are sewn from thin fabric and held up with tiny straps. The manufacturer’s assumption is that the wearer will go braless, but more often, this is not the case. It takes a certain figure to pull off the braless look. Inserting bra cups is an easy process. Purchase the cups in your preferred style and insert them using stitches, safety pins, or adhesive strips. Make sure you insert the bra cups while you have the dress on to ensure that the cups are positioned where they are needed and not visible from the outside of the dress.

Needle and Thread Bra Cup Insertion

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Thread a needle with thread that matches the dress.

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Put on the gown. Insert bra cups, positioning where desired. Pin into place, using straight pins, so they don’t move while you sew.

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Slip off the dress or sew while the dress is on. If left on, this takes a bit of maneuvering, but it can be done.

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Sew 2-3 stitches on the right and left sides of the cup, sewing to a seam so the stitches aren’t visible from the outside. Cut the thread. Remove pins. Repeat for the other cup.

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Double-check the cup positioning. Adjust as necessary.

Safety Pin Bra Cup Insertion

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Put on the gown. Insert bra cups, positioning where desired. Pin cups into place, using straight pins, so they don’t move while you safety-pin them.

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Connect a safety pin to the left edge of the bra cup and through an inside seam on the left side of the cup. Connect a safety pin to the right edge of the bra cup and through an inside seam on the right side of the cup. Remove pins.

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Repeat for the other cup.

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Double-check positioning of the cups. Adjust as necessary.

Adhesive Tape Bra Cup Insertion

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Cut two pieces of adhesive lingerie tape according to the size of the bottom and top edge of the bra cups. Remove the tape backing ONLY on the side of the tape that will adhere to the bra cup.

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Press the tape along the top and bottom edge of the bra cups, taking care to smoothly apply the tape without wrinkles.

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Put the gown on and insert the bra cups, positioning them where desired. Pin the bra cups securely into place, using straight pins, so they don’t move while you tape them into the gown.

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Remove the backing of the tape adhered to the bra cup and press the bra cup against the inside fabric of the gown. You may have to remove the straight pins as you go along.

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Double-check that the bra cups are where you want them before wearing. Always take some extra tape along with you in your purse just in case the tape decides to come loose while you are wearing the dress. The cups are quickly fixed in a restroom.

About the Author

Louise Harding

Louise Harding holds a B.A. in English language arts and is a licensed teacher. Harding is a professional fiction writer. She is mother to four children, two adopted internationally, and has had small businesses involving sewing and crafting for children and the home. Harding's frugal domestic skills help readers save money around the home.