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Unread 02-02-2004, 10:52 PM   #241
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I KNOW this has probably already been posted on here somewhere but there are SO many posts to read through, so I apologize if it's already in here.

I'll be crossplaying as InuYasha at Otakon 2004, and I REALLY need to figure out how to bind properly. (Though I have some SLIGHT leeway because his red haori type shirt is semi-baggy, but I'll be taking that off to let 'Kagome' wear) So. Here's the issue. (I know this is probably TMI for some people.. but in truth there's no real way to get around it.
I am... well endowed. I have a DD and am most likely still getting bigger (me being 16), and I need to find a way to bind my chest at least semi-decently.

Otakon isn't until July, so I have time to try and lose some weight to see if that helps, but in all honesty, IF it does anything, it'll take off less than a cup size. *wishes she was still in fourth grade when she was mostly flat and looked like a boy*

Anyone have any suggestions?
I could really use the tips.
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Unread 02-14-2004, 11:05 PM   #242
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Look at post #'s 1, 44 and 62. AND pay close attention if you see a longer post amidst this thread by Karisu-sama aww yeah

That'll narrow some of it down for you.
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Unread 02-16-2004, 08:48 AM   #243
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Finally, I have my Iori Unchest photos. I am usually a 30DD, so the faux-bicep look is about as flat as I'm gunna get.

I consider this a 100% success. And I have Karisu-sama to thank for the tips on how to make it work so well.
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Unread 02-16-2004, 01:53 PM   #244
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*claps* nice job Fault! Which method did you end up using?

I'm surprised that noone has mentioned it here, but muslin cut on the bias (diagonal to the straight grain of the fabric) about a foot wide, and a couple yards long works fairly well, especially for women with larger boobs, since it's wider then the ace bandage. It does a fairly good job at smooshing me from a DD to around an A, though I'm not happy with the whole "uni-boob" effect. I still think I can do better, so I'm planning on trial running the compression shirt/back brace together as soon as my compression shirt comes in the mail.
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Unread 02-16-2004, 04:04 PM   #245
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Looking at Fault and Kokuu avatars... are you two sisters separated at birth?

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Unread 02-16-2004, 06:36 PM   #246
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*sweatdrop* I don't think we are. I have one sister already... You're right though, those grins are eerily similar.

..And I was using the patented Karisu-sama untaped cleavage method. The left pic would've been indecent otherwise.
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Unread 02-16-2004, 08:49 PM   #247
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That's excellent work, Fault. Makes me even more curious about finding a costume I can do that would involve testing out said method. *applause*

Kokuu - I'll mention that method to a friend of mine. She's not exactly looking to crossplay, but she's much bigger than I am and wants to simply get a little smaller for one or two costumes. Something about a Kill Bill jumpsuit. Muslin sounds like just the method that would work, and it's something both of us have lying around in piles!
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Unread 02-17-2004, 06:05 PM   #248
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Ah...binding X.x;;; I love doing it, and from this nice long thread (I read every post XD) I think I'm gonna try the "un-chest" ^^
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Unread 02-18-2004, 08:57 PM   #249
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Finally, I have my Iori Unchest photos. I am usually a 30DD, so the faux-bicep look is about as flat as I'm gunna get.

I consider this a 100% success. And I have Karisu-sama to thank for the tips on how to make it work so well.
You're welcome. ^____________^

o.@ - you're normally a 30DD??? By those pictures I'd NEVER guess!!!
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Unread 02-20-2004, 05:34 PM   #250
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Question What the heck man?

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ok i dont see the point in binding at all. maybe its cuz like Lolita Goth, i'm a D-cup too and the thought of mashing that much flesh to my chest doesn't appeal to me. (isnt that why women find mammograms uncomfy). first of all, if you're crossplaying someone well, it shouldn't matter whether or not we can see the tits. also, breasts are beautiful. so i say NO to binding and encourage others to join me in this protest.
I understand you have a right to your opinion and all.... but C'mon this isnt like a stand up for your rights podeum. These women can make up their own mind.
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Unread 02-20-2004, 05:51 PM   #251
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I understand you have a right to your opinion and all.... but C'mon this isnt like a stand up for your rights podeum. These women can make up their own mind.
Don't worry; that post was pretty old and was responded to quite a while ago. Chai Fiend hasn't been back since.

Besides, I can tell you from experience that binding is a hella lot more comfortable, and VASTLY different, than a mammogram. >.<
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Unread 02-24-2004, 10:23 AM   #252
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I read through the thread, and didn't find the answer to a question I had.

If you buy a binding shirt (the one described in the first thread) and cut it down the middle in a "V", do you think it will still hold, or lose its grip (which is what I am thinking)?

I was going to use this as well as the athletic bandage / tape binding method to achieve my flat, open-chested Sephiroth look (first the shirt, then the bandages over that, or vice versa), because I have a chest bigger than a B size.

Can anyone help me on this? Or if my idea needs work, can anyone offer ideas? Thanks in advance!

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Unread 02-24-2004, 07:59 PM   #253
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All right, tested out the tape-binding method (planning to do a battle-damaged version of Hiei with shirt ripped in the front) and I'm having a slight problem. Overall, well, one side is bigger than the other. Most women have this problem, I hear. But when I did the taping as directed, I got one side down flat...but not the other. Of course, the larger side. It doesn't seem to want to flatten. And I'm just an A! Karisu, how did you get uber-flat?

I will say I like the tape-binding. I may do it more often than regular binding, depending on the outfit I'm wearing. Good thing I tested this now, rather than find out at the con that I need to do something slightly different!
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Unread 02-25-2004, 10:02 PM   #254
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Anele: If you cut a "V" in a binding shirt, I'm betting it will lose it's ability to flatten well. (Especially if it's a deep V.)

You can certainly combine multiple methods to hold your chest in. If you dye a compression shirt to a skin tone (I used acid dyes; combo of salmon and ecru for my skin tone), and use it over bandaging, it would give a fairly smooth "chest skin" effect with only the neckline up on top really giving the shirt away. (My kid uses this on occasion.)

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CapsuleCorp: I'm between an A and a B (A+? B-? ), but there's a lot of perfectly normal variation on shape and firmness and such. (I've nursed 2 kids, so mine are a bit more "malleable" now than they used to be, but everyone will be different.) Yes, most women will have one side slightly larger than the other. I'd suggest try getting the "larger" side flat first (your first few pieces of tape are the most crucial to this), and then flatten the other side to match so that at least you have an even look.

What I do is try to get the anchor strip effect even on both sides, then the first few strips, and I continue to alternate sides back and forth, trying to keep them as even as possible, until I'm done.
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Unread 02-26-2004, 10:20 AM   #255
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Thanks for the info, Karisu! *hugs* You should have seen me a week ago; I printed out every (well, almost every XD) post of yours that described the method and application of the athletic bandages and tape. I am trying to stay away from having any shirt underneath my Sephiroth (one of the advantages of having a "breathable" chest under all that black pleather: cooling system!). I really liked your method on the athletic bonding, and I wish / hope that the system will work on me, with me having a C-sized chest and all. Any other help would be GREATLY appreciated.

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