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Unread 02-20-2014, 06:29 PM   #1
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How to make a chest binder?

My parents would nneeeever let me buy one :/ Does anyone know of a good tutorial?
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Unread 01-04-2015, 05:54 PM   #2
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My parents would never let me get one either haha but it's pretty easy to sew a binder. Here's some tutorials:
http://transitioningdownunder.tumblr...l-chest-binder
http://musketqueers.tumblr.com/post/...inder-tutorial
http://abessinier.tumblr.com/post/30...ake-binder-for
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Unread 01-04-2015, 06:24 PM   #3
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My mom probably would get pretty upset if I bought a binder, so its best to use ace bandages or anything tight and able to stay on while wearing it
don't use duct tape. That's your number one rule
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Unread 01-04-2015, 07:37 PM   #4
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Ace bandages are like a no no...... IDo done wrong it's pretty dangerous........... If your parents won't buy one look and see if you can get them to buy you shapewear
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Unread 01-05-2015, 10:46 PM   #5
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The number one rule actually is not to use Ace bandages (or whatever your area calls elastic bandages used to treat sprains). They are meant to constrict and reduce the blood flow to the affected area. Using them for binding can cause shortness of breath in the best scenarios, and rib damage in the worst. Not to mention they would roll down on you and you'd be readjusting all day.

Xirimpi linked a good couple of tutorials there, depending on how much squishage you need. And depending on your bust size and squish, you might be able to get away with other non-conventional means, as well as depending on how baggy your cosplay is. With my Jack Frost hoodie, all I need is a sports bra, for example.
I have also been able to use a slightly smaller one piece swim suit, like I said a sports bra can be used, girdles, lumbar support braces, you can get pretty creative sometimes.

What is important though, is being able to comfortably breathe. Remember that guy's chests arent completely washboard flat, they too have pectoral muscles and tissue there, so keep that in mind when binding and dont hurt yourself trying to get too flat. When you find a method that works for you, practice wearing your binder for a little at a time so you can in a sense warm up to wearing it all day at a con.
A good thing to remember and practice too is breathing with your stomach instead of your chest. Good luck!
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You could also try layering camisoles underneath your shirt. You might get a bit hot, though.
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I bought a sports bra, sewed it tight and that flattens me out. Though I am very tiny.
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I bought a sports bra, sewed it tight and that flattens me out. Though I am very tiny.
I did this with a compression shirt c: quick question, when you wear it for a few hours is it still comfortable? O:
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Unread 01-07-2015, 09:51 AM   #9
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Be careful with sport bras. I've noticed that my constant use of them has actually made my ribs under the band compressed in toward my chest. The ribs beneath stick out compared to the compressed ones where the 'binder' is. o_o
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Unread 01-11-2015, 01:20 AM   #10
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I did this with a compression shirt c: quick question, when you wear it for a few hours is it still comfortable? O:
I have even fell asleep in it before and never had any trouble. Yes, I know you should never sleep in your binding. But it still happened. The biggest thing to keep in mind here is cup size though. I don't know what yours is but I barely qualify for a proper bra even though I'm 20, so I barely even need to make it tight...
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Unread 01-11-2015, 02:11 PM   #11
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I've heard that wearing a sports bra forwards and one backwards is supposed to work.

Also, if you buy a sports bra two sizes smaller than your actual size, that should work as well.
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