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Unread 05-21-2014, 11:35 AM   #1
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Store bought binding

Hey there cosplayers.
This is my first real crossplay (with wig and everything) and it's Cecil Palmer from Welcome to Night Vale. I've never done anything like binding before so of course I need a little help.
Is there a way for me to get some store bought way to (safely) bind myself thats not expensive?
I'm thinking of using a sports bra and a tight compression shirt but I honestly have no idea how that'll turn out.
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Unread 05-21-2014, 01:07 PM   #2
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How much do you have to bind ? Do you have pictures or measurements ?

What's your budget ?
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Unread 06-09-2014, 12:23 AM   #3
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I am normally a 34 A and would like a relatively flat chest. I'd like to stay under $15
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Unread 06-09-2014, 11:01 AM   #4
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What are your actual measurements, though ? Bra size and how people measure can vary wildly so I don't want to give you advice based off how I would interpret "34A" if the way you got 34A is different.

Just measurements eliminates having to reverse-engineer the measurements.

Under $15 is asking a lot. You'll probably have to make something yourself or hope that a sports bra is enough.
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Unread 06-18-2014, 12:05 AM   #5
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I have no idea what my measurements are (I should really find that out heheh)
I scoured the interwebs and found an easy way to bind with duct tape and an old shirt. Or just a good sports bra. I don't need to bind too much as I'm wearing a dress shirt and vest.
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Unread 06-18-2014, 02:00 PM   #6
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I'm a 34 B and I just use a sports bra and duct tape. Been doing it that way since my first costume, haha.
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under 20 is OK.
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Unread 06-30-2014, 01:58 AM   #8
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I use a store-bought one all the time. It may have been at Walmart, come to think of it. It's supposed to be a 'slimmer' but if you pull it up higher, it works as a binder. And those are typically designed to be hidden, with subtle seams and such. I think it was on sale for about $10.
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Unread 07-07-2014, 12:36 PM   #9
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I'm a 34 B and I just use a sports bra and duct tape. Been doing it that way since my first costume, haha.

would that work for a 38B / 41 inch chest.? Do you wrap the duct take around the bra? is it comfortable? Cuz my cosplays top is tight and its fake leather.
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Unread 07-09-2014, 08:58 AM   #10
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would that work for a 38B / 41 inch chest.? Do you wrap the duct take around the bra? is it comfortable? Cuz my cosplays top is tight and its fake leather.
The best way to find out for sure is to try it and see! Since you are bigger than me, I really cannot tell you if it will work or not; I just know that it worked for me, and therefore will work for people my size or smaller.

And yes, I wrap the duct tape around the bra. You want to avoid getting duct tape on your skin, because you are going to be in a world of pain when it comes time to pull the tape off! Because of this, I use a sports bra that I know will cover enough of my chest for the tape to adhere to. I don't use anything really strappy, and it should go without saying, but I don't use any kind of bra that has cups or wiring. When I tape down, I usually push the breast down and to the side, and I usually wrap all the way around my body once, then I'll tear off a couple of smaller pieces of the tape to help flatten any remaining bumpage.

Is it comfortable? Every person's opinion will vary, but for me, it's not uncomfortable. I can wear it all day and not care. If you're not already breathing "through your stomach", you might feel like your breathing is constricted, but once you remember to breathe through your stomach, it's fine. But you have a bigger chest than me, so again, you'll just have to try and see for yourself. It may be completely different for you.

If it turns out that the sports bra + duct tape method isn't giving you the look you want, or is too uncomfortable, then I highly recommend the Underworks compression shirt that so many people use. It's an investment, but well worth it if sports bra + duct tape isn't a viable option. My friend (who has a much larger chest) uses one and, to my surprise, she says it's fairly comfortable, despite how flat the shirt makes her (it looks painful to me). She gets uncomfortable by the end of a long day, but she is also several cup sizes larger than you and me, lol.
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Unread 07-09-2014, 09:24 AM   #11
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would that work for a 38B / 41 inch chest.? Do you wrap the duct take around the bra? is it comfortable? Cuz my cosplays top is tight and its fake leather.
I've heard of people using a sports bra and putting a light shirt (tank top or a camisole would work too I guess) then wrapping the duct tape around. This is the method I'm going to try but with a sweat wicking shirt as well. And it's a men's compression shirt so it'll probably help to smooth my chest down to a manly state :3
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Unread 07-11-2014, 08:26 AM   #12
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Please don't bind with duct tape, ace bandages, or materials that are rigid and incapable of moving with your body. Though you might not be binding for a long time, you can severely injure yourself if something goes wrong. There are websites out there that sell compression shirts and sports bras, but if you'd like to keep your costs under $15, I have a good tutorial that you might find helpful!

You'll have to purchase the materials you'd like to use, but with a bit of hunting and - if you look around - coupons and sale offers, I'm sure you could keep the cost at $15 or below. Being able to make something for your body type specifically will also help in the comfort/safety factor, and you can always repair/adjust it if necessary.

Good luck with your Cecil cosplay! O:
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