OK, so I just have to say that this whole next conversation (I like to call these little monologues "conversations") will be about underwear. So if you're not interested in hearing about some stranger's underwear, probably you can just click over to Facebook now or something.
Actually, I don't really have that much to say about underwear. It's just that I'm having a terrible time with finding a decent bra. This is partly my fault for being a real cheap-ass when it comes to undergarments, partly because I hate visiting the bra-fitting ladies in the department store and partly because I wear a very awkward size. I mean, apparently it's awkward for bra manufacturers. I don't personally find it awkward but I guess I'm out of the Bra Size loop. Seriously, I do not see why these places assume that someone who wears a 36 band is unlikely to wear a DD cup. But apparently this is just beyond the realm. It's not like I am unusually large either. People who see me don't generally shout, "Wow! Big boobs!" So what is up with that?
Every six months or so I toy with the idea of starting to make my own bras (ex. see amazing bra-producing skills ala Heather). But this seems like something that is really, really hard to do. Or rather really, really hard to do well. I fear that once I learn all the ins and outs of the actual construction process (which are mostly new to me and I suspect not really within my purview), spend money purchasing fabrics and fittings I don’t already own and generally wasting great volumes of time and effort, I will end up with a bra that fits no better or possibly even worse than poorly-fitting bras I could have purchased for $20 at Walmart.
Still, $90 for a single bra is a bit... prohibitive. I have no money these days and spending $250 on two or three underthings is a bit of extravagance that I can't seem to justify (of course, many would say it's not an extravagance at all but rather an necessity, but I can't quite see it that way).
So here's my Grand Bra Plan:
Step One - I am going to Dallas in the next month with the specific purpose of having a bra fitting at Nordstrom's (we don't have a Nordstrom's here so I will have to haul my sorry butt down to Dallas... whilst making a superhuman-effort to avoid Golden D'Or, which is tough since I normally only go to Dallas with the singular goal of doctor appointments for TLo, whose presence gives me the perfect excuse to not go fabric shopping).
Step Two - I will purchase at least one of the bras that the bra-fitting ladies recommend, provided I like the results and regardless of the cost (barring a $400 price ticket or something).
Step Three - I will wear said bra a few times to see if I really like it.
Step Four - I will see if I can copy said bra and reproduce it myself.
Step four made you laugh, didn't it? Me too.