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27 Jan 2009 - 12:0710122
Binding help
i'm doing a crosplay of L from death note. anyway, whats a good way to bind? i'm 10E (australian size).

please help


27 Jan 2009 - 12:5210128
Everyone on this site seems to use T-Kingdom http://www.t-kingdom.com/ that do proper binders.


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27 Jan 2009 - 13:2310132
I have no idea how big 10E is in English, and am far too lazy to look it up. But.

I just use tape. >> Like strong, DIY tape. Which can be painful at times and I'm an A/AA, so I wouldn't recommend it. But if you get an old t-shirt/sports bra etc. (make sure it's old, the tape with leave residue that won't come off), and tape on the top of that, that should work fine, and it's cheaper.

If you're particularly big people normally say go for something proper though, otherwise you're going to end up hurting yourself.


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27 Jan 2009 - 14:3110135
I've written a tutorial on FTM crossplay that includes advice on binding - you'll find it under the "Articles" header.

It's easier to point you to that than write it all out again!


27 Jan 2009 - 15:0510136
Quote Purplefluffychainsaw:
I have no idea how big 10E is in English, and am far too lazy to look it up. But.

I just use tape. >> Like strong, DIY tape. Which can be painful at times and I'm an A/AA, so I wouldn't recommend it. But if you get an old t-shirt/sports bra etc. (make sure it's old, the tape with leave residue that won't come off), and tape on the top of that, that should work fine, and it's cheaper.

If you're particularly big people normally say go for something proper though, otherwise you're going to end up hurting yourself.


Oh god ouch. I've heard stories of that breaking ribs. Please don't do it because it's cheaper. PLEASE.

Tab

(also, you're worse off if you're smaller because then it will just compress your ribs instead of the soft breast tissue)



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28 Jan 2009 - 13:2310162
Quote Uber-Nerd:


Oh god ouch. I've heard stories of that breaking ribs. Please don't do it because it's cheaper. PLEASE.

Tab

(also, you're worse off if you're smaller because then it will just compress your ribs instead of the soft breast tissue)


Lol, seriously? I've been using it for ~two years now, casually as well as for cosplay, and never had any problems.

If it's true I'll not recommend it to anyone else, but I'm going to keep it up until I find the courage to by a proper binder. XD


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28 Jan 2009 - 13:5810166
10E is apparently a 32F in the UK


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28 Jan 2009 - 16:0610171
Quote sjbonnar:
10E is apparently a 32F in the UK


In what store? Several shops all have completely different sizing systems compared to each other. We're better off knowing the underbust and bust size.

Tab


28 Jan 2009 - 19:0410175
I got a binding top from t-kingdom. It's a little uncomfortable, but the best, and quickest solution. However, for a one off cosplay, it's not worth spending £25 on a top. I bought it because I seem to repeatedly cosplay males.

So go for the tape if you don't think you'll be doing it again. But large breasts ARE difficult to bind.

Some people use bandages, and pull them tight. Also, perhaps getting a t-shirt that's a bit too small around the chest? Uncomfortable, again, but binding is never comfortable.


28 Jan 2009 - 23:2010182
Quote Uber-Nerd:
Quote sjbonnar:
10E is apparently a 32F in the UK


In what store? Several shops all have completely different sizing systems compared to each other. We're better off knowing the underbust and bust size.

Tab


I just used a converter online since no-one else wanted to. And while it may not be a perfect 32F, it at least gives people giving her advice more of a rough idea of her sizing.


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11 Feb 2009 - 19:4510627
Do you guys think binding is actually that important? I was just planning on leaving mine for L...


11 Feb 2009 - 20:3810630
Well, L is like the easiest costume ever. If you're going to do it you might as well do it right.

Tab


11 Feb 2009 - 21:2510632
Get what you mean but she might jut look weird if she binds her chest, shes pretty large but has a small back so there isnt that much place for the tissue to go.

If you still want to do it you could try wearing a flat corset, a TB friend of mine did that and it looked ok.



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16 Feb 2009 - 20:1410819
Gah I'm sorry I've only just noticed this! I'm just slightly bigger in the cup size and smaller in the back size than you hun and I've bound myself up for a couple costumes now (unfortunately I never seem to have photos of when I've bound properly, but my Yuri Shibuya photoshoot does provide something of a guideline for what it looks like). Basically, and this sounds very cheap and tacky and painful, but, DUCT TAPE. It's actually not painful at all to remove and excess glue can be removed with baby oil (just like wax). You can wear a sports bra, which makes you smaller anyway, and bind on top of that (bearing in mind that it may compress your rib cage and make it harder for you to breathe) OR you can do it my way (though sometimes a very good sports bra is all youl'l need depending on how tight your top is, though you are a voluptuous lady so it might not work.. it doesn't look so good for me). Basically, I use the same method as open chest binding. Make sure you put something over your sensitive breast parts before you put tape on them though, just a swatch of fabric does nicely. What happens is you tape your breasts outwards and to your back (no, not like bending them round yourself, just put the tape on the innermost part of your breast and then pull it tight and tape it to your back), and then tape the underside of your breast up to your shoulder. Use tape as you see fit to smooth out. It can take some practice to make it non-wrinkly too. You could also use athletic tape but that stuff can give you scars. Also, do a patch test first to make sure you're not allergic to the glues in whatever tape you use!

Don't put the tape all the way around your chest because it can break ribs or bruise or whatever and that's not nice at all ><

Also yeah, I agree, if you're going to cosplay as L (easiest cosplay ever- so easy that unless it's done right you just look like you're wearing normal clothes), you might as well do it right ^^ There was a young man at Thought Bubble who was wearing a white long sleeved top and jeans and people kept saying "Oh you didn't make any effort with your costume at all" and he was actually just wearing normal clothes. So it's best to do L right, unless you're in a group where people will know who you are. Hell, it's just nice to do any cosplay as right as you can ^^


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18 Feb 2009 - 13:0410888
I'm an E cup and would probably vote against using tape on big boobs - I've done this before and it really didn't agree with my chest. It can really damage the breast bone long-term, even if it doesn't seem to hurt when removing it.
I use a t-kingdom binder, which works well, although I find it does not fully compress the breasts without seriously making it hard to breathe.

Other than a manufactured binder, I would use Boots stretchy fabric sports bandages, and wind them around my upper torso, then safety pin or clip them together. The boots ones come with little clips (convenient). They can be wound round directly over the skin, as the bandages are not sticky. They're very breathable and you'll probably sweat less in these.

I will say though, please be careful with big boobs and binding. Tight compression can really damage your ribcage long term - I've had a few breathing scares and pains in my upper torso lately . Just try not to over exert yourself when wearing binding, and don't wear it for too long and you'll be fine



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18 Feb 2009 - 13:2810890
Quote Millenia:
I'm an E cup and would probably vote against using tape on big boobs - I've done this before and it really didn't agree with my chest. It can really damage the breast bone long-term, even if it doesn't seem to hurt when removing it.
I use a t-kingdom binder, which works well, although I find it does not fully compress the breasts without seriously making it hard to breathe.

Other than a manufactured binder, I would use Boots stretchy fabric sports bandages, and wind them around my upper torso, then safety pin or clip them together. The boots ones come with little clips (convenient). They can be wound round directly over the skin, as the bandages are not sticky. They're very breathable and you'll probably sweat less in these.

I will say though, please be careful with big boobs and binding. Tight compression can really damage your ribcage long term - I've had a few breathing scares and pains in my upper torso lately . Just try not to over exert yourself when wearing binding, and don't wear it for too long and you'll be fine



Definitely yes be careful when binding big chests- there can be serious breathing and rib problems and such. But I meant only on a budget for tape- if you can afford a proper binder they are much, much better!! I advise against safety pinning bandages though... I tried it before and ended up being stabbed and bleeding from the side of my torso and it was quite sore and bruised because the pin had gone about a half inch deep! We don't want any accidents like that >< Definitely use the provided clips ^^


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18 Feb 2009 - 13:4810892
ah good point Missytetra!
I've only ever used the clips that come with the packaging.. I can imagine a safety pin mishap being very painful!


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