Cleavage Saver Sewing Tutorial

Yes, you read that right. Save your cleavage, baby.

Okay, so if you are a dude, or a woman with small perky breasts, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. I’m just a crazy lady making accessories for boobies. In fact, a very similar product was featured on a website under the heading,

           The 6 Most Ridiculous Things Ever Made for Boobs. 

Ridiculous? Bring it on. And I am here to say, for all of the big bosomed chikas, that cleavage wrinkles are a thing. And the struggle is real. I gasped when I looked in the mirror one morning and saw an array of creases radiating out from my cleavage like a Japanese fan. Something had to be done. That night I grabbed a pair of rolled up socks and adjusted my sleeping situation. It was pretty comfortable, if I do say. You should go try it right now. Go ahead, lay down for a nap and bring a pair of socks. Comfy?

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The other option was to just sleep in my bra. But that’s not comfortable. And if you are like me, you have three million bras, but only one fits well, and you can’t very well go on wearing that thing day and night for very long before it starts becoming part of you, kind of like a rope that’s been tied around a tree for too long and the tree just grows over top of it.

So I made this. I call it The Separatist, because, if you know anything about Canada and the province of Quebec (where I live) you’ll know that that word is very politically charged. And if you can’t have fun with politics, politics will drive you mad.
My breasts and I may not share the same political opinions, but if anything is happier separated, it’s my boobs.

The Separatist is great for reducing cleavage wrinkles and will probably be useful for pregnant and nursing mamas, who have ridiculously engorged watermelon-like breasts, seeking a little comfort.

Supplies list

-fabric (cotton)
-sewing supplies (scissors, pins, thread, machine, etc)
-butcher or freezer paper (waxed on one side)
-glue stick
-x-acto knife
-acrylic paint
-iron/ironing board
poly fiber fil

Firstly, find the pattern here. I sewed up one of each size. It takes hardly any time at all. Then follow the steps below. If you don’t want to stencil on your fabric, skip directly to step #7

1. Figure out what design you want to stencil on it. Print it out. No need to reverse it. Glue the stencil onto the butcher/freezer paper’s non waxed side. Pro tip: keep your stencil simple unless you want to spend a lot of time cutting it out (ahem, like I did). 

2. Cut it out carefully, reserving any spots you want to add back in when placing on the fabric (like the insides of the letter a, e, etc.)
3. Find your fabric.  I made the small one entirely out of the same cotton. It seemed smooth and airy. It worked well, but was a bit slick and I found myself adjusting The Separatist once or twice in the night. For the larger size, I combined the cotton with another textured fabric, probably also cotton, in hopes the combination of increased size and varied fabric texture would serve to keep The Separatist in place better. 

4. Iron the stencil to the fabric using a hot iron for about 10 seconds, or so.

5. Use the sponge to build up scant amounts of acrylic paint over your stencil. Don’t use globs of paint. It will bleed through the fabric and run, causing your carefully cut out stencil lines to blur. You can see in the close up below I used a bit too much paint and the lines blurred slightly.

6. You can remove the stencil immediately after you are done with the paint. SLOWLY. Remove the small bits with the tip of a needle, avoiding smudging the wet paint. Let it dry, then iron the design for 10-20 seconds to set the paint.

7. Cut out the pattern.
8. Sew the pieces together along the side seams, starting and ending about 1/4″ from the ends. 

9. Sew the ends on. Clip the corners. 

 10. When sewing the final end on, leave an opening so that you can turn it right side out.

 11. Stuff with filling and hand stitch the opening closed.

12. Sleep well and have happy breasts.

Sometimes ridiculous is just what a girl needs.

Is this something you would try?

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Julie spends much of her time paying attention to what's happening around her. At Design Inkarnation, she's head designer, illustrator, writer and creative problem solver.

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