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Bras, Science, Sewing, and Kickstarter

"A Strapless Bra Engineered to Stay Where It Belongs" Kickstarter campaign

Okay, before anyone jumps to any conclusions, let me first say that this post has nothing to do with my own personal sewing. I have yet to try my hand at any sort of bra sewing, let alone invent any cool new fabrics or come up with a genius idea for Kickstarter.  But, this post does involve a bit of promotion for a guy I went to graduate school with who has accomplished all three of those things in the “A Strapless Bra Engineered to Stay Where It Belongs” Kickstarter campaign.

Basically, this Kickstarter campaign is all about creating and making strapless bras that stay put because they have a fancy dancy new lining that actually sticks to you.  How, you ask?  They say,

Our lining is based on the same physical principles geckos use to cling to almost any surface. This reusable, residue-free, hypoallergenic lining has a natural adhesion that keeps our bras in place without being too tight.

I like that they’ve come up with a very practical use for an awesome technology (you can read the backstory here or all the nitty gritty details about designing the lining here!) and that they’re delving into lingerie sewing by drafting patterns, sourcing fabric from the LA fashion district, and working with people who’ve been making lingerie for decades.

I highly recommend you check out the Kickstarter campaign if you’re in the market for a new strapless bra, interested in lingerie in general, or curious about novel textiles.  You can support the campaign for as little as $1, though it now takes at least $60 to get a bra.

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16 thoughts on “Bras, Science, Sewing, and Kickstarter

    1. Definitely look into it. I think the lining itself is called GeckTeck, but I’ve heard similar fabrics called GeckSkin. It sounds like people are hoping to use the technology for all kinds of things including medical applications.

    1. Yeah, I think the idea for these bras actually came from his wife complaining that her strapless bras just wouldn’t stay put. She supposedly loved the prototype he made her – no slippage! And, a business idea was born!

  1. As someone who has spent a year trying to sew a bra pattern that fits my shape, I understand the time and effort that would be put into this project. They totally have my backing. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I would love to get a yard of their lining and just have fun with it in lingerie making. Of course, I’d need to do a bunch of prep work since I also have yet to try my hand at making my own bra pattern. If it takes a year – oh my! They’re offering spots to be a beta tester for the next round of bras for anyone excited enough to invest a large amount of money. I think that would be so fun, especially if you could get into the pattern making with the lingerie experts (and if I could buy some of the lining under the table)! But, I don’t have that kind of money these days!

      1. Seattle is a beautiful city! I went there for a conference a few summers ago. I love the light and the long days during the summer. I’m sure that you will fall in love with it.

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