The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on June 6, 1998 · Page 3
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Salina, Kansas
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THE SALINA JOURNAL FASHION SATURDAY. JUNE 6, 1998 A3 'Big Breast Expert' Woman started her own company to CrPr) tP PXtm -\f\ rP*P The Associated Press Magda Adrien holds a bra at one of the work stations at her company, Adrien's Society, in Portland, Maine. Adrien's company makes extra-large bras for big-breasted women. By VICTORIA BRETT The Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine — Magda Adrien once considered breast-reduction surgery because she never found a bra that fit right. "I didn't understand," she said. "If we can send a man to the moon, then why can't I find a bra?" Traditional bras amounted to torture, the thin straps digging into her shoulders, her breasts spilling out over the 38DD cups. So she started making her own three years ago. Now Adrien's So- 1 ciety is a profitable business that serves a market eschewed by many mainstream bra manufacturers. Adrien's She Bras come in sizes •u'P to 48FF, which can support "breasts the size of 15-pound water- 1 melons. Adrien said she gets requests for even bigger JJs — the size of basketballs. "When these women call me, they're desperate because they've been suffering all their lives," she said. "They don't make bras for women with big breasts. They just - ,add fabric. It's a big version of a little bra." . , Women with big busts often complain about pain in their back, neck and shoulders, said Dr. Darrick Antell, a New York doctor T LAUNDERING "I really want to provide information first for young women, share my story, let them know that they're not a freak, they're not abnormal, they're OK, and it's going to get better." Magda Adrien Owner of company that manufactures bras up to size 48FF who also appears on talk shows as "America's Big Breast Expert" who performs about 40 breast reduction surgeries a year. Some women actually have deep groves in their skin from the strain of the bra on their shoulders. "Imagine if you were carrying a backpack full of books and the way your shoulders feel," he said. Lauri Postenrieder, 41, of Albuquerque, N.M., said she never had a bra that felt good or even lasted more than two months. "I bought them at special bra stores, and they didn't last. I would wear it for a month and they would fall apart," she said. She had breast reduction surgery when she was 21 years old and went from an EE cup to 36C. Then she had children and now wears a 40DD She Bra. According to the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, based in Arlington Heights, 111., 57,679 wpmen opted for breast reduction surgery in 1996. Adrien considered the operation, but now is happy with her buxom chest. "I like them. They're my credentials," she said. In the last two years, Adrien has sold 4,000 bras across the United States. That's a tiny piece of the overall industry, estimated by bra maker Playtex to be worth $4 billion. But Adrien hopes to boost sales to 4,000 bras a month when she completes a TV infomercial. The She Bra, which is made with underwire, cushioned shoulder straps and a silky supportive material, conies in solid colors or a sexy cheetah print. The bras, which sell for $89.95 for three, plus shipping, are stitched together by workers at the Maine Center for the Blind. Adrien, a graduate of New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, plans to eventually make bathing suits and lingerie, and she is driven by the desire to help other women and girls with big breasts. She wants women and girls to be comfortable in their bras and in their bodies. It's not an easy task, she said, in a society where the ideal woman is a size 8 and really big breasts are the butt of jokes. "I really want to provide information first for young women, share my story, let them know that they're not a freak, they're not abnormal, they're OK, and it's going to get better," she said. Adrien appears on radio and television talk shows, calling herself "America's Big Breast Expert." "One woman called me her Big Breast Hero," Adrien said. "That's why I do what I do." Washing dry clean articles is risky ; ., A frequent question I get asked is "Can I wash a garment that is '. labeled 'dry clean only'?" • The question : usually is asked ^——— ; because the owner • of the garment '• has been to the : dry cleaners sev- '. eral times and is looking for a less expensive care ! method. Garment manufacturers are required to list only • one safe cleaning method for a gar' ment even though ; it may be safe to use more than the $ method listed. ' Manufacturers take into consideration many factors when they place care instructions in garments. The fiber content is of primary concern. Often it is a rayon garment with a "dry clean only" label that prompts the 'can ;: I wash it?' question. '_ Rayon was the first manmade • fiber. It can be dyed beautiful col- • T SEW SIMPLE MARY LOU ODLE KSU-Saline County Extension Agent- Family and Consumer Sciences ors because the fibers absorb color well. When soft rayon dresses became popular, "dry clean only" labels became abundant. Some rayon fabrics will shrink when washed in water. Some of the newer rayons have a special finish that prevents excessive shrinkage. So, often rayon clothing is labeled to be dry cleaned because the color may run, and the garment may be a size or two smaller after it is washed. Viscose is another name for rayon and may appear on labels instead of rayon. Acetate may be combined with rayon in a garment. Acetate garments usually shrink when washed and become very wrinkled in appearance. Interfacing used in construction of the garment also influences whether the garment is washed or dry cleaned. Even though the garment may be made of a washable fabric, it may have an interfacing that might shrink if washed. If you think a garment should be washable but it is labeled to be dry cleaned, consider the following before you wash it. Does it have brilliant colors that may run when put into water? Are you willing to take the chance the garment may not be wearable after you wash it because of shrinkage? I have washed some garments that had the dry clean label, and some have turned out fine, but some were unwearable after washing. If you do wash a garment that is labeled dry clean, you are taking total responsibility for what happens to the garment. Wool is normally considered a dry clean only fabric. Wool sweaters and some wool skirts can be successfully hand washed if handled gently, are not twisted or wrung and allowed to drip dry. Occasionally a garment made from a normally washable fiber such as cotton or polyester is labeled dry clean only. The reason may be the trim or decoration that is used could shrink or be damaged by washing. No way to set color Another question that comes up is "How do I set the color in a new garment or piece of fabric?" Research has been done at universities, and the results are consistent that there is no successful way to set the dye in a garment or fabric if it was not done by the manufacturer. The old remedies of vinegar and salt worked for our ancestors with some of the natural dyes they used. Research shows that vinegar and salt do not set the synthetic dyes used on most garments today. Some garments will bleed dye for the first few washings because the garment has been overdyed. Once the excessive dye is removed, there is no more color transfer or loss. If you have kids with multicolored shorts with white as one color and in the washing process one color runs onto the white color there is help. A dye manufacturer has developed a product to remove such color tragedies. If you have cared for the garment as directed, another option is to return the garment to the place of purchase because some dyes will continue to bleed each time the garment is washed. Stitch shoulder pads to stay put in wash Dear Eunice Farmer: I have trouble with shoulder pads in washable knit shirts. After I wash them and put & : them through the clothes dryer, they always crunch up in a ball and complete• ly lose their : shape. i How can I pre; vent this without removing the shoulder pads be. fore washing? — • Martha M. Dear Martha: I « have a very simple solution to this problem. Before you wash your garment for '. the first time, make long stitches "'through the pad in several rows. Keep the pad curved so it still fits •;the curve of the shoulder. This ' should only take a few minutes. ; The stitches will hold the pads in •place and prevent them from '. wadding up! Dear Eunice Farmer: I'm EUNICE FARMER King Features back to sewing again, this time for my granddaughter. She looks so cute in pinafores that I want to make several for the summer. My problem is trying to get the gathers on the skirt to look even when attached to a bodice of any type. — Evelyn N. Dear Evelyn: Instead of stitching two rows of gathers, stitch three. Never use the longest machine stitch for gathering. Instead, make a sample and use a stitch length that will still pull easily but not form pleats. The third row of stitches keeps the fabric stable for stitching to the bodice. After you have completed the construction you may remove the third row of gathering threads. Dear Eunice Farmer: Who in the world designs the clothes that are available today? You need to be 20 years old and weigh 100 pounds to find anything that is flattering. I have finally taken out my sewing machine, dusted it off and am ready to sew again. I am look- ing for a classic dress with the same rugby-type collar that you see in expensive knit shirts. — Becky F. Dear Becky: You have expressed the same feeling that many women today have. Sleeveless slip dresses are not for everyone! I have selected Burda 3316, sized 8-18. It comes with long or short sleeves. If you make it quite short it will also serve as a tennis dress. The length is up to you. Knits or woven fabrics work well with this pattern. You can contrast the collar, if you would like. Seam ripper winner Winner of the lighted seam ripper and needle threader, for the sewing tip of the week, is Rosalind Ryon of Oldsmar, Fla. Her tip: "Mounted on the wall next to my sewing machine, I have a 10- inch magnetic strip. All metal accessories such as snippers, machine screwdrivers, ripper and zipper foot are on hand when I need them. I also have a magnetized pin cushion for my ma- chine. I love these magnets." You, too, could win a lighted seam ripper and needle threader. Send your sewing tips to Eunice Farmer, Box 31729, St. Louis, MO 63131. If she selects your tidbit for publication, youll receive this sewing notion. . Eunice Farmer is a nationally recognized authority on sewing. She is an author, teacher, lecturer and fashion reporter, and she owns her own fabric boutique and sewing school. Eight out of ten is impressive. 79,173 out of95,953 is more impressive. In North Central Kansas, nearly everyone reads The Salina Journal. Old and young, married and single, well-established and just getting started. Over the course of five weekdays, 8 out of 10 adults turn to us for the news and information that help make their lives easier. More interesting. More meaningful. They also turn to us for advertising, trusting the ads that run in our pages more than in any other local medium. When you want customers, turn to the medium that delivers. Use the Salina Journal. Get more impact in the newspaper. 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