Bras, Science, Sewing, and Kickstarter
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.