Entries by Beverly V. Johnson

Love Yourself

Hello again, my Fairy Bra Children – are you ready for February? Get thinking about your next great design for our Ultimate Bra-makers Challenge. This month, we are challenging you to make undergarments using the “Love Yourself” theme. We think the best way to love yourself is to make undergarments that feel luxurious and silky. To us, that […]


Purple Reigns

This January 2018, Purple reigns supreme! Actually, it’s Ultra-violet that reigns…but I thought Purple Reigns was a nice play on words (apologies to the late Prince). In any case, our Ultimate Bra-makers Challenge has officially begun, and what better way to get your bobbins revving, than by picking a colour that most women love already! […]

Colour of the Year

Hello, Bra-makers of the world – are you ready for a great challenge? Fill your bobbins and clear your cutting table for our Ultimate Bra-makers Challenge. This month, for our kick-off, we are challenging you to make a garment using the Colour of the Year. Every year, the Pantone Colour Institute determines a Colour of […]

Tour of the New Store

We are pleased to announce the re-opening of our Grand New Store on Ottawa Street North in Hamilton, Ontario. Your memory is serving you well if you remember that we have been on Ottawa Street for seven years. Our new store is just two doors up the street from our old store, but it is miles […]

Sports Bra Hack

Do you make up a pattern exactly as the pattern instructs? Or are you comfortable with changing…or in today’s terms “hacking” the pattern to create a new look? We took our favourite sports bra pattern, Kerri, and changed it to have the same great support and fit, but as a sports bra hack, it changed the […]

Lingerie, Lace and Latex Tour

How would you like a trip to Europe? Of course, you do! Even better – how would you like a trip that embraces the things you love – like Lingerie, Lace and …(maybe) even Latex? Hmmm? We are offering (in conjunction with Triple M Tours) the tour of a lifetime to cities in Europe known […]


Bedazzle it!

Every woman needs a little sparkle now and then. We recently started a project that (quite frankly) needed some help. It started as a plain ivory corset with a hand-sewn lace overlay. It was ok and some people thought it was stunning actually, but to me, honestly, it was ho-hum. Bland, even. That’s when I decided […]

How we made the Crystal Empress

Do you remember snow storms where overnight the world was transformed into a crystal wonderland? We do too! We decided to create a bra that invoked the spirit of a winter wonderland- crisp, clean and lots of bluey-turquoise colour.  I really wanted diamonds in the fabric itself, but apparently, that was too much to ask! But […]

European Lingerie Tour London

I just got back from the European Lingerie Tour 2017 hosted by Mrs. Weaver and Triple M Tours and what a time we had! An amazing group of 20 women (and one gentleman) in three iconic cities full of lingerie. We had classes, tours and lots of chocolate! Would you like to come on a virtual tour […]

Boob Camp February 2017

Recently we finished Boob Camp February 2017, where students come from all over the world to learn bra-making here at Bra-makers Supply in the heart of the fabric district in Hamilton. We had some wonderful students here with us, including one from the Cayman Islands (who brought us some lovely Caribbean Rum Cake!). We also […]

Mardi Bra Contest Winners

This past week we had our annual Mardi Gras Bra week long festivities!  Lots of fun for everyone here at Bra-makers Supply, including students in our week long Mardi Bra Boob Camp. We are so pleased to announce our Mardi Bra Contest Winners! We chose to run a bra-making contest to get us out of […]

Sexy Strapping

After our recent posts on getting inspired by the Marlies Dekker bras our student showed us, we are ready for some really sexy strapping! Are you? This is the original bra, with leather hardware connectors joining bits of elastic and some wide strapping. Notice the square grommets and leather connectors. This is the back of the […]

Pink Passion

We used our Classic Bra pattern and the Pink passion Quartet to create a stunning Pink passion Bra. Here is the Quartet, which is available with either fuchsia or black findings. We chose the fuchsia findings for our bra. Included in the Quartet is the black poppy lace, black sheer cup lining, fuchsia duoplex and black power […]

Entry Level Marlies

Recently I wrote a post showing a selection of Marlies Dekker bras from ready-to-wear. They were all beautiful bras that a student brought in. I showed that all three styles of the “Marlies” bras could, in fact, be made using our MA style foam cups. I also told you I would take you step-by-step through the […]

Russian Doll Bra Cups

Have you seen a Russian doll – where one fits inside the other? A matryoshka doll, also known as a Russian nesting doll  is a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside another. Recently we had a situation where we thought the principle of the Russian Doll might be a good solution for […]

Tying the Knot

It’s the season when love is in the air, and what better tutorial to offer than one that deals with Tying the Knot? Hold on – I’m not talking about getting married! It’s about a vexing little bra-making issue you may have had in the past. Have you ever had a bra where the bridge is […]

Three Bras from One Cup

Are your pre-formed bra cups and the pattern you’ve perfected for them your go-to bra style? Are you looking for a little more excitement to get your sewing mojo going? Do I have a treat for you over the next couple of posts! We will be looking at how to make three bras from one cup style. […]

Inside Men’s Underwear

We’re going inside men’s underwear to have a look at the inner support we have built into the Men’s Underwear pattern from Pin-up Girls. Along the way, we’ll go through the construction steps one-by-one. It is easier than you think to make the man in your life comfortable, supportive underwear. Supportive, you say? Yes, each view in the […]

Boob Camp September 2016

Boob Camp September 2016 is over and we are posting as usual, the Digital fashion Show of the week’s creations. But, let me also show you what else we did this week in our bra-making adventures! Boob Camp week always starts out with the students sewing their first bras on the Monday and Tuesday of the […]

Bra Design and Draft

Are you trying to get a ready-to-wear bra line going, but you do not want to use commercial patterns? Do you want to start a custom bra business with specialised sizes and shapes? Our Bra Design and Draft class here at Bra-makers Supply could be the secret to your success. We teach you how to draft a bra, […]

Bra Fit for Every Body

Do you have a sewing business where you are asked to make a bra for someone? Do you wish you had more experience fitting? We teach a class which teaches you how to fit a bra pattern to a woman’s unique body. We call that class Bra Fit for Every Body. It’s a catchy title […]

Canada Cups Posts for Saturday

Canada Cups Posts for Saturday Here are the links to the Canada Cups posts for Saturday September 17. I hope you have been enjoying the tour and you haven’t missed a single one of them! Today’s posts are the last posts, but tomorrow we have the final wrap up post and some fabulous prizes. I’ll […]