How to make lace edged underwear

Confession time....the problem I have with store-bought underwear is the elastic at the legs. It's got a stranglehold on my legs it seems, especially when I am sitting at the computer. To express it as a town from an Agatha Christie novel...Much-binding-in-the-groin.…
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Christmas Mannequin Tree

We needed something special for the display window in our new store. The shop features a window that is easily accessible from inside the store, with an opening large enough to accommodate a display that is almost one metre in diameter.We decided…
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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,…

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…
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How to Insert Bra Cups into Swimwear

Do you know what stops most sewers from making their own swimwear? In a word, it's the cups. You might be able to muddle through inserting one pair of cups in one swimsuit, but what if you want to make that swimsuit over and over again. If you…

How we made the Spider Bra

A lot of you have commented on our Spider bra we made for Halloween. It's on our Ashley mannequin in the window of the new store (along with a life-size witch who cackles when folks walk by) A lot of you also asked how we made the spider bra.…
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How to make a Ruched Triangle Top

I love it when a customer brings in a garment from ready to wear so we can see it. Not only is it good for us to see what the trends are for that season, it gives us a chance to see behind the seams - and really check out the construction. In…
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Tale of Two Triangles

Every now and then someone brings in foam cups from a ready to wear swimsuit for us to match up to what we have. Most often we have something very similar if not identical. However recently someone brought in a swimsuit top that had triangle…
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When Bra-making meets Quilting

You probably already know that bra-making is not an isolated skill set. We borrow skills from all aspects of the sewing spectrum. But when Bra-making meets Quilting, you just know something special is about to happen. That's exactly what happened when…
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10 Commandments of Sewing

Did you ever meet someone with whom you had so many common interests and you bonded right away? That's how I felt about Joan McKenna on our European Lingerie Tour. Joan teaches college level sewing classes in San Diego (and is now their Program…

How to work with Latex

If you have ever wanted to glimpse into a fascinating world of which you know nothing, I strongly suggest you take a class in which you learn how to work with latex. I took such a class recently in Amsterdam, where I went with 19 other ladies…

A Better Shelley Strap Extension

Once you've got that first bra under your belt, so to speak, women often turn to the Shelley Bra pattern for their second bra. It's a great pattern. However the seam join between the power bra and the strap can be bulky. So what do you do then?…
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Shamrock Valley

Our lovely Shamrock Valley bra was created using our Shamrock Valley Quartet. If you haven't used a Quartet as a starter to sew up your own DIY bra, then perhaps this bra will serve as inspiration. There are three unique areas we focused on…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…
push-up angled foam bra cups swimwear cups MP-04 from Bra-Makers Supply

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…

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…

How to turn stripes into Chevrons

The dictionary defines a chevron as "a line or stripe in the shape of a V or an inverted V, especially one on the sleeve of a uniform indicating rank or length of service." Today, I am not going to show you how to make your own sergeant's stripes,…

How to Make a Trimmed Neckline

How to make a trimmed neckline Don't you love this beautiful neckline? A tiny sliver of red peeks out from the edge. How did we do it? I'll show you how to make a trimmed neckline. It's easy with a couple of secret weapons every sewist should…

How to Make Trimmed Straps

People always ask if there is something a little more exciting and creative when it comes to bra straps. After all, the Classic bra "only" has fabric straps with elastic trim down each side. You may tire of that after sewing a few bras!  If you…
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Happily Ever After - How to Sew a Nursing Bra

Happily Ever After - How to Sew a Nursing Bra In this post, I will go through how to sew a nursing bra the construction steps on . In my last post, I showed you how to draft a pattern with the same look as a vintage nursing bra, on that I thought…
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Once Upon a Time - Vintage Nursing Bra

Once Upon a Time - the Vintage Nursing Bra Once upon a time, nursing bras were limited to two choices - take it...or leave it.  Or were there other nursing bras we just didn't get to see? Maybe so. A little while back, I found a wonderful…

How to Sew a Gothic Arch

How to Sew a Gothic Arch Of the things you can do to your bra to make it instantly more comfy and more stylish, the Gothic Arch has got to be at the top of the list. Bot only is it attractive on and off the body, it can keep the elastic from…

Recognize a Gothic Arch

Gothic Arch One of the most recognizable shapes in ancient architecture is a Gothic Arch.  It symbolizes strength, and serves as support for the structure above it. All the early architects understood that the Gothic Arch was an integral…
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Cloning a Seamless Cup

Cloning a Seamless Cup It is very rewarding to clone a bra you love from RTW (ready-to-wear). You already know it fits. Besides, Cloning a Seamless Cup can save you time and money if you can get the fit on the first try. In order to clone…
Promoting your Breasts to a New Job Amber's wall of nursing bras
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Promoting your Breasts to a New Job!

Promoting your Breasts to a New Job!In a previous post, I talked about the job your breasts have been preparing for since your teenage years. When you are pregnant, you may get away with a retro fitted "regular" bra such as the Classic or…
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Are Your Breasts Getting A Promotion?

Are Your Breasts Getting A Promotion? Breasts are not purely ornamental. As much as you may want to disagree with me on that, your breasts were given one job to do and that job was to feed a baby. Are your breasts getting a promotion in the…
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When Life gives you Grapefruits...

When Life gives you Grapefruits... Sometimes I hear breasts called different food related names, such as fried eggs, lemons, grapefruits or melons. You get the idea. We can deal with that. When life gives you grapefruits... or even a set of…
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Double Lace over Foam

Double Lace over Foam I have a surprise for you today - not one bra but two bras in different colour ways - double lace over foam! They look completely different from each other but the techniques used to create them are essentially the sameHere…
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Peachy Pink Lace Bra

Peachy Pink Lace Bra Here's just the thing for spring - a peachy pink lace bra. This one was featured in the Craftsy Class  - Sewing Bras: Foam, Lace & Beyond.  Let's go Behind the Seams to reveal its drafting and construction secrets.Features…