Open House at the Enchanted Castle!

Open House at the Enchanted Castle! Considering I was an absolute "wreck" the week before, our Open House at the Enchanted Castle Saturday June 25th turned out to be the most fun I've had in a looong time! Why do I call it the Enchanted Castle?…

Bra-makers featured in Vogue

Bra-makers featured in Vogue For many years, sewing has been hidden in the closet of the upscale fashion magazines. It's like anyone who sewed their own clothes was to be pitied, as the poor cousins of the ready-to-wear family. For more than…

Bust Out the Bras Bra-making Contest

Bust Out the Bras! Bra-making Contest Announcing our first ever - Bust Out the Bras! Bra-making Contest. The Bust Out the Bras! Bra-making Contest is open to all bra-makers, regardless of experience! It is a DIGITAL contest so no bras will…
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Wanna see something truly magical?

Wanna see something truly magical? Not very much in the fabric world is news to me - when you've been around fabric and sewing for ...well, let's just say a really long time, you see fabrics come and go. So every now and then I really do wanna…
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New Band Elastics

New Band Elastics We made a commitment over a year ago to have all the same style of band elastic available in our 14 stock colours. We chose these new band elastics because we knew their firmness would be good for all body types and for all…

Dead Bra Day - February 13

For bra-makers the world over, one day is associated with a gift of lingerie, and that is Valentine's Day. But hold on...if your bra drawer looks like this, do you really have room for more? If they all fit well, and you wear them, yes,…

Christmas in the Village

Christmas in the Village We have a weird little corner in our store  - it's under the stairs leading to the apartments upstairs. That corner is usually the catch-all corner for remnants, left-overs and sale items. Not an attractive corner…

In the News!

Great news! We were written up by Paola Lorrigio of the Canadian Press and featured in the Hamilton Spectator, City News and others today! So we are in the news! You can see three of our students here - Julia in the back left, Adrienne up front…

How is a Bra like a Slipcover?

How is a Bra like a Slipcover? In other words, what do a bra and a slipcover have in common?1. They are both expected to fit over a curved and shapely surface. The skill needed to cover a curved surface in fabric is needed to make both bras…

Christmas Greetings!

By now, I'm sure you've shopped for everyone else. Are you worn out yet? How about taking some time for yourself over this holiday season? Why not go into your sewing room and do what you love to do? Seriously folks! You certainly deserve something…

At the Enchanted Castle - construction ahead

There is a beehive of activity at the store this weekend. We are getting a whole new office and shipping area!With the release of the Craftsy bra-making class, we do not have enough room for 3 at the computers and the shipping desk. It is, to…

Crystal - like catnip (sort of)

The new crystal collection has just arrived! Stunning pieces of Austrian cut crystal in really good designs, suitable for beachwear, clubwear, formal and cocktail dresses and bodybuilding competition wear. Does that last one surprise you? It…

The Costco Connection

It's official! The article in the Costco Connection magazine about the Fairy Bra Mother is out. You can read all about it here or in the magazine which is sent to all Costco members. On page 64 (way at the back..lol) But still...Costco…

Steampunk Heaven

Love Steampunk? Love corsets whose grommets match the busk and other metal trims? Then you are reading the right blog post!We just received our custom order of antique bronze grommets, size #00, which is a 3/16" or 5 mm size. I have not seen…

Multiple Births at the Enchanted Castle

Just arrived at the store - the four colours of power nets we have been waiting for! These are all the Regular Power net FP-1, 60" (150 cm) wide, with a blend of nylon and spandex. It is the firmest power net we have for bra backs. It seems…

Store Makeover

As a bra-making supply store owner in the fabric district,  we have lots of traffic. We have lots of walk-ins, too...but the conversation often goes something like this:Them (looking around): Oh, you sell bras?Us: No, we don't...Them (puzzled):…

Button, button, who's got the buttons?

Today has been a good day! Not only did a salesman come in with incredible new samples to show me (yes, of course I ordered lots of stuff!) but I got my new buttons for the blog! I didn't know a thing about buttons, but I have seen them…

Dyeing in the Kitchen

After the last post on dyeing, I thought I would share a list of the items that we have dyed successfully. Generally speaking, nylons and nylon/spandex blends dye very well, but so do some metals and plastics. Test to be sure. I have had some…

Better Late than Never

It is the Victoria Day weekend here in Canada, and most of the staff are off enjoying the long weekend. I wanted to get the last of the laces I brought home with me from my travels photographed and on the website. So here they are!  This…

Lace Lovers Luck!

Yesterday, what I "think" is the last of our laces has arrived. We have more coming in over the summer, but this is the spring shipment. So if you are a lace lover, you are in luck! These are all stretch laces and a lot of them, multi-coloured.Best…

Stretch into Spring

The last few posts have been about tulles, those lovely embroidered meshy tulles that are so at home on an upper cup! But not everyone wants tulle all the time. Sometimes you just want a stretch lace. For panties to match your new bra, as just…

More tulles!

Here are more tulles for your bra-making pleasure! First up is LT-42.31. It's a bit narrower, being only 4" (10 cm) but don't despair...it's plenty for the upper cup in most cases! Here's LT-42.95, and how wide do you think this one is?…

Tulles for your Bras!

I love embroidered tulles for bra-making! So much so, that I look for them whenever I am on a buying expedition. They look fabulous on an upper cup, especially on the Shelley Bra Pattern. Here's the latest tulles in the store in  7" and…

New laces - 6" Non-stretch

First - my apologies for not getting this lace on the website sooner - however there is quite a bit of it and it took some time to code it, take pictures of it and then get it on the shelves. But it is now available and ready for sewing!Here…

Sew Hungry

Twice per year, in spring and fall, our street in the fabric district hosts Sew Hungry, a gathering of more than 30 food trucks from all over southern Ontario. (Personally, I think it should be called Sew Into Food, but I digress...) This…

At the Enchanted Castle...Dots and Denim

I promised earlier I would post the new arrivals at the store (otherwise known as the Enchanted Castle - home of the Fairy Bra Mother) So here they are!Gosh, we get so excited when new stuff comes in, and when we saw boxes from TWO suppliers,…

At the Enchanted Castle...Laces

Every week or so, we get new arrivals in the Enchanted Castle and this week was no exception. I will be posting lots more this week as soon as the photos are done and ready. But here are the new laces that have arrived and are on the…

In the Enchanted Castle - a Royal Birth

Today was kind of a bittersweet day. I was SO excited for the arrival of my newest baby...a Kansai coverstitch machine for the shop. I am getting a brand new one. BRAND SPANKIN' NEW! I want it for teaching students to use the industrial machines…

The Beauty of Pantone

Ever wonder how manufacturers get all the colours in the materials they are buying, to match exactly?  They use a Pantone colour chart!  If you don't know what a Pantone colour chart is, stick around while I show you the Beauty of Pantone!Pantone…

Let it Snow!

Let it snow! When I was younger, my mother would get all excited about the day after a snowfall. If it snowed hard, the kids would be home from school, under mom's feet. It wasn't that day that mom looked forward to. No, sir.  It was the…