Our Bra-makers Marathon Winners

At the beginning of our 2018 Ultimate bra-makers Challenge, we wondered whether anyone would stay with the challenge for the entire 12 months.  After all, that meant that every month, they would be sewing new intimate apparel according to a…

Three Essential Bra Backs you should know

If you are new to bra-making, you may be following the pattern instructions to a T. However, there are some changes to the back of the bra that will greatly impact your comfort, but they do not take a lot of drafting skill or sewing knowledge.…
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Backstage with our Design Team

In keeping with our "We've got your back" theme this month, we'd like to take you back - literally. Would you like to go backstage to see our Design Team? We like to say this is where the magic happens. The Design Studio is where our team makes…

Let The New You Shine Through Entries

In our last challenge of 2018, we asked you to Let the New You Shine Through and add some sparkle and bling to your garments. Did you sparkle in this challenge? Oh yes, you did! Here are the sparkling "Let the New You Shine Through" Entries. AgnesThis…

Best Bra-making Tutorials of 2018

In January 2019, our theme is "Looking Back". We'd like to kick off this year, by looking back at the Best Bra-making Tutorials of 2018. You may have missed some of them. Instead of you wading through pages of blog posts, we've gathered here…

The art of Fussy Cutting

We love Scuba for bra-making! Not only is it always beautifully coloured and printed, but it is also co-operative at the sewing machine. Who could ask for a better fabric? If you don't know Scuba, you might consider working with some in the…

We've Got your Back!

This January 2019, we've got your back! For this "We've Got Your Back" challenge, we ask you to make creative, unusual or off-the-wall crazy backs for your bras, swimsuits, corsets or underwear. Yes, this month we are looking at bra backs and…

Ultimate Bra-makers Challenge 2019

This past year, we offered up a Bra-makers challenge to you. Every month, we set a theme with supporting tutorials, designed to get your sewing motors revving. Why? We wanted you to expand your thinking, step up your construction skills and…
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His and Hers Santa Shorts

The holidays are almost here, and for those of you wanting a gift for that special couple or for yourself, here's how we made the His and Hers Santa Shorts.We used the Lillebror version of the Mens Underwear pattern to make the Mens shorts.…

Our 2018 Christmas Mannequin Tree

We were looking forward to the planning and decorating of our 2018 Christmas Mannequin Tree since the summer. What colour should we use? What style of dress should she have? Real branches or artificial? All these questions brought forth ideas…

How to Make a Piped Sapphire

We got a lot of comments when we posted this lovely Sapphire bra on social media. Denise, our talented instructor (and member of our small but mighty design team) made this using one of new printed fabrics. True to her style, Denise added piping…

Our Manly Challenge Entries

Here are our Manly entries for the Ultimate Bra-makers Challenge. Most of you used our Men's Underwear Pattern, but a few of you also took advantage of our FREE Men's Tank Top offer. I am sure the men out there are quite happy to be seated in…

Let the New You Shine Through!

You have almost finished the Ultimate Bra Challenge for this year. It's been lots of fun and some of you entered each and every month. It's been a great way to challenge yourself with new skills and sewing outside your comfort zone. You've become…
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How to Convert Over-the-top to Front Access

Our Men's Underwear pattern has been getting rave reviews. It has an inner support sling and two stylish views, both with over-the-top access. That's a growing trend in men's underwear, in a manner of speaking. However, if your guy prefers front…

How to Make Professional Binding

I love the look of binding on the edge of a garment. (Not Fold-over Elastic, but proper double folded fabric binding) When I make my own knit tops, I almost always use binding on the neckline. Why? Because I have a lovely industrial cover stitch…

Breast's Friends Challenge Entries

October's Ultimate bra-making Challenge was about being a Breast's Friend. We asked you to create a bra or a prosthesis for someone who has survived breast conserving surgery. Many of you told us that even though you personally did not know…

Support Your Man!

November is known as "Movember" here in Canada.  In Movember, thousands of men join the movement to grow a moustache (also called a "mo") during the month to raise awareness for prostate cancer. Even men who never wear facial hair, let it…

A Pocket for Ingrid

One of the things women love about our new Ingrid bra pattern is that it is so versatile. We designed it as an everyday, wireless bra for the larger sizes, but apparently it can be used for much more than that. Women have turned that pattern…
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An Amethyst for me

The newest pattern in the Jewel Collection from Pin-up Girls is the Amethyst Bra. Amethyst is a bra that uses lace edging on the upper cup and the front frame to create a designer look. It uses the same basic block as the Ruby bra. Like the…

A Peek Inside a Mastectomy Bra

It wasn't so many years ago, that mastectomy bras were a lingerie store's "shameful little secret", secreted away in a back corner. Linda Crawford of Uplift Custom Bras tells of a client of hers who, once she asked for a mastectomy bra, was…
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How to Draft a Mastectomy Pocket

October is Breast Cancer Month. Every year, breast cancer claims the life or the well-being of someone we know. Studies indicate that 1 in 4 women are affected by breast cancer in some way. But is there something we can do for those women who…

Dancing Queen Challenge Entries

We are pleased to present our Ultimate Bra-making Challenge Entries. September's theme was Dancing Queen, so we challenged you to create dance costumes. Some dance costumes are made from spandex, but others have crinoline and tulle. We wondered…

Ruby and the other Jewels

You met Ruhee Rajan of Rubie's Bras in a previous post, but now it is time to share with you how the bra patterns,  Ruby and the other jewels, Sapphire and Amethyst came to be. In the spring of 2016, Ruhee came in with a molded foam cup bra,…

Be a Breast's Friend!

The alarming statistics show that the life of every woman, young or old is affected by breast cancer in some way. It may be your best friend, your mother, sister or even your daughter. It may even be you. October is Breast Cancer month and…
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Why Ruby?

The three newest patterns in the Pin-up Girls collection are Ruby, Sapphire and the soon-to-be-released Amethyst. Since I typically name my patterns after women in my life, and these patterns are clearly named after gemstones, some have asked…

Summer Boob Camp

We love Boob Camp, but we especially love Summer Boob Camp. The weather is perfect and we get so inspired by the students that come from around the world to be with us for 5 glorious days. We call that a "sew-cation" but some call it a "play-cation".…

Lacey Days of Summer Challenge Entries

Here it is again - the time when we show you the Lacey Days of Summer Challenge Entries. this time, we wanted to put your creativity to the test as we asked you to work with TWO laces in the same garment. You did not disappoint. Here are some…

Dancing Queen!

When I think of September, I think of school starting up again. But for many mothers, it is also the time when Dance School starts again. So what better way to challenge ourselves in September but with a theme of Dancing Queen? I'm going to…
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Move the Strap on Ingrid

The Ingrid non-wired bra pattern has quickly become a new favourite among our customers. It fits really well on most women without any alteration. However, women with sloping shoulders or narrow shoulders might need to move the strap.  Here's…
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Another Jewel for your Chest

Here's another jewel for your chest - the ever-so-popular Ruby bra pattern now has a little sister. Introducing the latest in our Jewel Collection - the Sapphire Partial Band Bra Pattern. The Sapphire  must be used with underwires as this is…
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Racer Back Ingrid

If you've made our new Ingrid pattern, you will quickly realize that it could easily be adapted to be a sports bra. One thing it lacks however is a back typical of sports bras - a racer back. These backs are often called Y-backs or sports backs,…

Your Birthday Suit Challenge Entries

July's challenge was all about wearing your birthday suit. No, we didn't want to you to appear naked in this challenge, but as close to it as you are comfortable with! Yes, that's right, we wanted you to work with sheer fabrics. There are so…

Lacey Days of Summer!

Ah, summer! I remember the song from the 60s...those Lacey Days of Summer....What? Are you saying those were not the words? No matter, our challenge in August is to make intimate apparel from lace. Doesn't sound like much of a challenge, does…