Entries by Beverly Johnson

Waspies & Waist Trimmers Challenge

Keep trim in a Waspie. What’s a waspie, you may ask? Think of a waist cincher, which could be as simple as a glorified wide belt to a full on under-the-bust-and-down-to-the-hips-waist-cincher-with-garter-clips-to-hold-up-your-stockings creation. Whew! That’s a lot of hyphens to describe such a tiny garment. Here’s a video on 100 years of Shapewear to give you […]

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Making masks!

I prefer to think of my time these days at “I get to stay at home” rather than “I am stuck at home”. That being said, sometimes you have to go out. I get that. You can make a mask for yourself or your loved ones just in case they must go out the door. […]

Bullet Bra Challenge Entries

Our first bra-makers challenge of 2020 is to re-create the iconic Bullet bra of the 40s and 50s. With its distinctive cone-shaped cups and circular stitching, it was “the” bra for any sweater girl of the time. We challenged you to re-create a Bullet Bra in today’s fabrics. A few of you got right into […]

100-year-old Underwear Challenge

Underwear has not been around forever. The first underwear you might recall might be what is affectionately known as “granny panties”. This month, we celebrate 100 years of underwear! Whether you make thongs, g-strings, granny panties or even underwear for men, the choice is yours! Here’s a fun video on 100 years of Underwear to […]

Need Wider Lace? Make Some!

Busty Girl Problem: You want to use a particular lace, but when you lay out the pattern, the lace is not wide enough to accommodate the pattern piece (usually the lower cup). What can you do? The solution is simple: if you need wider lace, make some! You wouldn’t believe how many times this solution […]

The Baby Doll Challenge

Oh, what a night! Late December 1963… Remember the 1960’s where Baby Dolls were on every teenager’s pajama wish list? Here’s your chance to re-make that iconic nightwear look in today’s fabrics and today’s patterns. We challenge you to sew Baby Doll pajamas or your modern interpretation of them. How about making the Sweet Sixteen […]

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Make Ingrid into Baby Dolls!

Baby Doll (pajamas) were all the rage in the 1960s. Women of a certain age will remember (with fondness, hopefully) all the frilly styles that were especially appealing to teens and young women. The Baby Dolls almost always had a full skirt, often with a ruffle along the bottom edge. They were feminine to the […]

How to make a Bullet Bra

If you are under the age of 40, you can be forgiven for not knowing what a Bullet Bra was (and is). After all, its heyday was in the late 40s and 50s. Those of us, of a certain age, however, will know exactly what we mean by a Bullet Bra. With its distinctive cone-shaped […]

Snowy and Snuggly Winter Challenge Entries

Our last Bra-makers Challenge of 2019 is Snowy and Snuggly. We encouraged you to make warm and comfortable underwear, and many of you took us quite literally! Here are our Snowy and Snuggly Winter Challenge Entries. Louise White lace over pink foam, self-drafted pattern, cookie inside lined lower cup. A very delicate looking bra with […]

The Bullet Bra Challenge

Our first bra-makers challenge of 2020 is to re-create the iconic Bullet bra of the 40s and 50s. With its distinctive cone shaped cups and circular stitching, it was “the” bra for any sweater girl of the times. We challenge you to re-create a Bullet Bra in today’s fabrics. Poodle skirt, anyone? To help you […]

The 2020 Ultimate Bra-makers Challenge

Have you enjoyed the Challenges we’ve presented over the last few years? Well, here we are again with a whole new set of challenges for 2020. Our theme this year is “Hindsight is 2020”. The year 2020 is full of promise, but this is our year to look over the past years of bra-making design. […]

Turn the Arm Shaper into a Shrug

We recently added an Arm Shaper to our Body Shaper Pattern. This arm shaper does wonderful things for sagging skin under the arms. If you’ve avoided sleeveless garments because of your sagging arms, this garment will become a staple in your wardrobe. The cut-on sleeve eliminates shoulder and sleeve seams for a smooth seam-free line […]

10 ways to use Wide Waistband Elastic

Our wide waistband elastic is some of the nicest elastic we have worked with. We originally bought it because we knew it would make the perfect finish to the top edge of our Men’s Underwear Pattern. And it does! It turns out that the more we used it, the more places we found we could […]

Be Manly for Movember Challenge Entries

You welcomed Movember (the men’s month) by making menswear. So many women wrote to say they use men’s patterns for themselves! This month was about creating menswear…OR using a menswear pattern to create something for a woman. Let’s see how you stepped up to the plate to Be Manly for Movember! Desiree Hello there, Very sorry I […]

A Snowy and Snuggly Winter

Our last Bra-makers Challenge of 2019 is Snowy and Snuggly. Stay warm and cozy this winter in your new favourite snuggly underwear. Not only do we encourage you to make warm and comfortable underwear, but why not think outside the box and try lining your bra with something that will take the chill off? It […]

The No-finish Neckline Edge

Some of our patterns, such as the Classic, Linda, Shelley and Sherri use elastic trim to finish the neckline edge. Others, including all of the Jewel series as well as the Ingrid and the Sweet Sixteen Bralette, use Fold-over Elastic (FOE) binding as a finish for the neckline edge. It’s easy-peasey when you have a […]

Be Manly for Movember Challenge

Once again, we welcome Movember (the men’s month) by making some menswear. in 2018, we released a pattern for a men’s tank top. So many women wrote to say they used that pattern for themselves! This month is about creating menswear…OR using a menswear pattern to create something for a woman. The theme must be obvious. […]

Strap-tember Bra-makers Challenge Entries

How many of us actually try really interesting straps on our own garments? A lot of you did exactly that this month when we challenged you to make interesting, innovative and inspiring straps for Strap-tember. We loved what you came up with! Deb Please accept my submission for this month’s entry. This is a fully-adjustable […]

Fall into Fashion Bra-makers Challenge

Have you “fallen” for a gorgeous look from ready to wear, but want it to fit your body? This challenge is about “falling” for fashion and re-creating the look for yourself by cloning or copying a ready-to-wear look. Be ready to be inspired! The theme must be obvious. In this case, the theme is Fall […]

Lacey Daze of Summer Challenge Entries

This past month we challenged you to use lace and a sheer fabric together in the same garment. They are sheer-ly amazing entries! Here are your Lacey Daze of Summer challenge entries. Susan Attached is my entry for sheer and lace.  Used sweet 16 pattern with Sheer cup lining with lace overlay.  Kerri Well it seems […]

The Strap-tember Bra-makers Challenge

We often see interesting straps in ready-to-wear, but how many of us actually try those straps on our own garments? Here’s your chance! We challenge you to make interesting, innovative and inspiring straps. The straps can be for a bra, bralette, swimwear, or even regular garments. The Challenge guidelines The theme must be obvious. In […]

Totally Twisted Swimwear Challenge Entries

You’d expect our summer challenge to include swimwear, but our challenge had a bit of a twist. We challenged you to make any kind of swimwear using fabric that is twisted, ruched or otherwise manipulated. How did you do this month? Let’s look at the Totally Twisted Swimwear Challenge Entries! Christel, Netherlands Hello, my contribution […]

Blushing Bridal Challenge Entries

June is traditionally the month of wedding celebrations all over the world. We challenged you to make bridal lingerie this month. And the sewing began! Let’s look at the wonderful bridal lingerie you made this past month. Jodi (USA) This month I made a sweet bridal lingerie set in white, with blue bows so the […]

Ta da! The New Classic 2.0

It is with much fanfare and celebration that we announce the arrival of the Classic 2.0 Bra pattern! We’ve worked on this pattern for a long time (it seems like years…) but the wait was worth it. The Classic 2.0 is the Original Classic bra but with definite upgrades – for starters, we are using […]

Totally Twisted Swimwear Challenge

You’d expect our summer challenge to include swimwear, but think of this challenge as Swimwear with a Twist. That means your swimwear entry has to have a fabric twist, gathers, or ruching. Anything twisted or using manipulated fabric. If you haven’t made any twisted fabric, check out our blog posts on swimwear, or the Big […]

Spots and Stripes Challenge Entries

WOW! The Spots and Stripes Challenge Entries are amazing! This month we had you seeing spots before your eyes! We asked for any kind of dot or any kind of stripe (or your interpretation of spots and stripes), in any kind of intimate apparel. The trick was to use them together in the same project. […]

Blushing Bridal Challenge

June is traditionally the month of wedding celebrations all over the world. We love to celebrate weddings too but we do it in a different way here at Bra-makers. We want to challenge you to make bridal lingerie this month. How about re-styling a bra, panty or corset pattern and make it in a spectacular […]