Entries by Beverly Johnson

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 […]


Allie vs. Alison

We have re-released our popular Alison sports bra pattern but many are asking – what’s new with Allie and why is it replacing Alison? In the comparison of Allie vs. Alison, let’s first look at the original Alison. It had internal pre-formed bra cups that support the breasts with no seams to chafe or rub […]

A Spring in Your Step Challenge Entries

What fun we are having with the Ultimate Bra-makers Challenge. This past month, we asked you to celebrate the season and put a spring in your step by using performance fabrics to make activewear, ath-leisure wear or sportswear. You did not disappoint. Here are the Spring in Your Step Challenge Entries. Michelle (Canada) Here’s my […]

Spots and Stripes Challenge

This month of May is a fun one –  we will have you seeing spots before your eyes! Actually, you’ll be seeing spots, dots, lines and stripes. Let’s challenge our thinking about these pattern basics and create garments with dots and stripes. That’s any kind of dot or any kind of stripes, in any kind […]

Fold-over Elastic and how to use it

Several of our bra patterns use fold-over elastic as binding along their neckline and/or underarm edges. In the case of panties, it’s used on either legs or waistline (or both). Fold-over elastic, or FOE for short, is a viable alternative to elastic trim. It’s great for those who prefer a clean, tailored look to the […]

Add a zipper to your bra

If you’ve always wanted a front closure bra, but couldn’t decide which closure to use, you might have looked at the possibility of a zipper closure. If you think that might be a tough bit of sewing, don’t worry. In this tutorial, we’ll share how to add a zipper to your bra. There are a […]

Wireless Freedom Challenge Entries

Our challenge for March was Wireless freedom and so many of you have opted to make your bras wire-free. The most popular pattern was the Sweet Sixteen Bralette pattern – the second was Ingrid. Let’s see how you did it with our Wireless freedom Challenge Entries. Louise I just made this bralette for my niece […]

A Spring in Your Step

This month of April is all about making garments for an active lifestyle. How about jumping into the challenge and working with spandex, Supplex, wickables and other performance fabrics? Any type of activewear is eligible – be it shorts, leggings, running gear or gym wear. You can even make ath-leisure wear, that perfect combination of activewear […]

Convert a wired bra to be wire-free!

In my last post, I showed that a wire-free bra could indeed be as supportive as a wired bra. In today’s post, I’ll show you how to convert a wired bra to be wire-free. That’s great news for those who for a number of reasons do not wish to wear wires. And just to be clear, […]

Can a wire-free bra be uplifting?

In my bra-making classes, I always have women who do not want to use wires in their bras. Yet they want to wear wires because they believe that only a wired bra can give support to their breasts. Can a wire-free bra be as supportive as a wired bra? Can a wire-free bra be uplifting? Women cite a […]

Back to Basics Challenge Entries

This past month, we’ve been focusing on basic bra-making and sewing skills. If you have a tip or know of an easier way to do the basics, we want to hear about it. As in all of our monthly challenges, you threaded your way through this Back to Basics challenge wonderfully! Some of you gave […]

Wireless Freedom Challenge

This month of March, we want you to experience wireless freedom! For our “Wireless Freedom” challenge, we ask you to make creative, unusual or off-the-wall crazy wireless bras and bralettes. Yes, this month we are looking at non-wired bras and how to make them pretty and supportive, too. Over the month of March, our tutorials […]


Bamboozled by Bamboo?

One of the definitions of “bamboozled” is to be perplexed or confused by something. Have you been bamboozled by Bamboo fabrics? There is a lot of misinformation out there about Bamboo fabrics. Let us help you clear the confusion and help to give you a Solid Foundation in the art of working with this wonderful […]

We’ve Got Your Back Challenge Entries

We’ve started a whole new year of exciting bra-making challenges for you! This year, our overall theme is A Solid Foundation. We are focusing on helping you become the very best bra-maker you can be. Our first month’s theme is We’ve Got Your Back, in which we challenged you to show us your creative backs […]

Back to Basics

One of the keys to great bra-making (and the theme for this year!) is A Solid Foundation of skills. This month, we go Back to Basics and challenge you to share with us photos of techniques you have found to make your bra sewing easier, faster or more professional looking. We’ll be sharing tutorials on […]

A Bra Back for your Swimsuit

If the pattern you’ve chosen does not have a back fastening, you can add a supportive bra back for your swimsuit very easily. This bra-back keeps the suit on your shoulders while swimming, which makes it an ideal addition to the suit of competitive swimmers. The fastening can be placed high toward the shoulders and […]

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 theme we set, using our patterns, or by drafting their own. I honestly didn’t expect […]

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. Here are three Essential Bra Backs you should know. […]

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 best of the tutorials we’ve posted, based on their popularity and viewer visits. […]

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 New Year. We used this one fabric to share with you the Art of […]

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 how to make them pretty and even more supportive than they usually are. Just […]