The Itsy-Bitsy Teeny-Weeny Bikini Challenge

We challenge you this month to sew your version of this iconic swimwear that first made a splash, back in the late 50s and early 60's. To give you an idea of evolution of swimwear, here's a great video on the history of swimwear (be aware…

The What’s holding her up? Challenge

In June we are looking at every woman's version of the Holy Grail- a bra that will hold her up in a strapless dress and make her look her best. The strapless bra first announced its appearance in the late 1940s and it has been the unsung hero…

Petticoat Junction Challenge

In May, according to our theme of Hindsight is 2020, we look back to the era of the petticoat and its little sister - the slip. Their hey-day was from the 1800s right up until the 1980s. You can make petticoats, slips, camisoles, even bra slips…

100-year-old Underwear Challenge Entries

We challenged you to sew underwear using inspiration from the last 100 years (or the next 100). With our opportunity this month to stay at home and sew, many of you now have 100 minute-old underwear! Here are the entries to last month's challenge. Kathleen …

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.…
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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…
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Let’s Make Banded Panties!

How about we buck tradition and NOT use elastic when making panties? It is possible, you know, as long as you substitute bands made from elastic fabric for the usual elastic around the legs and waist. Let's make banded panties - it's easy once…

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…
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Hacking Cheryl for a Lace Back

Our underwear pattern Cheryl has proven to be a very popular pattern for us. That back seam provides great shaping over the derriere and the alternate versions of the patterns provide lace details that any lace-lover can appreciate. But…

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…

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,…
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Convert a Sweet Sixteen into a Babydoll

One of the easiest ways to have that iconic Babydoll pyjama look but with full support we need today is to use a pattern we already know and love and convert it to a modern interpretation of that classic nightwear. Our Design Team paired…

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…
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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,…

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.…

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…

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…

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…
plush waistband elastic sports bra elastic EP-137.98 from Bra-Makers Supply folded shown

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…

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)…

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…
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How to Sew the Allie Sports Bra

We have recently retired the Alison Sports Bra and re-released a more modern and user-friendly version we call the Allie Sports Bra. Think of the Allie as the new and improved Alison. An Alison 2.0 as it were. It has a number of features that…
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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…

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…
reversible fold-over elastic binding EF-5 ivory or Pantone 11-0507 winter white from Bra-Makers Supply shiny fold shown

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…

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…

Things every low-contour breast owner should know

If you have trouble finding a ready-to-wear underwired bra that fits, you might be inclined to join the growing number of women who are choosing NOT to wear wires. They have chosen Wireless Freedom. But do you know WHY you find wires uncomfortable…

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…

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?…
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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…
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4 ways to Elasticate Edges

When you are making your own intimate apparel, there are a  number of basic skills you need to master in order to give you a Solid Foundation in the art. One of the most basic skills is working with elastic. Elastic can be very intimidating…

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…

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…