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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…

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.…

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…
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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…
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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…

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…
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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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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,…

Disco Ingrid!

Our recent non-wired bra pattern Ingrid has had rave reviews from both testers and the first wave of the bra-making public. However, there are still some who are hesitant to try a non-wired bra, saying it might be too"matronly" looking. We made…
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How to make Hemless Boyshorts

Someone told me recently that some women didn't make their own underwear, because they felt the leg elastics would show as a panty line under clothes. This shocked me for two reasons 1. Who wouldn't want to make their own underwear? and 2. the…

How to Sew Ingrid

Ingrid is a non-wired support bra from the design team at Pin-up Girls. Together we've created a bra pattern with the largest size range on the planet. Ingrid has a lot of pieces, and they all contribute to the engineering of this remarkable…
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Sew Simple Bralettes

Recently I was asked to do a book collaboration with Nancy's Notions. I was thrilled beyond belief as I'd been a fan of hers for over 35 years!. The book would have 32 pages of how to instructions and photos for 6 projects plus a pattern. Sounds…
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A Ruby for your Treasured Chest

Our newest pattern, called the Ruby, is a foam-lined bra with offset vertical seams. Because it is foam-lined, you may not be familiar with the construction techniques peculiar to foam. Denise recently made her version and she happily shares…

3 ways to make a corset

If you are making a corset or waist cincher for the first time, you might follow the pattern instructions and think that's all there is to it. But did you know there are at least 3 ways to make a corset? That's right - three different ways to…
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12 uses for Sheer Cup Lining

Sheer Cup Lining is useful stuff. It is light and see-through and stable as well. I am sure you use it for lining cups (after all - that's its name...) But there are many uses for Sheer Cup Lining that you might not know about. Here are 12 uses…
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Change your Bralette into a Nursing Bra

One of our staff members is out on maternity leave and she had a great idea to change her favourite bralette into a nursing bra. This is a great idea, Christine and we thank you for the photos you took of the inside of the garment. Here's how…

An Easy Cover-up

Picture yourself at the beach in your lovely new swimsuit...but you would like to walk along the beach to take in the sunset. Do you take your walk in your swimsuit, bikini or monokini? Or do you go back to the hotel room to change? Here's the…