Puttin’ on the Glitz

Create your own version of Brallywood this month of December to create something Glitzy!  Use any sequined, sparkly, bejewelled or crystallized fabrics you want to create any underwear, bra, swimwear, dancewear or corset. The rules for our…

Who’s your Leading Man?

Push your sewing skills outside the drawer this month of Movember to create a little Brallywood for your own Leading Man. Use any material or fabrics you want to create any underwear, loungewear, pajamas or swimwear for any man, young or old. The…

Sheer Delight

Sheer Delight Do you love the look of those sheer bras in ready-to-wear but have hesitated to use sheer fabrics in your own bra-making projects? Why is that? Working with sheer fabrics is not more difficult (some would argue that they are easier)…

Oh, the HORROR of it!

Push your sewing skills outside the drawer this month by being inspired by any Hollywood Horror or Thriller film, vintage or otherwise and conjure up your own Brallywood creation!. Use any materials, fabric, laces, and/or trims you want to…

Are you ready for the Big Audition?

Push your sewing skills outside the drawer this month by auditioning unusual fabrics to use for lingerie. Use any unconventional material, fabric, laces, or trims and lay them out together to see how they look together. Remember that even the…

Lights, Camera, Action: the Ultimate Bra Challenge is ready to roll!

Have you enjoyed the Challenges we've presented in the past? Well, here we are again with a whole new set of challenges for the season starting September 2022 and running through June of 2023. Our theme this year is "Brallywood". The lights,…
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Hooks and Eyes – Unhook the Mystery

Have you struggled with all the different hook and eye closures? What do we mean by 3 x 3 and a 4 x 3? What is Hook and Eye tape and why would I use it? It may surprise you to know there are definite guidelines to use when working with hooks…

No Power Net? We have alternatives!

We've all gotten excited about a new fabric to use for our bra-making, haven't we? But what do you do when there is no power net in a colour to match your lovely find? Here are a number of alternatives to solve the challenge of using gorgeous…
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Ladies – we have your nudes!

When looking for a bra that is virtually invisible under any clothing, lingerie shopping experts advise buying a “nude” colour; in other words, a colour that matches your skin tone. But there are dozens of skin tones from very light to…
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Are Your Bras Spooky Enough?

Are your bras spooky enough for this year's Halloween festivities? While most people don't "celebrate" Halloween with a complete wardrobe makeover, there are lots of folks that love Halloween. They don't want to miss any occasion that gives…

Tankini back hack – the peek-a-boo back

My sister lives in her pool in the summer. And when they go on vacation, she is in a pool or at the beach, not just every day, but several times a day. That means she needs a LOT of swimsuits. She likes tankinis - the two piece construction…

Move the Apex on Your Bra Cup

If the bra you made seems to push your breasts in an east/west direction instead of straight ahead, you might want to move the apex of the bra cup to create the illusion of a more forward appearance. In this drawing, I've exaggerated the difference…
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Fully-Seamed Ahead!

Stockings are often sold as One Size Fits All, but that’s rarely the case in practice. Especiallywith winter weather on the way its the perfect time to curl up in cozy stockings or readingsocks, and now you’ll be able to draft and see…

Talking Body(Suits!)

Bodysuits are all the rage; whether it's being worn as the main part of a stylish Underwear-As-Outerwear look, used as the base of a Halloween costume, or simply underneath your clothes to bring out your inner Wonder Woman we've been seeing…

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…