How to Sew a Gothic Arch

How to Sew a Gothic Arch Of the things you can do to your bra to make it instantly more comfy and more stylish, the Gothic Arch has got to be at the top of the list. Bot only is it attractive on and off the body, it can keep the elastic from…

Recognize a Gothic Arch

Gothic Arch One of the most recognizable shapes in ancient architecture is a Gothic Arch.  It symbolizes strength, and serves as support for the structure above it. All the early architects understood that the Gothic Arch was an integral…

Almonds and Bulges

I like to make up words for my students so they remember the technique associated with them more easily. (Do you remember what DoGS means?) So when it comes to fitting bras, it’s no different.  So lets’ talk about Almonds and Bulges…In…
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How to draft a Garter Belt

How to Draft a Garter belt Garter belts were an essential foundation garment - there were no stay-up stockings, nor had panty hose been invented yet. Putting on a garter belt was an everyday activity. Not today. Garter belts have entered…
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Cloning a Seamless Cup

Cloning a Seamless Cup It is very rewarding to clone a bra you love from RTW (ready-to-wear). You already know it fits. Besides, Cloning a Seamless Cup can save you time and money if you can get the fit on the first try. In order to clone…
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Can We Make a Seamless Swim Bra?

Can We Make a Seamless Swim Bra? The summer is here! And what better way to celebrate summer than with a custom swimsuit you make for yourself? I have no doubts that your hand made suit can rival the suits you buy in the shops. The question…
Promoting your Breasts to a New Job Amber's wall of nursing bras
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Promoting your Breasts to a New Job!

Promoting your Breasts to a New Job!In a previous post, I talked about the job your breasts have been preparing for since your teenage years. When you are pregnant, you may get away with a retro fitted "regular" bra such as the Classic or…
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Are Your Breasts Getting A Promotion?

Are Your Breasts Getting A Promotion? Breasts are not purely ornamental. As much as you may want to disagree with me on that, your breasts were given one job to do and that job was to feed a baby. Are your breasts getting a promotion in the…
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How to Sew Bras with your Feet

How to Sew bras with your feet Did the Title of this post, How to sew bras with your feet, catch your attention? I was hoping it would! Well, did you know that National Sewing Machine Day was June 13?  Can you believe it's been nearly 200…
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When Life gives you Grapefruits...

When Life gives you Grapefruits... Sometimes I hear breasts called different food related names, such as fried eggs, lemons, grapefruits or melons. You get the idea. We can deal with that. When life gives you grapefruits... or even a set of…
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Double Lace over Foam

Double Lace over Foam I have a surprise for you today - not one bra but two bras in different colour ways - double lace over foam! They look completely different from each other but the techniques used to create them are essentially the sameHere…

Perfect Panty Gussets

Perfect Panty Gussets Ready to wear does some impressive sewing, like the enclosed perfect panty gussets (we never call it a "crotch") on a pair of panties. Even inexpensive panties will have both ends of the gusset enclosed like this... Why…

Big Boobs and Soft Belly

Big Boobs and Soft Belly Swimsuit season is fast approaching. In our part of Canada, the Victoria Day weekend is considered by many to be the first for swimming (yes, the water is still cold!) No matter when you start swimming - it's time to…
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Peachy Pink Lace Bra

Peachy Pink Lace Bra Here's just the thing for spring - a peachy pink lace bra. This one was featured in the Craftsy Class  - Sewing Bras: Foam, Lace & Beyond.  Let's go Behind the Seams to reveal its drafting and construction secrets.Features…
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Alpha to Omega

Alpha to Omega You may have found that you buy a bra only to find that the wire is way out toward your underarm and pokes you? Or after a few hours (or minutes) the wire slides down your rib cage. Often, there is a flat area of fabric next…

Once Upon a Time - The White Vintage Bra

The White Vintage Bra Recently a student brought in a white vintage bra, so we'll take a bit of a breask from the blog posts on Behind the Seams of the Craftsy bras. It is very enlightening to see how far we've come in bra-making, so I appreciate…

Navy Multiple Strap Bra

Navy Multiple Strap Bra Time for another peek Behind the Seams! This time, a close-up look at what I call the Navy Multiple Strap bra. This bra was featured in the Craftsy class Sewing Bras: Designer Techniques (I can't believe there are 30…
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The Ivory and Green Demi Bra

The Ivory and Green Demi Bra Do you remember the bra from the title card of my second Craftsy class, Sewing Bras: Designer Techniques? It's a lovely ivory and green demi bra with a big bow at the front. Here's a reminder. I love that bra!The…

And now for something completely different...

And now for something completely different... I remember I used to watch Monty Python (what a hoot!) They had this series of skits called...and now for something completely different! So to steal a line from British comedy, this latest post…

Pink and Black Lace Foam Cup Bra

Pink and Black Lace Foam Cup Bra Whew! What a lengthy title for this lovely bra - the Pink and Black lace Foam Cup Bra! What's prettier than pink? Only pink teamed with a multi-colour pink and black lace!Featured on my third Craftsy bra-making…
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The Giraffe Print Bra

The Giraffe Print Bra I've received several emails about the "Craftsy bras", or more specifically, the bras that were made for and featured on my Craftsy classes. I guess people want to see them close up and in more detail than was shown in…
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Shamrock and Black Lace

Shamrock and Black Lace It is St. Patrick's Day and what better way to say Top o' the mornin' to ya than with a beautiful Shamrock and Black lace bra! This is an unusual and vibrant colour but what the heck...after a long winter, we all…
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Sewing Swimwear!

Today, on Leap Day 2016, my newest Craftsy class Sewing Swimwear: the Supportive One-piece has launched! You can watch the trailer here...What will you find in this Sewing Swimwear class?  how to choose a swimsuit pattern and  appropriate…

Continuous Bias Strips

Continuous Bias Strips This is not a technique that is strictly bra-related however every now and then you might have a use for making miles of continuous bias strips (think decorative bias trim on corsets, perhaps or in home dec such as upholstery,…
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Make your Bra a Longline Bra

Make your Bra a Longline Bra I get asked all the time about when a longline pattern is going to come out in the Pin-up Girls line. It isn't likely to be anytime soon as I have lots of "other" bra patterns in my brain struggling to spring forth!…

Sewing Bras: Foam, Lace & Beyond

Sewing Bras: Foam, Lace & Beyond Banish boring bras from your wardrobe! Elevate your skills as you learn techniques for adding style and support with lovely lace, flattering foam cups and more in Sewing Bras: Foam, Lace & Beyond, the…

Horizontal Hocus Pocus

Horizontal Hocus Pocus As promised in this last post, I am sharing with you how to convert your Classic Bra to a horizontal seamed cup. If you want to do that, stay with me for background theory.  It's not magic or horizontal Hocus Pocus,…
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Heather in Red and Black

Heather in Red and Black With the launch of the most recent online class through Craftsy, I decided to do a regular blog post on the bras created for the lessons. But you may not recognize some of them...as I will be featuring them in a different…

Dissecting Ulla

After my last post about Cloning Ulla, I wondered how the pattern of the cloned bra compared to my Pin-up Girls Classic Bra pattern. As you know, the Ulla bra company is known for their large cup sizes so it would be interesting to see what…
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Cloning Ulla

Recently a student brought me an interesting challenge. She purchased a ready-to-wear bra and wanted one just like it, but not necessarily the same fabrics. I call this... wanting something the same, only different! Her bra was a European sized…

Free Floating Bras

Two days of making swimwear started today at the Saskatchewan Stitches Conference. The students were told that there were several ways of supporting the bust in a swimsuit; shelf bras, pre-formed cups and  free-floating bras. let's look at…

How to remove a serged seam

How to remove a serged seam I've been sewing for over 50 years (gasp!) and I have ripped out more, I dare say, than my fair share of sewn seams. Particularly vexing to sewists of all ages is the thought of ripping out a seam made with a serger.…
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For Men Only

As bra-makers, we put a high value on our skills to make supportive, yet comfortable undergarments. Isn't it time you use those same skills to make supportive, comfortable underwear for the man in your life? Wait, what's that? Supportive Underwear…