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Bikini Time!

Bikini Time Just in time for sewing for the upcoming resort season - announcing the newest pattern in the Pin-up Girls line - the Triangles and Tangas Bikini pattern! Yes, it's Bikini Time!Pin-up Girls is proud to present this collection…
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Press and Peel a new Bra

Here at the Saskatchewan Stitches Conference, we were lucky to have a student in our class who found a new way of cloning garments. When we combined that method with some bra-making ingenuity, the results were nothing less than spectacular!…
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Swim Week and Master Swim - Digital Fashion Show

We just finished up Swim Week and Master Swim class here in Hamilton. That means it's time for the Digital fashion Show! What a great bunch of swimsuit makers we had this time! In Swim Week, they started with the basics, a tank or princess…
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Corset Week Digital Fashion Show

It's our Corset Week Digital Fashion Show once again. Corset Week ended yesterday and  you know what that means - you get to see what the students achieved in their exciting week of sewing. We had an unusually small group, but such enthusiasm…

Sewing Bras: Designer Techniques

Hello Everyone! Great news! My second class in the Sewing Bras series on Craftsy has launched! Sewing Bras: Designer techniques is the one to watch if you have wanted to know all the tricks to make your bra a designer original! You'll be…
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A little Sunshine through the Snow

We here in the North are knee-deep in our "favourite" winter pastime, which is of course shoveling snow. This winter, Mother nature seems to be particularly vexing, as she is dumping snow every second or third day. Enough, already! Are you…

Garment Label Must-haves

Let's say you buy a bra and when you wear it, you get a rash. Taking the bra back to the store may not be possible or even successful. You want to complain directly to the manufacturer. How do you find out who they are? By reading the garment…

Fabric Printing Magic

Fabric Magic - Trick 1 Have I got a neat trick to share with you! It's like fabric printing MAGIC!PROBLEM: Duoplex, our go-to main bra-making fabric is plain-Jane  fabric, even though the colours are gorgeous when made up. I wanted pattern,…
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The Trouble with Elastics

I am sure there are few things worse than sewing up a pattern you love, in a size you know fits you - only to have it NOT FIT at the end! Grrr...very frustrating! But when that sewing project is your very own perfectly fitting bra pattern -…
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Boob Camp December 2014

Another Boob Camp finished yesterday! This was the last Boob Camp in December 2014 and was a full house. You know what that means - it's time for our Digital Fashion Show!Usually on the first two days we start off with the basic bra, then…
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Once Upon a Time - Waist Management

Once Upon a Time - Waist Management Today Judy, Rochelle and I went on a road trip to see an exhibit called Waist Management - a history of unmentionables showing at the Peel Region Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) in Brampton. We…
three sisters bikini pattern PB-3009 from Bra-Makers Supply line drawing shown
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My Three Sisters Bikini Pattern

My Three Sisters It's been a hectic 2 months here at the Enchanted Castle, with the recent launch of my Craftsy Swimwear class, plus I have had a special request to make a bikini pattern. We've have been working very hard to test these…
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Nifty Notions - the Sewing Edge

Nifty Notions - the Sewing Edge I like to borrow nifty notions from our quilting sisters - today, it's a great little gadget called the Sewing Edge. It is used by quilters to keep that 1/4" seam allowance. Well, guess what? Bra-makers can…

A New Pin-up Girl

A new Pin-up Girl in the line of sewing patterns! The #2509 Ova-Bra Slimmer that you can wear over (ova) your own great fitting bra to smooth away those lumps and bumps and make your clothes fit and look fabulous. Check out the options! Two…
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Digital Fashion Show - Boob Camp August 2014

Boob Camp August 2014 is over! Once again, we present our Digital Fashion Show. This Boob Camp was unusual not because we had "only" two students, and not because they were from opposite ends of the country but because of the sheer VOLUME of…

Blast to the Past - Slipcovers

Blast to the past Last week I experienced a blast to the past of my former life. Years ago, I was a drapery and slipcover maker, and when my friend Rochelle heard that, she asked me to "help her" make slipcovers for her hide-a-bed. These…
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Once Upon a Time and Far Far away - Sew it Was

Once Upon a Time and far far Away - Sew It Was Today was one of the days that will be held in my memory as a really, really good day. We went to Sew It Was, and in my opinion, anyone who is connected to the needle trades owes themselves a…
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Thin is In!

Thin is In! I guess some people are concerned about going ‘thin on the top”, but today’s post is about going thin on the bottom! In the case of a bra band, thin is in!  You may ask, why would you want a thin band? Does your band roll…
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Far far Away - Corset Building

The Saskatchewan Stitches Conference is drawing to an end, but our corset building class is just beginning. We have a small but enthusiastic class of corset builders. Corsets have gained some recent popularity as a garment to wear on the outside,…

Swim Week - Ready for the Beach

The ladies in Swim Week, my 5 day swimwear class were busy finishing up their suits today. That means they will soon be ready for the beach! One lady decided to add coloured piping to the princess seams. But no fabric could be found until....we…

Day 4 - before and after

Today was the final day of the beginner bra classes at SSC, here in downtown Muenster, Saskatchewan. We had 12 happy bra-makers sewing their Classic bras for two days. Today they took them home along with the pattern that had been adjusted to…

Day 2 - Nina's Arrival

Nina's Arrival Back in the fall of 2013, I got a call from Margaret, of Bras Bold & Beautiful, asking if I still wanted a Bernina 930. Apparently she was teaching bra-making in Edmonton at Central Sewing Machines and one had just come in…

Re-purpose a Nifty Notion

Re-purpose a Nifty Notion If you own a cover stitch machine, you may be aware that it can do some amazing things. One of the things it can do is to make 3/4" (18 mm) strapping for bathing suits, sundresses etc. A smaller version in a 3/8"…

Lock Stitches, not Horns

Lock stitches, not horns In my cover stitch class, I often hear women say they have owned a machine for years, but it hasn't been out of the box! Are we intimidated by this funny looking machine? Often, we don't get lessons on the machine when…

Dyeing for Colour

Roses are redViolets are blueNo coloured elastics?Here's what you do!Yes, you can create custom colours to match your fabrics so your elastics, findings and hardware will all be colour co-ordinated. Here's a bra that started out as white fabric,…

Solutions for Sloping Shoulders

When I look at all the cute bra fashions online and in magazines or catalogues, a lot of them have what is referred to as "wide set straps". Look at the bra on the dress form below. This is a bra with wide set straps. The straps are set more…

Pirate's Passion - the Sunburst Bra

Pirate's Passion - the Sunburst Bra Pirating or knocking-off...those are both very strong words for the act of copying someone else's lingerie designs. In fact, some would consider it stealing. Mostly, I agree with that, especially when it…
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Do-it-yourself Breast Form

Do-it-yourself Breast Form After my rant yesterday, I thought I would share with you how to make a do-it-yourself breast form for yourself or someone you  care about. These breast forms are washable as well as being as light as you want them…
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Foam Cup Pockets? - Yes, you can!

Foam Cup Pockets? - Yes, you can! In our Boob Camp this week, we have a student who has had a mastectomy. This is good thing, as all the other students in this class get to see how we put pockets in a bra ( which is useful information for any…

Rant of the week - Men Buy Better Breasts

Rant of the Week - Men Buy Better Breasts I am on a rant today. I have a student in my Boob Camp this week who has had a mastectomy, and she cannot afford to buy a prosthesis. What's a prosthesis? Commonly known as a breast form, a breast…

A Better, Wider Bra Back

I am sure everyone at some time has wished they could add a little more length to the back band of their bra. Especially if you have gained a little weight. And especially if you have gained a little weight, have vowed to get that weight back…
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Foam Cup Surgery

What can you do when the only foam cups in your size really aren't the style you want? Today we had exactly that dilemma presented by a student in Boob Camp. The only cup that fit her was the balconette style in the size 52 (which means it is…
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Happily Ever After - Sharon's Corset

Happily Ever After - Sharon's Corset My Once Upon a Time posts are geared toward showing some incredible vintage apparel. Happily Ever After is about being inspired by a vintage photograph or garment, and re-creating it in today's fabric. Today's…