Snowy and Snuggly Winter Challenge Entries

Our last Bra-makers Challenge of 2019 is Snowy and Snuggly. We encouraged you to make warm and comfortable underwear, and many of you took us quite literally! Here are our Snowy and Snuggly Winter Challenge Entries.

Louise

White lace over pink foam, self-drafted pattern, cookie inside lined lower cup. A very delicate looking bra with amazing support! One daughter had to be told it was Mom – made even though she saw it in progress. The other daughter says it fits good!

Christine

Ladies, here is my final submission this year.  I had a few foam bras to submit but I am most proud of this one. I made this for a client.  It was to be worn under a bridesmaids dress.  Not only does it fit her perfectly, she says it is so comfy and wears it regularly (with the removable straps).  And most importantly she did not have to keep hiking it up throughout the night!! 

Michelle

For my snugly and warm entry, I made a pair of matching sleep tees. 

Virginia

Dear Fairy Bra Mother and Fairy Bra Sisters, My entry for December is a pair of capris in a super cozy snowflake print microfleece using the PUG Princess Tankini pattern. They have been modified with¬†cuffs to keep them from riding up at the ankle. They also have side seams because they are made over from the PJs of a deceased loved one.¬† Hoping that these will be this winter’s new favorite snuggly undergarment.

Sonia

Sonia here from Québec, Canada! Here is my entry for December. When I read the theme of the challenge this month, my imagination went crazy, I thought of a leather, fur, Viking kind of bra… then reality came in and ruined everything… my schedule was too busy this month! So I ended up sewing a Christmas gift bralette for a friend doubled with cut and sew foam. It was a two in one project! And everybody was happy! 

Cassy

Hard to believe another year is done. My December Snowy and Snuggly submission is Mother and Daughter sleepwear. I’ve used a super soft cozy winter penguin-themed brushed poly (I couldn’t resist) to make a nightie for me and sleep shorts for my daughter. The nightie is a lengthened Wendy bra in a tank pattern with no interior bra while the sleep shorts are a generic pattern.¬†

Roni

This was supposed to be the Shelly bra in a 34 F, to fit me. To stay within the December theme, I opted to use a flannel fabric that had different colors and I wanted it to look like a warm snugly quilt.
I was really careful when working with the fabric so it wouldn’t fray but I think I was too gentle pulling the elastics as I sewed then on. Also, the fleece doesn’t have any give, so the cups were too tight on me as was the frame. In the end, the bra is too small and I wouldn’t call it a success but I am improving my construction techniques. It’s probably the last time I’ll use a woven fabric for the bra cups. At least I learned and hopefully won’t make the same mistakes again next time.¬†
I’m really happy I entered the Bra Makers Challenge this year. I tried to do different things and learn different techniques and I did reach that goal.¬† Most of them saw the seam ripper multiple times, but I do see improvement. ūüôā There are some makes I really love and have worn quite a bit, so that makes me happy and I’ll call it a win.
Thanks for this opportunity. 

Jodi

For the final challenge of 2019, I decided to make a Sweet Sixteen bra out of athletic fleece. It is so cozy and warm. To make sure I got the full comfort of the fleece against my body, I used sheer cup lining on the outside of the frame and power net on the outside of the band/wings, so the entire inner part of the bra is fleece. It will definitely keep me warm on these cold days headed my way!

Rachel

This year’s challenge was so fun, and I feel like the upcoming challenge for 2020 is tailor made for me!!!¬†Here is my final entry for 2019. It‚Äôs boring but cozy.

Kathleen

It’s the last day of the year and finally Snowy and Snuggly in Michigan – a good day to send in pictures of my dog, Bobbin’s, new winter coat, and my new industrial strength bra.¬† Talk about the sublime to the ridiculous.¬† Both are made from cozy sheepskin.¬† (Vegan sheepskin, actually.¬† Did you think Bobbin would wear the skin of animals?)¬† The bra is a PUG Classic, and surprisingly, was not as challenging in this fabric as I expected.

Be Manly for Movember Challenge Entries

You welcomed Movember (the men’s month) by making menswear. So many women wrote to say they use men’s patterns for themselves! This month was about creating menswear…OR using a menswear pattern to create something for a woman. Let’s see how you stepped up to the plate to Be Manly for Movember!

Desiree

Hello there, 
Very sorry I didn‚Äôt manage October. Never happened since I started contributing…¬†Nevertheless, attached my Movember Menswear contribution an iguana boxer boy size 10y.¬†Kind regards, Desiree

Hello,¬†A second project. Making some December presents. My son needs new underwear his whole collection is too small, too narrow or too short. So I have to upgrade the production speed ūü§£.¬†Greetz,Desiree¬†

Christel

My contribution for November: father and son in the same print.

Julie

I used The Pin Up Girls men‚Äôs boxer pattern, Michael style.  Printed CL for the front gusset and solid black for the rest.  Waist band elastic from BraMakers Supply! The men in my life love the new version of the men‚Äôs boxer pattern. Better gusset support! 

Anne

Christmas pugs Lillebror boxers with an internal sling for my pug loving son. I used FOE instead of binding for the “codpiece” opening. The benefits of the sling was discussed on the “Sew Manly” FB page. I, personally, at age 66, had never seen underwear with a sling and I now understand how it is used. Lots of fun to make in 220gsm cotton lycra.

Rachel

Hello hello from Alberta Canada! November meant new boxers for my man. These are Lillebror in fabric from BraMakers! 

Christine

Sleeping shorts and undies for the ‚Äėmen‚Äô in my life.¬† I made a pair for my husband last year and made modifications to customize how he likes them.¬† This is his 3rd pair.¬†My son (8yrs) chose his own colour (bamboo fabric) but they both have matching bands. This time I tried the ‚Äėflat lock‚Äô setting on my serger with wooly nylon thread with success.¬† Then cover stitched the waistband on and hemmed the legs.

Virginia

Dear Fairy Bra Mother and Fairy Bra Sisters,

My entry gets the whole family involved in Movember. It is a mash up between a “his and hers” set and a “mother/ daughter” set.¬†This¬†“his and hers and hers” matching set¬†has a pair of Michael men’s underwear for Mo’bro, a t-shirt bra for Mo’sista, and a camisole for Mo’puce (“ma puce” with a mustache?). Making Movember a family affair,v (Canada)

Michelle

I made another Michael Men’s Underwear for my son. This is really a great pattern, and comes together perfectly. I made this with the front opening and the sling, and used a kit from BMS.¬†

Sonia

Hi, Sonia here from Qu√©bec, Canada!This month I made a pair of matching underwear ; his and hers! I made them from a cotton jersey with a funny print of the Looney Tunes. I used Pin-up Girls pattern ”Michael” and I drafted the boy short with the ”Make and fit panties” book.¬†It was a lot of fun! Thank you Bra-Makers team!

Jodi

For this month’s challenge I made these men’s boxer briefs out of this cotton spandex koala fabric I got on a bra-making tour of Europe a few years ago. It was a quick and easy sew!

For Movember, I also sewed up this outfit for my littlest man. He‚Äôs just two days old in this picture! I think he likes his new outfit. It‚Äôs pretty cozy and cute 

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ÔłŹ Roni

This month I kept up with making myself some more underwear although I took inspiration from my hubby’s tighty whities. They are unapologetically built for comfort above style. So, I fashioned mine with a similar center panel to showcase the “goods” (or good fabric) and used bands instead of elastic because honestly, I don’t like elastic and if I’m going to learn something from the men, comfort might as well be it.¬†
The first pair was made using the softest bamboo flower and grey silver fabrics and feels like a cloud is hugging my bum.
The second pair features the father we love to hate (yes, that’s Darth Vader!). My hubby and I are really geeky and he still hasn’t decided if they turn him on or not…. Although he does like how I look in them so it’s a win either way. It is a fun way to feature a tiny bit of a really nice fabric I’ve been hoarding forever.¬† ūüôā

Diane

Dear Ladies of Bra Makers Supply,
When I saw this rayon print on the Bra Makers Supply website I asked my husband if he would like a pair of his favourite Michael underwear made from it. ‚ÄúSure!‚ÄĚ Was the reply. Interior sling is black Active Cotton wickaway cotton. Elastic seam is butted at the back with foldover elastic to cover. Hope he likes them.

Louise

I made the men’s tank from last year. As I intended it to be a summer nighty for me, I decided it would be a great opportunity to play with banding & binding techniques. I learned some things & got reacquainted with my serger, eventually becoming friends again! Lol. ¬†The end result did not come close to fitting me but was not a bad fit for my son. Louise from Canada

Cassy

Here is my entry for the Movember challenge. A fun pair of Michael men’s underwear. A Christmas gift for my son. Love this pattern!

A Snowy and Snuggly Winter

Our last Bra-makers Challenge of 2019 is Snowy and Snuggly. Stay warm and cozy this winter in your new favourite snuggly underwear. Not only do we encourage you to make warm and comfortable underwear, but why not think outside the box and try lining your bra with something that will take the chill off? It could be cotton lining, foam, fleece, fur, or something you come up with on your own! Line that bra, or make super cozy under garments and take photos!

Guidelines for the Bra-makers Challenge

  • The theme must be obvious. In this case, the theme is Snowy and Snuggly , so show us how creative you can be to copy, or be inspired by warm and comfortable underwear that you’ve sewn.
  • the garment must be made in 2019
  • you must have made the garment yourself (pictures of the original garment are appreciated alongside your creation to show what inspired you)
  • share with us what you did (we all love that backstory) and what country you live in (so we know where you come from!)

I do hope you consider entering the challenge. It’s all about challenging yourself to make something creative! Submit your entries any time before the end of the last day of the month.¬†¬†If the garment is complex, submit photos of the more important details.¬†¬†Entries will be shown on social media (so if you are shy, don’t model it!)¬† and the winner will be chosen after all entries are in. Remember, the garment does not have to be on a model. You can even show off your entries to all your friends and family on Facebook¬†or Instagram. Please include the hashtag #bramakerschallenge2019 so we can see too!¬†Send us your photos to our email customerservice@bramakers.com. The winner will be chosen by random draw after the challenge closes. Photos of the entries will be published the first week of the month here on this blog and on our social¬†media.

Good luck everyone…remember it will be Snowy and we want you to be Snuggly this winter!

Your Fairy Bra Mother

Fall into Fashion Bra-makers Challenge Entries

Did you “fall” for a gorgeous look from ready to wear, but wanted it to fit your body? many of you did and re-created the look for yourself by cloning or copying a ready-to-wear look. Be ready to be inspired by our fall into Fashion Bra-makers Challenge Entries!

Jodi (USA)

For the October challenge, I decided to clone a sports bra that I owned. The teal bra is the original. It’s a shock absorber bra. I made a pattern and followed the seam lines to create a new bra for me. It was a little tricky because the bra has three different layers, but I made it work! I also made matching Maternity leggings (not pictured)! I’m very impressed with how much support this bra gives. I slightly altered the back because I didn’t have any tiny hooks and eyes and I love it even more than the original. I used a nylon/spandex athletic fabric for the outer and duoplex from BraMaker’s Supply for the inner, as well as coordinating elastics and power net. This is one of my favorite bras I have ever made!

Christel (Netherlands)

This is my submission of October. Inspired by a bra from Marlies Deckers. I used a free pattern and a garter clip to attach the straps.

Michelle (Canada)

Here’s my submission for the October challenge. My inspiration for these adorable panties are the  Panache Quinn High Waist brief. Mine aren’t high-cut, or high-waisted, I didn’t want to make something I wouldn’t love. So I used my hipster pattern and changed up the design to have that adorable lace at the hip.

Virginia (Canada)

Dear Fairy Bra Mother and Fairy Bra Sisters, My friend’s best-fitting bra was a seamless underwire minimizer, but it’s spandex cups were – as you have warned us – letting her down. My entry for October re-creates the look in hot colours and the low stretch duoplex cups, vertical seams; wider straps; and a higher neckline & underarm give a better fit.  Would it be wrong for me to fall for my friend’s best bra?

Christine (Canada)

This month was sewing everything else.  And making clone patterns to my favourite rtw items.
My daughter found some new french terry knit with bunnies on it.  She asked me to make her shorts to sleep in with a bow and jewel.  I roughly cloned her current shorts and made her new ones bigger.  Serged and then coverstitched these together. They are soft and she wears them all the time!

Pat (Canada)

I took a break from bra making and made myself this rain coat with this lovely butterfly print rainwear from Darrell Thomas Textiles in Ottawa and black rain wear fabric from Marcy  Tilton textiles. I did some interesting decorative stitching using a Schmetz double-eyed needle. Very happy with the finished project. Pattern is Vogue 9080 by Marcy Tilton. 

Rachel (Canada)

It’s Rachel from snowy Alberta Canada! Corsets count, right? A bridal corset inspired by several photos a client shared with me. Each photo was not quite right, and I hope when she comes tomorrow this is exactly what she wanted. Custom drafted, with a layer of brocade coutil, one of sequinned tulle, and a layer of lace that I tried to pattern match.  I’m digging it. 

Louise (Canada)

My inspiration was a Soma bra that I have nearly worn out. I love the cup shape & wanted to clone the cups. I put it on inside out & traced the design lines (drawn in blue) onto press & seal (like Beverly’s blog post instructs), then because the lower inner piece was so curved I added a dart (didn’t show up in the picture so it is marked in black). I am very pleased with the cloned cups, and call it a success, then promptly realized I don’t have elastics to finish it. Frustrating, but I’m so pleased to be able to sew again, finally, even if my arm is stiff & awkward still!

Diane (Canada)

Dear Ladies at Bramakers Supply,
Here is my submission for October‚Äôs Fall Into Fashion challenge. Last year I was inspired by the retro look of lingerie brand What Katie Did and made a red and black Sweet Sixteen Bralette with some retro-style stitching and straps. This month I made some undies to match using the Cheryl panty pattern. My preference is for a high cut leg. The front is cut 4.5 cm higher than the pattern‚Äôs high cut version. 
Bye for now,

Roni (Israel)

This month I decided to take on a small but challenging project that I’ve been meaning to do for ages but never get around to….¬†
Sexy undies!¬†I had the original purple pair of lacy boy shorts but they run a bit low in front for my taste. I drafted the pattern following Beverly’s instructions and using my pair as a guide. The cream and silver pairs were made with some stretch lace I had that didn’t have a scalloped edge. I used them to test the concept before cutting into the pink lace with the scalloped edge. After wearing each pair, I realize that the finished scalloped edges don’t roll at all while the unfinished edges roll a bit, although all three pairs are very comfy and practically invisible under a thin skirt or dress. All in all, I’m satisfied with the result, especially my pink pair which is a nice higher rise and covers everything I want it to cover while still being revealing and sexy enough to get hubby’s attention.¬† ¬†ūüôā All three pairs have a cotton skin-colored gusset, which I forgot to photograph.¬†

Cassy (Canada)

Here is my October challenge bra.¬† The new front close Sherri pattern was perfect for my challenge bra.¬† I wanted a front-close bra since I will not be reaching back to hook my bras for quite a while yet but I also wanted a racerback to keep the straps off my surgery scar.¬† I decided to copy the Wacoal racerback underwire bra and modified the Sherri pattern to add a racerback.¬† My bra doesn’t fit perfectly as I didn’t trust the measurements and added length to the back… so now it is too loose.¬† Next time I’ll get it!¬†¬†

Sonia (Canada)

Hi, Sonia here from Qu√©bec, Canada! I really like this swimsuit model (black and white) so I jump on the opportunity of this month’s challenge to make myself one that fits and with colors I like!
I’m not fully satisfied with the neckline, I’ll try to find another way to sew that elastic. I’m also thinking to add a built-in bra. But overall I am very happy with the result. I think I was able to reproduce the model nicely!
Thank you!


Be Manly for Movember Challenge

Once again, we welcome Movember (the men’s month) by making some menswear. in 2018, we released a pattern for a men’s tank top. So many women wrote to say they used that pattern for themselves! This month is about creating menswear…OR using a menswear pattern to create something for a woman.

  • The theme must be obvious. In this case, the theme is Be Manly for Movember, so show us how creative you can be to copy, or be inspired by men’s underwear that you’ve sewn or seen. Translate that garment into your own version and take photos!
  • the garment must be made in 2019
  • you must have made the garment yourself (pictures of the original garment are appreciated alongside your creation to show what inspired you)
  • share with us what you did (we all love that backstory) and what country you live in (so we know where you come from!)

I do hope you consider entering the challenge. It’s all about challenging yourself to make something creative! Submit your entries any time before the end of the last day of the month.¬†¬†If the garment is complex, submit photos of the more important details.¬†¬†Entries will be shown on social media (so if you are shy, don’t model it!)¬† and the winner will be chosen after all entries are in. Remember, the garment does not have to be on a model. You can even show off your entries to all your friends and family on Facebook¬†or Instagram. Please include the hashtag #bramakerschallenge2019 so we can see too!¬†Send us your photos to our email customerservice@bramakers.com. The winner will be chosen by random draw after the challenge closes. Photos of the entries will be published the first week of the month here on this blog and on our social¬†media.

Good luck everyone…remember we want you to Be manly this Movember!

Your Fairy Bra Mother

Strap-tember Bra-makers Challenge Entries

How many of us actually try really interesting straps on our own garments? A lot of you did exactly that this month when we challenged you to make interesting, innovative and inspiring straps for Strap-tember. We loved what you came up with!

Deb

Please accept my submission for this month’s entry. This is a fully-adjustable underbust corset made entirely from straps.

Angela

I have attached photos of my STRAPtember Challenge Entry.  This is the first time I have entered although I always follow along.  Living in the UK I have been making my own lingerie for about two years now and started by buying all Beverly’s Craftsy classes.  No longer working full time I have got back in the gym which has lead to needing to change the size I make every few months!  So I have been a prolific sewer over the last few months.  The first pictures are of my latest Ruby.  I adjusted the pattern for lace but didn’t really think through what I would do for straps.  So I referred back to Craftys and used the short tapered strap as a guide.  Then I didn’t have quite the right colour of strap elastic so I wrapped up in strips of the lace.  It works so well and looks really pretty.  I am also working my way through the Sweet Sixteen Bralette Collection together with Make and Fit Bralettes.  So far I have made the double strap version using fold over elastic and the inverted lace back.  Since using ribbon to stabilize an earlier Ruby I used to great effect to pick up the navy and bright pink of my lace. Loving all the updated patterns with the BCD as getting a perfect fit every time!

Christine

At the end of the summer, I made myself a bikini.  I altered the pattern to lace the back cause it is far more comfortable than a tie around the neck.  I tried out the double-needle in my sewing machine with much success.  Lycra wrapped around swimwear elastic.  To all the years my mom made both my sister and I bathing suits!!  It time for me to make some for me as well as my daughter.

Cassy

Here is my September strap challenge.¬† ¬†I am having shoulder surgery and will be in a sling for at least a month. I wanted a bra that I don’t have to put my arm through to get on as well as comfort and support as I can’t go to work braless.¬† In addition, straps on the operated shoulder would not be great.¬† Sooooo –¬†I’ve made the Ingrid with both a front and back closure.¬† The bra is in 2 pieces!¬† I’ve made 3 straps that are attached by g-hooks.¬† One can be worn as a halter around the neck so there is no strap on the shoulder at all.¬† Then, when the bra can be worn, as usual, I have made 2 straps that criss-cross in the back.¬† I used 1-inch strap elastic for all the straps and to reduce the stretch I’ve added a non-stretch lace to the ends of the straps.¬† The lace is also added on the¬†front closure to add a bit of pretty.¬† ¬† It seems to work very well but I’ll see soon in practice.

Jodi

For my STRAPtember entry, I made a self-drafted four-piece cup with blue lace and sheer cup lining. I used the same lace from the cup in the straps to make the bra fancy-backed and also make it look like a racerback while still being adjustable. It fits like a dream! Now I need to sew and open-back top to show off my hard work!

Rachel

This month I submit a simple strap embellishment with a partially lace-covered fabric strap. This is a PUG classic with Gothic arch 

Louise

On the purple Sweet Sixteen bralette, I stabilized the lavender strap elastic with a sheer organza ribbon to blend the colour with the rich purple of the duoplex. The second picture is the strappy back of the 3 Sisters Bikini. Louise from Canada

Charlene

Hi all, Charlene from Canada again. Here is my second Ruby, done all in duoplex, to the pattern from the Stitches Conference (with a couple of minor changes). Instead of the stabilized elastic strap of the pattern, I have put in a tube strap, encasing the ends of the elastic. This is a typical strap for me; what makes it a little different is the decorative stitch. I also added stitch detail to the cups, and I quite like the look!

Gail

Here is my entry for the STRAPtember contest.  I made this navy blue lace bra from a self-drafted pattern (using Beverly‚Äôs Bra Makers Manual) earlier this year.  I used a kit from your shop.  I wanted the straps to be a little snazzy as the outfit I wanted to wear it with had a see-through upper section and I thought a little bit of glam on the straps would be interesting.  I sewed 3 rows of 1/16‚ÄĚ dark blue and gold ribbon onto ¬ĺ‚ÄĚ black strap elastic.  I was very pleased with the end result.  A very simple way to put a bit of glam on my bra.

Heather

For my STRAPtember entry, I decided to make a harness. I used a mannequin to layout the straps and design the harness I wanted. I used the 3/8″ strap elastic and matching Gold Jewellery Quality Sliders, about 10 in total. I used 7 of the 3/4″ Gold Rings to attach the strap to. It’s fully adjustable, fits both me and a number of mannequins, and looks super cute underneath a garment! Sewing up the strap elastic took seconds and I came up with this look in no time.

Michelle

Here’s my September Challenge entry. I’ve used a lovely kit that included strap elastic. I’ve been saving this, but your challenge seemed the perfect time to break out this kit. Michelle, Canada

Nicole

For STRAPtember I made another Shelley. It has navy fabric straps with a peachy colour gathered elastic that is lightly stretched along the length and an ivory narrow ribbon is sewn on top with matching bows.

Christel

My submission of September. I used a suspender closure to attach the shoulder strap.

Virginia

Dear Fairy Bra Mother and Fairy Bra Sisters, Thank you for inspiring me to actually try an interesting strap treatment¬†seen in RTW –¬†attaching narrow double straps to the cup using a lark’s head knot. My entry for September is a strap-tastic Sweet Sixteen sleep chemise. The cups and front band are burgundy duoplex and the rest is black Active Cotton Spandex Wickable Fabric.¬†This strappy little number will keep your girls high and proud – and cool – at night.

Deborah

My entry for the September STRAPtember challenge. I used the new version of the Shelley pattern and the bra was made in purple with black findings.
This colour was inspired by the black with purple flower lace that I had brought earlier this year from Bra-makers Supply. I had to buy the matching purple duoplex and double knit power net. I love this colour and the fact that I had embroidered a small black design on each strap.

Roni

Over the past few months, I’ve challenged myself with new and exciting projects. But, for the past 5 months, I barely get to wear them as I am always in nursing bras on maternity leave with my baby boy. This month I sewed myself a maternity sweet sixteen bralette with the modifications and clasp for easy access. I used pink and black lace over black cotton so it would be sexy without sacrificing comfort. The straps may not be exciting, sexy or beautiful but they are VERY practical which is very important for the tiny man in my life right now. I am happy with how it came out and I managed to mirror the lace quite accurately but I do need to work on my fold over elastic technique as it came out a bit wonky and I ended up redoing it several times. Earlier this year I sewed myself the red sports top (for pole dance class)with the weaving of straps in back. That is on the prettier side. ūüôā¬†

Sonia

I’m Sonia from Qu√©bec, Canada. For the STRAPtember challenge, I made this cute bralette with the Pin-up Girls Sweet sixteen bralette pattern for one of my friends. It was the first time I sew that model, it was easy and fun!
I add a… I think we say ”keyhole” at the base of the straps, finished with a bias elastic. I sew the bias elastic in the hole first and then on each side of the cups. Next time I will start with the sides and finish with the hole. I think it will give a nicer look. Thank you!

Kathleen

Help! Help!¬† I’m trapped in these straps and I can’t get out.¬† For STRAPtember, this one is a Classic with a thinnish poly knit over Cut and Sew Foam in front, and Power Net in back,¬† with oodles (almost 5 yards) of fold-over-elastic.¬† I bought the fabric at Bra Makers for a T-shirt.¬† With careful cutting, I managed to get the T-shirt, panties, this bra, and there is still enough left over to cover shoes and make a hair bow.¬† Our family motto is “Everything to Excess.”

Fall into Fashion Bra-makers Challenge

Have you “fallen” for a gorgeous look from ready to wear, but want it to fit your body? This challenge is about “falling” for fashion and re-creating the look for yourself by cloning or copying a ready-to-wear look. Be ready to be inspired!

  • The theme must be obvious. In this case, the theme is Fall into Fashion, so show us how creative you can be to copy, or be inspired by ready-to-wear that you’ve owned, or seen. Translate that garment into your own version and take photos!
  • the garment must be made in 2019
  • you must have made the garment yourself (pictures of the original garment are appreciated alongside your creation to show what inspired you)
  • share with us what you did (we all love that backstory) and what country you live in (so we know where you come from!)

I do hope you consider entering the challenge. It’s all about challenging yourself to make something creative! Submit your entries any time before the end of the last day of the month.¬†¬†If the garment is complex, submit photos of the more important details.¬†¬†Entries will be shown on social media (so if you are shy, don’t model it!)¬† and the winner will be chosen after all entries are in. Remember, the garment does not have to be on a model. You can even show off your entries to all your friends and family on Facebook¬†or Instagram. Please include the hashtag #bramakerschallenge2019 so we can see too!¬†Send us your photos to our email customerservice@bramakers.com. The winner will be chosen by random draw after the challenge closes. Photos of the entries will be published the first week of the month here on this blog and in our social¬†media.

Good luck everyone…remember we want you to Fall into fashion this October!

Your Fairy Bra Mother

Lacey Daze of Summer Challenge Entries

This past month we challenged you to use lace and a sheer fabric together in the same garment. They are sheer-ly amazing entries! Here are your Lacey Daze of Summer challenge entries.

Susan

Attached is my entry for sheer and lace.  Used sweet 16 pattern with Sheer cup lining with lace overlay. 

Kerri

Well it seems my last two bras are exactly what the challenge requires this month So I’m entering them both  Both the Shelley 2.0   both in sheer cup and embroidered bra tuile lace. 

Charlene

Charlene from Canada, back again. I didn‚Äôt get past the pattern stage on the bridal wear (a black corset for my sister) or the swimwear (a tankini top with built in floating bra) but I‚Äôm back for Lacey Daze with an Ingrid I made for my aunt.  The centre is lace over sheer cup lining. It also has my first (and probably last) front zipper closure. I struggled for quite a while figuring out how to do the zipper, even with Beverly‚Äôs blog post, but I got it in without adding width and I think it looks okay. Also the zipper does not catch on the lace!  I am looking forward to seeing everyone else‚Äôs entries!

Michelle

For my August submission I wanted to take a little bit of a different take on the sheer and lace. My sheer and lacy parts are not on the same part of the bra. I’ve used lace for a lovely Ruby. And a burnout stretch material for the band. It’s not all sheer, but there is still sheer there.

Nicole

Hi, I’m Nicole from Australia. I used the Shelley bra pattern to make my Lacey Daze of Summer challenge entry. For extra detail, it has a pink leaf pattern embroidered on the edge of some seams and up the strap. The strap also has ribbon pipping along the inner edge. It is the first time I’ve made it and it fits nearly perfectly.

Christine

Here is my entry for August, sheer cup lining and lace.  It is a 3 piece vertical line self draft. Finally cut into my kits that I have had for a few years!  I too have a ‚Äėhoarding‚Äô problem with lace.

Kit

A Lacey daze of Summer challenge entry from one of our staff members! This is the new Linda in sheer cup lining and yellow lace. She dyed all the findings to match!

Diane

Dear Ladies of Bra-makers Supply,
Here is my project for the Lacey Days of Summer. My elderly mother has osteoporosis. Her back curves forward and to the right. She likes the Ingrid bra I made for her last year. However, we agreed a longer line in the back would improve fit and comfort. I cut out the Alison in powernet to use as my base. A centre back seam allowed me to improve the fit over the curve of her back. I made up the Ingrid with foam cups this time and extended the width of the power bar so I could find the right placement height and pin in place while she wore the Alison base. Once I was satisfied with the fit I used a fabric marking pen to mark the finished length going around her torso so I had a guide for plush band elastic placement. You can see there is significant asymmetry, but when Mom has it on, it looks straight. A really enjoyable project. Diane

Cassy

I am actually submitting early this month!  I’ve made long leg undies to wear under skirts.  It’s a beautiful stretch mesh paired with my usual stretch lace for the waistband and legs.  

Zdenka

Hello, from Czechoslovakia. I would like to participate in the Lacey Daze of Summer challenge. I made this bralette out of nude sheer powermesh with a lace overlay and lemmed by fold over elastic. The nude part is giving nice nude feel with its semisheer look so it is more like fake strappy design. It is really soft and comfortable with clasic hook and eye closure. I used the bralette pattern. 

Amy

Hello, The below bra is my entry for the Lacey Daze of Summer challenge.  It is the Ruby bra pattern make with blush sheer tulle and white embroidered lace on white mesh.  Pattern alterations include raising the underarm and neckline to make it a full-coverage cup.  The inside of the bra has silk bias to cover the seams since the lace is stiff and the cut edges prickly. To provide more support, I added an internal power bar made of silk cut on the fold. Have a great day,

Louise F

For the lace & sheer challenge, I am submitting a beige sheer Classic with a coral decorative external lace powerbar/sling combination. The foam in the second picture is only for display & is not part of the completed bra. The back story is this was my blushing bride entry & I had intended to make a Classic 2.0 for this month but have not been able to sew at all with a cast on my arm since mid-July. I’m really looking forward to sewing again! Louise

Christel

My submissions for august, the patterns are made by my self. 

Bonnie

This is my summery, Lacey and a touch of sheer bra. I am so excited now to wear one of my new bras without a prosthetic any longer.

Stephanie

Stephanie from Ottawa, Ontario here.  I am quite pleased that I managed to finish my entry in time to submit it to the contest.  My entry is a modified ‘Heather’ bra (inspired from the Craftsy course).  At Boob Camp, Denise helped me adapt my Classic pattern to have a front closure, the extended front tabs with a wider band and a lacy Y back.  I also added a set of hooks so I can adapt the band if my weight fluctuates. Fit is good and the Y lace back is very comfortable, keeping the straps secure and away from the neckline of my tops. As you can see in the pictures, I was really happy with how the mirroring on the lacy Y came out initially.  However, when I put it together, it gaped at the centre back and needed darts to be added.  Lesson learned – I’ll only do lacy Ys with stretch lace in the future!  I also used more lace than I needed to at the bottom of the Y… Still, not bad for my 3rd completed bra, eh? ūüôā

Desiree

Oehhh just in time this month. Due to very hot summer temperatures my sewing atelier at attic is not the coolest place to be. But I love this model in lace very much and that compensates a lot. Romantic pastel colour.

Roni

This month I used the Amethyst pattern to create a bra with a black and pink lace and a black sheer fabric. It was really hard as I don’t have lots of experience sewing with this sheer fabric and I ended up sewing things inside out and had to do a lot of unpicking. I didn’t put underwires in this bra as I’m still nursing. I was quite surprised that the amethyst I sewed up earlier this summer is actually really supportive despite not having underwires. I haven’t sewn the channels shut, so I may or may not add them later.  Other than that, I’m not the greatest photographer and if you have any tips for photographing bras, I’ll be delighted to hear it. It’s hard to see it when it’s lying flat and I don’t have a dress form. Roni from Israel

Sonia

I’m Sonia from Qu√©bec, Canada. Here is my entry for August. I made an ivory panty, (that look beige on the picture!) with Power net, for transparency and support, stretch satin, and lace. Unfortunately, I just came back from vacation and it would seem that I wasn’t fully operational cause I made a rookie mistake! I cut the DoGS of the power net the wrong way! Too bad for the support part!

Jodi

For the Lacey Days of Summer challenge, I used bra tulle and stretch lace to make this self-drafted bra. The power bar has two layers of bra tulle for extra power, but everything else is single layer. I love how lightweight it feels! It was my first time using vertical wires for me and I like how they fit. I can’t wait to wear this!

Deborah

My entry for the Lacey daze of summer. I used the Amethyst pattern. Smoke sheer cup lining, platinum duoplex for the band, light pink lace and platinum findings. Deborah from Calgary

Rachel

I‚Äôm always cutting it so close to the deadline! This is a horizontal seamed bra with one tweak for fit, and wider fold-over elastic because it‚Äôs what I had on hand. Embroidered tulle over sheer cup lining on the lower cup, and strategically cut and appliqu√©d on the upper cup, and a double layer of sheer cup lining for the floating power bar. I love this bra! 

Virgina

This challenge encouraged me to actually use two beautiful fabrics that were in my “special” pile. My entry has a rigid lace trim lower cup and powerbar; a sheer Swiss dot with embroidery upper cup lined with nude sheer cup lining; and a sheer band made from Super Fine Stretch Mesh Fabric (two layers with the DOGS running in perpendicular directions). The lower cups and bridge are lined with Active Cotton Spandex Wickable Fabric to duplicate the comfort of my fav RTW bras.
This Shelley purrs “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful”,
v (Canada)

The Strap-tember Bra-makers Challenge

We often see interesting straps in ready-to-wear, but how many of us actually try those straps on our own garments? Here’s your chance! We challenge you to make interesting, innovative and inspiring straps. The straps can be for a bra, bralette, swimwear, or even regular garments.

The Challenge guidelines

  • The theme must be obvious. In this case, the theme is Strap-tember, so show us how creative you can be to make your own interesting, innovative and inspiring straps for any bras or swimwear. You might even use straps that are normally used on intimate apparel for other clothing.
  • the garment must be made in 2019
  • you must have made the garment yourself (do not submit ready-to-wear)
  • share with us what you did (we all love that backstory) and what country you live in (so we know where you come from!)

I do hope you consider entering the challenge. It’s all about challenging yourself to make something creative! Submit your entries any time before the end of the last day of the month.  If the garment is complex, submit photos of the more important details.  Entries will be shown on social media (so if you are shy, don’t model it!)  and the winner will be chosen after all entries are in. Remember, the garment does not have to be on a model. You can even show off your entries to all your friends and family on Facebook or Instagram. Please include the hashtag #bramakerschallenge2019 so we can see too! Send us your photos to our email customerservice@bramakers.com. The winner will be chosen by random draw after the challenge closes. Photos of the entries will be published the first week of the month here on this blog and in our social media.

Good luck everyone…remember we want you to make September into Strap-tember!

Your Fairy Bra Mother

Totally Twisted Swimwear Challenge Entries


You’d expect our summer challenge to include swimwear, but our challenge had a bit of a twist. We challenged you to make any kind of swimwear using fabric that is twisted, ruched or otherwise manipulated. How did you do this month? Let’s look at the Totally Twisted Swimwear Challenge Entries!

Christel, Netherlands

Hello, my contribution from July. The pattern is from La maison Victor. I adjust the pattern to my measurements. The swimsuit has folds on the front and I put the lining in the whole swimsuit.

Desiree, Netherlands

Hi there, 
Attached my swimwear with a twist. Actually, this is my first try-out of this pattern. Nice try my opinion, but I have to realize some adjustments next time. 
Greetz,
Desiree

Jodi, USA

This challenge was hard for me. I haven’t done a lot of swimwear, and I’m pregnant at the moment, so making it fit was difficult with my ever-changing body. I made the Alexandria swimsuit by made for mermaids but hacked it to make it maternity style. I cut the pattern in two and then added length and width to the front and a little length to the back. I gathered the side front to meet the challenge requirements and also to make it flattering over my bump! I crisscrossed the straps in the back and made a few other changes for a better fit. I hope to wear it in the pool for the rest of the summer!

Virginia, Canada

Dear Fairy Bra Mother and Fairy Bra Sisters,

This sexy semi-sheer bikini will have spectators twisting around and straining their necks for a second look at my friend. There is nothing sweet about the mashup of a Sweet Sixteen Bralette and a Rebecca bikini on the top and a Cheryl Panty modified with ruching along the back seam (thanks for the inspiration Roni!) on the bottom. The cups are lined with cut & sew foam and a close inspection shows a gusset that is an itsy bitsy teenie weenie longer and lined with opaque fabric.

This totally twisted bikini will be causing some twists,
v (Canada)

Rachel, Canada

I thought I would never finish this! I need a sewing guardian angel/JiminyCricket character to smack me when I get ‚Äúbrain wave‚ÄĚ ideas! This is a PinUpGirls Marsha top, hacked with the waistband of Greenstyle SuperG leggings… I turned the waistband if the leggings upside down, turning it into a rib band. And I swore a lot as I ran into ‚Äúall those situations I should have anticipated‚ÄĚ as I progressed. Like how/where should I have added/removed seam allowances, do I need an elastic here? How am I going to make the back cross-strappy and still have the band attached to the suit? Etc etc. If you looked closely, it is a bit ‚ÄúHomeEc Becky‚ÄĚ but most people won‚Äôt. So I‚Äôm reasonably happy with it, and I will wear it next week in northern Saskatchewan camping with my family.¬†The swim shorts are the Greenstyle Super G pattern, modified to have a bum curve seam like their Strides.¬†All the bra parts of the top are from BraMakers, and the outer fabrics are Butter Athletic (print) and Performance (grey) both from Halo Fabric Addicts on Etsy.¬†

Christine, Canada

Here are my 4 yr olds bikini bottoms.  I have cloned her current pair and sewn these up for her as a spare (a pair that fit) while wearing a sun shirt.  We have yet to design and sew a matching top for our vaca at Christmas.  The gathers on the bum look so cute.

Michelle, Canada

Here’s my Marsha/Rebecca mash-up bikini. It’s got some twisty bits, and some ruching too. All in an adorable polka dot bikini. The twists were definitely a new experience for me, but the pattern explained how to do it beautifully.

Roni, Israel

Hi Bra-Makers Supply!
This month I used a pattern I’ve made multiple times to create a swimsuit with a twist. I added a twist to the center front to create some more visual interest and a peekaboo keyhole. My conservative side would have liked to add a cm or two to the center front so it wouldn’t pull so much, but as it’s a swimsuit and showing a bit of skin is ok at the beach, it works. ūüėČ I made asymmetric straps as I like when things are not symmetrical and I’m really happy with them.¬†The bottom is based on Beverly’s underwear course and I used fabric bands as I really like them much more than elastic.¬†I used printed swim lycra that I’ve saved for a special occasion, but I only had a small piece, so I tried to use it as best¬†I could (see the color blocking on the top!).¬†
The pictures of it laying flat don’t really show off the twist so well, so I’ve included a few pics of it on me. I’m not really great at taking pictures of myself, so please excuse the quality.¬†
Now I only need a chance to take it to the beach!
Thanks!Roni

Louise, Canada

This is a mix & match from the 3 Sisters Bikini pattern. The top is Marsha with the twist at centre front & the bottoms are Rebecca with the ruching on the front panel. I had this suit about 3/4 finished when I broke my arm. My lovely daughter stepped up to help me finish on time.

Cassy, Canada

Hello Ladies
Yet another month and another challenge entry.  This was a fun one. 
I made the Marsha swim bottoms with the twisted bits to match the top.  I have not worn a bikini in, um, decades, so decided to challenge myself.  The tankini top is a mash of 3 patterns.  I changed the Marsha bikini top to a full band bra under the twist using my fitted bra band pattern with the Marsha foam cups.  I drafted a tankini skirt for the front and used the pattern for the back side pieces from the Princess Tankini pattern.  Surprisingly it actually worked!!
Only modeled shots of the tankini as it is impossible to have the twisted top lay correctly when laying flat.¬† ūüôā
Hope everyone enjoys this long weekend.  Wish I could be there for the conference.  Snuggles to Pixie.

Sonia, Canada

Hi ladies! This is Sonia from Qu√©bec, Canada! For July challenge, I used a Pattern from 1975 that I found in my mom’s stuff. I had a good laugh when I read the list of suggested fabrics and found out that cotton knits was on it! I was very thankful for lycra after having a mental picture of the poor lady coming out of the water with her cotton jersey swimsuit!
I made a few modifications, my daughter could not fill the cups so‚Ķ well, she’s only 11! I changed the ties for fixed straps and added a fold-over binding around the sides of the cups and the back. I also changed the leg opening a little, it was very low!¬† The ”Big Book of Swimwear” was very helpful!
I should have changed the crotch too, it’s very high on the back, not very discreet! I’ll know it for the next time.
Thank you!

Kerri, Canada

Twisted swimwear РBottoms from Triangles and Tangas. Orange top also from that pattern. The heart top is an adaptation of a jalie pattern
Rouching galore!!
Thanks ladies

The Lacey Daze of Summer Bra-makers Challenge

In 2018 we asked you to construct garments using two pieces of lace in the same garment. We won’t ask you to do that again this year. Well, not exactly. However, we are asking that you use lace and a sheer fabric together in the same garment. Cool and comfortable, as well as beautiful.

The Challenge guidelines

  • The theme must be obvious. In this case, the theme is¬† the Lacey Daze of Summer, so show us how creative you can be using our patterns to create any kind of intimate apparel with both lace and sheer fabrics. That’s right, any combination of lace and sheer.
  • You can use or modify any Pin-up Girls patterns for bras or bralettes or use instructions from the Bra-makers Manuals to create your own design.
  • the garment must be made in 2019
  • you must have made the garment yourself (do not submit ready-to-wear)
  • share with us what you did (we all love that backstory) and what country you live in (so we know where you come from!)

I do hope you consider entering the challenge. It’s all about challenging yourself to make something creative! Submit your entries any time before the end of the last day of the month.  If the garment is complex, submit photos of the more important details.  Entries will be shown on social media (so if you are shy, don’t model it!)  and the winner will be chosen after all entries are in. Remember, the garment does not have to be on a model. You can even show off your entries to all your friends and family on Facebook or Instagram. Please include the hashtag #bramakerschallenge2019 so we can see too! Send us your photos to our email customerservice@bramakers.com. The winner will be chosen by random draw after the challenge closes. Photos of the entries will be published the first week of the month here on this blog and in our social media.

Good luck everyone…remember we want you to make August the Lacey Daze of Summer!

Your Fairy Bra Mother

Blushing Bridal Challenge Entries

June is traditionally the month of wedding celebrations all over the world. We challenged you to make bridal lingerie this month. And the sewing began! Let’s look at the wonderful bridal lingerie you made this past month.

Jodi (USA)

This month I made a sweet bridal lingerie set in white, with blue bows so the bride could have her something blue. I used a cloned and altered pattern that I am still perfecting. I used bra tulle in the cups and sheer cup lining for the frames and left the back open, using only elastic. I used galloon lace for the top of the cup and also the panty (similar to one I drafted years ago). I love how delicate it all is! 

Christine (Canada)

Here is my Blushing Bridal Challenge Entry.

Rachel (Canada)

My bridal inspired piece… corset created using a combination of my existing corset pattern and my well-fitting Classic bra.

A second entry from Rachel (Canada)

The pattern is from my drafted block, Heather-ish modification. Panties drafted from the Craftsy class, and garter belt ‚Äúwinged it‚ÄĚ from the same panty draft. It‚Äôs a duoplex lace-covered panel on the front, and power net for the rest. Pull on, with 5 synthetic whalebone stays to stop rolling down. 

Christel (the Netherlands)

My submission for June. A strapless bra and panty set. The pattern is made by myself.

Desiree (the Netherlands)

A nighty for a blushing bride!

Cassy (Canada)

This month worked well for me as my neice was married on June 15. A co-worker had bought an interesting bikini top that I wanted to copy and thought it would be perfect as a honeymoon piece.  I had to guess at size as my neice was several provinces away and I didn’t see it modeled as she was a little preoccupied…. I’m still pleased with the final version which includes BMS stretch satin and a uniwire.

Virginia (Canada)

Dear Fairy Bra Mother and Fairy Bra Sisters -Thinking of a “bridal trousseau garment” for a non-traditional bride was a challenge. What to make for a feminist who is unconventional, bored by talk about clothes, and the opposite of materialistic? My solution was a “his and hers” set of PUG underwear in the bride’s favourite colour (*Red!*) and in a fabric to please the groom (bamboo knit stretch rayon). Making a memorable gift for a spectacular couple… 

Michelle (Canada)

I got this in in the nick of time! I thought what could more perfect for a blushing bride than a blushing pink bra and panty set with some pretty white lace detail. The bra is a modified Ruby, and the panty is self-drafted from Beverly’s Craftsy class.

Roni (Israel)

I almost didn’t get this finished… But here it is! This month I decided to tackle the amethyst pattern. I used a beautiful lace I found and really liked because it’s pink and had the tiniest touches of baby blue (something blue!). It took me three tries before I got the cup size right and then when I did cut into my lace, it was much harder to sew than I expected. Also, I think I don’t have the tension on the elastics perfect as the strap extensions keep getting pulled back. The cups pucker a bit, but it’s barely noticeable. I only need to get the right sized underwires. I’m really happy about how I got all of the lace pieces to perfectly mirror each other. I look forward to making more amethysts in the future! 

Louise (Canada)

Here is my blushing bridal challenge. I made a Classic bra with beige sheer cup lining for cups & frame. I added a floating exterior power bar/sling combo in coral stretch lace. Elastics & findings are peach. This was fun!

Sonia (Canada)

Hi Ladies! Here is my entry for Juin, I really thought I would not be able to make it this time but finally here it is! I’m Sonia from Canada, I made this bra for my sister in law‚Ķ she’s not getting married but who doesn’t like a white lacy bra! I cloned it from a ready to wear bra using the techniques I’ve learned in bra making class! She says thanks Beverly!

Kathleen (USA)

For the Bride:  Something Blue, with Lily of the Valley, and lace.  It’s a Shelley, with a full band and “curved” lace, as taught in Beverly’s Craftsy class, “Foam, Lace, and Beyond.” 

Totally Twisted Swimwear Challenge


You’d expect our summer challenge to include swimwear, but think of this challenge as Swimwear with a Twist. That means your swimwear entry has to have a fabric twist, gathers, or ruching. Anything twisted or using manipulated fabric. If you haven’t made any twisted fabric, check out our blog posts on swimwear, or the Big Book of Swimwear. We’ve got a whole chapter on Ruffles, Gathers, Ruching and Frills. Let’s get creative and manipulate fabric and incorporate that totally twisted fabric into swimwear, bikinis or other beachwear.

The Challenge guidelines

  • The theme must be obvious. In this case, the theme is¬† Totally Twisted Swimwear, so show us how creative you can be using our patterns to create swimsuits, tankinis, bikinis or mono-kinis with twisted, ruched or gathered fabrics.
  • You can use or modify any Pin-up Girls patterns for bras or bralettes or use instructions from The Big Book of Swimwear to create your own design.
  • the garment must be made in 2019
  • you must have made the garment yourself (do not submit ready-to-wear)
  • share with us what you did (we all love that backstory) and what country you live in (so we know where you come from!)

I do hope you consider entering the challenge. It’s all about challenging yourself to make something creative! Submit your entries any time before the end of the last day of the month.  If the garment is complex, submit photos of the more important details.  Entries will be shown on social media (so if you are shy, don’t model it!)  and the winner will be chosen after all entries are in. Remember, the garment does not have to be on a model. You can even show off your entries to all your friends and family on Facebook or Instagram. Please include the hashtag #bramakerschallenge2019 so we can see too! Send us your photos to our email customerservice@bramakers.com. The winner will be chosen by random draw after the challenge closes. Photos of the entries will be published the first week of the month here on this blog and in our social media.

Good luck everyone…remember we want you to make a Totally Twisted Splash this July!

Your Fairy Bra Mother

Spots and Stripes Challenge Entries


WOW! The Spots and Stripes Challenge Entries are amazing! This month we had you seeing spots before your eyes! We asked for any kind of dot or any kind of stripe (or your interpretation of spots and stripes), in any kind of intimate apparel. The trick was to use them together in the same project. We got a LOT of entries – we hope they inspire you!

Michelle (Canada)

This month, I had a tankini all planned out, but then looked ahead in the challenge and decided to leave the tankini for now. I’ll do it in a couple of months. For the challenge this month, I’ve made a few adorable cotton Lycra spots and striped panties. The pattern is my self-drafted panty pattern (made using the Craftsy class). And of course, I couldn’t just make one pair. In fact, I used up the rest of the material making all polka dots, or all striped panties.

Bonnie (Canada)

Hi Girls – Here is my Bra of the month for May.  Polka dots and lace.  My favourite colour combination of red and black.

Christel (Netherlands)

Hello, the contribution for May. A singlet and slip for a toddler.The pattern is from a free pattern from The Dreamfabric.    

Desiree (Netherlands)

Hi there – Here is my May contribution #dots&stripes. I sewed a plussize try-out, difficult to catch in a nice pica on a very smallsize mannequin. The fabric is with dots and strips, actually bit too thin for this idea. The bra pattern I used is the Shelley with foam cups and cross over back straps. Good exercise but need to do some adaptions next time. 

Jodi (USA)

For the May challenge, I decided to clone a favorite Prima Donna bra. I used swim fabric for the cups and lined the bottom with bra tulle and the power bar with sheer cup lining. I used duoplex for the frame and power net underneath the stripes (also swim fabric) for extra strength on the back bands. It was really fun making this bra and it was different than I would normally make for myself. It feels very patriotic, which wasn’t what I was planning for, but those are the stripes and dots I happened to have on hand and I love how it turned out!

Charlene (Canada)

Would you believe … ladybug spots and honeybee stripes? Charlene from Canada again. I know this is not exactly what Beverly was asking for, but it‚Äôs spring so I wanted a spring theme and thought I‚Äôd try fabric painting again. Some Sharpies, a few bug stamps from Michael‚Äôs, and voila! The pattern is Heather once again, lined with coral coloured Active Cotton.

Louise (Canada)

This is a Sweet Sixteen bra and the first time I’ve tried using quilting cotton for bra-making. I found this fun print with polka dots, stripes and checks and instantly thought of this month’s challenge. The plan is to make some matching shorts and I will have some new summer pj’s.

Christine (Canada)

Here is my May stripes and dots creation. After drafting panties for my mom in law (with rave reviews from her) I decided to draft my own. I find it easier to sew for others than myself. I used the bamboo stripe with a cute polka dot ribbon for the bow. I even forced myself to use my serger (to do the first pass of elastic) then coverstitch (the second pass).  I am very pleased with the result and plan to make more and different styles!!

Roni (Israel)

This month was really challenging, as I gave birth right at the start of it and didn’t imagine I’d have any time to sew… or even go fabric shopping as I’m not really a dots and stripes type person. And as I was bouncing off all kinds of crazy ideas with my hubby at home, it doesn’t promise I’ll find what I’m looking for when I do go to the fabric store – which always makes it all the more difficult. Eventually, we took the little one shopping and as I browsed through the fabric options, I saw this amazing print and couldn’t help but think how appropriate comic art would be — the dot matrix area fill and the bold lines, especially used to express movement. I used the bralette pattern, as it has large pieces (I was originally planning on trying the Shelly this month, but the pieces would have been too small to really enjoy the art of this print). I cut the midriff length and used black fabric to frame the comics. In the center of the bust, I’ve lined up two of my favorite panels – the kiss with a dot matrix background and the smoking woman showing off the sunburst lines in the background. In order to use a single piece of print beneath the bust, I omitted the center cut line in the frame and it made things much harder to sew. I don’t think I’ll be doing that change again soon. I did color block the front frame to align with the line running down the cups. It’s a K cup with a 76cm band (the back band is black power net, not shown). I’m really satisfied with how it came out. 

Rachel (Canada)

I made a Thong for this month’s challenge. I haven’t usually liked thongs but I might like these ones. I made the bows myself using the fork method.

Maria (Canada)

Ok this is my first time entering into this competition.  I did a partial bra was fun working with this spring material.  It‚Äôs a pretty basic design and I finished it tonight.  Here goes nothing!

Kathleen (USA)

SOS  Bombshell on board – Fire down below! When I saw that the challenge this month was Spots and Stripes, the first thought that came to mind was Morse Code!  And nothing sets off the alarms quite like a little shipboard romance.  The bra is a Shelley of navy blue Duoplex, embellished with middy braid, buttons, and embroidered Sailor Guy, Girl, and SOS.  This one was pure fun.

Virginia (Canada)

Dear Fairy Bra Mother and Fairy Bra Sisters – My entry for May is a Linda partial band bra modified with a flat neckline, an external power bar, and extra coverage at the top edge and toward the underarm. Two summers ago, a RTW bra made of sheer cup lining helped to keep the summer heat bearable, but it didn’t fit exactly right. This challenge encouraged me to make something just as “super cool, super sheer and super sexy” (# 7 of “12 USES FOR SHEER CUP LINING“) by putting blue dotted sheer cup lining over: nude sheer cup lining in the bridge, power bars, and lower cups (AKA the sweaty areas); and striped fabric for extra support in the upper cup. 
I’m keeping it cool with spots on top of stripes!

Cassy (Canada)

Hi Ladies – Here is my spots and stripes make for May.  I’ve used the striped duoplex and a spotted bamboo rayon  to modify my favorite panty pattern.

Sonia (Canada)

Hello ladies. Here are my entries for May. I’m Sonia from Quebec, Canada. Yes, I’m a French Canadian, so I’m sorry if my English is, well, different! This month, I drafted from the body measurement of my daughter what I wanted to be beach dresses. But I suppose they will only be a dress! I made them from spandex. I used strap elastic and fold over elastic and ”loop-a-licious” neckline elastic to finish the necklines. There is not much more to say, they are very simple but they made a little girl happy! Well, she’s not so little anymore! 

Deborah (Canada)

This is my entry of the month of May. The upper cup is a lace that has both a stripe and the flower as the spot. The rest of the bra is made out of sheer cup lining with white and black findings. The pattern is a modified Classic.


Blushing Bridal Challenge

June is traditionally the month of wedding celebrations all over the world. We love to celebrate weddings too but we do it in a different way here at Bra-makers. We want to challenge you to make bridal lingerie this month. How about re-styling a bra, panty or corset pattern and make it in a spectacular bridal trousseau garment? Let’s challenge our thinking about the traditional bridal lingerie and come up with something truly memorable.

The Challenge guidelines

  • The theme must be obvious. In this case, the theme is  Blushing Bridal, so show us how creative you can be using our patterns to create stunning bridal Intimate Apparel, suitable for any bridal shower, trousseau or honeymoon.
  • You can use or modify any Pin-up Girls patterns for bras or bralettes
  • the garment must be made in 2019
  • you must have made the garment yourself (do not submit ready-to-wear)
  • share with us what you did (we all love that backstory) and what country you live in (so we know where you come from!)

I do hope you consider entering the challenge. It’s all about challenging yourself to make something creative! Submit your entries any time before the end of the last day of the month.  If the garment is complex, submit photos of the more important details.  Entries will be shown on social media (so if you are shy, don’t model it!)  and the winner will be chosen after all entries are in. Remember, the garment does not have to be on a model. You can even show off your entries to all your friends and family on Facebook or Instagram. Please include the hashtag #bramakerschallenge2019 so we can see too! Send us your photos to our email customerservice@bramakers.com. The winner will be chosen by random draw after the challenge closes. Photos of the entries will be published the first week of the month here on this blog and in our social media.

Good luck everyone…remember we want you to make Blushing bridal history this June!

Your Fairy Bra Mother

Spots and Stripes Challenge

This month of May is a fun one –  we will have you seeing spots before your eyes! Actually, you’ll be seeing spots, dots, lines and stripes. Let’s challenge our thinking about these pattern basics and create garments with dots and stripes. That’s any kind of dot or any kind of stripes, in any kind of intimate apparel. The trick is to use them together in the same project.

You could include spotted and striped animal prints too (think leopard and zebra in the same garment!) as well as traditional or abstract spots and stripes in your bra, panties, corset or swimwear.

The Challenge guidelines

  • The theme must be obvious. In this case, the theme is  Spots and Stripes, so show us how creative you can be using fabrics and/or trims that are striped, lined, spotted or dotted together in one garment
  • You can use or modify any Pin-up Girls patterns for bras or bralettes
  • the garment must be made in 2019
  • you must have made the garment yourself (do not submit ready-to-wear)
  • share with us what you did (we all love that backstory) and what country you live in (so we know where you come from!)

I do hope you consider entering the challenge. It’s all about challenging yourself to make something creative! Submit your entries any time before the end of the last day of the month.  If the garment is complex, submit photos of the more important details.  Entries will be shown on social media (so if you are shy, don’t model it!)  and the winner will be chosen after all entries are in. Remember, the garment does not have to be on a model. You can even show off your entries to all your friends and family on Facebook or Instagram. Please include the hashtag #bramakerschallenge2019 so we can see too! Send us your photos to our email customerservice@bramakers.com. The winner will be chosen by random draw after the challenge closes. Photos of the entries will be published the first week of the month here on this blog and in our social media.

Good luck everyone…remember we want you to see Spots and Stripes this May!

Your Fairy Bra Mother

Wireless Freedom Challenge Entries

Our challenge for March was Wireless freedom and so many of you have opted to make your bras wire-free. The most popular pattern was the Sweet Sixteen Bralette pattern – the second was Ingrid. Let’s see how you did it with our Wireless freedom Challenge Entries.

Louise

I just made this bralette for my niece from the PUG bralette pattern.The cups and front are made from 100% cotton and the back band out of cotton jersey. I lined the cups with the same cotton jersey for softness.I lowered the front by cutting an inch of the top of each cup.I had findings from an old RTW (too bad they are not lilac or violet). The straps can be worn crossed in the back because I put a bathing suit small hook at the end.Isn‚Äôt that freedom  : no wires, and wear it the way you wish crossed back or standard on your shoulder straps!

Desiree (Holland)

Hello, 
We love wires over here. So I had to think creatively to come up with something different. I started with a set of girls‚Äô underwear in lollypop stretch fabric. It is size 12Y. Still have a bit fabric so maybe I can use it in a bralette, but sorry no promises…
Greetz,
Desiree 

Michelle (Canada)

Here’s my entry for this month’s Wireless Freedom Challenge. I am hoping to get another bralette done too.
This is my Ingrid bra. I made this with scuba (a first time for me) and used the wide comfort elastic. It is really comfortable, and this one fits perfectly!

I made this bralette with the new Sweet Sixteen pattern, and made the all lace option. 

Charlene (Canada)

Hello again! I hope everyone at the store is doing well.
It‚Äôs me again, Charlene from Saskatchewan. I was going to do an Ingrid for this month but I needed another sleep bra, so here is a PUG bralette done in Scuba. I removed about 20%  around the width to account for the stretch, since I didn‚Äôt line it, and increased the height at centre front so I wouldn‚Äôt squeeze out. I also made a fabric strap, since I used leftover findings and didn‚Äôt have enough strap elastic, and band elastic for a proper ribcage fit (one of my fitting challenges).  The fabric is camo scuba from BMS and I think it would look great with copper findings!

Virginia (Canada)

Dear Fairy Bra Mother and Fairy Bra Sisters,

Shelley lives up to her reputation for full support and a flattering fit. The duoplex upper cup of my entry adds comfort by controlling upward motion of the breasts and the neckline edge is finished with fold over elastic to provide just that little bit of extra coverage at the front. The theme of this challenge and the colour of this bra make me want to call this “Shelley sings the blues” in honour of the late, great Aretha Franklin.
Singing “Freedom! Freedom! Freedom, oh free-dom!”

Rachel (Canada)

Hello! I was excited to do this month‚Äôs challenge as I have slowly started to recognize that a wireless bra can be flattering and not just be floppy and squishing at the same time (how does that even happen?!) I, in my infinite wisdom, attempted too many changes at once and ended up with a wireless bra that *sort of* fits but is really too small to model for you, but I love how it turned out aestheticly. So here it is. I followed the advice in Beverly‚Äôs blog regarding adjusting the Ruby to a wireless version, by raising the front and underarms (I did 1‚ÄĚ).  I wear a 4.75 so I used that pattern. I also wanted it to be a pull-on, which is where I messed up. I converted the back to a peekaboo racerback but didn‚Äôt account for the loss of the hook and eye, so it‚Äôs too small, which also smooshes the cups into my breast tissue.  If any of you have suggestions for how to alter this to get another 1.5‚ÄĚ or 2‚ÄĚ without losing the details, I‚Äôd love to hear them! Really, it‚Äôd probably be faster to remake it.  Thanks for challenging me, BMS!

Louise (Canada)

I made 2 wireless bras this month. I made an Ingrid for my Mom which was too small, and I finally put together the Sweet Sixteen I cut out for January last year. Lol. It fits! At least it does after I took 2 ” off each side of the back band because my kit had stretch satin instead of double knit power net. I layered a sheer purple ribbon over the lilac elastics, & used purple elastic from Purdy’s Chocolates instead of FOE, again because my kit didn’t have it. I made do with what I had because I intended to wear it as a sleep bra but it is too cute!#bramakerschallenge2019

Christine (Canada)

Here is my submission to the Wireless freedom Challenge.  Although it still doesn’t fit to my liking I have made many this past month trying to find one that fits.  This one got a photo.

I had used powernet (fabric is scuba) to line that bra and it just folds in half (across apex upper cup to lower cup).  I am unsure if I need to change the direction of stretch or decrease the cup curve for my low projection!!Or leave it unlined? Or do the scuba over foam?

Gayle (Canada)

I never thought I would ever comfortable wear a wireless bra.  Not only comfortable, but supportive.

 I love the lace version of the bralette pattern and can‚Äôt wait to make more in fabric and maybe try my hand at making a lace covered foam bralette.

I love the bralette pattern.   The fit and comfort level is fantastic.  Looking forward to making more and trying my hand at the various styles.

Jodi (USA)

For this month‚Äôs wireless freedom challenge, I made two bras for a brave warrior who lost one breast to cancer. She has chosen to accept her body the way that it is and wants to go without a prosthesis, so I made her two heavily modified sweet sixteen bras to suit her new body. The tears of joy she shed when first trying these on made me so grateful that I was able to make these for her. I used duoplex, power net and fold over elastic. I made the long line version, but added an extra inch to her liking. 

Virag (Hungary)

I am a beginner in the field of bra making, but Beverly’s classes on Bluprint helped me a lot in sewing one of my first bras, so I am sending my application to the challenge. Base of my bralette is pattern Hanna by Studio Costura, but I had to make some alterations (I wear 42D RTW size). I added a power bar between the lace and the lining and used wider bottom elastic to give better support. In addition, I changed the band (what I found to narrow for me) and used the back band of Ruby bra. I am satisfied with the result, this bralette is very comfortable, so I can enjoy the advantage of  “wireless freedom”.

Sonia (Canada)

Hi, I’m Sonia from Qu√©bec, Canada.
I made a very simple lace bralette using the Sweet Sixteen Bralette
Pin Up Pattern as a base and the instructions from the Make & Fit Bralettes Book to change the pattern.

To modify the pattern, I fixed the two cup pattern together using the
front band as a guide to have the good bottom cup curve. I traced a
line squared with the center front touching the bottom cup and passed
it. Then I traced and other line squared with this line and up to the
side of the cup. On each side of the cup, starting where the strap
will attach, I traced a line going down to the corners keeping this
way the good proportions for the cups.

I sew the cups like in the pattern instructions.

Then I just cut a piece of plush waistband elastic for the bra band. I
fixed the lace cup to it with a three step zigzag. the bralette attach
with a two hook and eyes back closure.

I hope my English is good enough so you all understand what I just
tried to explain!
Thank you

Roni (Israel)

This month I made the Sweet Sixteen Bralette, which was nice as most of my regular bras are too small as I’m nearing the home stretch of this pregnancy. The fabric is a black scuba knit. I originally cut a K cup, with a regular length band for 96cm as I measured 94cm. It was too large and I cut a 91cm band. That, too, was too large and I ended up making a 76cm band for the K cup. For some reason, the back band rides up a bit, but I’ll work on this. The front is a bit too “closed” for me and I’ll try to lower it a bit with the next try. As I’m nearing the end of the pregnancy, I’ve already added the nursing hack. All in all, the bralette gives really good support and is really comfortable for daily wear. 

Christel (Netherlands)

Pattern  is one I had in my stash .Bra is made from lace and lycra.

Louise (Belgium)

Louise from Belgium. Going wireless was a real challenge for me. I chose a pattern from my collection of patterns and a self drafted brief pattern. I had to remove quite a bit from both sides to make it fit, but now happy with it. Fabric is a bamboo knit with 30% stretch. Next time I‚Äôll try something with more support.

Cassy (Canada)

Here is my bralette submission. It’s a mash-up of Sweet Sixteen and my own classic pattern changed to a vertical seam.  I lined the lace with teal sheer cup lining although It’s hard to see in the picture.  

Deborah

My first attempt at making the sweet sixteen bralette pattern. The size I selected fits wells and is comfortable. I use the fabric I had on hand, dog paw prints and all. All the findings are from Bra-maker Supply.
My next one will have a lower level top of the cup and front as I am petite. This one is just a little bit too high under the arms.

Jessica

I’d like to submit my entry for the wireless challenge this month. 
I took Beverly’s Sweet Sixteen Bralette Class (in Hamilton) and I absolutely loved the pattern! I was looking forward to making something that would give me some support while I sleep. I wasn’t sure that a patterned labelled “sweet 16” would be big enough for me, but it was written with my size so I jumped right in, and after Beverly did her fitting I was very confident that this would work for me. I chose some racy colours so I could at least keep a touch of sexiness to my plans. I wasn’t able to get the bralette finished in class, probably because I was having too much fun chatting and getting myself distracted. I finished it in a few hours a couple of weekends later. It was so comfortable that after I’d finished sewing it all together, when I put it on for the final fit, I didn’t want to take it off! So I didn’t. I’ve since gone and bought more stretch lace to make many many more bralettes to add to my collection, and I would like to learn the foam sewing technique so I can make one with foam cups. I’m very happy about the fit and how good it looks under my clothes. 
Thanks for offering this class!

A Spring in Your Step

This month of April is all about making garments for an active lifestyle. How about jumping into the challenge and working with spandex, Supplex, wickables and other performance fabrics? Any type of activewear is eligible – be it shorts, leggings, running gear or gym wear. You can even make ath-leisure wear, that perfect combination of activewear and leisure wear.

The Challenge guidelines

  • The theme must be obvious. In this case, the theme is  A Spring in Your Step, so show us how creative you can be using performance fabrics, and sportswear patterns
  • You can use or modify any Pin-up Girls patterns for bras or bralettes
  • the garment must be made in 2019
  • you must have made the garment yourself (do not submit ready-to-wear)
  • share with us what you did (we all love that backstory) and what country you live in.

I do hope you consider entering the challenge. It’s all about challenging yourself to make something creative! Submit your entries any time before the end of the last day of the month.  If the garment is complex, submit photos of the more important details.  Entries will be shown on social media (so if you are shy, don’t model it!)  and the winner will be chosen after all entries are in. Remember, the garment does not have to be on a model. You can even show off your entries to all your friends and family on Facebook or Instagram. Please include the hashtag #bramakerschallenge2019 so we can see too! Send us your photos to our email customerservice@bramakers.com. The winner will be chosen by random draw after the challenge closes. Photos of the entries will be published the first week of the month here on this blog and in our social media.

Good luck everyone…remember we want you to have A Spring in Your Step!

Your Fairy Bra Mother

Back to Basics Challenge Entries

This past month, we’ve been focusing on basic bra-making and sewing skills. If you have a tip or know of an easier way to do the basics, we want to hear about it. As in all of our monthly challenges, you threaded your way through this Back to Basics challenge wonderfully! Some of you gave us multiple tips and all of you gave tips we can all use. In fact, this is a VERY long post, chock full of wonderful tips, tricks and techniques. Thanks to you, I’ve learned a few new tips I am going to try out in my own bra-making!

Cassy – Canada

Hello ladies. I hope I understood this month’s challenge.¬† I am batching the Ingrid to make fitting bras as I have several people interested in the non-wired bras.¬† Have to say I love it too for sports bras, but I digress.¬†There are many techniques I’ve learned from Beverly’s Craftsy classes and in-store classes so it was difficult to choose, as they all have been most helpful.¬†¬†I am a relative newcomer to sewing machines that allow the needle to be moved from side to side.¬† Until 3 years ago my machine was not able to do this.¬† The technique that has increased my speed and accuracy the most has been to use this feature to put my needle in a position where the seam allowance can be measured from the side of the presser foot.¬† This gives me accuracy for the seam allowance and keeps the fabric on as much of the feed dogs as possible when sewing the seams.¬† I do the same for topstitching only I move the needle to where I can run the seam along the middle groove on the foot and the needle topstitches to either side depending on where I need it.¬†¬†I don’t have to change my presser foot as often, as I used to change it to a 1/4″ foot or edgestitiching foot as needed. Since I’m batch sewing I’ve been using coloured dots on all the pieces to show which size they are associated with, as I can’t tell them apart when I’ve got several sizes on the go at once.¬† The same colour highlighter is used to highlight the size on the pattern and on my labelled basket for each size. Take care and hugs to Pixie.

Charlene РCanada

This is Charlene from Saskatchewan again.  This time I am doing a bra for my sister, basically a Heather in duoplex instead of sheer cup lining. This the first horizontal seamed cup I have done for her and I think she is in for a nice surprise. I may need to do another one in sequins for her to wear to hip hop class, knowing her.  (Future blog post? Hint hint) I can’t say I have exactly mastered any techniques but there are certainly some that make my life easier.
1. Pinning. Any curved seam gets pinned so it can be eased and matched.  Some of the straight seams too, because the duoplex is so slippery.
2. Basting. I baste layers with contrasting thread to keep them aligned and stable for the seams and elastics. I have experimented with all kinds of temporary glues and I just find basting more reliable.
3. The right stitch. Besides of course the straight, zig zag and three-step zigzag, I also use a blind stitch on the open side of lace on the upper cup, and anywhere else it doesn’t get caught by seam or elastic
4. Straps. I have moved to a folded strap, because sometimes the elastic does make me itchy. I do them both with and without the underarm elastic, but no neckline elastic. In this case I stitched one side to the cup then flipped, folded and topstitched before doing the underarm elastic.
5. Channeling. I don’t topstitch the channeling anymore (sorry, Beverly!) I get a smoother, more accurate stitch doing the outside edge of the channeling from the wrong side. As long as the tension is correct it looks all right, and I don’t accidentally close off the channeling or miss it altogether!
That little bit of coral peeping out is Active Cotton covering the band elastic and inside of the frame. Helpful Hint: encourage assistants to play somewhere other than cutting table. Ok, I see I’ve gotten very wordy again but I hope you enjoy my little dissertation!  Happy February!

Christel –

Hallo, the bra is my own design. I made the pattern myself. Because fold-over elastic offers too little strength, I put picot elastic in between the fabric and thefold-over. That is my advice.

Christine – Canada

My skill/method I use to make sewing quick and straight is: I use the line on my clear sewing foot (to guide along seam) and adjust my needle position to stitch a parallel line when opening up the seams.  This way I know they are equal to the left and right of the seam.  I find it easier to watch the seam at the centre line on the foot and let my machine sew.
Parallel, straight lines are very pleasing to the eye and make the final product look ‚Äėprofessionally‚Äô done!

Desiree – Holland

Good day.  Attached is my Back to Basics Challenge entry. To attach the shoulder straps I use a reverse technique, hope the pictures will show. I learned this from a commercial bra photo. Happy with this finding because it reduces a lot of bows and florets on the not-so-pretty connection seams. Greetz,

Diane – Canada

To the team atBra-Makers Supply, It is difficult to come up with something that has made my bra making better without it being directly attributable to Beverly Johnson. Here is my submission which was influenced by a lovely boutique bra I used to have in my rotation (so I can’t even claim it as being original to me). Nevertheless, instead of bows, I frequently use one or two ribbons folded with the ends cut on a slant. Frayblock helps keep the ends from fraying through multiple washes. Ribbon or fold over elastic can also be used to cover joins. I like to secure the ribbon with a small machine stitch rather than hand sewing as it allows the ribbon to lie flat. Bye for now,

Esther – USA

I am new at bras (Bramaking 101 in January after 4 tries on my own) but I still have a few tricks to offer:

1. For decades I have been sewing shirts three at a time, doesn’t¬†matter what the fabric design is, but they must use the same color¬†thread. Bras look to be the same, 3 in a batch is faster than 3¬† separately.¬† I have redrafted the classic to a horizontal cup and a¬†shellyesque powerbar version, and made one of each so I am now good to¬†go.¬† One each of 3 styles, all with the same frame and back.

2. I have traced the class pattern pieces to copy paper, but each cup¬†style is a _different_ color paper. Otherwise it would be too easy to¬†try to put a horizontal upper cup with a diagonal seamed lower one….

3. Make a fold on each cup pattern piece parallel the DoGS.  This way if you flip the piece when laying out 3 sets of cups, you still keep track of the DoGS.

4. There are several blogs that discuss dying bra parts, but none of them make the crucial fiber artist connection that nylon apparently dyes like a protein fiber.  In the spinning/weaving/fabric dying world, there is a great divide between protein fibers (silk, wool, alpaca, basically any critter) and cellulose fibers (cotton, linen, rayon, basically any plant).  Synthetics are normally not considered.  Given everyone using acid dyes and vinegar, nylon is obviously a synthetic acting like a protein, so any dying information from Google for protein is useful.  The Procion dyes from Dharma Trading are chameleons, use Gaubers salts for cellulose and vinegar for protein.  Rit has both mixed so you are always throwing half of it away.

5. Given the above, if you would like to play with colors but don’t¬†want poisons around your kids, pets, or kitchen, KoolAid drink mix or¬†generic equivalent is a food safe protein dye and doesn’t need added¬†vinegar (citric acid is the first ingredient).¬† I haven’t tried it yet¬†on nylon, but it did a lovely permanent job on my first handspun 25¬†years ago.¬† The only catch is that Duoplex is polyester not nylon, so¬†you have to use 50 denier nylon tricot lined with cup lining instead.¬†¬†But all the elastics and Powernet are nylon, and dyeable white hooks¬†and eyes are available.¬† One of my 2 local independent fabric shops¬†that still has dressmaking carries the nylon tricot.¬† There are¬†multiple “how to dye wool yarn with Koolaid” blog posts out there and¬†some have very nice color charts.¬† They might not be identical colors,¬†but will certainly play nicely together.¬† I would dye everything in one¬†batch and then shop for thread that matches the 50 denier. Add metallic¬†rings and sliders.¬†When I get the bra drawer filled a bit I plan to experiment with lemon-lime…

Jodi – USA

For my Back to Basics Challenge entry, I made a classic bra with a split lower cup. One of my favorite techniques for bra-making is to use wonder tape to hold the hook part of the hook and eye tape. It has always been a bit fidgety while sewing with the hooks nearby and I’ve found that it is so much easier to see with it stuck in place. For this bra, I also attached the strap to the back with a wide zigzag (5 width, 1 length). I like this better than using the lightning stitch. Finally, I added elastic before the channeling was put on so I could use this as a nursing bra. I love it! Jodi

Kathleen – USA

Back to basics.¬† This one, a not so basic bra, is made using my favorite essential tools. The flimsy floral was backed with Duoplex with a quick squirt of temporary Spray Adhesive.¬† The Quarter Inch sewing machine foot is essential for accurate seams, and the Stitch in the Ditch foot makes that narrow top-stitching a snap.¬† Basting the back closure to the band with Wonder Tape makes that dreaded last step so much easier.¬† Using the Pelican Applique scissors with the curved edge down helps prevent snipping a hole in the fragile fabric underneath.¬† I can’t “build a bra” without these.

Louise – Belgium

Hi all!  Louise from Belgium again. I would like to share a photo tutorial to enclosed seams when using lace and a non stretch lining. It already exists on the internet and I think it was the most useful thing I have learned on lingerie blogs. It really takes a custom made bra to the next level. I used a vertical seamed bra pattern. First image is half of the cut pieces. I always use 2 pieces of lining (tulle) on the bridge and one on the rest. I don’t know if there is a conventional choice, but I chose the seams allowances to lie on the inner side. To do so, you have to align the 4 layers with the outer cup in the middle :
  • Tulle inner cup right side up
  • Tulle outer cup¬†wrong side up
  • Lace outer cup¬†right side up
  • Lace inner cup wrong side up
Both tulle layers and both lace layers must have their right sides facing. To enclose seams with such fine fabrics, I use a LOT of pins, and eventually baste it if the curves are really different, which is not the case here. Then topstitch. Here is the final result. The colours are not right but you see the details ūüôā Really happy with the result. Each bra I make is better than the previous one, so it is a very enjoyable journey ūüôā Hope you like it and I can‚Äôt wait the others‚Äô submission!!!

Louise – Canada

My back to basics tip is to use wash away wonder tape when installing hooks & eyes. This is especially useful with h&e tape! Also the wash away water soluble basting thread in the bobbin when testing cups makes unpicking unnecessary! Who doesn’t love that?! #bramakerschallenge2019

Michelle – Canada

My Back to Basics challenge entry this month is all about getting the neatest finish possibly. This tip is using Wash-Away tape to hold the channeling in place to sew it. My second tip is all about sewing the channeling on as neatly as possible. I use my Stitch-in-the-Ditch foot to attach the channeling both really close to the edge, and neatly too.

Rachel – Canada

Back to Basics challenge entry. Two swimsuits from the Three Sisters bikini pack (Marsha and Rebecca) with the solid swim fabric from bms and the print from some custom printer off Facebook. I made the Marsha straight from the instructions with no changes, and for the Rebecca, I graded up one size past the largest cup and added height at the underarm wireline. I love the coverstitch option on my serger for finishing edges. I‚Äôm also weird so used two different colours for the needle threads, which actually makes it ‚Äúless‚ÄĚ professional looking but more unique.
My favourite tip though is this. Once I figured out my preferred settings for stitch length/width for foam related projects, I made a little sampler which I have pinned to the wall by my machine. Now I never have to try to remember what to set my machine at for each step!

Roni – Israel

Like I mentioned last month, while I’ve owned Beverly’s first book for quite a while, I’ve never actually got around to sewing a “real” bra (until now only sports bras), so I took the “Back to Basics” challenge to push myself to finally sew my first real bra.¬†This is the Classic Full Band Bra in a 36E. I measured myself about a week and a half ago and as I am currently 32 weeks pregnant, ever growing… so by the time I finished sewing the bra, I realized I should have done a 38E or even a 38F.¬† [*facepalm*] The bra is made from a duoplex¬†fabric with a pseudo lace print on it. Because it isn’t real lace and the design is asymmetrical, it was really hard to get the sides to mirror although I think it did come out nicely balanced.¬†In order to get the bra to close, I needed a back extender and the cups are a bit small. Also, there’s a bit of gapping under the arms, which I need to work on, as well. I’m really proud of myself for having finished my first bra.¬†Also, I’m really proud of my topstitching. Over the years I’ve sewn a lot of clothing and I’m really proud of how well I get my¬†topstitching lines parallel to each other. One of the tricks I use is my edge stitching foot. If it glides through the ditch, with the needle set to the side, I get perfect topstitching every time. I used this on the cross cup seam and on the sides of the bra band. (It’s difficult to see black stitching on the “lace” fabric.)¬†I’m including pictures of the bra from the outside and inside. I’m also including a picture of it on me, which I’d prefer if you didn’t use on social media (but I did want you to see it on a 3D form).¬†I’m really looking forward to the March challenge because I’m at that point where none of my bras are fitting and I really enjoy a good sports bra. I have the Sweet Sixteen Bralette pattern which I’m really excited to get to work on.¬†Thanks for pushing me! ūüôā

Sonia – Canada

Hi ladies!¬†For the Building n basic challenge, here are the techniques I like to¬†use when sewing a bra.¬†I made a bra with a scuba print fabric which is stretch on both sides.¬†I stabilised the front band using sheer cup lining. When sewing a¬†non-stretch fabric with a stretch one, a simple technique is to place¬†the stretch fabric on the feed dog and the stable over it. This will¬†prevent ending up your seam with the two fabrics uneven.¬†I also like to sew an underwire casing on the side seam to have a nice¬†finish. Sometimes I¬† insert a metal boning in it‚Ķ it’s not an easy¬†task but it’s worth the effort! It keeps the band in place and helps to¬†shape the body.¬†Thank you!

Virginia – Canada

Dear Fairy Bra Mother and Fairy Bra Sisters, The techniques that have made my bra making¬†easier and faster are¬†cloning and Frankenstein-ing. Using these fundamental skills have put the FUN into bra sewing by making it possible to get a professional looking fit without having to re-make a bra over and over – helping me to avoid the lure of UFOs.¬†My February entry is a Linda partial band bra modified to accept cups and straps cloned from a friend’s best-fitting bra. This tester bra would be an epic fail without fabric grafts.¬† Back to basics with the ABCs (almonds, bulges, and curves)

Wireless Freedom Challenge

This month of March, we want you to experience wireless freedom! For our “Wireless Freedom” challenge, we ask you to make creative, unusual or off-the-wall crazy wireless bras and bralettes. Yes, this month we are looking at non-wired bras and how to make them pretty and supportive, too.

Over the month of March, our tutorials will concentrate on showing you how you can make better and more supportive bras without wires. Why not give this challenge a try? You could¬†make the Classic, the Ruby, the Amethyst or the Shelley, just to name a¬†few of the full band bras we’ve made without wires. But don’t forget about Ingrid, our lovely non-wired support bra…or our Sweet Sixteen¬†Bralette pattern. All of our bralettes are made without wires.

The Challenge guidelines

  • The theme must be obvious. In this case, the theme is¬† Wireless Freedom, so show us how creative you can be without using wires
  • You can use or modify any Pin-up Girls patterns for bras or bralettes
  • the garment must be made in 2019
  • you must have made the garment yourself (do not submit ready-to-wear)
  • share with us what you did (we all love that backstory) and what country you live in.

I do hope you consider entering the challenge. It’s all about challenging yourself to make something creative! Submit your entries any time before the end of the last day of the month.¬†¬†If the garment is complex, submit photos of the more important details.¬†¬†Entries will be shown on social media (so if you are shy, don’t model it!)¬† and the winner will be chosen after all entries are in. Remember, the garment does not have to be on a model. You can even show off your entries to all your friends and family on Facebook¬†or Instagram. Please include the hashtag #bramakerschallenge2019 so we can see too!¬†Send us your photos to our email customerservice@bramakers.com. The winner will be chosen by random draw after the challenge closes. Photos of the entries will be published the first week of the month here on this blog and in our social¬†media.

Good luck everyone…remember we want you to have Wireless Freedom!

Your Fairy Bra Mother

We’ve Got Your Back Challenge Entries

We’ve started a whole new year of exciting bra-making challenges for you! This year, our overall theme is A Solid Foundation. We are focusing on helping you become the very best bra-maker you can be. Our first month’s theme is We’ve Got Your Back, in which we challenged you to show us your creative backs of your bras, bralettes, swimwear, corsets or other intimate apparel. Are you ready to see the We’ve Got your Back Challenge Entries and where they¬†call home? We are too! As you may know, we like for the bra-makers to tell the story in their own words.

Bonnie (Canada)

Here is my January Bra of the month.  A cute bralette made out of scuba and a special back for this month.

Cassy (Canada)

Another month gone by already.¬† I almost didn’t get this one in as I did not get any inspired ideas.¬† However, I needed a new sports bra and thought I’d play with strap elastic.¬† So I have an Ingrid bra in wickable fabric with the straps pulled in so I can wear it with a tank without the straps showing.¬† ¬†It does not match the vision in my brain and I may still have to play with them, but it is surprisingly comfortable.¬† Of course, the final judgement will be wearing in a workout.