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Happily Ever After - How to Draft a Vintage Nursing Bra

Happily Ever After - How to Draft a Vintage Nursing Bra In a earlier post, I showed you the Vintage Nursing Bra in my Once Upon a Time series. In this post, I'll show you how to draft a Vintage nursing bra made of modern bra-making materials,…
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Once Upon a Time - Vintage Nursing Bra

Once Upon a Time - the Vintage Nursing Bra Once upon a time, nursing bras were limited to two choices - take it...or leave it.  Or were there other nursing bras we just didn't get to see? Maybe so. A little while back, I found a wonderful…

Once Upon a Time - The White Vintage Bra

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

Once Upon a Time - Waist Management Today Judy, Rochelle and I went on a road trip to see an exhibit called Waist Management - a history of unmentionables showing at the Peel Region Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) in Brampton. We…
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Once Upon a Time and Far Far away - Sew it Was

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

Happily Ever After - Sharon's Corset My Once Upon a Time posts are geared toward showing some incredible vintage apparel. Happily Ever After is about being inspired by a vintage photograph or garment, and re-creating it in today's fabric. Today's…
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Once Upon a Time - 1934 Bra Advertisement

1934 Bra Advertisement Woohoo! Look what I found - a genuine 1934 bra advertisement - a full page ad from the Montgomery Ward catalogue! (We would call it an "ad" today but our short word comes from the longer word "advertisement") You can…

Once Upon a Time - Overwire Basque

Once Upon a Time - Overwire Basque Here's a great vintage find - an OVERwire garment (as opposed to an UNDERwire garment) that one of my students brought in to a class. The length goes past the waist to the hips, so is it corset, a basque,…

Yellow Polka Dot Bikini - Binding Edges

The Yellow Polka Dot Bikini is almost done! In this post, join me as I add binding edges of both sides and bottom of the foam cup (the triangle cups from Bra-makers Supply to be exact) without using any special machines, just an ordinary…

Yellow Polka Dot Bikini - Elasticated Straps

The thin straps you find on most bikinis from ready-to-wear have elastic inside. In fact, it is somehow stitched inside that fabric tube that makes the straps, but without the stitching showing on the outside of the tube. Some of you might…
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Once Upon a Time - Vintage Gold Swimsuit

Once Upon a Time -  Vintage Gold Swimsuit Today we had a real treat in the Swim Masters Class. One of my students brought in a vintage gold swimsuit for us to see and examine. Little did she know, that peering into vintage apparel is a passion…