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Jackie: more than a sports bra

Whilst I’d like to say I began sewing lingerie for fun, it was more a case of problem solving since store-bought items pinched, rubbed and ultimately lead to more time than I would like ending up braless. Continue reading
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Playing Around With the Versatile Jackie Sports Bra

Guest Post by Ree of Fiery Darts First things first—it’s the initial step that I sew, and the foremost thing that deserves a mention: the straps on the Jackie sports bra are amazing. These are definitely straps that I am going to hack into any other pattern that I can. They incorporate two different fabrics as well as strap elastic,...
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Jackie Sports Bra For Beginners

Anticipated Pattern Release Date: Sunday November 21st 2021 I decided to create the Jackie Sports Bra pattern as a solution to a problem many of my customers often complain about - getting into a sports bra or getting out of a sports bra. Enter Jackie. Jackie was designed for a front zipper closure with either a hook and eye or...
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What is Wire Spring?

It has been a long 8 months since my last post. I can't even begin to explain why I haven't written more often, it has been a busy year. More on that on another day.... What is wire spring and why does the mention of it start a war between pattern makers, experts and sewers? Wire spring refers to an...
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Ariel Bra Cup as a Bikini Top

I have a love/hate relationship with swim spandex. I mainly love hating it. I think because it is so stretchy that I dislike it so much. I love stable fabrics that do what I want them to do. Despite my dislike of swim spandex, I do love the color combination of this set. I altered the pattern for a floating...
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Custom Bra Making Using the Bare Essentials Method

The talented Jennie McKern from Annie and Myras has worked out how to customize a bra cup for custom bra making by interpreting the drafting method of Bare Essentials. She did some video clips and I compiled it into a video for my YouTube channel. Below is her own write up about her methodology. I had the pleasure of working...
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Bra Grading Course Official Release

Have you ever wanted to learn how to grade a bra pattern? Well now you can do it with ease with our video grading course. I follow the instructions in the book with some modifications since it is easier to explain some things with spoken words rather than written words. This course is complementary to the Bare Essentials Bra Drafting...
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Pattern Release: Ariel Bra Cup

I know it has been a while since I've released a truly creative pattern, as I have been mainly focusing on the pattern making and understanding how to really customize a pattern to fit. The Ariel Bra Cup is my creative outlet. While this started as a pattern making project, I truly have found the construction options for this bra...
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How to Make a Plaster Cast of your Breast Root

Slight nudity warning! Guest Blog Post By: Anne Bertha I’ve been making bras now for two years. Very soon in that process, people told me that the first thing you should do is search for a wire that fits you. Well, that proved to be very difficult. By now I have a whole range of different sizes and styles of...
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Anne’s Alternative Tests on Getting the Right Wire Trace

Guest Author Post By: Anne Bertha While some people find their wire shape and size easily, it can prove to be a real challenge for others. There are some other ways you can make this process easier. All the methods have one idea in common: to make a mould of your ribcage so you can decide which wires are the...
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Today marks the second day towards my creative countdown. Today is also Mother's Day. Today is 44 days until I
A friend from high school decided to write 90 stories in 90 days, leading up to her 40th Birthday. I
Our school is officially a non-profit design school! Well, it didn't just happen, we received our status in November. I
I have literally been swamped lately. I brought on a new teacher, a new manager, a new part-timer and turned
I have been working on making a few bras with my patterns and its come to my attention that I
I often wonder why people find it so difficult to measure for your bra size. There is a simple formula,
I have finally updated my charts for the book. I have on my agenda to update the full book by
I'm sorry I haven't been in touch and finished my sew along. I dropped my (brand new) personal computer and
I'm so glad I have been using testers to help me determine the fit of my 3 piece cup. After
Now that my shop is finally in a groove and I can let go of some responsibilities by having employees,