• 3 ways to make a corset

    May 13, 2018 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    If you are making a corset or waist cincher for the first time, you might follow the pattern instructions and think that’s all there is to it. But did you know there are at least 3 ways to make a corset? That’s right – three different ways to seam your corset and lining and sew the boning in. Each is better for some types of corsets than another – and each has its place in your personal skill set. The…

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  • Christmas Mannequin Tree

    November 26, 2017 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    We needed something special for the display window in our new store. The shop features a window that is easily accessible from inside the store, with an opening large enough to accommodate a display that is almost one metre in diameter.We decided to make a Christmas Mannequin tree. I’ve seen them on Pinterest, and we did one last year, but I did not write a blog post about it. In fact, I didn’t think of taking pictures of it until it…

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  • Bedazzle it!

    November 26, 2017 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    Every woman needs a little sparkle now and then. We recently started a project that (quite frankly) needed some help. It started as a plain ivory corset with a hand-sewn lace overlay. It was ok and some people thought it was stunning actually, but to me, honestly, it was ho-hum. Bland, even. That’s when I decided to bedazzle it. What? You’ve never tried bedazzling? Seriously – it’s the easiest thing in the world. You don’t even need to know how to…

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  • Corset Week Digital Fashion Show

    April 25, 2015 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    s our Corset Week Digital fashion Show once again. Corset Week ended yesterday and  you know what that means – you get to see what the students achieved in their exciting week of sewing. We had an unusually small group, but such enthusiasm for corset making! The started off Corset week by learning the theory of corset building – the sizing and what measurements to take to ensure the proper fit. They also learned how to alter the corset to reduce the waist…

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  • Once Upon a Time – Waist Management

    November 16, 2014 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    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 paid the admission fee of $3.50 (I am a senior now I guess!) and moved into the exhibit rooms.The exhibit itself was housed in two rooms and a hallway, but despite its small size, was very impressive from a quality point of view. Most of…

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  • Far far Away – Corset Building

    June 7, 2014 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    The Saskatchewan Stitches Conference is drawing to an end, but our corset building class is just beginning. We have a small but enthusiastic class of corset builders. Corsets have gained some recent popularity as a garment to wear on the outside, not the inside as you may have believed. You can wear a corset as a fancy vest-like garment over a blouse, or as a strapless top worn with a walking skirt, or even jeans. I’ve seen modern corsets equally…

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  • Happily Ever After – Sharon's Corset

    April 2, 2014 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    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 post is seen through the eyes of Sharon Butler, of Tailor Chick Productions, in New York City. Here is the story of Sharon’s Corset… “Approximately 2 years ago ( Hmm… 3 Yrs ??-  don’t remember. I must be getting old!) Anyway-  I wanted a Canadian sewing…

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  • Corsetieres Course – Off to a Great Start

    March 31, 2014 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    The Corsetiere’s Course started today! Our students will spend the time learning as many aspects of corset building as I can fit into the schedule. Everyone has different reasons for taking a course such as this, and our class this year is no exception. Some want to take this course so they can make custom corsetry and others take it for personal growth and enrichment of their sewing skills. Still others want to start a ready-to-wear line.   We started…

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