• Our Logo Bra – part 1

    February 18, 2018 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    I designed our business logo many years ago (when we were still in my basement!). I’ve always loved the bra style that I used, even though it is not a style in my pattern line-up. It is a multi-seamed vertical balconette cup with a ruffled upper edge (that’s a mouthful!) I decided that we should have a real-life version of that bra, for a display in our store. So, our ever so talented Denise set out to replicate our logo…

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  • When Bra-making meets Quilting

    June 1, 2017 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    You probably already know that bra-making is not an isolated skill set. We borrow skills from all aspects of the sewing spectrum. But when Bra-making meets Quilting, you just know something special is about to happen. That’s exactly what happened when bra-making and quilting combined for a Canada 150 project, you know the magic is about to happen. Here’s how our bra-making instructor Denise, who also “happens” to have taught quilting for the last 20 years, did this pieced Canadian flag…

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  • Shamrock Valley

    March 5, 2017 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    Our lovely Shamrock Valley bra was created using our Shamrock Valley Quartet. If you haven’t used a Quartet as a starter to sew up your own DIY bra, then perhaps this bra will serve as inspiration. There are three unique areas we focused on for this bra. a netting overlay on the cups and frame with a v-point on the bridge piping of solid green along the neckline and the side seams a pair of shamrocks using a technique that…

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  • Happily Ever After – How to Draft a Vintage Nursing Bra

    August 21, 2016 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    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, hardware and sewing methods, so that new nursing bra can live Happily Ever After in your bra wardrobe.  Just to remind you, this is what cup of the Original bra looks like Before I show  you how to draft a vintage nursing bra, you need to convert your pattern to a…

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  • Almonds and Bulges

    July 24, 2016 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    I like to make up words for my students so they remember the technique associated with them more easily. (Do you remember what DoGS means?) So when it comes to fitting bras, it’s no different.  So lets’ talk about Almonds and Bulges… In dressmaking, when we need to remove fullness, it is called a Dart.  You seen and sewn a LOT of these, I expect. There are darts to shape the fabric around the bust, and the hips and on…

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  • How to draft a Garter Belt

    July 23, 2016 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    Garter belts were an essential foundation garment – there were no stay-up stockings, nor had panty hose been invented yet. Putting on a garter belt was an everyday activity. Not today. Garter belts have entered the realm of sexy vintage lingerie. Obviously you want one! I’ve seen many patterns for garter belts but as in all patterns, they might not fit every body. You can draft a pattern to make one in less time than it would go to buy…

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  • Cloning a Seamless Cup

    July 17, 2016 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    It is very rewarding to clone a bra you love from RTW (ready-to-wear). You already know it fits. Besides, Cloning a Seamless Cup can save you time and money if you can get the fit on the first try. In order to clone as explained in my blog post here, you need to be able to lay your bra cup flat. But what happens if you lay out your beloved seamless foam bra and the cup won’t lie flat, even with…

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  • Can We Make a Seamless Swim Bra?

    July 10, 2016 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    The summer is here! And what better way to celebrate summer than with a custom swimsuit you make for yourself? I have no doubts that your hand made suit can rival the suits you buy in the shops. The question is,  can we make a Seamless Swim Bra like we see in expensive suits? Yes, we can! Recently a student who was in our Swim Week class brought in a swimsuit she had purchased from a website in England. She paid a pretty penny (or…

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  • When Life gives you Grapefruits…

    June 8, 2016 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    Sometimes I hear breasts called different food related names, such as fried eggs, lemons, grapefruits or melons. You get the idea. We can deal with that. When life gives you grapefruits… or even a set of melons, that’s one thing. But what happens if you are blessed with both a grapefruit and a melon?  On the same chest.  At the same time. First of all, let me go on record as saying…If you are concerned about “someone” noticing the difference…

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  • Double Lace over Foam

    June 1, 2016 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    I have a surprise for you today – not one bra but two bras in different colour ways – double lace over foam! They look completely different from each other but the techniques used to create them are essentially the same. There are two bras – the yellow lace bra and the pink & white lace bra. The features of these bras are: Cut & sew foam cups Lace edging used on the cups Ribbon straps Once again, we used cut & sew…

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