• Behind the Scenes at Nancy’s Notions

    May 20, 2018 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    One of my fondest memories was of my mom and I stopping for our lunch at work, then taking some time afterward to watch Sewing with Nancy on public television. That was one of  few sewing shows available to us on the east coast of Canada and we loved it. Imagine my surprise when 30 years later, I got a call from Nancy’s Notions. They were interested in having me collaborate on a book with them! Even though Nancy had…

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  • The Mother of all Lace Stores

    April 2, 2017 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    While we were in Amsterdam with the European Lingerie Tour (I wrote posts about each stop in London, Paris and Amsterdam), we made a stop to what must be the Mother of all Lace Stores. Yes, ladies, we went to Kantjeboord, in Amsterdam. I did not include it in my recent post on our travels in Amsterdam, as this lace store deserves a post of its own. The store is set into a small plaza with a fish market, of all things,…

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  • European Lingerie Tour Amsterdam

    March 26, 2017 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    The European Lingerie Tour Amsterdam, hosted by  Triple M Tours had us travel by train to the wonderful city of Amsterdam, where canals and bicycles are the norm. The city is famous for many things and we did our best to see as many of the highlights as we could. I love the houses here, but they all looked to me to lean a little. Was it my eyes, after 12 days of seeing architecture in London and Paris? No, it turns out that…

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  • European Lingerie Tour Paris

    March 25, 2017 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    On to our second city in the tour – here is the European Lingerie Tour Paris Edition! Along with our energetic band of 20, we left London and traveled via the “Chunnel” (the train tunnel under the English Channel) then overland to Paris. This trip only took us a surprisingly short 4 hours. I was surprised at how quickly we arrived. Travelling by train in Europe is definitely the way to go, in my opinion! When I lived in Germany from…

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  • European Lingerie Tour London

    March 24, 2017 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    I just got back from the European Lingerie Tour 2017 hosted by Triple M Tours and what a time we had! An amazing group of 20 women (and one gentleman) in three iconic cities full of lingerie. We had classes, tours and lots of chocolate! Would you like to come on a virtual tour with me? I thought you might! the tour was so jam packed with activities, tours, museums and food, I am breaking this post into 3 parts, this…

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  • Canada Cups Posts for Saturday

    September 18, 2016 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    Here are the links to the Canada Cups posts for Saturday September 17. I hope you have been enjoying the tour and you haven’t missed a single one of them! Today’s posts are the last posts, but tomorrow we have the final wrap up post and some fabulous prizes. I’ll reveal all then! Saturday, September 17 Michelle S. returns to talk to Wendy about her bespoke bras. Be what?? Marsha gets a taste of what’s behind Farthingales’ corsets Meanwhile BBs…

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  • 14 years of Monastic Bra-making

    June 22, 2016 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    Since 2002, I’ve been teaching at the Saskatchewan Stitches Conference in Muenster. This unusual conference is Saskatchewan’s Best Kept Secret. But that’s OK. The 350 women who do know are happy to have it all to themselves. The Conference is held at a real working monastery…yes, with real monks and bells and the whole monastic experience. But it is more than that. St. Peters is also a college and as part of the University of Saskatoon, they offer courses that might…

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  • A SPIRITed day

    March 6, 2016 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    Today we spent a  day touring Barcelona, and what a spirited day it was! Not one but two basilicas were on our list of must-see places here and they did not disappoint.  First was the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia in the Gothic Quarter. The pictures do not do it justice at all. What gorgeous stained glass! These windows were many stories high! You can see the glass elevators off to the left behind the column!   Here is just a…

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  • A Tapas Tour

    March 4, 2016 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    Our first day in beautiful Barcelona with our group of bra-makers. We joined some of the people from the quilting group to go on a tapas tour.  Can you spot Rebecca, Margaret, Yolande and Denise in this picture? What’s that, you ask? Tapas is the Spanish word for bite size appetizers that you find in many bars, usually with a slice of baguette as a base and meat, fish or cheese on top. Some of them are quite lovely to…

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  • Kwantlen Polytechnic

    February 27, 2016 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    Kwantlen Polytechnic I’ve spent the week here at Kwantlen Polytechnic University teaching the next generation of designers hoping to work in the intimate apparel industry after graduation. And while I can’t complain about the winter we’ve had in southern Ontario up til now, February in Vancouver just has to be better than February in Hamilton! Here’s the view for the front foyer and the stairs going to “my” classroom. Here’s the view from my hotel window, with the mountains in the background.…

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