• How to make Hemless Boyshorts

    July 15, 2018 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    Someone told me recently that some women didn’t make their own underwear, because they felt the leg elastics would show as a panty line under clothes. This shocked me for two reasons 1. Who wouldn’t want to make their own underwear? and 2. the panty line is SO easy to eliminate. Here then, is how to make hemless Boyshorts. I did this construction in a pair of  shorts I designed for a ready-to-wear company some years ago. Once you wrap…

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  • Shape Up for Summer Challenge Entries

    June 3, 2018 jessicabms

    Well what can we say… you have done it again! For this month’s Ultimate Bra-makers challenge, the theme was “Shape Up for Summer”. We suggested waist cinchers, bodyshapers, or corsets, and you all delivered! We were absolutely delighted to receive such a variety of creative entries. So, a round of applause to all of you talented makers and a big thank you for participating! With no further ado, here is an overview of all our entries, with descriptions that were sent…

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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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  • Perfect Panty Gussets

    May 26, 2016 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    Perfect Panty Gussets Ready to wear does some impressive sewing, like the enclosed perfect panty gussets (we never call it a “crotch”) on a pair of panties. Even inexpensive panties will have both ends of the gusset enclosed like this… Why should we even want to enclose both ends? After all, we see ready to wear panties with one end left unsewn.  The most important reason is that with one end open, lint and fluff from the washer and dryer can get trapped in…

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  • For Men Only

    December 29, 2015 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    As bra-makers, we put a high value on our skills to make supportive, yet comfortable undergarments. Isn’t it time you use those same skills to make supportive, comfortable underwear for the man in your life? Wait, what’s that? Supportive Underwear for men and a pattern for men only? Yes, we are announcing our newest Pin-up Girls pattern for Men’s Underwear. The pattern includes two styles, called Michael and Lillebror, named after our two models and testers. Michael is the more traditional North…

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  • A New Pin-up Girl

    September 3, 2014 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    A new Pin-up Girl in the line of sewing patterns! The #2509 Ova-Bra Slimmer that you can wear over (ova) your own great fitting bra to smooth away those lumps and bumps and make your clothes fit and look fabulous. Check out the options! Two body views – one hip length so you can tuck it in …or the full body version that has a hook and eye closure at the front of the gusset area. Easy to get at bathroom needs!…

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  • Once Upon a Time – 1934 Bra Advertisement

    March 29, 2014 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    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 see here what typical undergarments for the contemporary woman looked like. Brassieres (bra), girdles (shaping below the waist) and corselets (bra and girdle in one) were fairly new developments at that time. The word “bra” didn’t really come into use…

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  • Boy Shorts from Stretch Lace

    March 25, 2014 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    Do you love the look of those fashionable Boy Shorts made from stretch lace? How about using the scalloped edge of the lace at the leg instead of elastic? Stretch laces with spandex in them are exactly what you need to make that happen. Here’s how to alter the pattern so you can use the edge of the lace along the hem, and they will still stay put!   Gather together your boy shorts pattern (you can learn to draft them to…

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