• Disco Ingrid!

    July 22, 2018 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    Our recent non-wired bra pattern Ingrid has had rave reviews from both testers and the first wave of the bra-making public. However, there are still some who are hesitant to try a non-wired bra, saying it might be too”matronly” looking. We made a super sexy Disco Ingrid to show you that the choice of fabrics can make any bra look like it could burn up any dance floor! We had fun naming Disco Ingrid. Maybe too much fun! Our staff…

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  • Introducing Ingrid

    July 13, 2018 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    We’ve been asked many times for a pattern for a non-wired bra that would not only support, but flatter the larger bust. A bra that does not rely on underwires for support, and one that could have a front opening, such as a zipper or hook and eye fastening if one so desired. A bra that did not collapse along the centre front as many of the non-wired bras seem to do. A bra that might even <gasp> be comfortable…

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  • The BCD Method of Measuring Explained

    July 1, 2018 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    When I first started designing bra patterns, I was faced with a dilemma – what sizing system should I use? Some patterns want you to take the full bust measurement, the high bust measurement and subtract the two to find your cup size. Still others want the rib cage measurement plus a “magic number” they pull out of the sky (could be 3, 4 or 5) to determine your band size.  There are actually FOUR ways of measuring for a…

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  • Sew Simple Bralettes

    June 24, 2018 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    Recently I was asked to do a book collaboration with Nancy’s Notions. I was thrilled beyond belief as I’d been a fan of hers for over 35 years!. The book would have 32 pages of how to instructions and photos for 6 projects plus a pattern. Sounds easy doesn’t it?…that is, until I asked what the book should be about. They said “Bras and panties”. I almost keeled over! There is NO WAY I could cover the essentials of either bras…

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  • 8 ways to wear a Bralette

    June 17, 2018 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    Bralettes have become the biggest small thing in the lingerie world.  It’s no wonder – they are super comfortable, easy to wear and easy to make. But did you know how versatile they can be? I recently wrote a book called Sew Simple Bralettes for Nancy’s Notions and to celebrate the launch of this new book, we thought of  8 ways to wear a bralette. Hint – they’re not just for young girls any more! 1. Bridal or trousseau gifts.…

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  • A Ruby for your Treasured Chest

    June 10, 2018 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    Our newest pattern, called the Ruby, is a foam-lined bra with offset vertical seams. Because it is foam-lined, you may not be familiar with the construction techniques peculiar to foam. Denise recently made her version and she happily shares the secrets with you. Here then, is how to make a Ruby for your Treasured Chest! She chose to use stretch lace edging over cut and sew foam. This particular lace was so pretty, though, that she  decided to let the…

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  • How to Sew the Ezi-sew Nursing Bra

    September 4, 2016 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    To add to our posts on nursing bras, here’s a tutorial on how to sew the Ezi-Sew Nursing bra. We actually wanted to see how easily it sewed together, and also how it fit after finishing it. Then we can compare how to sew the Ezi-sew Nursing bra to the self-drafted nursing bra I made in this post. Ready to begin? The Ezi-Sew nursing bra is available in three size ranges, the PZ-109 fits bra sizes 32B – E through to 40B-E. The PZ-110 fits bra sizes 32F-I…

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  • Sweet Sixteen Measuring Guide

    June 19, 2016 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    Measuring for the Sweet Sixteen bralette pattern is a “new” method of measuring to figure out your particular size. But really the Sweet Sixteen measuring Guide is not that new!  I have been using this method of measuring my own patterns since 1996. It uses the Bottom Cup Depth (BCD) and the Cross Cup (CCW) width measurement of the breast itself. These two measurements indicate the size of the breast (some might call it volume) as an individual part of the body. This method works…

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  • Sweet Sixteen Bralette pattern

    June 19, 2016 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    If you have even glanced at fashion magazines lately, you will see that there is a new darling in the bra world and it’s hot fashion news right now! Some would say it’s not a bra at all while others are claiming “it’s the best!” Who is this new Belle of the Ball? Why, the Sweet Sixteen bralette pattern of course! What is a bralette? A bralette is a non-wired, unstructured bra that is a cross between a camisole and a training bra. They…

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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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