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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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  • Your Birthday Suit!

    June 24, 2018 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    When someone suggests to you that you “wear your birthday suit” what do you think they are suggesting? That’s right – they are asking you to get naked! But this challenge is not about that at all  (good heavens…NO!) We are asking you to work with sheer fabrics – so you only appear nude but with support (the best of both worlds in my opinion!) That’s what our July theme is all about. We want you to sew a bra,…

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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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  • 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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  • Take Pride!

    May 27, 2018 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    In June, we take pride in a group that is often overlooked. That’s people with “other” sexual orientations, including the gay, lesbian and bi-sexual community.  (Honestly, I don’t care who anyone sleeps with, as long as they can sew!) But it also includes those who are transitioning from one gender to another. So this month’s challenge is a simple one – show awareness and support by making an intimate apparel garment (bras, bralettes, swimwear, corsets or panties) in the rainbow colours of Pride.…

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Hop to it Challenge Entries

    May 6, 2018 Your Fairy Bra Mother

    Once again, we present our amazing and talented customers and their  Hop to it Challenge Entries. I must admit,. that the end of the month was getting closer, and there were very few entries! However literally, the last day, and …poof…we had a lot of submissions. So thank you to all this month. now let’s see how you “Hopped to it!” Once again, the descriptions etc. were kindly provided by the makers. Agnes H Here is my entry to the April Ultimate…

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