Where to buy Bra-Making Supplies

Big list if suppliers for bra making and lingerie, fabrics, patterns and other materials

(Image credit – all images from Bra Makers Supply)   I recently posted about my first ever bra I’ve sewn following after watching the Bra Making class on Craftsy – you can read about it here if you missed it. Both here and on Facebook, people asked about where they could buy these specialist supplies, in the US and elsewhere because you don’t often find everything you need in your local sewing shop. I can’t get what I need here on Cayman at all – well, my local shop does sell bra underwires but only in one size , and it’s not mine. They also sell replacement hooks and things for bra repair but not really all the supplies you need if you are going to sew your own from scratch. So enjoy my extensive online research and hopefully somewhere … Continue reading

Check out this Ultimate Craft Bundle

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Wow, sometimes there are some deals that just seem too good to be true and when I read about this one and signed up and got my copy, well, it really IS true and I wanted to give you all the chance to get yours. $1200 worth of crafting and DIY content for just $34.95.  Sounds too good to be true right?  What’s the catch? This AMAZING bundle of crafting and DIY resources is only on sale from 21st-26th January and then it’s done, so if you think you might want it, jump in and get it now before the offer closes forever.  I really don’t think you’ll be disappointed.  Here’s just a quick look, a taste of some of what is included:  Your choice of Craftsy class, from the following list: Custom-Fit Slipcovers: Chairs Sewing Custom Roman Shades Scrapbooking … Continue reading

Sewing Bras – Construction and Fit

Learn how to sew a bra, and make it fit you perfectly. Surprisingly easy!

New Year – new resolutions. Do you have any sewing resolutions for this year? I have two – I want to learn how to use my new serger and I want to learn how to sew bras, and make one that actually fits and that I would want to wear (and be seen in!) Now let’s be honest about my sewing – an accurate fit has never been super important to me. Most of us wear ready to wear clothes and get used to how a standard fit we buy off the rack rarely fits us properly as a custom tailored garment would fit. So I’m not too worried about getting the perfect fit when I sew – I’m still new, I forgive myself. But when it comes to a bra, getting it to actually fit is a bit more … Continue reading

What class should I review next?

Which class next

In the last big sale on Craftsy I really stocked up on classes and have a LOT now – over 50 in total across all sorts of subjects.  The prices were just too good to miss.  I’ve already started on the Bra Making, Construction and Fit class, but wondered about the others. Sometimes I like to do a review of a class when I watch it and share what I learn. So I wondered which classes I should do next, let you know what I think of them and write more in detail about what they cover. Here are the reviews I’ve done so far: Sewing with knits (25% off) – Complete review Sew the Perfect Fit (20% off) – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 Design your Own Handbag (just $19.99)- Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 … Continue reading

How to shop for knit fabrics online

Stretch fabric swatch kit - at last I can see and feel what all these knit fabrics are like so I know which one to choose for my project. Great idea.

Do you ever shop for fabrics online?  What about shopping for knit and stretch fabrics?  Are you confident in where and how to shop for knit fabrics online, and how to make sure you are using the right kind of fabric for your project? I came to sewing only recently so naturally when I wanted to sew clothes,  I wanted to emulate the types of clothes already in my wardrobe, and these days most of them are stretch in some way or another.  I think some of that has to do with the expanding nature of my body in the last couple of years – I’ve found a stretch garment will fit me over more size changes than a regular woven garment. Many of the sewing patterns I’ve developed have been for stretch fabrics, but I still sometimes struggle to … Continue reading

Save on the Best Sewing Magazines

The Best Sewing Magazines and where to save money on your subscriptions. These also make great gift ideas for people who sew.

Do you already subscribe to any sewing, crafting or quilting magazines?  I buy them occasionally when I can find them here, but having a regular subscription is the best way to get your magazine delivered to you each month, and make sure you have a regular supply of patterns, projects and sewing inspiration. Getting a sewing magazine delivered is the perfect way to get access to original and seasonal sewing ideas and learn all the most modern techniques, and keep up to date with new products and materials being released.  You can tuck it in your bag to read in your lunch hour, read it on the train, lend it to friends. If you buy a subscription online, it usually works out MUCH cheaper than buying them in your local supermarket one magazine at a time. And, at this time of … Continue reading

Fab Felt Holiday projects – Felt Christmas Trees

Easy to make felt Christmas Trees.

Do you remember the review I did of the Fab Felt Holiday Crafts class on Craftsy?  It really does have a whole lot of fun ideas and projects for the festive season and although time is tight for festive sewing, I’m determined to get a couple under my belt this year. Here are the projects covered in the class: Felt tree ornaments – 4 different types of origami inspired ornaments Penguin or Santa wine sleeve Poinsettia brooch or gift topper Felt gingerbread houses Mini Christmas trees Multi-colored festive garland Felted wool slippers I’ve been inspired by one of the projects and plan to work on something later this week.  No idea if it will work out but I’ll share it even if it doesn’t.  Nothing more fun than a felty-failure. But here are a few things that weren’t a failure – … Continue reading

Holiday Gift Guide – for people who sew

Holiday Gift Guide - so many deas for lovely gifts for people who sew. Lots of these went on MY wishlist!

It seems to be traditional in the blogging world for everyone to publish their annual holiday gift guide.  I suppose it makes sense – if we share the same kind of interests and the same kind of tastes, you’ll probably like similar shops and similar products to me.  So maybe I can save you all a little time and trouble this year with a few of my own favorites. In this gift guide – items big and small, cheap and expensive, for anyone and everyone who loves to sew or quilt.  And hey, who are we kidding here, you’re probably reading this for the same reason I was looking at these products online – to buy yourself something nice.  If I waited till my husband bought me a Christmas present, well, let’s say I’d still be waiting for my second … Continue reading

Fabric sales, deals and coupons

Live list of coupons, deals and fabric sales, quilting and sewing shops.

If you are anything like me, you love a good sale.  Every self-respecting sewer needs a fabric stash.  You never know when you might see the perfect fabric, but don’t have a project for it yet.  But what about if you come across the perfect project and don’t have the perfect fabric in your stash to make it right now – disaster! It’s that time of year where the shops and shoppers go crazy, Black Friday is coming up with all the fabric sales we hope to take advantage of, but at this time of year with the Christmas holidays coming up too, we don’t always have the money to spare for expanding our stash. These coupons are always up to date So I put together this quick list of fabric, sewing, quilting and crafting stores and their current offers, … Continue reading

Applique Snowman table runner project

Love the bright colors in this snowman table runner. Would also make a great mini quilt or wall hanging.

So I’ve been playing around with applique again this week.  Pre-laser-cut fusible applique to be exact!  Oh sounds dangerous.  I must be showing my age, but every time I hear the word LASER I think of this! Laser-cut fusible applique is not quite as exciting, but still fun. I took the Fun with Fusible Applique Class from Craftsy earlier this year and one of the projects was the Snowmen pattern.  The panel is actually taken from a very popular quilt kit that the instructor offers in her own store, but the class materials also includes the templates and pattern for you to be able to make this Snowman Table Runner, panel or wall hanging yourself using your own fabrics. This is such a gorgeous pattern that I think it’s worth taking the class just to get a chance to sew this … Continue reading

My wrap dress pattern is in the final

Pattern-voting

Craftsy are having a Pattern Designer Award, and asked their readers to nominate their favorite patterns for sewing, quilting, knitting, crochet etc  I’m delighted that so many of you nominated my Wrap Dress pattern that it made it through to the finals in the sewing category. There are 4 finalists, two are paid patterns and two are free patterns.  If you have a moment, would you be able to vote for the Wrap Dress in the sewing category – you’d make my day! All you need to do to vote is check the box next to the Wrap Dress pattern and add your email address in case you win the voters prize of a free Craftsy class.  There’s no prize for the winning designers – just publicity and a badge for the website.  Oh, and lots of feel good. Click … Continue reading

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