It's been a hectic 2 months here at the Enchanted Castle, with the recent launch of my Craftsy class plus a sweet teaching assignment in the Caribbean just before Christmas. What do they want down south, you may ask? Swimwear lessons! I will be teaching swimwear in Barbados. Now that is good timing! I used to get calls to go teach in Edmonton in February and Hawaii in July. Not that I am complaining about Hawaii (Never!) but the two venues should have been switched around - Edmonton in July and Hawaii in February. But I digress.... I teach several different types of swimwear but I have had a special request to do bikinis. Erin and I have been working very hard to test these suits to make them fit and flatter. So without further ado, here is the latest Pin-up Girls pattern - the 3 sisters Bikinis. Drum roll, please!
There are 3 underwired bra tops with a unique criss-cross back that allows the bikini top to fit multiple bra cup sizes. The inside layer is made of swim cup foam and the outer cover can be whatever swimwear fabric your heart desires! The straps have the elastic sewn inside directly to the seam for the best straps you've ever experienced (yes, the instructions are included!) The bikini bra tops all use our SHORT wires, and the pattern fits breasts measuring from 6.5" - 9.5" (16.5 - 24 cm) directly across the fullest part (called the Cross Cup measurement) There are also three centre back seam bottoms with a beautiful fit over the bum. All views have a waist high cut with doubled fabric waistband ( no elastic so no muffin top!) plus a centre back seam for shapely results. The bottoms fit hip sizes 35-47" (89 - 119.5 cm) All sizes and complete instructions are included in the pattern envelope. VIOLET- vertical seamed bra top and bottoms with button trim at the waist
REBECCA - uses a tie to gather the front of the top, bottoms have a ruched front panel
MARSHA - with a twisted knot effect and bottoms with mini twists at the side front
Yes, there really are three sisters in our bra-making family and we named these bikinis after them! The product code is PB-3009. The bi-lingual patterns (French and English) patterns are available now at Bra-makers Supply at www.bramakers.com and in Europe through Bodil's Wear at www.bwear.se. If you are in the United States, they will soon be available at Sweet Cups Bra Supply at www.sweetcupsbrasupply.com.
Aren't confident of your sewing abilities when it comes to swimwear? Why not take a swimwear class and learn to make swimwear the right way, with the right fit, the first time?
Today I am borrowing a nifty notion from our quilting sisters - a great little gadget called the Sewing Edge. it is used by quilters to keep that 1/4" seam allowance. Well, guess what? Bra-makers can use it too!
The Sewing Edge is a simple piece of PVC (or some such plastic-y substance) that sticks to your sewing machine bed and keeps your seam allowances exact. Here we have it on Erin's lovely Bernina 830, but it works on new machines too! Place it along where the edge of the fabric will run and it will stick until you remove it. It's that simple!
When you lay the fabric up to it, the thickness of the Sewing Edge keeps the fabric running smoothly but it is not so thick that it gets in the way or your hands or any snips that might be around.
One thing I thought of is to use it at the cover stitch machine to keep the hem edges where they need to be so you can stitch along the edge. If you use a cover hem, you know this isn't as easy as it may seem. You have to sew from the right side of the work, so you can't see where you need to stitch. The two needles need to straddle the raw edge of the fabric. By stitcking the Sewing Edge to the left of the needle the distance of the width of the hem, you will be able to glide the fabric along and it will keep them hem where it needs to be. Voila! A perfect cover stitched hem!
The Sewing Edge comes in a package of 5 so you can have one at each machine, or you can share them with your sewing buddies. We sell them at Bra-makers Supply (of course we do - I love Nifty Notions!) Product Code NT-003...price is 10.00 for the set of 5.
Exciting news! My Craftsy class on Sewing Bras - Construction & Fit has just launched today!
What an exciting time I had in Denver, Colorado for the filming. Craftsy set me up with the best crew ever - they are so professional! They made me look good (even though I have a face for radio, as I was once told!)
In the Craftsy class, I will teach you how to measure yourself for a bra using my high bust/full bust system. I'll tell you why measuring the rib cage is not recommended!
I'll show and explain all the different materials we use in bra-making
How to sew it up, step-by-step with all the tips and tricks to make your bra look professional quality
And, of course, I'll share the fitting tips and how to alter the pattern. I show my easy-to-understand pattern alterations. And as a bonus, there's a lesson on using and applying lace!
If you would like to enroll in my Craftsy class: Sewing Bras - Construction & Fit, here's a link to a 25% saving. Remember, at Craftsy, the classes never expire, so you can buy them on sale and watch them anytime! Craftsy class 25% off
Not sure what to buy to get started in the bra class? Bra-makers Supply is offering a Craftsy kit consisting of the Classic bra pattern (choose among 4 size ranges) and a bra kit with a choice of many colours, all with elastics to match. If your order the Craftsy kit from our website at www.bramakers.com and comment with your size of wires, that pair is included FREE. Just comment with your size when you order a Craftsy kit. (Free wire offer ends December 31, 2014)