December 29, 2015

For Men Only

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?

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 American styling with the front panel slightly curved. The back is interesting with its curved seams.  The Lillebror has European styling with a shaped front panel and no seams in the back at all.

What they both offer is what you cannot see from the outside...a nifty support sling system for "the boys" that keeps the parts separated and prevents chafing. Yes, men don't like sweat down there either! However if you (or he) doesn't want the sling, you can cut a double layer for the front panel instead and all will be well.

There are no darts in either view, just some curved seams to provide the shaping. There are no seams or darts in the front panel at all which is also good news. My first prototype had darts in the front, and while they were "Ok" I really worked to get a dart free, seam free front.

The supply list is super half yard or metre of fabric and elastic to fit his waist. The elastic could be 1.25" to 2" wide (32-51 mm wide) how easy is that? We've tried cotton spandex, ocotton jersey, Bamboo and Modal, but you could also use any other stretch knit that you want to work with. Why not make some crazy prints in wild colours? He'll be the envy of the locker room!

All you need is 20 minutes to sew them together! Can you find the time to give your guy quite possibly the best underwear he's ever had?

December 12, 2015

Christmas in the Village

We have a weird little corner in our store  - it's under the stairs leading to the apartments upstairs. That corner is usually the catch-all corner for remnants, left-overs and sale items. Not an attractive corner by any means.

Some time ago, one of our students offered us a deal to take the lot off our hands - it would be useful to her to make up samples and experiment with designs. But for us, it would be great to clear that space! But what should we put in it?

Before I could make any decisions about a display, a magical thing happened overnight! A tiny village appeared in that space under the stairs, complete with houses, buildings, trees and people!

Upon closer inspection, I found a tiny Fabric store! come there isn't a tiny Bra-makers Supply in this village? I must speak to the village council!

And a Quilt Shop (just for you, Denise!)

Look at these tiny kids playing hockey on the village ice rink! (Well, this IS Canada!) Oh wait, there's more kids playing in the snow as well! There's also a group singing carols. You can just see the tiny streetlights in the background, too!

That corner is filled now with the spirit and joy that is Christmas. Many thanks to the elves that made this village happen!

To all of the bra-makers out there (customers or not!) - our staff at Bra-makers Supply wish all of you the merriest of Christmases. And of course we wish you all a SEW Happy New Year!

Order fulfillment: Rebecca, Teresa and Agata
Teacher: Denise
Website and Tech support: Ray and Mary