Entries by Norma

One Trick I Teach in All My Workshops

There is a simple way to be sure that your hook and eye closure fits onto your bra precisely. It can even be done after most of the sewing is complete! If you have my book you already know this handy tip and I make sure to teach this technique in all my workshops! Because […]

How to Strengthen Fold Over Elastic

I have heard from a few Fenway bra makers that their fold over elastic does not have a very firm stretch. If this is the case for you, there is a simple solution! I use this same method when I want to use a decorative trim that is technically just a bit too stretchy for […]

How to Make Foam Cups for the Fenway Bra

  Sometimes you want to use a lightweight cut and sew foam for bra making to add some extra support and create an extra smooth profile. Since the Fenway bra is a frameless (partial band) style, and often has a sheer contrast upper cup, the procedure is a bit different from what you are used to. […]

How to Eliminate Cutting Underwires

All Orange Lingerie bra sewing patterns are designed to use underwires and each style has a different neckline shape and center front height. This means the optimum underwire length varies by bra. Ordering a lot of bra underwires over the years I found that underwire lengths also vary, even when ordering the exact same wire. As […]

Two Ways to Use Lace for the Fenway Bra

In my Fenway Bra Sewing Inspiration post, I included a few bras that used lace. Last week in my Instagram stories I showed some options for using lace to recreate those inspirational looks. In this post I will show you exactly how to get those looks for your Fenway bra! Lace Scallop Edge Neckline The first method uses a lace […]

Fenway Bra Sewing Inspiration

Thank you for the enthusiastic response to the Fenway bra sewing pattern! I love the possibilities of all the different bras you can make with this new style. I thought I would share some of my inspiration to give you ideas for making your own Fenway bra.     Starting on the left hand side above, there are some great ideas […]

Another New Bra Sewing Pattern!

Introducing the Fenway bra! As you may guess from the name, this style was inspired by baseball and because today is the home opener at Fenway Park in Boston, I have been waiting until today to release this pattern! I first started thinking about his bra style when a foul ball unexpectedly fell into my […]

How to Move Straps on the Marlborough Bra

When I posted the tutorial “How to Move Straps for a Better Fitting Bra” I used the Boylston bra sewing pattern for my example. Afterwards I was asked for the same tutorial for the Marlborough bra sewing pattern. Well, ask and you shall receive! While it is slightly more complicated to move the straps on […]

Esplanade Bra Making Kits Now Available!

Once again I have teamed up with Tailor Made Shop to offer bra making kits, this time for the Esplanade bra! Just add the pattern and underwires to these Orange Lingerie x Tailor Made Shop kits and you have everything you need to make your own beautiful long line strapless bra. You may recognize a […]