Entries by Norma

A Better Way to Cut Underwires

Since writing my book, I have come up a new and improved way to cut underwires. There is nothing like having a large supply of long wires when I want regular wires to find a better way! Lucky for me I love tools and I was able to draw upon the skills I learned waaaay back when […]

How to Substitute Fabric for Lace for my Underwear Patterns

You know I love a matching set! My latest underwear patterns, the Montgomery brief and the Kingston thong were designed to go create a matching set for the Marlborough bra. With the introduction of the Boylston bra, I still *needed* a matching set. Luckily with just a few pattern and construction changes, you can use fabric […]

Introducing the Boylston Bra Sewing Pattern!

You may have seen an early prototype of this design in the article I wrote for Threads magazine (#174). Now you can get the pattern to make your own custom foam t-shirt bra, cut-and-sew bra or even bikini top! The Boylston bra is super versatile. In terms of design I wanted to create a demi cup style with […]

Introducing the Montgomery Brief and Kingston Thong Patterns!

I have a thing for matching sets so I just had to design underwear that would compliment the Marlborough bra. Because I like to have both thong and brief options, I created both styles and you can buy them now! One of my goals with these designs was to use the same lace, fabrics and elastics that are […]

The Secret to Finding Hidden Bra Sizes

The most asked question about the Marlborough bra pattern is “Will it fit me?” Usually this question comes from someone outside of the size range listed on the pattern. It is an excellent question and many times, my answer is actually yes! This bit of sizing magic is possible through what is called “sister sizing”. Sister […]

How to Learn Bra Making in 14 Hours

  The best way to jump start your knowledge on any topic, is to learn from an expert. Sure you can read my book or watch a video, but nothing really beats live and in-person hands on training. That is precisely why I am starting to offer bra making workshops! In my workshops I lead […]

How to Manipulate Fabric for Bra Making

It happens to all of us. We fall in love with a fabric that is completely unsuitable for our project. Bra making is certainly no exception. So how do you use that fun Spandex print fabric to make your next bra? Or how do you make a plain tricot more interesting? Well, as usual, you […]