New peach floral Marlborough bra making kit

New Marlborough Bra Making Kits!

New peach floral Marlborough bra making kitOnce again Orange Lingerie has teamed up with Tailor Made Shop to create bra making kits, this time for our classic Marlborough bra sewing pattern! We had a lot of fun putting together beautiful fabric and lace combinations for you to use to make your next Marlborough bra your favorite ever!

In all, there are five new kits. My favorite, the light peach floral kit is pictured at the top of the page. You know I love charmeuse bras. I even lined the bra with the same fabric for a little extra luxe!

I also love this black floral charmeuse. The pop of color from the butterflies really makes this work for me. I think this fabric would also pair well with an ivory lace.

New black floral Marlborough bra making kitNext are three kits that pair duoplex and lace. I use this fabric combination in my bra making workshops since they are so easy work with and create long lasting and supportive everyday bras. If you are just getting started with bra making, these kits are great choice!

New light pink and floral Marlborough bra making kit
New hot pink and black Marlborough bra making kit

New black and white Marlborough bra making kitAs always, there are only limited quantities of each kit so grab your favorites while you can!



The Year in YOUR Orange Lingerie Makes: Berkeley Bra

The final bra pattern we released in 2017 was the Berkeley bra. This pattern has only been available for a little while so I am absolutely thrilled to see so many lovely Berkeley bras already making an appearance! Keep them coming!

I love seeing all of the different laces sewn up into this style! As always, below I link to the Instagram feed and/or blog of each maker so you can see more and read about their project.

Berkeley Bras Made by YOU on the Orange Lingerie Blog

Clockwise starting from the upper left-hand corner:

@liz_sews did such a great job with this lace! Check out that lace mirroring!

In the middle, @glintgoods made her version using cut-and-sew foam. What a fun idea for this bra! She has already made several Berkeley bras, and they are all so pretty!

In the upper right-hand corner is @sewingmonster’s festive red lace version.

In the center row, the first bra was made by @sewingisrequired. That peach/pink lace is just perfect! She has some great in process pictures on her blog.

The center pink bra was made by @jojos_handmade_lingerie. She has another lovely Berkeley bra in her feed as well.

The Berkeley bra to the right of center was sewn by @tailormadeshop. If you like this one, there are still kits available to make this exact bra. I just love the black and white!

On the final row, starting on the left, is a Berkeley bra made by @bridget.abbas. It looks like she is now totally hooked on lingerie making! You can read her review of the pattern on her blog.

In the lower right-hand corner is a Berkeley bra in a gorgeous oxblood lace sewn by @gabriella_kaikaina_handmade. So much love for that color!

Feeling inspired?! Make your own version of the Berkeley bra!

Fenway Bras Made by YOU on the Orange Lingerie Blog

The Year in YOUR Orange Lingerie Makes: Fenway Bra

Continuing with our look back at YOUR 2017 makes, we continue with the Fenway bra which was released in April.

Throughout the year there have been so many great examples of the Fenway bra! Most makers opt to go with the sheer upper cup which I just love! As always, I link to the Instagram feed and/or blog of each maker so you can see more and read about their project.

Fenway Bras Made by YOU on the Orange Lingerie BlogStarting in the upper left-hand corner and moving from left to right:

@tanyo471 brings her fine sewing approach to bra making using this lovely emerald green with black overlay. Her blog is loaded with great sewing projects and lots of great detail on each make.

@lachesisandco has several great bra makes in her feed. I am of course partial to this black Fenway bra!

@a.malmin has made more than one Fenway bra and this red and black version is so well done!


In the center row, left and right-hand side are bras by @hennamakesthings. She has multiple bra making projects in her feed. Her fun Star Trek inspired layout for that blue Fenway made me laugh!

The bra in the center was made by @jdizzle238. The plaid is just perfect for fall and winter!


On the bottom row, starting in the left-hand corner, are two Fenway bras made by @fairfit. A red lace and a gold lace Fenway bra, just perfect for the holiday season!

In the middle of the bottom row is one of the great bras sewn by @christinehaynes. She has a great post about her adventures in bra making on her blog.

Last but not least, in the lower right hand corner is a Fenway sewn by @sewingisrequired. She has made so many beautiful bras and you can find them all in her Instagram feed.

If you are feeling inspired you can get the sewing pattern to make your own version of the Fenway bra!



Esplanade Dresses Orange Lingerie Blog

The Year in YOUR Orange Lingerie Makes: Esplanade Bra

This is the time of the year where I look back at the prior year and plan for the year ahead. One of my favorite parts of this process is looking back at all the great versions of our patterns that YOU made!

Over the last few weeks of the year, I am going to highlight your makes of 2017. For each garment I include a link to the Instagram account and/or blog of the maker so you can read more about their project and see more of their work.

Our first pattern release of the year back in January was the Esplanade bra. You all made some lovely long line strapless bras and DRESSES! Seeing dresses built around this pattern has been such an unexpected treat! What a great use of this pattern!

Esplanade Bra Dresses made by YOU on the Orange Lingerie Blog

From left to right:
@Sewrendipity made this amazing green dress and has an extensive blog post covering all the details so you can make this look too!

@jasikaistrycurious made this amazing outfit that I want to wear to all the holiday parties this year. You can read more about this look on her blog.

@caroline.jg made gorgeous prom dress for her daughter! That lace! She has the highlights of making this dress in her Instagram feed.

@achallengingsew went couture all the way with this lace pairing. Perfectly styled too! Her blog post about the project is here.

P.S. If you want to add straps to your Esplanade bra the tutorial starts here.

I loved seeing so many great print Esplanade bras too!

Espalande Bras Made by YOU on the Orange Lingerie Blog

Clockwise from the upper left hand corner:

@katiemakesadress had fun with this print! You should see the insides, and the back is all orange 🙂 She has a whole section on her lingerie makes on her blog.

@arajane also used a fun print! I love the black and white.

@500_days_of_sewing not only made the Esplanade bra but she also made a custom closure using our Leverett sewing pattern! She has write ups on several of her lingerie makes on her blog.

Feeling inspired?! You can always get the sewing pattern to make your own version of the Esplanade bra!

Gift Guide for Bra Makers from Orange Lingerie

Gift Guide for Bra Makers

I can hardly believe that it is that time of year again! The holiday gift buying season is underway!

If you are looking for gifts for your favorite bra maker, I have a few ideas for you. From bra educational materials to bra making kits to the tools I am loving right now, here are some ideas to meet your holiday shopping needs this year:

If you are looking for a gift for someone who wants to learn how to make bras:

The book “Demystifying Bra Fitting and Construction”
I wrote this book to cover everything you need to know to start sewing and fitting underwire bras. This book will get anyone’s bra making adventure off to a great start. If you need a gift for an advanced bra maker who wants to start drafting their own bras, I like Bare Essentials: Bras and the Pattern Making for Underwear Design books.

Orange Lingerie Sewing Patterns
All of our patterns have fully illustrated instructions that make it easy to understand how to make a bra. You can gift Orange Lingerie patterns by buying an Etsy gift card that they can then use in our Etsy shop or any of the other Etsy shops that accept the cards. Etsy also has several shops that sell bra making supplies!

Orange Lingerie Gift Guide

Orange Lingerie x Tailor Made Shop bra making kits
Kits make it easy to get started with bra making by taking the guess work out of what materials to use and by simplifying sourcing. I work directly with Tailor Made shop to create the Orange Lingerie x Tailor Made Shop bra making kits specifically for Orange Lingerie sewing patterns. There are some gorgeous kits for both the Berkeley Bra and Fenway Bra sewing patterns currently in stock.

Orange Lingerie Gift Guide - Kits

If you are looking for gifts to help make lingerie sewing easier, faster or just more fun:
Items are described as they appear from left to right in the image below the descriptions. 

Precision Shears
It is not always practical to use a rotary cutter to cut out patterns. There are times I need shears and these Kai shears are great.

Measuring Wheel
I love using measuring wheels to measure seam lines and everything else! The metric version is my favorite. This is especially helpful when drafting on paper.

Pattern Notcher
It is really important to mark lingerie patterns accurately to assist with construction. I rely on this tool to be sure my patterns are notched so all I need to do is go in with my water soluble marker on the fabric to get my project marked (you can see my tutorial on pattern marking here).

Bamboo Stiletto
Sometimes it is the little things! This tool helps control those tiny bits of fabric around around the presser foot of the sewing machine.

Pressing Bars
When I make bra straps from fabric, I like to use these pressing bars to get a strap that is even its entire length.

Loop turner
I need a good loop turner in the studio for making fabric straps, rouleau, etc. I have tried several options but keep coming back to this basic one. I also like the tube version (not pictured) for turning larger fabric tubes.

Pinking Shears
I am always raving about these unique pinking shears! They work like nothing else. I like to use them to finish seams on lightweight fabrics where a french seam would be too bulky.

Orange Lingerie Gift Guide - Notions

Sleeve board
A sleeve board really helps when making those perfect spaghetti straps (you get the entire spaghetti strap tutorial here) and also offers a lot of utility for pressing other lingerie projects. It is one of those great sewing tools that you will wonder how you ever did without!

Tailor ham stand
This stand is indispensable! This stand keeps the tailor ham in one place while pressing so I have a free hand to position the garment on the ham. This stand has a permanent home on my ironing board. If they don’t have one yet, be sure to add a tailor ham for a great and versatile gift set!

Orange Lingerie Gift Guide - Pressing Equipment

If you are looking for more gift ideas, take a look at my gift guide from last year! You can also check out the resources page to see all of the notions and supplies that I recommend for bra making.

Happy shopping!

Bra Making Workshop by Orange Lingerie

New Bra Making Workshops!

Bra Making Workshop by Orange LingerieIf learning to sew bras or to fit your own custom bra is on your list of sewing goals, we have some good news! We have two new bra making workshops set on the calendar for 2018!

In our classic two-day bra making workshops, you learn how to fit and sew your own custom underwire bra using our popular Marlborough bra sewing pattern. Norma Loehr, founder and creative director of Orange Lingerie, fits each student to determine their size and then instructs the class on every step of the underwire bra construction. Once you learn the construction techniques, Norma then shows you how to make any necessary adjustments to customize the fit of your bra. Did we mention that we also have a lot of fun?! You can read more about our workshops in the posts here and here.

So about those 2018 workshops! The first workshop of the year will be in Seattle at Drygoods Design on February 10-11, 2018. We are super excited about our first ever workshop on the west coast and spots are already filling up fast! Click here to sign up now!

UPDATE: WEEKEND WORKSHOP SOLD OUT! We recommend getting on the waitlist because you never know!

UPDATE: Since the weekend workshop sold out so quickly, we added another workshop for February 7-8, 2018. Click here to sign up now!

Orange Lingerie Workshop at Drygoods Design in Seattle

The next workshop of 2018 is on March 17-18 at Three Little Birds Sewing Co in Hyattsville, MD. This workshop is already half full so sign up now if you want to join us the Washington, D.C. area. Click here to sign up now!

UPDATE: SOLD OUT! We recommend getting on the waitlist because you never know!

Orange Lingerie teaching at Three Little Birds Sewing Co in Hyattsville MD

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

from Orange Lingerie x TMS

Berkeley Bra Making Kits Available Now!

Once again, we have teamed up with Tailor Made Shop to create bra making kits, this time for the Berkeley bra sewing pattern! We looked through hundreds of stretch laces to select materials for these new kits.

My favorite part of the bra kit development process has to be sewing up the samples. I love the reveal of what each kit looks like when it is all sewn up into the final garment! I hope you love each color-way as much as I do!

Pictured in turn below is a pale beige pink, a white and black lace (available with black or white findings), a gorgeous navy with red, and finally, the one you all asked for, the white and pink that I shared when the pattern was released!

Berkeley Bra Kits from Orange Lingerie and Tailor Made Shop


Berkeley Bra Kits from Orange Lingerie and Tailor Made Shop


Berkeley Bra Kits from Orange Lingerie and Tailor Made Shop

Orange Lingerie Berkeley Bra Sewing Pattern Made in Pink Flora Stretch Lace

We do not have a lot of these kits, so order your favorites from Tailor Made Shop now!

I can’t wait to see your version of the Berkeley bra! Be sure to tag your make with #BerkeleyBra and #OrangeLingeriexTMS so we can find yours!

Berkeley Bra Sewing Inspiration

Thank you all for your enthusiastic response to the Berkeley bra! I had a lot of fun working on this bra design and I can’t wait to see what you all sew up using this pattern!

I will be posting more on the blog about this pattern over the coming weeks including how to select materials and some easy pattern modifications. Today I wanted to share some ready-to-wear inspiration for making your version of the Berkeley bra.

Berkeley Bra Sewing Inspiration on the Orange Lingerie Blog

Let’s take a look at each of these beautiful bras starting from the upper left hand corner.

Seeing the Cosabella Never Say Never bra  makes me want to try a lace strap on the Berkeley bra. If you have the Boylston bra sewing pattern, you can use that strap pattern as a starting point to get this same effect for the Berkeley.

Moving clockwise, the Blush Sweetest Sin Demi bra shows you the effect you can get with a bright solid color lace. This super fun look has me searching for neon stretch lace right now. You can get an idea of what this bra would look like in a neutral colorway on the Blush Lingerie site.

In the lower right hand corner, the Fantasie of England Mariana bra gives you some ideas about combining different, complimentary laces. You could also get an interesting visual effect by varying the color of the lining that you use underneath the lace.

Finally, in the lower left hand corner is an all black lace bra, the Myla Nicole. Check out that strap attachment! I really need to try that.

I can’t seem to stop sewing these up right now so keep an eye on our Instagram for even more Berkeley bra inspiration and don’t forget to tag your makes with #berkeleybra so everyone can find them!

The Berkeley Bra Sewing Pattern by Orange Lingerie in Pink Floral Lace

Introducing the Berkeley Bra Sewing Pattern!

Orange Lingerie Berkeley Bra Sewing Pattern Made in Pink Flora Stretch LaceI am super excited to introduce you to our newest bra sewing pattern, the Berkeley bra!

I love lace and I have been wanting to add an all lace bra to our sewing pattern line up for quite awhile. To showcase lace to its greatest effect, the Berkeley bra uses a lace scallop edge along the upper cup and along the entire lower edge of the bra. The extensive use of the lace edge makes for an interesting pattern that sews up a bit differently from the others in our collection!

Underneath all the pretty stretch lace lies support and shaping with underwires and an internal power bar. Moving the power bar to the inside of the bra allowed for a more a substantial cup structure to provide great shaping capabilities. This move also preserves the appearance of a curvy two-piece cup. The end result is a bra that provides great shaping while feeling light and comfortable!

Side View of the Berkeley Bra Sewing Pattern by Orange Lingerie

With the extensive use of lace and lining throughout this bra, the Berkeley bra sewing pattern includes a special section dedicated to cutting instructions and details on how to work with lace.

Given the design of this bra and the extensive use of stretch lace, the Berkeley bra will only be available for A to DD cups in size 30 to 40 bands.

I hope you enjoy the Berkeley bra pattern as much as I do! Be sure to tag your makes with #BerkeleyBra and/or #OrangeLingerie so I can find them all. I love seeing everyone’s unique version of our sewing patterns!

Best Practices for Packing Lingerie

Best Packing Practices for Lingerie on the Orange Lingerie BlogEveryone has their own special way to efficiently pack garments for a trip. With their delicate fabrics and wired or foam structure, packing bras and underwear deserve special consideration. In this post, I share my favorite method for packing bras and underwear for a trip.

How to Pack Bras
Most of my bras do not contain foam. This is a real asset when packing! Non-foam bras take up far less room than a foam bra. Just hook the bra , fold down the straps, fold the bra in half as shown below using the Orange Lingerie Boylston bra. Once folded you can stack up the bras you are packing on top of one another as pictured at the start of this post.

How to Fold a Non Foam Bra on the Orange Lingerie Blog

If you are packing a foam cup bra, pack underwear into the cups then fasten the closure and fold down the straps. To pack, keep the bra flat and place underwear around the cups. Alternatively, you could pack your molded foam cup bras into a foam bra case. I just find it more efficient to use a packing cube (more on these later) so I can pack underwear all around the cups rather than packing underwear separately.

When packing a foam cup bra keep in mind that the key is to prevent the cups from getting crushed or misshapen. Please do not turn one cup inside out to fit the cups into one another!

How to Pack a Foam Cup Bra on the Orange Lingerie Blog

How to Pack Underwear
Underwear is folded and stacked. Folding underwear keeps them flat so they take up less space. My folding method is shown below using the Orange Lingerie Kingston thong.


How to fold underwear on the Orange Lingerie Blog

Once all the bras and underwear are prepped I put them into packing cubes. I am a huge fan of the cubes! They allow me to fit more into my suitcase and keep everything organized. They are especially great for longer trips when you are changing locations frequently because they make it easy to find what you need in your bag without having to dig through individual items. Just be sure to put any packing cubes with bras at the top of the suitcase so they do not get crushed underneath the weight of your other garments!