Introduction to the Ideal Bra Wardrobe by Orange Lingerie

Sewing By The Book

It may seem to have been quiet around here but I do actually have a couple of very good reasons.

First I have been hard at work on my upcoming book, “Demystifying Bra Fitting and Construction”. After a lot of work, the book is nearly ready and it will be released this April. If you want to be alerted when my book is available, you can head over here and add yourself to the email list.

The second thing keeping me busy also has to do with the book. Over the last few weeks my book has undergone testing by an amazing group of sewists and as this lovely group was testing my book, so was I!

To test my book I worked through a selection of commercially available bra patterns to see what it was like to sew a bra from a beginning bra maker’s perspective. It was fun to work with some different styles but there were two main problems:

1. Bra pattern instructions leave out a lot of important construction details. In some cases they make construction more difficult or just don’t make sense. There is also a lot of missing information such as the fabric properties that the pattern was drafted for.

2. A beginning bra maker would not know how to adjust the pattern to get a good fit or to how fill in the missing instructions to get a professional looking result.

Now I truly understand why even intermediate to advanced sewists shy away from bra making.

Good news on point two: I think my book solves this problem since I wrote it from a beginning bra maker’s perspective. On point one, well, time will tell, though I have some ideas!


2 replies
  1. maddie
    maddie says:

    I heard that you were writing a book and I will most definitely be purchasing it. That’s a huge accomplishment and congratulations.

    I still consider myself a beginner bra maker so I can testify that finding information on construction and pattern making has been difficult. Luckily, Amy of Cloth Habit hosted a sew along that helped me a lot and Beverley Johnson’s bra manual also gave me tons of good information.

  2. Renee
    Renee says:

    Oh, good. I was going to tweet you to find out if the book was forthcoming 🙂 I’m generally satisfied with what I’m getting from my one pattern, but want to learn more!

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