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The Orange Lingerie Blog

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 ...
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...
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 s...
I love lace bras and I especially love the look of a lace scallop edge. Luckily it is simple to convert the upper cup of many bra patterns to use a lace scallop edge, even when that cup is made of foam. This tutorial will show you how to covert the upper cup of the Esplanade bra to show off a lac...
The Leverett sewing pattern presents all sorts of possibilities for customizing your bras with a unique hook and eye closure. While making a hook and eye closure by hand takes a bit of work (a.k.a. hand sewing!), I have some tips and tricks to make it easier. 1. Choose the Right Fabric Successful...
In the last post I went through all the prep work to create detachable bra straps. In this post, I will take you through the process adding a strap attachment to your Esplanade bra so you can wear straps with your bra – or not! I love options! Since I am using my Esplanade bra pattern for this tu...
Since the release of the Esplanade bra, many of you have asked whether it is possible to add straps to this design. Well, the answer is a definitive YES! Over the next two posts I am going to show you how to make detachable bra straps so you can still get the benefits of a strapless bra with the ...
Need a little extra room across the upper cup of your bra? Or, perhaps the upper cup is just a bit to large across the top? This bra sewing tutorial is for you! Thankfully, changing the upper cup is simple. In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to increase and decrease the upper cup for bo...
You are in the home stretch of fitting your custom made bra and you just need a little more room in the cup. Key Indicator? There is a bit of a “flat spot” at the base of the bra cup while the upper cup looks a bit small or tight. If the rest of the bra fits well, a flat spot at the base of the c...
You probably know by now that bra straps are not responsible for providing bust support, (you can read more about that here) yet bra straps do play a role in the overall fit of a bra. Role of bra strapsBra straps keep the bra in the correct position on the body. If the straps are too wide and are...
With the release of the new size range for the Marlborough bra sewing pattern, I thought it would be a good time to review some bra sewing pattern adjustments. Since I have had requests for larger band sizes, I am going to start with a tutorial on how increase a bra band. For some background, I d...
You have your pattern and your fabric and you can’t wait to dive in and sew up your project. While we all want to just get sewing, it is important to test your tools first! It only needs to take a few minutes and it can save you a lot of heartache. Want proof? Take a look at the silk charmeuse sw...

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