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The Orange Lingerie Blog

When you find a great print fabric you want to make the most of it! Following are the methods I use in my studio to be sure I use prints to their best advantage. First, you want to be sure to have a complete set of pattern pieces that will be cut from the main fabric. All seam and trim allowances...
If you saw my lace tutorial on the Britex Fabrics blog or my couture camisole you saw one my favorite things to make – spaghetti straps! I learned a great technique to make the perfect straps from Susan Khalje a few years ago and it never fails to produce a beautiful result. Here are the step-by-...
I love seeing all the beautiful versions of my sewing patterns that you all make! With the start of May I just had to share some of my favorite spring themed Marlborough bras. I was also thinking that wearing hand made lingerie is perhaps the easiest way to participate in Me Made May! So who m...
When I wrote about how to fit a bra using a toile (a.k.a. a muslin), I mentioned that the band may initially feel too loose and if so, you should keep it that way and alter it later on if necessary. If the band is still too large once you have attached all the elastics, you can decrease it to get...
If you read my post “The Fastest Way to Find Your Bra Pattern Size” then you know how to quickly find what size bra to sew up. I also mentioned in that post that the most accurate way to test the fit of a bra pattern is to make a toile (also known as a muslin) of the entire bra. The toile techniq...
If you are wondering what size bra to sew you are not alone! I am asked about sizing more than any other topic. The question of bra size is a tricky one since many individuals are not wearing the correct size bra or do not know what size they should be wearing. It is incredibly rare that someone ...
A few weeks ago I headed to New York to pick up some supplies to make samples for my upcoming patterns. I stopped by my usual suppliers that I wrote about previously as well as a few additional places I wanted to share with you.   More Shops for Lingerie Making Supplies For laces and trims I real...
I love seeing all the beautiful versions of my sewing patterns popping up around the web! Pictured above are a few of my recent favorite Boylston bras. So who made all these lovely garments and where can you learn more?! Going across each row from left to right: Anne-Marie from http://imanidoro.b...
I use a lot of elastic to make lingerie. I mean a lot. It is used for both the upper and lower edges of a bra, the legs and waist of underwear not to mention swimwear and active wear. It seems like I am always sewing with elastic! I have talked about the types of elastic and its purpose before bu...
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 I worked in a hardw...
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...
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 s...

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