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The Orange Lingerie Blog

My last post reviewed bra making fabrics, but as you well know, you need more than fabric to make a bra. Like most bras, the Marlborough calls for about a half dozen different notions. That may sound like a lot, but each has a clear role to play in creating this bra. Let’s review them one by one....
One of the potentially confusing parts of making a bra is choosing the fabric and in my book I provide general guidelines for selecting materials. With the release of my Marlborough bra pattern, I wanted to review the necessary materials and provide specific recommendations for my pattern. Like m...
My first lingerie sewing pattern is now available! This bra, called the Marlborough, has been engineered for great shaping and support. This is one of my custom clients favorite bras since it is not only beautiful but it is also a style that can be worn everyday. One of the reasons I like it so m...
With any craft, it helps to have the best tool for the task at hand. Tools perfectly suited to the job make your work easier and help you complete tasks more efficiently. Recently I started questioning if I had the best sewing machine for my work and started searching for a new one. To provide so...
When I was creating a list of lingerie supply sources for my book I focused on online suppliers. Interestingly, I end up buying many of my bra making supplies in New York. For those lucky enough to be in New York City, you will be happy to know that you can find all the necessary supplies readily...
Over the last few days, a lot of sewists have said that one of their New Year’s resolutions is to sew more lingerie.  In case you need any more incentive to follow up on this goal, here are the top 10 reasons to sew your own bras. 1. It is actually cheaper than buying a bra. Surprise! Once you ha...
What better time than the start of the New Year to revamp your lingerie drawer? Undergarments are the perfect place to start with your resolution to look your best. As you  know, a bra that fits you well can make you look slimmer and more proportional, all you have to do it put it on to get the m...
If you want your bras to perform at their best and last as long as possible, you need to wash your bra after wearing it once, or maximally twice. Think about it: the bra is worn directly against your body so it collects body oils and skin cells. Elastic, a key component of the bra band and straps...
I use a telephone every day and I never really have understood how it works. Similarly I think most women have ever really examined their bras in order to understand what they are made of and how they work – this, despite daily wear. While some of the parts of the bra and their function are obvio...
We all know what a great fitting bra feels like; the best ones are like an extension of your body, almost weightless, and unnoticeable. What makes a bra fit perfectly? It is actually a combination of things. At its simplest, the best fitting bra completely encapsulates the breast tissue, bringing...

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