A Visual Comparison of Two Patterns

Every since my hubby’s business trip to Germany when I placed an order with Sewy, I’ve been thinking about the Sewy Rebecca pattern.


I’ve been wondering exactly how it differs from the Pin-up Girls Shelley because both patterns are very similar – power bar, lace upper cup, full band…


When you have a question like this, it’s just the kind of question to ask your very own Fairy Bra Mother. So I did. I asked her, “What is the difference between a bra that fits more shallowly (from my experience) and one that doesn’t?”

Beverly Johnson, (aka The Fairy Bra Mother), said she thought it all came down to bottom cup depth. Hmm. That gives me something to check into.

Now, let’s take a look together to see how much of a difference there is between the two patterns. I’ve compared them by wearing them, but not pattern piece to pattern piece. Well, there was one day when I measured all kinds of things on both patterns… but I didn’t trace them both out and compare.

Anyway. I’ve had a cold, felt terrible and didn’t want to do anything, but still wanted to get something done… so I pulled out my patterns and traced them off.

Before I could even begin, I had to work on some sister sizing because the Rebecca doesn’t come in my size.

The Results

Here are the upper cups one on top of the other. The Shelley is traced onto  purple paper, and the Rebecca, yellow. Since the Sewy patterns don’t have a seam allowance, the Shelley has been trimmed of its seam allowances. I also made the split lower cup into one pattern piece.


The Shelley pattern piece barely peeks out from under the bottom of the Rebecca pattern piece, so to help us all out visually, I traced the Shelley onto the Rebecca with the dotted line. You can see the Rebecca is also straighter along the lower edge of the upper cup and is longer too.

You know how I said I had a cold? I had a little trouble naming these photos when I was saving them. I kept calling them all ‘Upper Cups’, so this one has the creative name of ‘No Really Upper Cups’.

Here are the lower cups of both (which were saved under the file name ‘Upper Cups’) Sigh.: upper-cupsThe Shelley definitely has more bottom cup depth. The Rebecca is longer along the lower edge. Again, The Shelley pattern is on the purple paper in behind.

Lastly, here are the power bars, which I caught before I saved and changed their file name from Upper Cups.:


I am not as wise or experienced as The Fairy Bra Mother, or a professional bra-maker even, but there are some differences here. Hmm, now I’m wondering how much being an Omega shape has to do with how each bra fits…

I hope this helps anyone else wondering about the differences between the two patterns.


Just to let you know, Craftsy is having a sale this weekend! Just click on the photo to go to Craftsy and get a few deals.


All Craftsy Classes under $20.
Dates: Friday 10/28 12 AM MTMonday 10/31 11:59 PM MT

Happy creating!

Another Pair of Panties

When I’d made my recent matching bra and panty set, I only had enough beige cotton for one pair of panties. That was all I made.

Full set on table 2

However, this pair isn’t perfect. Wearable, and pretty, but not perfect. As well, I do like a second matching pair for my sets.

Do you remember I showed you the two gussets overlapped?


I’m going to add length back to my gusset. I found that shorter gusset too short, and the longer one is more comfortable.

When it was time to re-draw my pattern, I pulled out the original KS 2286. Interestingly, I compared both pattern pieces (my drafted one, and my traced KS 2286) to the original pattern. My traced 2286 pattern is narrower and shorter than the original. My self-drafted one is narrower still. I’m going with the self-drafted pattern piece for the width and adding back some of the length.

 I had just enough lace left over from making my bra and the first pair of panties to make a second pair of panties. I forgot to mention, the gorgeous lace I used for this set came from Merckwaerdigh‘s former eBay store. You can still find her on Etsy. The cotton is from Bra-Makers Supply, and the lace trim is from Frog Feathers on Etsy. Three of my favorite vendors.


Here are my new panties. I’ll include a few other photos so you can compare.

Here’s my first drafted pair.

panties on table

They look similar, but there are differences. The longer gusset makes my new pair look more French cut than my first pair. Although they’re both Hipsters.

Here are a few construction details:

Again, this time because I’m working with a lace front, I reinforced the sides of the lace with a knit interfacing, and add some lingerie elastic to the inside of the front waist.


I’ve also used my pinking rotary cutter to trim away the extra cotton Lycra for a nice neat look behind the lace.


Lastly, these are done and just what I want. They are bow-worthy.


The bow is from the same polka dot tulle I used to make my version of the Heather bra. It’s a pretty and very delicate touch.

Happy creating!

Revisiting McCall’s 6516

Last year, I made a jacket I love. I wear it often. It’s my McCall’s 6516 jacket.


I love my jacket, but my hubby doesn’t. Now, before everyone jumps all over him, let me tell you exactly what it is he doesn’t love.

He doesn’t love that unfinished look to the flap. ‘Add some lace,’ he says. I have no desire to take the jacket apart to add some lace.

You can see here, the materials shown on the pattern’s envelope don’t have any large white ‘unfinished’ looking flaps, but I love this material.


I do have to admit I don’t love the white flap either. I decided to revisit my jacket. Out came my little black fabric marker.

Here’s my jacket half done.


 I’ve been sitting and relaxing while I draw inside the jacket. Okay, it does look better.

Here is it all done and laundered.


It did fade a bit in the laundry, but it still looks better. Have you used a fabric marker on anything? What was it? How did it turn out?


Fall SALE! Time to Gear Up for Crafting Season. Craftsy is hosting a supplies sale through the weekend!


Just click on the photo to go to Craftsy for some fun deals.

*This promotion ends Sunday, October 16, at 11:59 pm MT.

Happy creating!

Happy Thanksgiving/National Handbag Day

Craftsy is saying it’s National Handbag day and has a great blog post with some free bag patterns. It’s Thanksgiving Day in Canada. I’m good with celebrating both!

Here’s a wonderful free bag with a tutorial.



This pattern comes from the instructor of Craftsy class Mix & Match Clutch Bag Techniques, so you can bet it’ll be a great tutorial! The small handbag is perfect for quick trips when you need just a few things.

Get the FREE pattern »

You can see more bags from Craftsy on their blog post here.

As well, Craftsy is offering one class at 50% off. Use the coupon code FALLINTOSAVINGS.

Happy creating!

A Baby Shower Gift

 A very dear friend of mine just became a Grandma. It was time to make a baby shower gift.

My TNT baby gift for the better part of 20 years is an idea from Sewing With Nancy.


A beautiful hooded towel. I don’t have this great-looking book, but saw Nancy make one of these towels on her show, and I’ve been making them since.

They’re a great gift. I’ve heard back from Moms that they love them and use them for years. I’ve even had Moms ask for one for their next baby after receiving one.

You can see a step-by-step tutorial of a similar hooded towel by Nancy here.


Isn’t this cute? I’ve never made the bear style.

For the towel I made, I was told the colors were black, white, and pink. I found a pink towel, black ribbon, and used some white thread to embroider on the ribbon.


After embroidering the ribbon, I attached it to the towel and facecloth.

To make it a little different than simply sewing on the ribbon, I gave the ribbon a little twist every few inches. You can also see here I didn’t embroider all the ribbon.


Here’s a close-up of the twists in the ribbon before it was sewn down. I used pins hold those twists in place.


Here’s how the front of the towel will look. There’s a single embroidered ribbon on the other side of the towel.

And of course there’s the matching ribbon and twist pattern on the washcloth/hood.


Here’s the hood. I draped this over my dress form, Catherine.


I think it looks adorable. Here’s the whole hooded towel:


That’s nice and long to wrap that little baby up for a few years.

Do you have a TNT gift you make? What is it? I wonder how many of our TNTs come from shows like Sewing with Nancy? Do you love her show?

Happy Thanksgiving & happy creating!

Another Sale for You

I have another sale for you.

I was just talking to a friend of mine in the US and mentioned it’s Thanksgiving weekend in Canada, but we don’t have the sales like the US has close to their holiday. Well, then I get this great deal in my inbox:


I’m going to do a little Thanksgiving shopping. You know I love a deal!


Sale ends on 10/9 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Happy creating!

A Little Upcycling

I love to find a new use for something. I love to go to thrift shops too. I really like a good bargain.

Here’s my latest find. It’s an old wooden spice rack that will now happily serve as a thread holder. And look at how much more room I have! The little plastic thread box I had was full. This is much better.


How do you like my little toy dress forms? They add the perfect touch of whimsy to my thread rack.

Recently, I was inspired by reading Emerald Erin’s blog. She was going through her closet and working towards a capsule wardrobe. That is something I’ve been thinking about doing too. I have a full closet, but open the door and feel like there’s nothing in there.

After reading Erin’s post, I went through my closet. The problem was, although there were things in there I really had no problem getting rid of, there were some things in there I really did. Even though I never wore them, I loved the material. I didn’t want to get rid of them.

I set them aside. I had three piles on my bed. Pack away. Give away. I don’t want to give away.


I was not going to put that third pile back in my closet or pack it away. Then I thought of what I could do. Upcycle!

I have Betz White’s class on Craftsy. There’s a link in the photo to take you to the class on Craftsy.


As well, I just bought a new pattern. (ClubBMV has too many sales!)

I’m sure I can use some of this material towards something like this:


Or maybe more like this:


This second pattern is used in the Craftsy classes The Ultimate T-Shirt and The Artful T-Shirt. Both of these classes are by Marcy & Katherine Tilton.

In the photo for the Artful class, they show this same T-shirt with a lot more piecing.titlecard

I’m thinking there must be a way to use some of these materials I love so much and make something new.


There’s one other thing in that hard-to-give-away pile: a silk skirt. The blue floral material? That’s silk. I’ve been holding onto it for years. I think I wore it once, maybe twice. This is going to make a few lovely bras.

Time to get cutting out. Have you upcycled anything? How did it turn out? Do you love it? Will you upcycle again? What’s your favorite thrift store find? I’d love to hear.

Happy creating!

Pinterest Find and More

Kantje Boord

Do you remember a few weeks ago I posted about my hubby’s trip to Germany?

I’d mentioned some gorgeous material from Kantje Boord. Gorgeous material I’d seen a few years ago. Gorgeous material that Sigrid made into a lovely bra. Gorgeous material that I didn’t order.


When I initially wrote the post, I couldn’t find a photo of the bra, even though I knew I’d saved it… somewhere. This week, I was adding a photo to my Pinterest page and there it was. The bra Sigrid made.


Isn’t that lovely? Do you follow Sigrid? I really enjoy reading about her makes.

After seeing how pretty this bra is again, I’m having a second thought or two about not ordering this, while telling myself, ‘I will not be tempted by Lycra.’ Sigh. I’ll have to see when my hubby’s work takes him to Europe again.

Sew Canadian Sewing Swap

As well, a few weeks ago, I posted I participated in the Sew Canadian Sewing Swap. Here’s the lovely little zippered pouch I received:


I love it! Such adorable fabric.

The note that came with it said it could be a lip gloss holder, or a Wonder Clip holder, or a coin purse. When Catherine (Cee Gee Couture) mentioned the Wonder Clips, I knew right away how I would use this.

Hair clips. Hair clips are annoying when traveling. I will now have a lovely little zippered pouch to use to hold them, and any other little bits I have to dig down to the bottom of my travel bags to find. Thank you, Catherine!


Don’t forget about these wonderful discounts:

Jalie Patterns is offering 20% off PDF patterns when you buy 3 with the code JALIE3PDF

Custom Bras is offering 10% off with the code Tour2016

With Love Lingerie is offering 50% off purchases over $40 until December, 13th, 2016. Use the code Bloghop2016

Farthingales is offering 15% off with the code Cancups

Miss Maika Fabrics is offering 15% off with the code LINGERIE16

More Discounts

We’re not done yet.

Here are the two classes I reviewed. Just click on either photo to take you to Craftsy and get either or both of these classes for 50% off. These 50% off savings are good until September 30th, 2016.

Sewing Bras Foam, Lace & Beyond


Sewing Panties Construction & Fit


Do you follow Sigrid’s blog? Have you been part of a sewing swap before? What ideas do you have for sewing swap gifts? I’m already thinking of the next one I join.

Happy creating!

Prizes and Discounts

The Canada Cups – Cross Your Heart Relay is all wrapped up, but that doesn’t mean the fun has stopped. Oh, no. We have more fun for you.

First, let’s see our winners!

Giveaway Winners

Are you one of the lucky 10?
  1. Lavender and Lace bra-making class from Braphoria: Reece Montgomery (Canada)
  2. Two $25 CAD store credit certificates (for you and a friend) from Bra-makers Supply: Denise Marie (USA)
  3. Exclusive pre-release Latte bra kit from The Emerald Studio: Jodi Barrington (Canada)
  4. Complete bra kit including findings, underwires, and lace from Uplift Custom Bras: Angela Smith (Canada)
  5. The Sophie Swimsuit online class, incl. PDF pattern from Closet Case Files: Yiling (USA)
  6. $50 CAD store credit from Blackbird Fabrics: Chelle (USA)
  7. $25 CAD gift card from Ann’s Fabric Shop & a PDF pattern from Jalie: Jeannie (USA)
  8. $50 CAD gift card from Central Sewing Machines: Patricia (Canada)
  9. Complete bra kit from Custom Bras: Kelly Boggs (Canada)
  10. The 10th prize is a bundle of 3 classes from Craftsy, worth more than $200 USD. Their Giveaway is still open until tonight, 11:59 PM MST. This winner will be notified directly by Craftsy.

Did you win? If not, we have a number of tour sponsors who have not only donated prizes, but have also very graciously provided discounts for us.

Just look at all these sponsors! A very BIG thank you to all of them for participating with us!



Jalie Patterns is offering 20% off all PDF patterns when you purchase a minimum of 3 patterns with the code JALIE3PDF

Custom Bras is offering 10% off with the code Tour2016

With Love Lingerie is offering 50% off purchases over $40 until December, 13th, 2016. Use the code Bloghop2016

Farthingales is offering 15% off with the code Cancups

Miss Maika Fabrics is offering 15% off with the code LINGERIE16

More Giveaways & Discounts

We’re not done yet. Craftsy has been so wonderful to support our tour with classes for us to review, and a chance for you to win three classes, and class discounts as well!

Click the image below now for a chance to win a bundle of 3 Craftsy classes (your choice):


Here are the two classes I reviewed. Just click on either photo to take you to that Craftsy class. You can get get either one or both of these classes for 50% off. (That’s basically one free if you buy them both.) If you want one of the other classes, just visit the blogger who did the review. These 50% off savings are good until September 30th, 2016.

Sewing Bras Foam, Lace & Beyond


Sewing Panties Construction & Fit


I hope you enjoyed our tour as much as we did making it. Let me know if you win, or if you decided to make something new as a result of our tour. I’ve already heard from one woman who said she “was motivated to finish her foam cup bra and make a lace one after reading the review on the Foam, Lace & Beyond class.” That is so great to hear. Did our tour motivate you?

Happy creating!