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How To Add A Supportive Bra to Your Swimsuit

With the release of the Léa Swimsuit, I had lots of questions on how it actually supported the girls. Being a lady with some hefty melons, I feel you! So, I'm here to show you how to add a supportive "bra" into your swimsuit. I put "bra" in quotations because this isn't a standard bra but it does provide all the support you'll need to do the Baywatch run on the beach. Please note: the links provided below are my recommendations. They are not affiliate links. To make this bra you'll need: A swimsuit pattern. I'll be using the Léa Swimsuit. 1 set of bra cups with seam allowance included. Because my cup is on the larger side, I've made...

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The Bra Hack For All Your Summer Dresses

Hey all! We recently released the Camille dress and while it's a beautiful dress, it also has an open back that can cause some problems with those who want to wear a bra. Well, fear no more! I've discovered an open back bra hack you can use to hide your bra but still maintain support while wearing your backless or low back dresses and blouses. And it's so easy, it's silly! To do the open back bra hack, you'll need the following 1 set of bra hook and eye closures with the same amount of rows as the bra you're planning on wearing. For mine, I normally have a 3 or 4 row closure. You can get these at any...

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How To Make Bias Tape

Bias tape is such a fun sewing notion. You can customize any pattern that calls for it by using contrasting fabric to make the bias tape. My personal favorite is using a ditsy floral bias tape on any plain little girls dress. So pretty! A few of my patterns require bias tape so I thought I would put instructions on how to make 1/2" double fold bias tape on the blog. There are a few different ways to make double fold bias tape but my favorite way to make it is explained below. The best tools you can use to make bias tape this way are a 6" x 24" quilting ruler that has degree markings on it, a cutting...

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How to Print and Assemble No Trim Pages

Here's just a quick tutorial on how to print and assemble no-trim pages that are offered on a number of my patterns. First, you will open your pattern file in Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat.   It is best that you print with layers selected to avoid confusion when cutting out your selected size. Choose either the US or A4 Guidelines based on your paper size.     When printing, choose CUSTOM SCALE at 100% and PORTRAIT ORIENTATION. Print just the first page of the pattern pieces to check the Test Square. If it's correct, you should then print the pages you need. After printing you will assemble your pattern using the solid or dashed lines on the margins of the page and in the order...

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How To Make Your Handmade Clothing Look Store Bought

You may be asking, "Why would I want to make the clothes I sewed myself look like they were bought from the store?" Well here's my answer (which may be totally against what you're thinking)... All of your sewing work will make you even more pleased and be even more admired if you take some simple steps to make it look like you bought it from the store--but even better. People will look at your garments and wonder where you bought them but to their surprise, you'll be able to say, "I made this!" It'll be your dirty little secret! It's the difference between your clothes looking homemade vs. handmade. So here's part 1 of the list! 1. Finish and press your seams!...

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