Whew, time is flying! I can’t believe it’s been so long since our bra class. Feels like it was just yesterday that I was in Boston, hanging out with these amazing ladies, who came from all over the country for our workshop:
Norma was the most amazing instructor. She is so knowledgeable (and uber-organized!) that she was able to address our questions and concerns with ease. Everyone worked so hard and came away with not only a finished and custom-fit bra, but the ability to make so many more. We were all pumped at the end of the workshop and ready to go home and sew some sassy brassieres!
And now some images, in no particular order. Sewing clear elastic to stabilize the top of the lace:
Cutting out our main body fabric. I love those 18mm rotary cutters to death!
Sewing the lace to the upper cup:
Expanding the back band:
Sewing the cup to the frame:
Mmm pretty lace!
I’ve made 2.5 more bras since I’ve been back in Michigan and I’m hoping to finish up that third one very soon. I also can’t wait to start Norma’s new panty patterns: the Montgomery Brief and the Kingston Thong. SO CUTE.
Thanks again to all who attended. We’re hoping to make this a more regular occurrence chez Grey. You can buy Norma’s book, Demystifying Bra Fitting and Construction, from us if you’d like to get started sewing underwire bras. It is an amazing resource. The Marlborough Bra pattern can be purchased directly from her and be sure to check out her blog here.
Pix from the party and cocktail recipe to follow!
Hello, lovelies. I’m writing to invite you all to a cocktail party at the shop on Saturday April 25th, starting at 5pm. We’ll have adult beverages, non-adult beverages, tasty treats, and a 15% discount off everything in the store to say thank you to each and every one of you just for being you. That includes floor model sewing machines. What a steal!! So come visit on Saturday night. We’ll have a smashing good time and drink several Soutien Gorgeouses. I’ll share the recipe after the party! See you soon, beautiful ones.
As you know, greyhounds are near and dear to my heart. I can’t imagine life without our two 45 MPH couch potatoes, which is why we donate all the proceeds from our Taza Chocolate products to greyhound rescue. They’re seriously the best dogs (especially for apartments) and if you’re in the market for a canine companion, why not make a fast friend?! (See what I did there?)
We adopted our puppers from Greyhound Friends, but also in MA are Amazing Greyz, Greyhound Rescue of New England, Greyhound Adoption Service, Greyhound Pets of America MA, and Greyhound Options. Check out The Greyhound Project for a rescue near you!
As if the stars had aligned JUST for Greyhound Adoption Month, Crafty Fox Caitlin has demonstrated her watercolor prowess in capturing our two little puppyhounds, Spindle and Dart. Please have a look at her amazing artwork, like this fawn grey in pastels. I think it’s greyhounds’ soulful eyes that really made me fall in love, and she captures them just perfectly. I also love her Instagram, featuring Jack Russells Pogue and Henry. SO CUTE.
If you’re looking for a pet, consider a greyhound. I know you won’t regret it! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have two sweet doggers to go snuggle. TTFN.
I know that some of you are coming from the far reaches of the galaxy for our little bra class (EXTRAVAGANZA) and Ashley has helped me compile this list of accommodations in our fair town. Thanks, Ashley!
There are certainly a wealth of fancy-pants hotels in Boston proper, but the most charming (and affordable) options seem to be AirBnB sites and small inns. Why not make it into an old-fashioned sleepover and share a room with a friend?
Our building’s management company just told me that parking will be free for my guests that weekend (just not overnight) in the 450 Harrison Lot, accessed from Albany street! Great news!
Folks have also asked about parking in the South End, which can sometimes be tricky. There are several pay lots in the vicinity of the shop: 450 Harrison offers free 90 minute parking which wouldn’t quite be sufficient for an 8 hour day, so I’d probably recommend the lot at 500 Harrison which is $17 per day. I also just discovered a site called Parkopedia that has info on local garages and lots! Pretty neat.
All for now – I’ll post again soon with more info on outings and activities!
Omg, you guys. I can’t believe this is really happening. We’re having a fancy-lady bra workshop with the amazing designer of the amazing Marlborough Bra, Norma Loehr. It’s happening on April 25th & 26th from 9am-5pm and it’s going to be a doozy. We’re learning to sew and fit two bras with an expert in the field and I, for one, can’t wait. The pattern, materials, sewing machine, and tool use are included along with snacks, goodie bags, lunch in the South End on both days, and a swanky cocktail party. We’ll be using the Marlborough pattern, which comes in sizes ranging from 30A to 40DD.
And the best part? I’ll be coming in from flyover land to join you!! Ok, maybe the actual class is the best part, but I’m sure that my smiling face will be, like, at least second best, right? Right?
Drop me a line if you have any questions and I hope to see you there, sweet bra-making sewist!
Hey y’all. I’m here today with more info about some of our bra kits. I have personally had very good luck with them, but I realize that our descriptions have left some crucial information out. Apologies, sweet sewists!
The Watson pattern does call for a spandex lace and I chose to go instead with a lace that only has mechanical give. I did this because I found that the support I got from it was better and thought that the lace itself was just so lovely – prettier than most of the wholesale lace that I’ve come across. I’ve used it as an all-over fabric as well as just on the cups and have liked both results (it’s not recommended for the panty back – just the front panel.) HOWEVER – if you want that extra stretchy feel and have used extra stretchy fabrics to muslin your garment, you will probably be unhappy with the lace version that we currently offer.
In this case, I’d recommend the milliskin version, which uses 90% nylon, 10% spandex for the entire bra and panty for a smooth look and feel.
Now let’s talk tricot. In early versions of the kit, we included 15 denier tricot to stabilize the bridge/frame area. We eventually found that this caused too much wrinkling and puckering between the layers and have since started recommending that folks double up on the mesh instead, since the stretch will cause fewer wrinkles while still adding some support. The same goes for the milliskin band – doubling up on the milliskin has thus far given the best results.
Amy has done some revisions to her pattern and now also seems like a good time for us to revisit what’s in the kits. Have you hated the lace? Received any miscut pieces? Do you have any suggestions for improvement? We’re all ears! Well, ears and bosoms.
Hey y’all! Guess what? We’re helping to sponsor ANOTHER sewing challenge! I really love doing these; they have all the fun of a contest without the pressure of judges. Win-win, in my opinion. This one is from Alida Makes and it’s called Sew the Show: making your Netflix subscription work for you since 2015.
The idea is to get sewing inspiration from fashionable ladies and gents on the small screen and I think it’s tops. This month’s show is The Honourable Woman, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, and I had never heard of it before. I’m very glad to be exposed to both new sewing inspo (is that an abbreviation the people use anymore? also, is it super annoying? hmm.) and great programming at the same time. If you’re looking for pattern ideas, check out this post that Alida whipped up. There is a Facebook community page for the group here.
We’re contributing black chiffon, black touch o’ gold interfacing, and dark shell buttons for a chic Maggie-inspired blouse.
What will you make for this challenge, sweet sewists? I’m thinking of tackling a delicate lingerie-inspired cami from chiffon and some of our amazing lace. I’ll let you know how it goes!
Here’s my latest project: HEART BUTT GINGER JEANS! I decided to use one of our snazzy new red zippers and red bar tacks on this pair, along with Hello Kitty Liberty Lawn pocketing that I had leftover from this Archer Shirt oh so long ago. The hearts (from Urban Threads) just seemed to fit with the theme. I’ve never really considered myself a “heart” person. Stars and unicorns, sure, but hearts? Too cutesy. I guess I’m just getting sentimental in my old age. They stitched up beautifully on Violet (my Pfaff Creative Performance) with some tear-off stabilizer and my trusty magnetic embroidery hoop (I’ll tell y’all more about that little beauty in a future post). I interfaced them with Prima woven interfacing afterwards.
I lengthened the crotch (adding a bit more curve) on this pair to help get rid of some of the frown lines appearing in that area and it seems to have worked.
This is a slightly lighter weight denim than my last two pairs; it should arrive in the shop very soon. The next exciting denim project that we have in the pipeline is the Crafty Fox Denim Kit! It will have two yards of wide denim, a pack of 5 topstitching needles, a pack of 5 denim needles, topstitching thread, a deluxe YKK zipper, a bit of interfacing, a jeans button, and a set of 10 rivets all for $45. We should be getting these together in the next week or so, if all goes according to plan, so stay tuned!!
Ok so you may or may not know how much I obsess over greyhounds: mine, random strangers on Instagram, etc. I just adore them. It’s why we donate all the profits from our Taza Chocolate sales to greyhound rescue. They’re lovely animals who are terribly mistreated by the racing industry.
ANYHOW, all that is to say that it was no surprise to me when Tanya contacted me about helping to sponsor a sewing challenge that she, Carlee and Sophie-Lee are hosting: The Crazy Dog Lady Sewing Challenge. Miss Crayola Creepy started this trend with the Crazy Cat Lady Sewing Challenge and I’m glad that we puppy-crazies are now being adequately represented in the sewing world.
Our contribution is two yards of my favorite doggie fabric and a Fox & Hound tee, which will be for sale for charity soon.
I hope to be sewing along with y’all, too. I think that I might need a Charlotte Skirt in that dog fabric, á là Hyer Handmade…
First up: new hours. Our darling Katy of Katy & Laney fame has moved to fancy-pants Brooklyn and until we find that special someone to take over Mondays, we’re going to be closed on them. Here’s the deets:
Next order of business: Serger sale!!
The intro model in Pfaff’s overlock line is the Hobbylock 2.0 and it is a straight serger. MSRP on this machine is $550 and our normal floor model price is $450. For the month of February, it’s down to $400! Wowzers. This is the machine we use most for everyday serging – it has 15 stitches, differential feed, and a free arm for tight spaces like cuffs and collars.
The next machine in the line is the Coverlock 3.0. It’s an all mechanical model with an MSRP of $1100. This month it’s down to $800. This bad boy sews 1100 stitches per minute and can easily be converted from a plain overlock to a coverstitch machine. Nifty!
The pinnacle of Pfaff’s overlock machines is the electronic Coverlock 4.0. This is the machine that I have and it is a real gem. It’s got 25 stitches, which is honestly more than I personally need, but a girl likes to have options, you know? It’s equally smooth and deelishis as an overlock or a coverlock and actually easy to convert between the two. The MSRP on this beaut is $1800, but during February ours is down to $1100. If you fancy needing a overlock and a coverlock, but don’t have the space for a dedicated coverstitch machine, then this is an awesome choice. Can you tell that I love mine??
Remember, all Pfaff products MUST be picked up in-store. We are contractually forbidden from shipping them.
On the other hand, if you need a coverstitch machine and don’t live in the Boston metro area, might I suggest our Singer Dedicated Coverstitch Machine? This machine is normally $700, but during this special it’s down to $550 and may be shipped directly to your door. It has four different coverstitches for your finishing pleasure and sews up to 1100 stitches per minute. Speedy!
Feel free to swing by any time (but not on a Monday, for now!) and take a peek at these little lovelies. You’ll be glad you did!