Elma Essentials – Everyday Lingerie for the Petite Woman

Handmade by Elma Adelphi Bralette Elma Essentials

Happy Friday guys! I’ve been waiting over half a year to make this announcement! Elma Lingerie and I have joined forces to produce a trial run of an affordable everyday Elma padded bralette!

Two years ago, I flew into Vancouver, BC to take a bra-making class, because I could not find bras that fit at the retail level. I was also being constantly told by stores that did not carry anything in my size. My band and cup size were too small. Today, I have a sizable wardrobe full of memade bras that fit me. Today, I also run an online fabric and trims store that specializes in lingerie making supplies so home sewers have access to quality materials to do the same: make bras that fit.

Handmade by Elma Adelphi Bralette Elma Essentials

However, I recognize that not everyone is interested in sewing their own bras and this is why I’m working together with Elma. Elma Lingerie is a luxury intimates brand based in California and Elma’s mission is to create beautiful, well-fitting handmade lingerie for petite women. Both her mission and aesthetic resonate with me, which is why I reached out to her about the possibility of a collaboration back in April. I flew into San Francisco, took the Caltrain to San Jose, and met with Elma for lunch.

As I’ve mentioned here and there, I have a background in Production, Sourcing, & Development in the Fashion Industry. Both Elma and I settled on the idea of producing a small run of one of her popular bralette styles at an affordable price point. The materials sourcing and production of the style took course over the last few months and I’m really excited to announce that it’s available for purchase starting today!

Handmade by Elma Adelphi Bralette Elma Essentials

The Adelphi Bralette is made using a beautiful scallop lace and lined with stretch mesh. It comes in two colorways: Black and Ivory. It is outfitted with quality hardware (gold and gunmetal rings & sliders) and has optional padding. The plunge neckline is incredibly flattering on and the best part is that it’s Made in USA!

This is a limited trial run so grab yours before they’re gone!

You can read more about the Elma Essentials capsule collection here.

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Red Edena Bralette

Tailor Made Shop Bra Making Edena Bralette Bramaking with Madalynne

Hi guys, I have a quick update today. I inadvertently made a bralette for the holidays!

Tailor Made Shop Bra Making Edena Bralette Bramaking with Madalynne

This is my third Edena Bralette. You can read about the first one here and the second one here. For this one, I used the same red lace that Maddie used for her Edena Bralette here. The lace was actually a gift from her–thanks Maddie!

Tailor Made Shop Bra Making Edena Bralette Bramaking with Madalynne

No further changes were made to the pattern. The fit is pretty much perfect as is.

Tailor Made Shop Bra Making Edena Bralette Bramaking with Madalynne

If you are into behind the scenes/work in progress shots, I actually made a video of me applying the band elastic to this bralette. You can view it here.

Tailor Made Shop Bra Making Edena Bralette Bramaking with Madalynne

Also: I’m currently obsessed with pairing rose gold with red. How do you like the combination?

Pattern: Edena Bralette by Madalynne
Lace: Gift from Maddie
Trims & Notion: Tailor Made Shop

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Holiday Gift Guide for Lingerie Sewists

Tailor Made Shop Holiday Gift Guide for Lingerie Sewists Bramakers Lingerie Makers

Happy December guys! I’ve assembled a Holiday Gift Guide for those of us who are looking for gifts for fellow lingerie sewists or aspiring lingerie makers. This is a curated list of five items that will function as practical gifts.

1. 505 Adhesive Spray – This is a must in every lingerie sewist’s arsenal. The spray adhesive will help you tackle any tricky fabric you may encounter while sewing delicate lingerie. You can even use it to help you attach a bra hook and eye.

2. OLFA 28mm Rotary Cutter – Rotary cutters come in a variety of sizes. 18mm, 28mm, 45mm, etc. The 28mm is the perfect size for cutting into a variety of fabrics and the size is handy for getting into those pattern curves.

3. Gingher Duck Bill Scissors – These scissors have a multitude of functions: you can use them to grade a seam, trim a neckline, or reduce bulky seams. For lingerie sewing, you can use it for appliquéing and reducing bulk. The duck bill shape allows you to trim very closely to a seam.

4. Gingher 8 Inch Scissors – Yes you can do all of your lingerie cutting using a rotary cutter, but I love to do my cutting with fabric scissors. Even though lingerie pattern pieces are small and the fabrics are finicky, you can get very neat cutwork by following these tips and tricks. This pair of scissors cuts fabric like butter and is a good size and weight for most people.

5. Tailor Made Shop E-Gift Card – Not sure what specifically to get a lingerie making friend? You can gift them the flexibility of choice by getting them a Tailor Made Shop E-Gift Card. Armed with the e-gift card, they can purchase anything from laces to bra kits to rings & sliders on www.tailormadeshop.com. The E-Gift Card comes in denominations of $10, $25, $50, $100, and do not expire. The perfect all year round gift!

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Black/Lavender Edena Bralette & Cyber Monday Sale

Black Edena Bralette Tailor Made Shop Bra Making DIY Handamde Lingerie

I’m back today with my second iteration of the Edena Bralette. You can find the first iteration here.

Black Edena Bralette Tailor Made Shop Bra Making DIY Handamde Lingerie

For this version, I used a black non-stretch lace that I had in my stash and lined it with black bra tulle. I also used black satin elastic for the straps and the strappy detail. I opted to use a fun lavender picot elastic for contrast.

Black Edena Bralette Tailor Made Shop Bra Making DIY Handamde Lingerie

Some changes to the pattern: I increased the height of the neckline by 3/8″. I also increased the bottom band height by 3/8″ so the bralette now provides more coverage overall. I also added the extra strappy detail. Because it’s pretty much a known secret by now that I’m a sucker for strappy details.

Black Edena Bralette Tailor Made Shop Bra Making DIY Handamde Lingerie

I pretty much adore this bralette to death. I’ve made a third one and have a fourth one in the works right now.

Black Edena Bralette Tailor Made Shop Bra Making DIY Handamde Lingerie
Black Edena Bralette Tailor Made Shop Bra Making DIY Handamde Lingerie

Pattern: Edena Bralette by Madalynne
Lace & Bra Tulle: Personal Stash
Trims & Notions: Tailor Made Shop

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Pink Edena Bralette

Pink Poppy Lace Edena Bralette Tailor Made Shop

Hi guys, today’s post features a bralette using non-stretch lace. It’s a pink poppy lace with only mechanical give.

Pink Poppy Lace Edena Bralette Tailor Made Shop

The pattern I used is the Edena Bralette by Madalynne. Her version involves a floating bridge and underwires. Although the concept is really, really cool, I personally don’t like wearing underwires so I omitted the bridge and channeling and underwires.

Pink Poppy Lace Edena Bralette Tailor Made Shop

I lined the front of the bralete with sheer cup lining and left the back band unlined.

Pink Poppy Lace Edena Bralette Tailor Made Shop

The style is very comfy to wear and looks amazing on. I have plans to make more iterations of this style, with a variety of non-stretch laces. I also think it will work well with stretch laces as long as I stabilize the laces with a non-stretch lining.

Pink Poppy Lace Edena Bralette Tailor Made Shop

What do you think? Are you a fan of the Edena Bralette?

Pattern: Edena Bralette by Madalynne
Bra Kit: Tailor Made Shop

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Black/Purple Strappy Balconette Bralette

DIY Black Purple Balconette Bralette Bra Making Tailor Made Shop

Happy Halloween guys!

DIY Black Purple Balconette Bralette Bra Making Tailor Made Shop

I made this bralette about two weeks ago, so I did not make it for Halloween even though the color combination would suggest otherwise!

DIY Black Purple Balconette Bralette Bra Making Tailor Made Shop

This is my tried and true self-drafted balconette bralette pattern. As of late, I’ve been trying different variations of this pattern. I’ve experimented with lace straps here and lace racer back detail here. This time, I added strappy details to it.

DIY Black Purple Balconette Bralette Bra Making Tailor Made Shop

The result? I quite like it. I might make a couple more like this. What do you think? Are the strappy details too much?

DIY Black Purple Balconette Bralette Bra Making Tailor Made Shop

Pattern: Self-Drafted
Materials: Tailor Made Shop

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