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Where to get fabric, supplies, and recommended additional reading for this issue.

Posted in: Fabric & Textiles • February 1, 2015

Lingerie Supplies

Bra Makers Supply: A treasure trove of lace, elastic, and other essentials for the bra maker.

Sew Sassy Fabrics: Specializing in lingerie fabrics and patterns.

Lace Heaven: Look for stretch lace in a variety of widths and colors at reasonable prices.

MaryNotMartha: This Etsy seller carries unusally pretty laces and trims, along with ribbons, applique, and more.

WellTrimmed: This Etsy shop in China carries a huge assortment of laces.

Mood Fabrics: Our favorite place for stretch silk, Mood carries a huge range of gorgeous colors. The toasted stretch silk used in this issue is available for $23.99/yard.

Dyeing Supplies

Dharma Trading Company: A great source for fabric dyes of all varieties, plus tutorials and more. We recommend their marbling starter set.

Amazon: A place to find pots and utensils you can dedicate to dyeing, such as this inexpensive pot in various sizes

Sustainable Lingerie Fabrics Stocks both organic cotton and bamboo/spandex jersey.

Organic Cotton Plus: A great resource for organic cotton jersey. 100% organic cotton is great for lining panties, and cotton with spandex is a good all-purpose lingerie fabric.

StitchedFabric: A small Etsy boutique that caries tencel.

Honeybegood: Dedicated to sustainability and has both knit and woven fabric choices.


Demystifying Bra Fitting and Construction by Norma Loehr: Walks you through the basics of creating bras, helping you make sense of this seemingly complicated sewing project.

The Bra-maker's Manual: This exhaustive text on bra making by Beverly Johnson is available as a book or on CD.


Orange Lingerie: The home of custom bra maker and pattern designer Norma Loehr, with plenty of helpful information on creating your own bras.

The Materials Sustainability Index: An online research tool that will help you get to know fibers from many angles.


The Marlborough bra pattern: A full bra from this month's contributor, Norma Loehr.

Pin-up Girls Classic Bra Pattern: This pattern provides a wonderful introduction tot he materials and techniques of bra making.

Cloth Habit Watson Bra: A lovely longline bra without underwire, with matching bikini.


Large Scale Fabric Marbling: Taught by artist Natalie Stopka at New York's Textile Arts Center, February 14, 2015.

Marbling Around the World: This class from the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC covers marbling traditions and patterns from around the world, from Japanese to Turkish to French.

Sewing Bras: Construction and Fit: Take this online class from teacher Beverly Johnson at your own pace!

These resources are provided to help you get started with the patterns, techniques, and ideas in this issue. Please note that some of these links (such as to books on amazon) are affiliate links. When you purchase through them, a small commission goes toward supporting the magazine.

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