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2022 Team
Team Hive (4)

Top Row: Sue, Maddie, Nikki, Monica, Erin, Pamela

2nd Row: Hannah, Angela, Linda, Ruhee, Helen

3rd Row: Bodil, Lily, Jennifer, Alison, Liz, Carla

4th Row: Magarita, DeWahn, Evyone, Clio, Valeria

5th Row: Bessie, Emma

Sue

Sue Folts

Bra Builders, USA

I spend every day chirping with joy like a little cricket as I find beautiful fabrics, laces, elastics and tools for you. I am eager to give every budding bra builder the tools, materials and advice that I needed as I began my bra-making journey, and to support every bra builder as they create. I’m enough of an engineer to care very much that what you get works really well. I’m enough of an artist to care very much that it is beautiful. I’ve been working with fabrics and sewing for a very long time, so I choose the best that I can find. 

Nikki G

Nikki Griffin

Sewing My Style; Bra Talk Live, USA

As an 8-year-old child at my grandmother’s knee, I begged her to teach me to sew on her broken machine.  My grandmother’s spirit of determination was not going to stop her from teaching me this valuable craft.  One hot summer day, she gathered me and some fabric and taught me how to make my first garment…by hand.  Without the use of a machine, I cut and created about 10 halter tops and was the most fashionable little girl on the block.  After my

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Monica

Monica O’Rourke Bravo

Bravo Bella, USA

Monica is a self-proclaimed geek, teacher, a mother to two wonderful boys (Ben Michael & Sam). She has a B.A., a B.S., and is credentialed to teach physics, chemistry, and math. Monica’s educational background and experience has allowed her to approach the pattern making and design process from a very scientific angle. To her, patterns are nothing more than complex mathematical nets and a bra is an engineered structure designed to support mass.

BravoBella combines Monica’s love of science, sewing, and teaching. She

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Maddie Kulig

Maddie Kulig

Madalynn Intimates, USA

Hi! My name is Maddie and I have a serious love affair with lace and lingerie. I am a 33 year old lingerie designer and sewing teacher who turned her dream of sewing and blogging into a passionate career. On most days, you’ll find me in my studio, located in Philadelphia, designing my next collection or teaching women how to make a perfectly fitted bra. My overarching vision is to provide women with feminine lingerie that is equally beautiful as it is functional, whether that be through sewing their own or buying from the market.

Alision Smith

Alison Smith

Sew (your own) Wardrobe, UK

Alison Smith, the UK’s premier teacher of dressmaking, tailoring and corsetry and couture techniques, isn’t only an online sewing teacher, she is also a best-selling author having sold over half a million copies of her book “The Sewing Book”. When she isn’t writing books or running her fabulous retail fabric shop, Sew (your own) Wardrobe, Alison participates in many sewing shows around the UK and writes regularly in sewing magazines. Alison has always been passionate about sewing and loves to teach people how to create beautiful clothes that fit perfectly!

Pamela Leggett

Pamela Leggett

Pamela’s Patterns, USA

Pamela Leggett, national sewing/fitting instructor and pattern designer/owner for Pamela’s Patterns, started sewing lingerie in the 70’s for small boutiques in the Chicago area that catered to the disco and punk party scene.  Lingerie was just starting to be worn as street wear, and Pamela refurbished vintage slips that she bought in thrift stores into unique one-of-a-kind camisoles.  A few years later, she started teaching lingerie classes using Kwik Sew and Stretch & Sew patterns to her customers at the sewing store she managed in Connecticut.  Teaching and developing skills for making lingerie has become

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Lily Fong

Lily Fong

Lilypadesigns, USA

Lily Fong, M.Ed. is the owner and lead designer of LilypaDesigns.  She helps people achieve their dreams – of a well fitting bra – through her PDF Sewing Patterns, Blog, Sewing Community, Online Courses and Sewing Supplies. Her patterns pieces are designed to mix and match different sizes to better match individual body shapes while the Instructions read like a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book.   

Lily has studied multiple drafting methods and strives to help as many people as

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Linda Crawford

Linda Crawford

Uplift Custom Bras, Canada

I have always loved to sew, and I really love a challenge, so I was the first to sign up when I saw an ad for a bra-making course. To my unbelievable surprise, I was able to sew a really comfortable bra that also happened to look great. The best part was that it made the girls look absolutely fabulous.

So I took it to the harshest critics I could find: everyday people in everyday bras. I tested it out on a few friends and they unanimously agreed – it was the most

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Evyone Credle

Evyone Credle

Apparel Intimates, USA

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Evyone Credle is an Intimates apparel design expert who began her training at the High School of Fashion Industries, where she graduated in 1971 with a focus on Women’s Tailoring; Special Machine Operations. There she fell in love with the intricacies of intimate apparel design. She moved directly into the industry working for major brands across all areas of the technical design development. Her first job in the industry was as a sample maker, and she loved it!

Now 50 years later, she’s still in love with the industry, and is still learning something

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Carla Musarra-Leonard

Carla Musarra-Leonard

La Bella Coppia, USA

Carla Musarra-Leonard dreamed of designing garments when she was a little girl. Life took her in another direction, but after her nest emptied she decided it was time. In 2010, she taught herself how to sew. Lingerie education was hard to come by, so she mostly learned by taking apart bras and studying their construction and grading. When she finally started to draft her own bras, she struggled but persevered and finally, on her 33rd attempt, she got a good fit.

Now she makes large cup bras under her own label, La Bella Coppia. She recently published her Josey Plus bra pattern as a follow up to the Josey

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Margarita

Margarita Sheflyand

Apparel Intimates, USA

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I studied to be an architect/engineer for many years in Russia not knowing when I moved to the United States, I would take my previous studies and transform that knowledge to designing intimate apparel and swimwear for women and men.

I worked more than 25 years in NYC for big apparel intimates companies creating and developing many iconic underwear garments such as “Cross Your Heart” Playtex, “Tisha Bra” Le Mysterie, “Fabulous Fit” by MaidenForm etc., and becoming

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Bodil Friman

Bodil Friman

B, Wear, Sweden

Twenty-five years ago, I found myself braless as I didn’t (and still don’t) fit in any RTW bras in the store.  My husband challenged me to try a bra pattern from Kwik Sew, and imagine my surprise when it came out too big! Right then and there, my journey of bra making started. There were countless attempts and much trial and error as I taught myself to make bras. I even ended up taking one or two classes in the end to see I was climbing in the right tree. I don’t believe there is a strict “right or wrong” way of making a bra, as long as you feel like it fits and is comfortable throughout the day. I’ve always believed

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DeWahn

DeWahn Coburn

 USA

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to sew – as a child I remember playing dress up with my dolls creating many outfits for them.

In the 24 years that followed my sewing pursuits have included many aspects of garment making but my primary focus and passion is lingerie, jeans, jumpsuits, bags, and jackets/coat making.  My bra making journey began 10+ years ago when I took a class sponsored by the Baltimore chapter of the ASG.  After a day and a

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Ruhee Rajan

Ruhee Rajan

Rubies Bras; The Lingerie Directory, Canada

Hi everyone, I’m Ruhee! Founder of Rubies Bras and The Lingerie Directory  Born and raised in Edmonton, Canada, I graduated with a Marketing Degree from the University of Alberta, and have been a Marketing Professional for about 18 years. So besides making bras, I am also a marketing advisor, which means I pretty much just tell people what to do and how to spend their money, a pastime that my husband doesn’t pay me for…but really should.

Six years ago I decided I hated my bra so much that I joined a class to make one. I remember thinking I was crazy, but when you’re desperate and determined

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Valeria

Garla Studio, Mexico

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I am Valeria, a textile and surface pattern designer based in Mexico City. I am passionate about all things DIY, reason why I sew my own clothing & lingerie. My favorite thing about creating as much as I can is definitely the – share the process & knowledge – part, which is why I want to share with you the pure joy of creating and sewing your own wardrobe, specially your own lingerie.

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Erin

Emerald Erin, Canada

Hi, I’m Erin- I’m a sewing pattern designer and lingerie/swimwear supply shop owner from Ontario, Canada.  you might know me from my Black Beauty Bra or Jordy Bralette patterns, or you might follow along with my Bra A Week Challenge.  I have a serious passion for all things bras and swim and I want everyone to love sewing bras and swimwear as much as I do.  That’s why you’ll find me in my studio most days with my mom and my shop dog Gibby, where we spend our time filling orders, taking photos, eating chocolate, and finding all the best bra sewing supplies.

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Angela Gough

Angel Sews, UK

The middle of three girls, with very practical parents, I was equally at home with a needle as I was with a power tool.  From making dolls clothes to my school uniform (fortunately there are no pictures), to respraying cars and laying drives, I tackled everything.  All went quiet when I went to university and studied to be a Chartered Accountant and had two children.  Everything changed when my own children went to university. 

Meeting Lorna of the Lorna Knight Sewing Academy reignited the spark for dressmaking where at her sewing studio I did courses in jeans making, bra and lingerie and dress fitting.  She recommended Beverly Johnson’s Craftsy Classes, and off I went into another journey of bra making and pattern drafting.

Over the past few years, I have reduced my work commitments and increasingly focus on my other interests.  I am fortunate to pattern test for some fabulous designers ranging from early concept through to final testing. In addition, I enjoy adapting patterns to achieve the look of inspirational rtw and generally sharing my passion for lingerie sewing through social media and my blog Angel Sews.

 

 
Clio

Clio

Clio’s Atelier, Belgium

Hi! It’s Clio here from Belgium. I’m a 38year old mother of one. My main profession is osteopath, but I would love to spend all of my time sewing lingerie and swimwear. The sewing virus caught me at a very young age and about 6 years ago that turned into a lingerie sewing addiction.

I followed 2 years of professional lingerie sewing evening school to learn all the tricks of the trade. Last year I decided to take the leap and build 2 online courses. This year I’m also hosting a sewing weekend and workshops in real life.

Comfortable lingerie and swimwear that looks impeccably made is what I strive for. Sewing with love and craftsmanship is what I want to pass on to others. I’m looking forward to teach about sewing swimwear and lingerie on the 3th edition of the Great Bra Sewing Bee!

Liz

Liz Thompson

Sew with Liz, Canada

Hi, I’m Liz and I’ve been passionate about sewing since the age of 9. I started out making clothes for my dolls, then my own garments including my wedding and bridesmaids dresses. I love quilting, garment sewing, bag making & machine embroidery.  I thought bra making was too hard and only jumped into that about 10 years ago. I regret not starting lingerie sewing earlier as it really is not difficult. It is exciting to try new patterns and techniques – pretty soon my lingerie drawer is going to be totally full! I attended the International Bra Sewing Bee last August and, since then, I have almost exclusively been sewing lingerie.  Wow – It is quite “addictive” and so much fun!

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Jennifer Fairbanks

Porcelynne, USA

I am a mother to a beautiful little stubborn redheaded child. She is the reason I do the things I do today. My daughter is my inspiration and I, hers. I started my business over 18 years ago and never envisioned it evolving the way it has. I was 26 when I started my path as a lingerie designer in San Francisco. I learned how to do things the hard way, or the wrong way. I struggled as a starving artist, worked 3 jobs while sewing all night and peddling my wares.

I have grown as a designer and

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Helen Cloke

Nellie Joans, New Zealand

Hi, I’m Helen.  Or the ‘Nellie’ in Nellie Joans, New Zealand’s lingerie findings shop for people who love sewing bras, briefs, swimwear and activewear.
I absolutely love sewing and I love sewing lingerie in particular.  I’m also passionate about helping beginner bra makers start out in this challenging, fascinating and rewarding hobby.  I remember when I first became interested in sewing my own lingerie and how bewildering it all seemed to be and so my aim for Nellie Joans is to help clear up any confusion that new lingerie sewists may be feeling.  For those lingerie sewists with more experience, then I hope to fill my blog and shop with lots

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Hannah

Evie la Luve, UK

Evie La Lùve is an online retailer of lingerie sewing patterns, kits and supplies, based in the UK and shipping worldwide. We strive to make sewing lingerie accessible to anyone who wishes to learn, through online video tutorials and patterns with lots of variations, from simple styles to more advanced. We also stock co-ordinating lingerie specific fabrics, elastic, findings etc. as well as kits, to make shopping for supplies as simple as possible.

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Emma Folts

Bra Builders, USA

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