From left to right; Annele, Eeva and Anne.
Annele – the Founder and Owner of Make Bra
It’s me, being present on a daily basis. My typical day starts with checking and answering emails, preparing the orders to leave and doing some paperwork. If there is any working hours left, I’m developing new models and patterns. Designing could be done day and night, and you certainly do, can’t help it. But, at some point you need to get the hands involved and make ”real things” so that you get something out from your head spinning ideas. ”Real things” make the patternmaking quite a process, however! In a nutshell: bouncing between a computer and a sewing machine. Impossible to be stuck in the chair for too long…
The emerging pattern is tested and evaluated in many stages. First, a paper version of the cup, pattern pieces taped together. After several cut and tape versions, the pattern will be tested as a foam lining version. Usually after several foam lining test versions one of the patterns proves to be worth testing as a whole bra. The bra will then be test fitted on a real person (or two, or three, or four…). If everything turns out fine the new, well fitting, beautiful pattern is born. If not, you may need to return to the point one and start everything from the start again. Pretty much from scratch.
An older lady, who was running her own lingerie business only few years ago, told me that you need at least twenty test fitting sessions before the bra pattern is ready to go. I cannot deny that. Therefore, I’ve been lucky to found two other talented women who lighten the workload and help me find time for the task I love the most – patternmaking.
Next lady here is Eeva
She is responsible for the marketing and collaboration issues at Make Bra. If you contact us via (When I post comments I sometimes forget myself – I may occasionally think my name IS Make Bra.)(marketing and collaboration), you will discuss with Eeva. She is active in social media and follows the blogs related to lingerie making. When she comments on the blog, she makes it under her own name (Eeva, Make Bra).
Eeva is also behind our newest designs, Bralette and String Set (free pattern) and the Petite Bra. She had a clear vision how they should look like and that put me into a long cut-tape-sew-fit process mentioned earlier. Still it was a nice experience to implement the design made by somebody else for a change.
Eeva and I operate from Finland.
The third VIP is Anne
Anne lives in America and runs her own blog. We met online more than a year ago. She asked me a pattern size which wasn’t available yet. I visited her blog and was fascinated for her ability to write instructions (she writes about sewing, not only lingerie making). She guides you through the sewing process calmly and gently, like taking you by hand and saying let’s do this, everything will go fine.
So, I asked her to make the sewing instructions for us too. She agreed and now we can enjoy her clear and detailed style at Make Bra. Her handiwork so far are:
Now it’s time to hear what Anne has to say.
I’m a 29 year old webmaster and have been sewing for just over nine years. I started my blog, clothingengineer.com, in early 2013. My main focus is making garments that fit well and suit my lifestyle. Much of what I know about sewing was gained from reading the blogs of other sewists, so I try to make my blog posts as detail-oriented as possible.
I was thrilled when Annele asked me to help her with the Make Bra instructions because bramaking is something people often think of as being intimidating or difficult. This is my chance to prove that it doesn’t need to be! I love sewing lingerie because it is creative, fun, and not extremely time-consuming.
Besides sewing I enjoy reading, cooking, and spending time with my family and fiance. I also love my ”collection” of pets, which includes two ponies, three cats, one rooster, seven chickens, four geese, two rabbits, and a Great Dane puppy.