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As a lingerie designer and maker, one of my greatest pet peeves is hearing bras dismissed as “just two small pieces of fabric.”  It totally disregards the complexities and skills required to create these garments, as well as just being factually incorrect! I’ve been running my lingerie brand for nearly a decade now, and still individually hand make my bra designs. It can easily take a few hours to create […]

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I’ve mentioned this once or twice on TLA, but I’m in love with the textile arts, especially embroidery. Long derided as women’s work (a way of devaluing the expertise and labor involved), I am fascinated by how simple threads can, over time, turn into art. It’s similar to the metamorphosis that turns thread into lace. I suppose, now that I think on it, this is the essence of fashion in […]

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Disclosure: The items in this review were purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own. I’ve had my eye on small-batch indie maker Serpent and Bow since getting a peek at their moon phases indigo design here in 2017. I was immediately drawn to the hand-batiked designs and the rich, shifting shades of indigo. Furthermore, while the word sturdy is not one we often associate with lingerie, there […]

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The third part of our lingerie construction series covers seams. As a refresher, the first part covered types of stitch, and the second part stitch quality and linings. Seams are the point at which two pieces of fabric join together. They typically require a ‘seam allowance,’ or a space where the two panels can be sewn together. Seams can also be glued (or ‘bonded’) together for an exceptionally flat finish. […]

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Evgenia Lingerie is one of our favorite indie designers here on TLA. A one-woman brand based out of California, Evgenia (formerly Honeycooler Handmade) is known for intricate, time-intensive details like inset lace and the use of stunning French embroidered tulles. If you’re a fan of the brand, you may have noticed there’s been a bit of a gap since Evgenia’s last collection. The founder, Stephanie Bodnar, recently had a baby […]

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