Saturday, October 29, 2016

It's been awhile

Hello Boston! ...and lingerie lovers and sewists from all over! It has been awhile since we last posted. Intimate Underpinnings has been very busy since we relocated to Boston. We have been working with clients to create custom bras in Boston, New York City, and Vermont. Thank you for finding us so quickly after relocating from Portland, OR.

Intimate Underpinnings would also like to announce that we will be releasing our first ready-to-wear line in early 2017. This line will be exclusively sold on our website   More posts and pictures will follow as we near our release. Our bras will range in size from 30A-38D, and our panties will be size XS-XL. We are so excited to offer you a new bra line made entirely in the United States, with beautiful custom details like those we provide to our custom bra clients.

We are currently accepting new custom bra clients in the Boston and New England area. Schedule your initial consultations at before the rush of the holidays. We look forward to working with you!

Much love to you all!

Intimate Underpinnings

Friday, April 15, 2016

We are packing up shop and moving to Boston

Yes, you read that correctly. Intimate Underpinnings is moving to Boston, Massachusetts mid June. My significant other is beginning his surgical residency at Boston Medical Center, so Intimate Underpinnings will be supporting those in need of custom, bespoke bras and lingerie. Boston, for those of you who do not know us yet, we specialize in custom mastectomy bras and breast forms, as well as fashion, bridal, supportive, posture, and nursing bras.

To all of my lovelies in Portland and Seattle, if you are interested in purchasing a custom bra from us before we leave the west coast, please schedule your initial consultation by May 10. You can reach us by emailing or calling 503-516-5131.

Much love to you all!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Seattle here we come!

Hello Seattle friends and bra lovers! Intimate Underpinnings will be visiting your town the weekend of March 5th and 6th. We will be spending Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning and afternoon conducting fittings and initial consultations. If you are interested in scheduling an initial consultation with us, please contact We look forward to seeing you!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Embrace the lace in 2016

 Happy 2016 everyone! I haven't posted much lately because Intimate Underpinnings has been moving and getting settled in our new sewing studio in SW Portland! We are thrilled about the move and have created a wonderful and inviting space to create all of your unique, custom pieces. With the move complete, I decided to make myself a new bra. It's been awhile since I've made one for myself, and I have been holding onto this small amount of lace that I snagged from Beverly the last time I was up in Ontario, Canada. I knew I wanted to use it to make a special piece for myself, and with my small bust, I really didn't need anymore than what this small piece provided. 

I was inspired by a lovely bra that I discovered several years ago, and thought this lace would be perfect to test out some techniques that I haven't shown you yet. I enjoy vertical seam bras, as they compliment a small bust and it was the most appropriate for my vision. Here is my inspiration photo.

Now to decide which fabric/s, elastics, and findings will compliment the lace. I have this lovely modal in gold, which is great for panties and interior bra pockets. It's much too stretchy for a bra, but it is SO soft and the color was perfect. I decided to use it anyway. I'm always impressed that I can find and match the exact color of my project with Gutterman thread. It puts a big smile on my face. 

Here are the pieces all cut out and ready to go...

The lace has more stretch than I can use to create the sheer illusion on the upper cup area, and the modal has more stretch than I can use for the back band. So, I used beige sheer cup lining to attach the lace, and to give me something to sew the gold modal and edge lace to. My skin is pretty pale, so you can't even see the sheer cup lining when I wear the bra. The lace straps are also supported by sheer cup lining, and I used sheer cup lining to to stabilize the bridge of the bra, as well. It worked fantastically, and does not stretch at all! Finally, I decided to use a beige lightweight power net to layer under the modal for the back band. It now provides the kind of support that I like to have in my bra band. Here is the final product, as modeled by Bettie, my dress form. Enjoy.