Tiffany & Tot

Bringing love and comfort through sustainable handmade items, while supporting other Canadian small businesses, located in New Brunsick, Canada.


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Tiffany & Tot December NB WAHM Box

Tiffany & Tot Underwear

Tiffany & Tot underwear

I know I know, I need to work on the name, but this way everyone is on the same page, right? 🙂

I decided to do some light research. So I googled:

  • New Brunswick WAHM box
  • Nova Scotia WAHM box
  • Maritime WAHM box
  • Atlantic WAHM box
  • Canada WAHM box
  • WAHM box

I got nothing. Like, actually, I’m not exaggerating, nothing.

Now I’m not saying that a collaborative WAHM box doesn’t exist anywhere in all of Canada, but Google didn’t make it look likely!

I wanted up a monthly underwear box (because seriously, who doesn’t want a super comfy and cute pair of underwear every month made specifically for you – check here for lots of examples and options), but also I know of so many amazing and talented people with their own creative small businesses out there too!

Enter, the Tiffany & Tot December NB WAHM Box.

December we’re going to give it a go! Each box will include a pair of underwear that I’ve made specifically for recipient (based on size, and I’ll ask you a few questions to gauge personal preferences), a piece of jewelry made by Alexandra Torcat Jewelry, and soap made by The Taylored Soap Co. Their items look amazing, and I’m so excited to be partnering with two other New Brunswick WAHMs! (You can read more about each of those creators down below.)

Now for the pricing.

Alexandra Torcat Jewelry

Alexandra Torcat Jewelry – so sweet, and one of her best sellers!

For a pair of low or high rise underwear (not low rise plus) in sizes S-L, the price for all three items including tracked shipping in Canada will be $49 CAD (whereas those three items, separate, would be more than $65!). Each item is discounted and they will all ship together.

And for those low rise plus lovers out there, that is only an additional cost of $2 rather than the normal extra charge of $4.

For sizes XXS-XS, the cost of the box will be $47, and for sizes XL-4X the box will be $53 (both CAD and including tracked shipping).

Additionally, if you’re able to pick up in person in Fredericton, the shipping cost would be taken off, so it would cost $32, $34, or $38 CAD depending on sizing (and not including low rise plus).

How awesome is that?

Ordering and Dates

Ordering will be open from Nov. 8-22nd, I’ll need to be paid by Nov. 22nd AND KNOW PRECISE SIZING, and I’ll be shipping out boxes by Dec. 6th, which according to Canada Post’s website would arrive within 2-7 business days nationally to urban centres (arriving Dec. 8-15th). If you live in a rural area, or would need it earlier than that, please let me know, as we could discuss other possible options.

For December, the “in time for Christmas” boxes will be capped at 15 boxes. If I receive more orders than that, I’ll discuss it with the other makers to see whether it would be possible, but we may not be able to accommodate shipping by Dec. 6th.

If you’ve told me you would like a box, but by Nov. 22nd haven’t paid me and/or have not given me sizing information (if I don’t already have it from a previous order), your order may not ship out by Dec. 6th, and if there were more than 15 people interested with sizing information and payment available, I will bump your order. Now I’ll check in with you first of course before bumping you, but I will need those pieces by Nov. 22nd at the latest.

Christmas Gifts

The Taylored Soap Co.

The Taylored Soap Co. – seriously, their soap looks good enough to eat!

For anyone who has already ordered underwear from me, I already have information about sizing and preferences! If you would be buying for someone and you’re not positive of their size, instead of including the underwear, for Christmas, I could include an IOU underwear certificate in the box with the jewelery and soap, so they could measure themselves and I could mail the underwear after Christmas, however there would be an additional charge for the separate shipping.

Estimating sizing has been done successfully before, however it’s very risky, and if the sizing is off from guessing that would be at your own risk.

And any or all of the items could make great stocking stuffers, whether to the same person, or to different people!

Current Orders

If you’re currently waiting on preorder fabric for a pair of underwear, I would be happy to switch your order to a box for the price difference, however I may not be able to ship out Dec. 6th if I don’t have the fabric in time.

Underwear Options

You can see all the options and examples here, but if you don’t want to make all the decisions, the only information I REALLY need is the size, unless I’ve already made the person underwear before. Specifically:

*Full hip – wherever the person is widest around, maybe around hips, maybe around bum, maybe somewhere in between – this one is absolutely necessary (unless you’re comfortable with guessing and taking full responsibility if the underwear doesn’t fit well). The measuring tape should be parallel to the ground the whole way around.

Low waist/high hip – the measurement approx 3″ below the bellybutton, right around where the hip bones are – this one is helpful, but not strictly necessary. The measuring tape should be parallel to the ground the whole way around.

Besides that, there are a couple options to consider, which you can see examples of here:

  1. Do you want me to make all the decisions (especially if the person has ordered from me before)? If so, ignore the following questions.
  2. Rise – low rise, high rise, or low rise plus? (Low rise plus costs an extra $2 for the box.)
  3. Style – surprise, less coverage, moderate coverage, or more coverage?
  4. Print – surprise, festive, or not festive?

Alexandra Torcat Jewelry

Alexandra Torcat JewelryBeautiful, meaningful and inspiring handmade jewelry.

Alexandra Torcat, in Cambridge-Narrows, New Brunswick, specializes in creating unique handcrafted jewelry made with Freshwater Pearls, semi-precious stones and Swarovski crystals.

Her designs are all made with 14K Gold filled and Sterling Silver. “Gold Filled” is an actual layer of gold-pressure bonded to another material (brass). It is more than 50 times thicker than regular gold plating and it is much more valuable and tarnish resistant. It can last many years or even decades of frequent wear. It doesn’t flake off, rub off or turn colours. It is nickel free and safe on sensitive skin.

To see her beautiful jewelry, you can check Etsy or Instagram @alexandrat.jewelry

The Taylored Soap Co.

The Taylored Soap Co

Handmade Soap & Bath Products

Krista Taylor, in Fredericton, New Brunswick, has been dabbling in natural remedies and herbs since she was in high school, making soaps, liniments and lotions for herself and friends/family as a hobby. She started selling her soap products in 2010, and since then her business has grown to enable her to hire her 16 year old daughter Kaitlyn who creates for the business as well.

All of their products are made in small batches by Krista (Kaitlyn for the bombs) which is why no two products look exactly the same.

Here are some highlights about their products:

  • fragrances are phthalate and paraben free
  • glitter are cosmetic grade, skin safe and biodegradable
  • micas are all vegan and cruelty free
  • only sustainable palm oil is used

To learn more about their fantastic products, you can check FacebookEtsy, or Instagram @thetayloredsoapco

Tiffany & Tot

T and T name blueBringing love and comfort through sustainable handmade items, while supporting other Canadian small businesses.

In case you forgot my business mission statement (or haven’t seen it before), are you starting to see how this all fits together? 🙂

I’m located in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and I don’t just sell underwear either. Wipeable diaper covers, drool bibs, grow with me clothing, cloth pads…and custom orders too where someone will say, “Hey, can you ________?”

You can read all about why I’m doing what I’m doing, as well as a bit more about me.

To see more of my stuff or contact me, you can contact me here, I’m on Facebook and Instagram @tiffanyandtot

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Underwear sewn by Tiffany and Tot showing the various options available


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So many options! Underwear edition

There are four underwear patterns I have and love, all made by Stitch Upon A Time, and they ALL have options. Everything is available from XS-XXXL, and the brief cut and boxerwear are also available in kids sizing as small as 12 months.

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Brief cut, low rise, standard waistband and leg bands (with colour blocking).

If you want super simple straight forward ordering, that’s probably a brief cut, low rise, standard waistband and leg bands. But if you’re into looking for options? Oh my word, the options!

I’ll split the Scrundlewear, Thondlewear, Bunzies, and Boxerwear pattern options up according to the four questions I would ask if you’re looking for underwear:

  1. How much coverage would you like? (Minimal, medium, or a lot.)
  2. Low rise or high rise?
  3. Do you want a standard waistband, maternity waistband, or an extra wide waistband? (A maternity waistband cuts down below your belly, and an extra wide one can act as more coverage when you bend over, and it can help smooth out love handles.)
  4. Would you like bands for around the legs, or fold over elastic? (Many tend to find bands extra comfortable, but fold over elastic shifts around less – I prefer fold over elastic myself, and find them both comfortable.)

And again, if you want simple, a brief, low rise (or low rise plus), and leg bands is always a good fall back. 🙂

Coverage

In case you’re not sure what I mean, I’m talking about how much of your bum is covered. 🙂

For medium to lots of coverage…

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In the blue plaid is Full Coverage (low rise), Deadpool is the modified boyshort cut (low rise), and Mario is a brief cut (high rise).

The Brief cut is your best bet for medium coverage. It’s right around the middle, pretty standard.

There is the Boyshort cut for more coverage and a different feel (as the legs cut across parallel to the floor rather than curving up). Full Coverage has lots of coverage (it does have more coverage than the Boyshort in the back, while cutting up in the front like a brief), or Boxerwear for a boxer brief fit (available in a men’s or women’s fit).

I find the Boyshort cut isn’t quite as boyshorty as I like, and I’ve had some customers say the same thing, while others find the original fit perfect. I’ve adapted the pattern slightly for those looking for the little bit of extra length on the legs, so that they do stay parallel to the ground, and it’s this version featured in pictures. I’ve added 1-1.5″ down the outer edge of the legs depending on the person, and how much extra length they want.

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Mens no fly (low rise), mens with a fly (low rise), and womens (high rise), all shorter legs.

I will warn you, in my opinion, especially when they’re not being worn, Full Coverage is the granniest of granny panties. It’s also AMAZINGLY comfortable. Seriously, the most comfortable version I’ve tried, and they’re all super comfy.

Boxerwear fits like a slim short or boxer briefs, it has a shorter or longer leg option (a difference of about 2″).

They’re super comfy, and in the mens cut can be sewn with or without a fly, whatever floats your boat.

Decorative touches can also be added to boxerwear, for example, the blue plaid pair has ruching in the back, shown below (near the end).

Less coverage

The cuts from left to right are Booty, Super Booty and Thondlewear.

And for minimal coverage…

There is, in order of most coverage to least coverage (using pattern names), Booty, Super Booty, and Thondlewear.

Booty hits between Super Booty and Brief, Super Booty has an identical front and back, and the Thondlewear pattern is a thong.

And as with all patterns, all options are fair game, from rise to waistband to legs to decorative touches.

To be perfectly honest, I was really surprised by how comfortable these options were (and that does include the thondlewear). Even though I’m absolutely in love with the boyshorts cut, I would still happily make more minimal coverage for myself.

I was most shocked by the thondlewear. I haven’t worn a thong in months, and it was STILL really comfortable, and barely felt like I was wearing anything at all! (Really actually. Which is NOT what I was expecting given that it’s a thong.)

So if you’re on the fence, you might be surprised by how much you actually like them.

Rise and Waistband

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From left to right, there is High Rise, Low Rise Plus, Low Rise, and on the bottom is the Maternity Rise.

Here we have low rise, low rise plus, or high. Personally, I don’t find the low rise to be super low, but I do find the high rise to be quite high.

The standard waistband is comfortable and works well with low or high rise, but I’m in love with the extra wide waistband, and I really think you’ll love it too! I call it low rise plus.

Low rise plus is an extra wide waistband that has a double layer of fabric around your upper hips and waist, which is extra comfortable, helps smooth everything out, and keeps you from wondering if you’re covered when you bend over.

Plus, because it’s combined with a low rise, if you do bend over or stretch and it can be seen above your pants, the band can just look like you have a camisole tucked in and won’t automatically look like underwear. (Unless maybe if you’re wearing ultra low rise pants.)

The maternity rise cuts down lower in the front into a v so it sits comfortably under your belly, and can be applied to any cut of underwear. It’s still comfortable even if you’re not pregnant, so they wouldn’t be useless after the baby is born. If you’ve had a c section however, it will likely hit at the same spot as your scar, or at least it does for me. So in the even of a section I’d personally stay away from maternity rise for a while, depending on what is most comfortable for you.

Leg Bands or Fold Over Elastic (FOE)

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Both pairs are modified Boyshorts (with extra length down the sides of the legs), Low Rise Plus, on the left the legs are done with FOE and on the right with bands. (The other difference is on the right there is ruching in the back which makes it sit a little different, explored below.)

For the underwear patterns, these can have bands or fold over elastic around the legs. I really like both, though I’ll choose either over the other depending on a couple factors.

I most reach for bands when I want ultra comfort (because I can’t feel the bands in place at all), or when I’m wearing something looser or thicker like jeans. Bands show a little more of an underwear line than fold over elastic, and then can shift slightly as you wear them.

For me, this in minimal, and only for underwear that is medium to lots of coverage – Booty, Super Booty and Thondlewear don’t shift at all with bands. I also have some customers who rave about the bands for any amount of coverage and who don’t experience any shifting at all, so everyone is different.

I go for fold over elastic when I’m wearing snugger pants and want to hide an underwear line, or when I’m wearing a pad (because bands can create some bulk if a pad has to go around the underwear as well as the bands). Also, if the fold over elastic will sit under your bum (boyshorts or full coverage), it can create some, erm, definition lets say, under your bum.

I’ve heard some say they find the bands more comfortable, however I find both options quite comfortable, and FOE may be my personal favourite (though I’ve been falling back in love with bands again since trying them more). That said, I’m not super sensitive to tags and seams in clothing, so if you are quite sensitive in that way, bands are probably your best bet.

Keep in mind though, everyone is different, and my own personal preferences may or may not match yours. 🙂

Decorative or functional “bits/perks”

Warning – this section might make some people uncomfortable. But we’re talking about underwear, panties, or skivvies, if you will, so keep that in mind, and follow your heart in reading or not, whatever floats your boat.

decorative-touches.jpgSo the tamest one is a bit of colour blocking on the front. Pretty simple, but it can snazz things up a bit. Similarly, a strip of fabric or lace could be added along that line to add a bit of something something. Or you could have a faux drawstring, but the drawstring would probably be visible under snug clothing, so it might be better saved for bathing suits or sleep shorts, etc. I’m also a big fan of a faux fly.

Another option is a strip of thin ruching elastic that goes up the back. This makes your cheeks look more, umm, defined? from each other (while not becoming floss). This is one way to jazz up underwear, especially the full coverage underwear, and feel awesome about yourself. Finally, it keeps everything extra snug, which holds pads extra close, particularly overnight. It’s also still just as comfortable as underwear without ruching (at least in my opinion).

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On the bottom is the dart shown on the boxerwear pattern, and above it’s applied to an underwear pattern.

The final one I’m going to mention is about gender and underwear, and fair warning, I’m going to say the “p” and “v” words. The underwear patterns were all designed for the proud owners of vaginas. Not having a penis myself, I can’t speak to how easily one would fit into underwear that didn’t have it in mind, so maybe it’s not something that needs to be accommodated. But I’ve spent some time looking at the two boxerwear patterns, and by looking at the little dart (I mean, generous and manly dart) on the men’s boxerwear pattern, I’ve figured out how to add it to the patterns designed for vaginas.

I’m also open to custom situations, so if you’re looking to suit a specific need, I’ve honestly probably seen it mentioned in one of the millions of sewing groups I’m in, even if it’s super personal or involving sexy times. At any rate, I’m happy to talk with you honestly about whether it’s something I think I can accommodate, and if I don’t think I can sew it well, I’ll tell you. 🙂

Any comments or questions? You can let me know in the comments below, or use the contact form, which also includes my Facebook and Instagram information.