10 Bra Making Blogs You Should Be Reading

The Complete Guide to Bra Making 10 Bra Making Blogs You Should Be REading

Welcome to the eighth post of “The Complete Guide to Bra Making” series. This post contains a list of 10 bra making blogs you should definitely check out if you are interested in getting started with bra making. These are all blogs that I consider to be invaluable resources.

This list is arranged in alphabetical order.

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25 Soft Bra Patterns to Get You Started in Bra Making

25 Soft Bra Patterns Bralette Patterns to get you started in bra making

Welcome to the seventh post of “The Complete Guide to Bra Making” series. This post contains a list of 25 soft bra patterns to get you started in bra making.

In general, I stuck with soft bra patterns that are popular and well-loved by the bra making community. This is so you can find further information in the form of tutorials or blog posts on any of the bra patterns you choose to google. This also means that the Instagram hashtags are populated with photos of completed bra projects by other makers, which should give you plenty of inspiration for your own bra making projects.

Notes: Beginner friendly patterns or patterns that have ample instructions or tutorials are designated with “beginner friendly”. Patterns that are free are also indicated. All sizes are in U.S. sizing unless otherwise noted.

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25 Underwire Bra Patterns to Get You Started in Bra Making

List of 25 Underwire Bra Patterns Getting Started in Bra Making Orange Lingerie Marlborough Bra Boylston Bra Cloth Habit Harriet Bra Pin Up Girls Classic Bra Shelley Bra Madalynne x Simplicity 8229 Undrwire Bra Pattern

Welcome to the sixth post of “The Complete Guide to Bra Making” series. This post contains a list of 25 underwire bra patterns to get you started in bra making.

In general, I stuck with underwire bra patterns that are popular and well-loved by the bra making community. This is so you can find further information in the form of tutorials or blog posts on any of the bra patterns you choose to google. This also means that the Instagram hashtags are populated with photos of completed bra projects by other makers, which should give you plenty of inspiration for your own bra making projects.

Note: Beginner friendly patterns or patterns that have ample instructions or tutorials are designated with “beginner friendly”. Patterns that are free are also indicated.

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Bra Making Tools Checklists (Lite & Expanded Checklists Included)

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Welcome to the fifth post of “The Complete Guide to Bra Making” series. This post will cover the tools you will need for bra making. There are two checklists available: a lite version and an expanded version.

The lite version will provide you the bare minimum you need to get started in bra making.

The expanded version will provide you with optional tools you can invest in to make the craft of bra making easier.

(Note: This post contains affiliate links. Clicking and purchasing item(s) will result in a small affiliate commission for me. Please note that most of the items listed on this page are tools that I personally use and recommend.)

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Bra Making Tools – Lite Checklist

  1. Sewing Machine (Straight Stitch & Zig Zag Stitch required)
  2. Schmetz Stretch Needles
  3. Schmetz Universal Needles
  4. Fabric Scissors
  5. Polyester Thread

That’s it. You can get started with bra making with just the above five tools. If you sew, you probably already have most of the items above.

If you are already along your bra making journey and are looking to invest in further tools to make bra making easier, below is an expanded checklist. I’ve highlighted the items that I think are most useful to have in your bra making tools arsenal in the Helpful Notes section at the end.

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Bra Making Tools – Expanded Checklist

Machines, Needles, Thread & Pins

  1. Sewing Machine (Straight Stitch, Zig Zag Stitch, & 3-Step Zig Zag Stitch)
  2. Serger
  3. Schmetz Stretch Needles
  4. Schmetz Universal Needles
  5. Polyester Thread
  6. Silk Pins

Cutting

  1. Fabric Scissors
  2. Rotary Cutter (comes in 18mm, 28mm, and 45mm)
  3. Self-Healing Cutting Mat
  4. Duck Bill Scissors
  5. Embroidery Scissors
  6. Pattern Weights or Washers

Drafting & Marking

  1. 18 inch Clear Ruler
  2. French Curves
  3. Styling Design Ruler
  4. Flexible Curve Ruler
  5. Tracing Paper
  6. Oak Tag
  7. Fabric Marker
  8. Fabric Chalk

Pressing

  1. Press Cloth 
  2. Tailor’s Ham 
  3. The Knob
  4. Bust Cup Seam Press

Shortening Underwires

  1. Wire Cutter
  2. Heat Shrink Tubes (to seal the ends of underwires after you cut them)
  3. Heat Gun (to shrink the heat shrink tubes)
  4. Two-Part Epoxy (another method to seal the ends of underwires after cutting them, hat tip from Grow Your Own Clothes)
  5. Table Vise (to hold the underwires in place while you cut them)
  6. Protective Eyewear (highly recommended so flying underwire pieces can’t hit your eyes)

Other

  1. 505 Fabric Adhesive Spray
  2. Fray Check

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Helpful Notes

What kind of Sewing Machine do you use?

I personally sew on an industrial Juki and a Bernina 530. I’ve also used the Pfaff Passport 2.0 in Bra Making with Madalynne’s classroom and I really like how quiet the machine is.

What kind of Serger do you use?

I usually don’t serge my lingerie projects, but I do use an industrial serger (also a Juki) from time to time. I’ve also used the Brother 1034D before and quite like it.

Besides the 5 basic tools, what are the other 5 items that you can’t live without?

Here are my picks:

  • 505 Adhesive Spray: This spray will become your best friend. It’s a godsend. Great for basting fabrics together. Some lingerie fabrics are tricky to sew and behave a lot better after you spray baste them.
  • Duck Bill Scissors: These scissors have a multitude of functions: you can use them to grade a seam, trim a neckline, or reduce bulky seams. For lingerie sewing, you can use it for appliquéing and reducing bulk. The duck bill shape allows you to trim very closely to a seam without cutting the fabric underneath.
  •  28mm Rotary Cutter: Rotary cutters are great for cutting out your bra pattern pieces because they can maneuver tight curves effortlessly. Out of the three sizes (18mm, 28mm and 45mm), the 28mm is my favorite because it can handle a variety of fabric thickness and its size is great for handling curves.
  • 18-in clear ruler: This is an awesome tool to have in your sewing arsenal for all kinds of pattern drafting. I use it to add seam allowances and elastic allowances. It’s also reasonably flexible so you can use it to measure curves as well.

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Final Note

If there is anything you think I’m missing from the expanded list, feel free to share in the comments below!

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Where to Buy Bra Making Supplies in New York City

Where to Buy Bra Making Supplies in New York Garment District The Complete Guide to Bra Making

Welcome to the fourth post to “The Complete Guide to Bra Making” series. This post will cover where to buy Bra Making supplies in New York City. All of these stores are located in New York City’s Garment District, within short walking distance of each other.

botani-galloon-laceGalloon lace at Botani Trimmings.

Botani Trimmings
263 W 36th St,
New York, NY 10018
Galloon Lace (Stretch & Non-Stretch), Rings & Sliders, Elastic, Embroidered Lace Tulle

B&Q Trim Store
102 W 38th St,
New York, NY 10018
Elastics, Bra Cups, Stretch Lace, Non-Stretch Lace

daytona-trimmingElastic Wall at Daytona Trimming.

Daytona Trimmings Co
251 W 39th St,
New York, NY 10018
Elastics, Non-Stretch Trimming & Galloon Lace, Hooks & Eyes, Pre-Made Bra Straps, Bra Cups, Bows

East Coast Trimming
142 W 38th St,
New York, NY 10018
Galloon Lace (Stretch & Non-Stretch), Elastic, Bows

Hai’s Trim
242 W 38th St,
New York, NY 10018
Some Elastics, Galloon Lace (Stretch & Non-Stretch), Bows

Jonathan’s Embroidery Plus
256 W 38th St,
1st FL,
New York, NY 10018
Galloon Lae (Stretch & Non-Stretch)

joyce-trimmingGalloon Lace at Joyce Trimming

Joyce Trimming Inc
109 W 38th St,
New York, NY 10018
ELastic, Galloon Lace (Stretch & Non-Stretch), Emboridered Lace Tulle, Narrow Lace Trim (Stretch & Non-Stretch)

Lauren Trimming, Inc
247 W 37th St,
New York, NY 10018
Elastics, Hook & Eyes (continous on a roll), Gallon Lace (Stretch & Non-Stretch), Bows, Embroidered Tulle Lace, Boning

Mokuba
137 W 38th St,
New York, NY 10018
Elastics, Narrow Lace Trim (Stretch & Non-Stretch)

M&J Trimming
1008 6th Ave,
New York, NY 10018
Elastic, Rings & Sliders, Galloon Lace (Stretch & Non-Stretch), Embroidered Lace Tulle

Mood Fabrics
225 W 37th St,
New York, NY 10018
Galloon Lace (Stretch & Non-Stretch), Power Mesh, Stretch Mesh, Stretch Lace, Non-Stretch Lace

Pacific Trimming
218 W 38th St,
New York, NY 10018
Elastics, Bra Cups, Rings & Sliders, Hooks & Eyes, Pre-Made Bra Straps, Underwires, Channeling, Boning
Note: Pacific Trimming is a one-shop stop for all your Bra Making notions and hardware.

Panda International Trading
247 W 38th St,
New York, NY 10018
Elastics, Rings & Sliders Hooks & Eyes (continuous on a roll), Bra Cups, Underwires, Channeling

shindo-novelty-elastic Novelty Elastic at Shindo USA Inc.

Shindo USA Inc
162 W 36th St,
New York, NY 10018
High Quality Satin and Grosgrain Elastic, Some Picot Elastic, High quality selection of Stretch & Non-Stretch Trimming Lace in narrow widths, Bows

Shine Trim
210 W 38th St,
New York, NY 10018
Galloon Lace (Stretch & Non-Stretch), Narrow Lace Trim (Stretch & Non-Stretch), Embroidered Lace Tulle

SIL Thread
257 W 38th St #1,
New York, NY 10018
Small selection of Elastic, Bra Cups, Hooks & Eyes (continuous on a roll), Underwires, Rings & Sliders, Boning

Spandex House
263 W 38th St,
New York, NY 10018
Micro Mesh, Stretch Mesh, Power Mesh, Bra Tulle, Spacer Foam, Stretch Lace, Non-Stretch Lace, Milliskin Fabric, tons of Stretch Fabric options, 15 Denier Tricot
Note: You can order online from Spandex House, but selection is more limited compared to the brick & mortar option.

Spandex Lab
247 W 38th St,
New York, NY 10018
Stretch Lace, Stretch Mesh, Power Mesh, Milliskin, tons of Stretch Fabric options

Spandex World
253 West 35th St,
New York, NY 10018
Micro Mesh, Stretch Mesh, Power Mesh, Milliskin Fabric, tons of Stretch Fabric options, Galloon Stretch Lace
Note: You can order online from Spandex World, but selection is more limited compared to the brick & mortar option.

Steinlauf & Stoller
239 W 39th St,
New York, NY 10018
Elastics, Rings & Sliders, Hook & Eyes (continuous on a roll), Channeling, Bra Cups, Underwires, Boning

Trim Art
252 W 38th St #2,
New York, NY 10018
Elastics, Galloon Lace (Stretch & Non-Stretch), Narrow Lace Trim (Stretch & Non-Stretch)

Vardhman Inc
269 W 39th St,
New York, NY 10018
Elastics, Bra Cups, Galloon Lace (Stretch & Non-Stretch)

Final Notes: If there are any stores missing from the above list, feel free to share in the comments below and I will be sure to add them! 🙂

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The Complete List of Bra Making Classes (In Person)

List of Bra Making Classes Tailor Made Shop

Welcome to the second post of “The Complete Guide to Bra Making” series. This post will cover all the in person Bra Making classes that are currently available.

There are many advantages to taking an in person Bra Making class. Some advantages include higher level of attention and guidance from an instructor and immediate answers to questions as you work on your bra projects. Plus, there is a social aspect: taking a sewing class with people who have similar interests is incredibly fun.

Note: I am not affiliated with any of these companies or individuals and am not being paid to list these classes.

IN U.S.

Bra Making with Madalynne
Philadelphia, PA
Description: Madalynne offers one-day bra making workshops in her beautiful studio in Philadelphia. Depending on the session, students will either make a full band underwire bra or a halter soft bra. Please note that this workshop will only over construction, not fit. (Note: Sometimes you will find me hanging out at these classes and helping Maddie teach.)

Bravo Bella Bras
Fresno, CA
Description: Bravo Bella has a two-part basic Bra Making course. In Bras 101, students will learn to fit themselves and make adjustments to a pattern to customize the fit for you. You will learn about fabrics and findings and cut out the altered bra pattern. In Bras 102, you will learn the process of constructing a bra. You will leave the class with a completed bra and a well-fitting pattern.

If you are ready for more advanced techniques, you can take Bras 201 and Bras 202. In Bras 201, you will take a basic pattern and learn how to create a demi bra and diagonal-seam cup. Explore health needs bras, including nursing bras and mastectomy bras. You will even look at techniques to turn your bra pattern into a swimsuit top! Bras 202 has two portions. In the first portion of class you will learn construction techniques for health needs bras and different finishing techniques. During the second portion the class you will get started on an advanced project of your choice. Learn how to choose different construction techniques to create the look you desire.

Bravo Bella also offers bra making retreats! You will leave the retreat with a great fitting custom pattern, two completed bras, and the skills to continue on your bra-making journey for years to come.

Camp Workroom Social – Bra-making with Amy Chapman (available Oct 14-17, 2016)
Claryville, New York
Description: Learn to sew and fit a custom bra with Amy Chapman of Cloth Habit. In this class, students will create a lovely, supportive, underwired bra using an exclusive pattern designed by Amy. Learn professional sewing techniques and the basics of bra fitting with the aim of developing skills that empower creative decision making in future bra projects. While this is not a fit-focused class, Amy will demonstrate the key areas of fit and share practical, unique methods of adapting bra patterns to shape and measurements.

Craftwork Somerville – Weekend Workshop Bra Construction (available May 14th & 15th, 2016)
Somerville, Massachusetts
Description: Please join us for an amazing two day workshop with Norma Loehr, author of Demystifying Bra Fitting and Construction and the vision behind Orange Lingerie. In this class students will learn how to fit and construct their own custom bra. Expert instruction in bra-making using techniques that will produce results that look store-bought, not homemade.  Students will learn how to select fabrics and notions for bra-making and how to alter the Marlborough Bra pattern for a better fit.

Jnetti Stitches
West Jordan, Utah
Description: Jeannette Antry of Jnetti Stitches offers Bra Making 101 and 102. In Bra Making 101, students make a fully lined underwire bra using either a custom made bra pattern or established two or three seamed pattern with design changes that you want in your bra. In Bra Making 102, you learn bra design changes, and to deal with complex fitting issues.

Needle Nook Fabrics
Wichita, Kansas
Description: Anne St. Clair teaches bra making courses in her Kansas shop and around the U.S. Anne St. Clair, often called “The Bra Lady,” will draft a personalized pattern for each participant. Each participant will also receive a kit with enough materials to make three beige bras. The workshop consists of a personal fitting so your personal pattern can be drafted to your exact requirements, then an evening lecture in which Anne will teach participants about proper bra fit and measurement, and a sewing class the next day in which Anne will instruct participants in sewing one bra. Participants can then sew two more bras with the remaining materials in the kit. (Note: class schedule and availability is difficult to find…it is better to email Anne to figure out where and when she is teaching.)

Seams Like Home
Ankorange, Alaska
Description: Seams Like Home offers a 2-day Bra Making class called Bra Making 101. During the first class, students will do measuring, prepare the pattern and learn the basics of the Bernina sewing machine. The second day will be devoted to learning the materials and constructing your fitting bra.

Sweet Cups Bra Making Supplies – Boob Camp 2016 (available May 2nd – May 6th, 2016)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Description: Beverly Johnson, our favorite Fairy Bra Mother, has agreed to come down and teach an American Boob Camp! Treat yourself to 5 whole days of sewing. Please note: This is an advanced class series. You must have experience making several bras before coming to any of the classes. (Bras made from the Craftsy class are fine.) You will also need to bring your own traced pattern to all sessions you sign up for.

IN CANADA

Bra-Makers Supply
Hamilton, Ontario
Description: The Fairy Bra Mother (Beverly Johnson) offers a host of classes ranging from beginners bra making classes to special bra classes (mastectomy bras and cut and foam bras) to advanced courses for professional bra makers. There are classes that cover bra pattern drafting and grading. She also runs Boob Camp, which consists of five days of uninterrupted bra making!

Mrs. Weaver’s Finest Unmentionables
Calgary, Alberta
Description: Mrs. Weaver offers beginner and intermediate level bra-making classes. They are two-day workshops. In the beginner’s class, you will learn to make your own bra from a hand-drafted pattern tailored to your individual body. You will then progress to making a long-line bra at the Intermediate level. Further topics will include: power bars, how to work with lace and sheer lining fabrics, how to do a straight back instead of a scoop back and how to use boning for extra support.

Saskatchewan Stitches Conference (available May 26th – June 4th, 2016)
Saskatchewan, Canada
Description: Beverly Johnson teaches a variety of Bra Making classes at the Saskatchewan Stitches Conference. You will take a beginners bra making class, and then you can progress to a four piece designer bra and a cut and sew foam bra. There is also 3-day Bra Camp option, where you work on an intimate apparel project of your choice.

Seneca College
Toronto, Ontario
Description: Seneca College offers a class on Corsetry and Bra Making. Students apply basic sewing principles and techniques to the creation of bras and corset foundation garments. Students are introduced to methods of pattern-drafting and construction techniques for a selection of styles. Emphasis is on custom fitting challenges and determining the proper style to meet the individual’s comfort and functional needs. Access to a zigzag machine is required. Note: There are prerequisite courses that you need to have completed before you can take this class.

The Emerald Studio
Belleville, Ontario
Description: Erin of The Emerald Studio offers a range of classes, from beginner bra making classes to more advanced classes that involve lace, foam, and more. She also teaches bra drafting and a bralette class.

The Make Den
Toronto, Ontario
Description: The Make Den offers an Intro to Bra Making class, where you will construct a bra with optional underwire and no padding.

Uplift Custom Bras
Oakville, Ontario
Description: Uplift Custom Bras offers a 2-day class that focuses on personal bra-making . Classes are small, so you get lots of personal attention. Your teacher will do all the fitting, so you can concentrate on learning how to sew your new beautiful, and comfortable bra.

IN EUROPE

Barry Rogers School of Sewing
Southhampton, UK
Description: Barry Rogers School of Sewing offers a Bra Making class and a Bra Drafting class. In the Bra Making class, you will learn how to make a basic under-wired bra. In the Draft a Bra class, you will learn how to draft a bra to your own size and design.

Birmingham School of Sewing
Birmingham, UK
Description: Birmingham School of Sewing offers a one-day Bra Making course. In the one-day Bra Making course, you will learn how to stitch using stretch materials such as power net, how to apply elastic and lace edging, making bra cups, making bra straps with rings and sliders, how to insert underwires. You will make a complete bra.   You will leave with your finished sample bra to use as a reference for future projects when you make bras in different sizes.

Bristol School of Sewing & Textiles
Bristol, UK
Description: Bristol School of Sewing & Textiles offers a 2-day Bra Making course. Learn how to make a beautiful bra that fits you using delicate lace fabrics, stretch powernet and elastics. During this invaluable 2 day course, you will use a commercial bra pattern to make a sample bra cup which will be fitted onto the body and adjusted to perfect the fit. After adjustments, your final pattern will be drafted. You will have the choice of making a bra with or without underwires.

De Montfort University
Leicester, UK
Description: De Montfort University offers a master class in Basic Bra Pattern Cutting and Construction. This master class is an introduction to basic bra construction for industry and freelance beginners. Students will learn knowledge of suitable fabrics and components for basic bras, pattern cutting skills for the product, and sewing construction experience for basic bras.

De Montfort University also offers a Bra Making Advanced Course, where students will understand and gain experience of, industrial machinery specific to lingerie manufacture. Students will gain an appreciation of advanced pattern shapes, fabric types and uses, and lingerie components and application. Students will produce advanced lingerie styles to a professional standard. Finally, students will understand construction methods and variables such as elastic tension and areas of additional support, plus advanced construction methods for lingerie.

De Montfort University also has a master class called Plus Fit Bra Pattern Cutting and Construction. Students will gain knowledge of suitable fabrics and components for plus fit bras. They will also gain sewing construction experience for plus fit bras. Sampling construction will be for a 32F plus fit bra. You are required to have completed Basic Bra Pattern Cutting and Construction before taking this class.

Elise Patterns – Sewing Bras (available May 14th, 2016)
Carmarthenshire, UK
Description: Students will make a bra using Elise Patterns’ new bra pattern. Sewing machine, patterns, and materials are provided.

English Couture
Leicester, UK
Description: English Couture offers a basic Bra Making course and an advanced Bra Making course. In the basic course, you will make a simple underwire bra. In the advanced course, you will learn basic fitting alterations. You will also learn how to change the style of your bra, such as converting a partial band into a full band, altering your bra to a balconette style and how to work with power bars. You will also make a sample with a partial lace upper cup and padded lower cup.

Kantje Boord
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Description: Kantje Boord offers a number of variety of bra making classes. There are beginners bra making classes and classes that cover how to make balconette bras, padded bras, push up bras and more.

Lijfgoed
Linschoten, Netherlands
Description: Lifjgoed offers a variety of classes, from beginners bra making classes to workshops covering mastectomy bras and bras with molded cups.

Lingerie Master Classes
London, UK
Description: Lingerie Master Classes offer a 2-day introductory course to bra making. Students will learn the skills and techniques involved in underwired bra making. Students will also learn how to work with very fine lingerie fabrics (including specialist trimmings/ laces and power nets) and how to achieve professional finishing techniques. Lingerie Master Classes also offer an advanced 3-day course where students will assemble 3 different styles of underwired bras: padded bra, push up bra and balcony bra.

London College of Fashion
London, UK
Description: London College of Fashion offers a number of courses on bra making. There are classes that cover bra design, structured bra making, bra pattern cutting, bra grading and how to start your own lingerie label.

Make Bra
Various cities, Finland (Classes can be held in Tempere, Oulu, Helsinski, or Turku)
Description: Make Bra offers a basic bra course, where you will learn how to make a foam-lined, underwired bra that fits. They also offer a MonoBra course, where you will make a non-underwired, soft bra. This course is for women who have gone through mastectomy.

Morley College
London, UK
Description: Morley College offers a course called Lingerie: Making Bras and Underwear. You’ll learn to adapt a bra pattern to a long-line/backless style in your size. You’ll learn to toile and fit your pattern. You’ll learn how to adjust and amend the pattern to fit. You’ll earn how to use appropriate methods and materials for structure and support. You’ll learn to handle and sew challenging materials and elastics.

Sew Easy Bristol
Bristol, UK
Description: Sew Easy Bristol offers a Bra Making Class and a Bullet Bra course. In the 2-day Bra Making Class, students will use a commercial bra pattern to make a sample bra cup (toile), which will be fitted onto the body and adjusted to perfect the fit. You will learn how to cut out your bra and become skilled at using specialist construction techniques to enable you to work with these tricky fabrics. At the end of the second day you will be the proud owner of your first custom-made Bra!

In the 2-day Bullet Bra course, you will learn how to make a 1950s inspired Bullet Bra to fit yourself. This course is a ‘must’ for those of you who like the vintage look.

Stitched by You
Hampshire, UK
Description: Stitched By You offers a Classic Full Bra class. You will learn the professional methods of construction, then using the bra you have made in class we will discuss the pattern alterations needed to get your next bra to fit YOUR unique body. We are treating this a skills based class as normally your first bra will not be a perfect fit and will need a few tweaks we which go through thoroughly. Your bra made in class will then act as a toile for your next bra.

The City of Liverpool College
Liverpool, UK
Description: The Bra Making course is designed to introduce beginners to the skill of bra making. The course covers basic pattern cutting skills, grading (as all bra patterns start at 34B) and construction skills.

IN AUSTRALIA

Booby Traps
Warriewood, Australia
Description: Booby Traps offers Bra Making workshops that are designed to teach students about bra fabrics and how to sew a structured bra. Students have the option of making a soft bra, a molded cup bra, or an underwire style bra. Students will be using Booby Traps’ own bra patterns  for their projects.

Kangan Institute
Victoria, Australia
Description: Kangan Institute offers a course titled “Making Lingerie” which will explore a variety of sewing and pattern making techniques used in lingerie design and manufacturing. You will learn basic patternmaking principles required for stretch fabrics. You will learn the use of specialist machines and sewing techniques for lingerie production – zigzag, overstitch. You will also make patterns and samples a Brief, G-string and soft cup bra.

Olena Luggassi Fashion & Design Courses
Hope Island, Australia
Description: Olena Luggassi offers a bra sewing class where you have the option to make an underwired push up bra or a lace bra.

Measure Twice / Cut Once
Sydney, Australia
Description: Susan of Measure Twice / Cut Once offers a Bralette Sewing class and a DIY Your Own Bra Pattern workshop. In the DIY Your Own Bra Pattern workshop, you will learn how to pull apart your own RTW (ready to wear) bra and construct a pattern to be able to sew your own version. During the class we will be examining your RTW bras and unpicking them. Once unpicked you will be shown how to create a pattern from your pieces to be able to reconstruct it on your own.

Sew Happy Workshops
South Kingsville, Australia
Description: Sew Happy Workshops offers a Bra Making class where students will learn all the secrets about under-wire bra construction. Nothing has escaped this course; laces, fabrics (and their stretching factor), threads, bonding, padding, elastics, boning and overall general finishings. Obtain the best professional advice in trimmings, sewing and lingerie stitching. Know the different components of your bra; casings, closures, straps and underwires.

Final Note: In order to keep this list complete, I will regularly update this list as new bra making classes are being offered. If you see new bra making classes pop up or if you are launching one yourself, please feel free to comment below so I can add it to this list and keep it up to date. Thank you!

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The Complete List of Bra Making Classes (Online)

The Complete Guide to Bra Making The Complete List of Online Bra Making Classes

Welcome to the first post of the “The Complete Guide to Bra Making” series. The Complete List of Bra Making Classes (Online) is a comprehensive list of the bra making classes that are currently available online.

I want to start this series off with online courses, because they are readily accessible to anyone around the world. The beauty of online classes is that they are not location specific and you can start to learn the art of bra making in the comfort of your home. Most online classes nowadays also offer lifetime access, so you can constantly refer back to the content.

(Note: Signing up for any of the classes by clicking on my links will result in a small commission for me. Thank you for your support.)

Craftsy

Sewing Bras: Construction & Fit

Sewing Bras: Construction & Fit with Beverly Johnson

Description: Learn how to:

  • Create custom-fit bras with your home sewing machine.
  • Choose the perfect fabric, pattern and size.
  • Create the cups, add the straps, sew the side seams and attach the cups to the bra’s frame.
  • Apply elastic to the bottom bands, top bands and neckline.
  • Build structure with an optional underwire.
  • Make basic fit alterations such as adjusting the strap length or fixing a gaping or too-snug band.

My Notes: I personally own Sewing Bras: Construction & Fit and this is the class I recommend to all beginner bra makers. Beverly Johnson does a great job breaking down the art of bra making and provides very in depth explanations for all the steps to make an underwire bra. This is a foundational course and you will be able to tackle more advanced bra projects using the skills taught in this course. In addition, you can interact with Beverly Johnson and other students if you have questions or suggestions.

Sign up for Sewing Bras: Construction and Fit.

Sewing Bras: Designer Techniques

Sewing Bras: Designer Techniques with Beverly Johnson

Description: Learn how to:

  • Use a well-fitting pattern to design, draft and make your own bras.
  • Turn a full-band bra pattern into a partial-band bra.
  • Change the neckline and design the straps you want.
  • Modify bra frames and bra backs.
  • Support and complement your shape with power bars.
  • Alter a bra pattern to fit asymmetric breasts.

My Notes: I also own Sewing Bras: Designer Techniques and it is the perfect next-step course if you are looking to further develop your bra making skills. My favorite lessons are the ones that cover partial band conversion and cup seam modification.

Sign up for Sewing Bras: Designer Techniques.

Sewing Bras: Foam, Lace & Beyond

Sewing Bras: Foam, Lace & Beyond with Beverly Johnson

Description: Learn how to:

  • Add lace to cups, bridges and partial- or full-band bras.
  • Use cut-and-sew foam for versatile styles, shapes and sizes.
  • Create a balconette and demi-cup bra.
  • Choose, fit and place pre-formed foam cups in your bras.
  • Cover your cups with wrinkle-free fabric and lace.

My Notes: Surprise! I also own Sewing Bras: Foam, Lace & Beyond. This class is excellent for learning how to apply lace to bra making. Beverly teaches you how to manipulate lace for the most flattering results. You will also learn how to change your bra into a balconette or a demi-cup style. Finally, this class is perfect for those of us who are interested in using foam in their bra projects.

Sign up for Sewing Bras: Foam, Lace & Beyond .

Burdastyle Academy

Burda Academy - Lingerie Course

Sew and Draft Your Own 10-Piece Lingerie Collection with My Johansson-Ganjoo

Description: Learn how to:

• Draft and sew three bras styles: full coverage bra, demi and a bralette style
• Learn how to add padded cups, underwire and boning.
• Find out how to alter bra patterns for large and small sizes.
• Draft slips, camisoles and petticoats
• Learn how to draft basic panty blocks in three styles: hipster, vintage style and bikini
• Learn how to add trims, lace and elastics to panties.
• Plus, what tools and supplies you will need for lingerie making.

My Notes: I have not personally taken or tried this class. The format of this class is “On Demand”, and the website specifically states that there is no live support or interaction with the instructor. If anyone has taken this class, I could love to hear your thoughts.

Sign up for Sew and Draft Your Own 10-Piece Lingerie Collection.

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Final Notes: This list is only complete if I regularly update it as other online classes pop up. I will keep my eyes peeled for new classes, but if you see any new ones or if you are launching one yourself, feel free to comment below and let me know so I can keep this list up to date!

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The Complete Guide to Bra Making

The Complete Guide to Bra Making Tailor Made Shop

One of the most common questions I get on my shop is “How do I get started in Bra Making?” My usual response is to direct the person to join the Bra Makers Group – Beginners to Intermediate (a Facebook group where people share their bra projects, tips on fit, and patterns and resources). I also direct them to sign up for Beverly Johnson‘s wonderful class: Sewing Bras: Construction & Fit.

Obviously that is not the most comprehensive answer and I thought I could do better. So I decided to assemble this guide. I hope this series is helpful to anyone who is looking to get into Bra Making and I hope it is still a useful resource for those of us who are more advanced bra makers!

The Complete Guide to Bra Making

I. The Complete List of Bra Making Classes (Online)
II. The Complete List of Bra Making Classes (In Person)
III. Where to Buy Bra Making Supplies (Online)
IV. Where to Buy Bra Making Supplies (In New York City)
V. Bra Making Tools Checklists (Lite & Expanded Versions)
VI. 25 Underwire Bra Patterns to Get You Started in Bra Making
VII. 25 Soft Bra Patterns to Get You Started in Bra Making
VIII. 10 Bra Making Blogs You Should be Reading

In the coming weeks, I will publish the posts in this guide and link them to this page for easy reference. If you have any suggestions on what topics to cover or what needs improvement, feel free to share in the comments below!

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