The Complete List of Bra Making Classes (Online)

April 18, 2016

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.)


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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  • Julie

    July 17, 2017 at 2:44 PM

    Hi Ying!

    Could you recommend any courses or materials on bra or underwear pattern grading? Everything I’m finding is based ONLY on creating a size for yourself. Would love to be able to make styles for friends as well but no idea where to even begin!

    1. tailormadeblog

      August 11, 2017 at 2:03 PM

      Unfortunately courses for pattern grading for lingerie are not as prevalent! I know that Bevelry Johnson offers a grading course at her shop in Hamilton, ON in Canada and FIT has a course for credit students. I would also wager that there are some courses available in the UK. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help!

  • mona safaeizadeh

    September 13, 2017 at 6:53 AM

    where is your courses location?

    1. tailormadeblog

      September 16, 2017 at 1:13 PM

      Hi Mona,

      I don’t currently offer in person courses. This list consists of online courses, which you can take from your computer. If you are wanting to take an in person course, here’s the link to the list of in person bra making courses: The Complete List of Bra Making Classes (In Person)


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