About the Course
This course is an introduction to the mysteries of underwired bra creation. You will be guided through the bra pattern making process so you can adapt useable patterns for your unique fit and style. Making bras is considered one of the most complicated processes within the garment making industry; This course is recommended as a next step for enthusiastic students keen to challenge themselves and develop their competence on a sewing machine through learning a range of new precision techniques. Working with your tutor, you'll take on the skills needed to make your own beautiful and functional, bespoke fitted bras. This course is an Introduction to Bra Making ,but requires intermediate sewing skills .Returning students can work on their own projects.
By the end of the course you will be able to
adapt a bra pattern to your own design from a block
grade a pattern to your size and make adjustments after a fitting
select appropriate materials to give sufficient support for your bra design
use professional standard techniques to construct a bra (you will complete 2 bras during this course)
Returning learners will have a chance to develop their lingerie skills through self- led projects, incorporating foam cups, boned cradles, lace appliqué and embellishment
Class format and activities
You will learn how to adapt patterns to a variety of styles, produce toiles for fit and develop an understanding of construction and materials. You will develop your skills by working with specialist fabrics, components and techniques. Teaching is both to the whole class and on an individual, one-to-one basis using demonstrations, discussion, examples, samples, hand-outs and other technical support material where appropriate.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
This is an Intermediate level course.
Before you enrol, you must have achieved the following:
• able to rethread a domestic sewing machine and reload a bobbin
• use a commercial pattern
• accurately stitch a consistent seam allowance
• use a range of machine stitches including Zig Zag
• clip and press a curve
• Use sewing machinery accurately
• Students must be able to read, write and understand fluent English
• Mathematics and numeracy skills are essential
What you need to know before you enrol
•This course is very intensive; punctuality and good attendance are necessary.
•Working on patterns, cutting fabric and fitting can involve standing. Please let your tutor know if this is difficult for you.
•Sewing machines have a foot operated speed control.
•The fashion studios are on the first floor of the Nancy Seear Building and there is wheelchair access via a stair-lift.
•Please also note: there is no eating or drinking allowed in the fashion studios – no liquids at all are allowed.
What you will need for your class
•a sewing kit: fabric scissors, small embroidery scissors, fine dressmaking pins, tape measure
•dressmaker’s tracing wheel, dressmaker’s carbon paper
•fine hand sewing needles, a bodkin (a blunt ended needle for threading), fine thread (Gutermann)
•tracing paper or baking parchment
•notebook, pens, pencils, eraser, A4 ring binder
•you must provide your own fabrics, haberdashery, threads, etc. for use on your projects but these will be discussed during the first lesson
•paper and card are available for use in the classroom
•calico is available at cost price from your tutor for toiling
•you will need to purchase a sewing machine bobbin from your tutor for £1, refundable at the end of the course
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.