Lingerie: Making Bras And Underwear – Morley College – 11 Weeks On Campus
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About the Course
The manufacture of underwear and bras in particular, is a specialised area within the fashion industry. This course will provide an excellent introduction to the design and production of these kinds of garments. This term will concentrate on cup shape and padding.
You will be taught how to adapt a full cup bra pattern to a strapless balconnet style, to toile your pattern and fit to your own size. You will learn bra construction and the materials, components and techniques required to produce a strapless balconnet bra of your own design, to a professional standard. Intermediate level ability at using patterns and constructing garments is essential to benefit from this course.
By the end of the course you will be able to:
• to adapt a full cup bra pattern to a strapless balconnet style
• to draft a moulded cup bra pattern to your own size and design
• to toile your patterns
• to adjust and amend the patterns to fit
• to use appropriate methods and materials for structure and support
• to handle and sew challenging materials and elastics
• where to source fabrics and material supplies
• to construct knickers using stretch lace and jersey
This is an Intermediate level course.
Before you enrol, you must have achieved the following:
• Understand what a grainline is and how to use it
• Understand what a notch is and how to use them
• Understand what seam allowance is and how to use it
• Be able to use the technique of Slash and Spread
• Be able to use techniques for dart manipulation, including pivoting
• Have experience of making toiles to fit and adjust patterns
•Use body measurements
• Follow beginners pattern instructions
• Use sewing machinery accurately
• Have constructed at least 3 garments to a good standard, including 1 top
• 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 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
• paper scissors
• notebook, pens, pencils, eraser, A4 ring binder
• chalk pencil
• 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
What you can do next:
You can continue onto the next module in order to achieve the learning outcomes. We also have a wide range of specialised weekend courses that might be of interest.
You might want to try one of the following:
• Vintage Style Bridal and Evening Wear
• Couture Masterclass: Contemporary Corsetry
• Luxurious Lingerie
• Couture Masterclass: Techniques for Bridal, Evening Wear and Lingerie
Follow the link to Morley College for details of:
• Course times
• Concession & Senior fees where available
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
You will draft and 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.