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Date: 3/24/14 9:36 AM

Good morning all,
I am thinking about attempting bra making. Any suggestions for a pattern and/or class, online or, DVD?
Thanks so much and blessed sewing,

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Date: 3/24/14 3:46 PM

I would highly recommend taking a class in person if you can!

I got so much how-to information, and more importantly, fitting help, when I took a 2-day Bra-making workshop with Anne St. Clair. It was set-up through my local ASG group. She came to my area, along with a teaching assistant and spent the weekend, teaching one class on Friday evening and then all-day on Saturday, possibly Sunday too. (I can't remember as it's been several years since.)

We did use her pattern (and her book), although after taking the class it was easy to adapt to using any bra pattern. Kwik Sew, in particular, have very good instructions. I'm sure there are others, but the only other patterns I've actually tried are Elan and Merckwaerdigh. The Elan was OK, however I wouldn't recommend the Merckwaerdigh for your first attempt at bra-making. The patterns are great, but the instructions are very sparse.

Sewing bras isn't difficult, but you may need to make a few to get the fit. By taking the class, I was able to make a *first bra* that actually fit me! I also learned a lot of tips about bra-making that wouldn't necessarily be stated in the instructions. Info about all the different types of materials, elastics, which stitch settings to use for my machine, cutting tips, etc. All the little bits of information that you learn from being in a class and having a teacher help you one on one are great.

If you can't get to a class in person, then I'd order a kit. ( is one place that I know sells kits, but there are others as well.) That way you'd have all the supplies you need and could get started! Don't invest a lot in supplies, patterns, books etc. until you try making one first. Then you'll have a better idea of what you like and want to try next.


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Date: 3/24/14 10:52 PM

I just bought my first bra pattern yesterday, Elan 645 after reading through various posts floating around in blogland. Check out the bra making sewalong (it's no longer active but everything is archived) at

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Date: 3/25/14 11:56 AM

Also, online unless you are near or in Canada, try Bra-Makers Supply. Fabulous!



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Date: 3/25/14 1:58 PM

Ann St. Clair also has kits and a book that parallels her class. She will also answer questions over the phone. She doesn't have an online store but does orders over the phone.

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