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Intimately Yours: Bras that Fit (Sewing Class Review)
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Posted on: 2/25/08 7:36 PM
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The San Diego chapter of the American Sewing Guild (ASG) very recently offered a 2-part workshop opportunity to learn how to fit and construct bras with Anne St. Clair, owner of Needle Nook Fabrics in Wichita, KS. The $165 cost of the workshop included personalized bra fitting and a lecture on Friday night, a hands-on workshop that we could take the next day (Saturday), Sunday, or Monday, a personalized bra pattern (based off of Anne's Elite or Queen Elite bra pattern and adjusted to our own bodies), and a kit that included enough fabric/notions to make three bras.

What did the class cover?

For the Friday night lecture, Anne and her team measured and fitted us to determine our bra size, and then gave a slide show and lecture to discuss common fitting issues (e.g. straps sliding off, cup spillover, etc.) She showed us a quick and easy way to fix the straps sliding off issue on our RTW bras, and gave an in-depth talk about what to look for in a poor vs. well fitting bra.

The hands-on workshop, however, was the reason that most of us took the class, and it did not disappoint. Armed with our custom-sized bra patterns (if we gain or lose weight or otherwise have size changes post-workshop, Anne assured us that she'd help re-fit us in the months and years following the workshop), we were walked through the process of constructing an underwire bra. Anne's style was to demonstrate a step, then to have us do the step ourselves, and then she and her very fun, helpful team would check and make sure that we'd done things correctly before moving onto the next step.

The bra pattern itself produces a very basic bra, but Anne and her daughter Monica gave lots of tips (and included examples) of things that we could do to change the style and pretty up our future bras.

I walked away from this class with the best-fitting, most comfortable bra in my lingerie drawer.

Although the bra construction process involved some techniques that were new to me, I feel like I learned enough in this class that I shouldn't have too much trouble making bras on my own (especially once I've practiced a couple of times). Most of the participants (myself included) walked away from the class with several "fancy" bra kits to make more (pretty) bras on our own.

Here's a couple of before-and-after shots showing the waistline-defining difference between one of my old bras and the bra that I made in Anne's class:

Before (one of my better fitting bras)
After (bra from class where things are lifted and separated properly...)
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moushka said...
Fabulous! Where do we sign up? I'm desperate for new bras and nothing seems to fit or be comfortable to wear. I'd pay good money for one that just plain didn't hurt after an hour or two! Do you have any more information on where these seminars are held? I've got to do something soon. Thanks so much for the review. Sue
2/26/08 1:45 AM
maidathome said...
Great review!
2/26/08 9:31 AM
nancy2001 said...
Sounds like a great class. One of these days I'm going to clone my favorite (and now discontinued) Victoria's Secret bra.
2/26/08 9:37 AM
crumsey said...
What a great idea - so I looked Anne up online; she sells the workshop book and bra fitting/making supplies - scroll down, it's on the right: ......Note: this is just a blog, not an online ordering site. She does include all the info you'd need to make a purchase, including the store phone number.
2/26/08 11:55 AM
michellep74 said...
moushka, Anne lists all of her upcoming workshops on her blog (the link is in the above review and crumsey listed it in her comment). If she isn't having a workshop near you any time soon, she'll help fit you over the phone or via email.
2/26/08 12:47 PM
Annie- oh said...
Help! I've been all over the website and cannot find a phone number or email address - and I'm ready to jump in my car and drive over to Kansas for the next class!
2/29/08 9:46 AM
Annie- oh said...
I found it - how on earth can I call myself a seamstress and not be detail oriented??????
2/29/08 12:25 PM
MelissaB in WA said...
WOW, what a lucky girl you are to take that class! I'm totally envious and really want to try bra making one of these days. Sounds like a worthwhile investment and a fun time!
3/1/08 10:37 PM
annenet said...
I took Anne's workshop at the ASG conference in Crystal City VA a few years ago and have been happily making bras ever since! The class was great and even though I've been sewing for more years than I care to admit to I learned alot. Very good review!
3/3/08 12:40 PM
Athene said...
I am very impressed.
3/14/08 4:16 AM
Lori V said...
Great review. I have taken one of Anne's bra workshops and learned so much.
3/14/08 4:30 AM
Sherril Miller said...
Thanks for the info Michelle. Your bras are wonderful, and may I say your figure looks fab in them.
3/16/08 11:44 AM
SewRusty said...
Thanks for the review! I'd been curious about what I've signed up for. :-)
8/31/09 4:54 PM

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