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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > Bra making? ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Date: 2/5/13 10:42 AM

I've decided to give bra making a go. It is nearly impossible to find my bra size in department stores (32G; currently breastfeeding) and whenever I do buy a new bra I'm always out nearly $100.

Who else has delved into the world of lingerie sewing? There was a great Bra Making Sew Along hosted by Cloth Habie that just ended.

I ordered the Bra Makers Supply kit from Bra Makers Supply & I'm really excited, but I'm having a hard time finding a similar company within the US.

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Date: 2/5/13 11:32 AM

Have you tried Needle Nook Fabrics? The owner is Ann St Clair and she doesn't have a website, but she does have a blog: needlenookfabrics.blogspot. The phone number of her shop is: 316-684-5989. It is located in Kansas.

She has a book on bra making as well as several patterns and bra kits, too. She teaches at all the big sewing conferences - like ASG.


Her daughter, Monica O'Rouke Bravo also sells bra kits and has a DVD on sewing a bra. - She does have a website: www.bravobellabras.com and an Etsy store - which I can't remember the name of at the moment - sorry!

I took Ann St Clair's class years ago and was probably the WORST student ever - had nothing but problems sewing that first bra - mostly what I remember was ripping the stitches out! Needless to say Ann helped me finish the bra and I have gone on and made many more. Recently I just bought another bra kit from her to make some more bras.

Her book illustrates how to alter a bra pattern into a nursing bra or a front closure bra, etc, and the steps to sew a bra. The DVD Bras 102 just shows the steps to sew a bra but it is well made (high production values) and easy to follow and understand.

As a footnote; I am not affiliated with Ann nor her daughter Monica, I just like their products (book/DVD/patterns) and their customer service, too, is superb. I would recommend their shops to anyone interested in bra making.

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Date: 2/5/13 12:02 PM

I just sewed my first bra yesterday using a kit from BraMakersSupply. Like you I have a small band and large cup and I found the Classic pattern to be a good fit. I'd like to alter it to come up a little higher on the sides next time.

I've been working on a price chart for the various supplies and I find that you can get the basic supplies for MUCH less here in the US but it is difficult to find it all in one place. For example, Sew Sassy has many of the notions and components for up to 50% less but are rather sparse when it comes to cup fabric or laces. Fabric Depot has more fabrics available. It is definitely worth shopping around.

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Date: 2/5/13 8:01 PM

I took Ann's class a few years ago and managed to make a pile of bras .... I used the pattern from the class and then copied the cups from one of my favorite bras and created my own pattern. Finding the pieces is the biggest challenge, so when you find what you need, buy more than you need right now. I have a shoe box marked "bra parts" with all the specialized elastics, hardware bits and other specialized notions. As your bras wear out (both RTW and custom made), pull the wires and hooks before tossing the worn out items.

I have bought wires from a couple of places, but always go back to wires sold by Needle Nook - they are reasonably priced, hold up to multiple bras and are easy to order over the phone.

I just ordered a new pattern from Danglez -- there was a long bra sew along thread here on PR a few years ago and I made a mental note to buy a Danglez pattern to try. When I get in bra making mode it seems that I knock out about 5 or 6 at once and then I put all the parts back in the box and forget about it for an extended period of time. Once you get a pattern worked out they are relatively easy to put together.

Make sure you give each bra a day in the life test before making adjustments to the pattern - you can't just try it on like you would a Tshirt to see how it fits, you need to see how it fits all day.



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Date: 2/5/13 8:15 PM

I just made up the new Shelley pattern from BraMakers Supply and I love, love, love it...even better than their classic pattern. I do order my supplies from there, because I have found theirs to be the best quality and it is one stop shopping. their power net and Duoplex fabric are top quali that I haven't been able to find elsewhere. NAYY, but I am located in Canada so I am thrilled to find this Canadian company, and I suppose that creates a small bias thereReally fast service too.

SewSassy is great for pricing and inexpensive shipping to Canada, plus they are fast.BraMakers Supply

SewSassy

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Date: 2/6/13 1:44 AM

I hope this becomes a PR Class. As much as I want to try, I get panic attacks just thinking about ordering a book. I have been collecting old bra parts and buying stuff to make them for years. Then chicken out and buy another one at the store. That and swimsuits. Why O why do they strike fear in my heart?

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Date: 2/6/13 1:58 AM

Needle Nook fabrics has my vote. I took her class and recommend her products, but I haven't tried the other places. Don't be put off by the lack of a web site... she dyes fabrics awesome colors in addition to the standard neutrals. Her supplies are good quality. I'd love to take her class again.

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Date: 2/6/13 7:47 AM

Dixie DIY has a huge list of bra making suppliers. Here is her link

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Date: 2/6/13 2:26 PM

Like JennaF, I'm also a looking into making my own bras.

I was going to buy the Pin-Up Girls Classic bra pattern, but when I looked again a day or two ago saw that the Shelley pattern was available. Would you recommend Shelley to a beginner bra maker, or do you think the classic is the way to start? (17 years sewing experience otherwise)

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Date: 2/6/13 5:06 PM

I will repeat the positive info regarding Needle Nook Fabrics and Anne St. Clair. I took her workshop once and it was the best fitting bra I have ever had. Her shop is in Wichita, KS. If you call the shop, they are very helpful and personable.

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