Bra-making Class, Supplies, by Pauline from Australia



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Class 1:

Part 1

Class 2:

Part 1

Class 3:

Part 1

Find Your Size

Using a

Part 2

Fitting

Part 2

Copying one

Part 2

Pattern List

pattern

Part 3

adjustments

Part 3

that fits

Part 3

Supplies

 

Part 4

 

Part 4


 
Part 4

Powernet

 

Part 5

 

Part 5

Examples



Supplies

Check the pattern envelope for actual requirements of fabrics and supplies, but it's the sort of thing you can pick up odd bits for, or create a whole new stash!!!

Bonding media

You will need iron-on web with paper backing, known as visoflex or Wonder-Under or Stitch Witchery, to bond pieces together. You need this to fuse the stabilizer to the back of the bra center piece. If you are going to use a lace overlay there, you should bond the lace to the fabric you are using.

Stabilizer

You will need a fusible knit fabric, such as Fusi-Knit, to stabilize the front "T" piece, but you won't need much. Woven fusible fabrics will also work, and would need to be cut on the bias, but knits are easier to work with.

Elastics

You need good quality plush elastic here. Plush elastic has one side like normal elastic, and the other side is soft and fuzzy. Also, plush elastic has one straight edge and one scalloped edge. If it's available, you might be able to buy your elastic to the match fabric, or to contrast if you like. Elastic widths needed are 1cm (3/8") and 1.5cm (5/8") for the small/medium sizes, or 1.3cm (1/2") and 1cm (3/8") for the fuller cups.

Bra strap elastic

A class all in itself, this comes in all sorts of finishes. My suggestions are that only if you are an A cup should you get narrow width. The more weight you need to support, the wider it should be and less stretchy. You can not substitute any other type of elastic for straps. You must use bra strap elastic for the bra straps.

Rings and sliders

Two rings and two sliders, which should fit the width of the elastic you use for the straps.

Underwire Casing

I always use underwire casing even when I don't use wires. This gives the bra more support and better definition. I also use it to put boning in the side seam (optional), but it helps the breast to stay forward. I also cover the side seam with underwire casing.

Polyester thread

You need a good quality thread to match.

Underwires to fit

Only Kwik-Sew 2374 calls for them, if you want to use them.

Sewing machine

You must be able to do at least a zigzag stitch. If you have a machine that does a 3-step zigzag stitch, this is what is used in the industry.

Needles

Use ball-point or stretch needles to fit your machine.

Adornments

Small bow, flower, or diamante, to sew to the middle of the bra when you've finished!

Fabrics

Choices can include:
  • Satin Lycra
  • Cotton Lycra
  • Tricot, which is also used for slips and petticoats
  • Stretch or woven lace if you want for trim or to cover the cups. I only ever use soft feeling laces. They don't have to sit on the skin, can be an overlay. stretch or woven lace (), even some bridal laces work well
  • Cotton interlock to line the cups if you want
  • Powernet if you want for the sides (comes in different weights, but not a huge color choice, usually)
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