If you sew at any skill level, you too can make a bra!
Yes, it's intimating, but achieveable
Yes, you can determine the right fit for any size
Yes, it's little pieces of lace and elastics, but fun to work with
Yes, you have to purchase a kit to make a bra, but how pretty they are
Here's the 2021 calendar of bra making classes and activity:
Private Bra Making Lessons Schedule a measuring and fit session and then make a muslin bra. Determine the right underwires and make adjustments for a custom fit.
BRA MAKING MONDAYS: INGRID BRA
June 7, 14, 21, 28 - 7pm-9pm each evening
PinUp Girls Ingrid Bra Pattern is a non-wired, integrated bridge pattern with a split lower cup. The side and front panels help keep the breasts forward yet separated. Over 200 sizes from BCD 2.75 to BCD. The Ingrid Bra not only provides great support elements in a larger size non-wired bra, it also has the option of a zip front closing or a hook and eye front closing. It is also extra comfortable with the use of wide waistband elastic instead of the standard bottom band elastic. The basic design uses cup lining with cut & sew foam. It can also be constructed with lace lined with sheer cup lining. Order the Ingrid Bra Pattern (PinUp Girls) from gigisbrasupply.com, along with the fabric bra kit just for the Ingrid Bra.
June 11, 12 Friday 5pm-8pm Saturday 10am-12pm
The Daisy is a cute, comfy, easy to wear lingerie piece. The long line bralette features adjustable straps and lined seamed cups. Daisy was carefully designed to be versatile and provide you with subtle support while lounging, playing, sleeping, traveling or just going out.
BRALETTES & BOTTOMS
Fridays in October
Celebrate BraTober 2021 as we make bralettes and matching bottoms. Bralettes are the new comfortable, with Netflix and Chill, as well as fashion statements right off the runway. Easy to wear lingerie pieces, custom made to wear in or out. Join us every Friday in October 6pm-8pm (est) to make a bralette and matching panty, boxer or bottom of your choice. This class will be hosted in the Zoom Sewing Room - Fridays in October 6pm-8pm (est).
SEWING SKILL: Beginner or intermediate sewing knowledge is best.
Bra Making Mondays - November 8, 15, 22, 29
Make your favorite bra into a longline bra - hack your favorite pattern for a holiday treat.
Registration Opening Soon
Meet the Instructors
As an 8-year-old child at my grandmother’s knee, I begged her to teach me to sew on her broken machine. My grandmother’s spirit of determination was not going to stop her from teaching me this valuable craft. One hot summer day, she gathered me, some scrap fabric and her sewing kit and taught me how to make my first garment…by hand. Without the use of a machine, I cut and created about 10 halter tops and was the most fashionable little girl on the block. After my halter top creation, I spent years dismantling and upcycling old clothes, creating styles for school. I got my first sewing machine at 12 years old and I’ve been sewing ever since.
I followed my dreams and spent 30 years in the fashion industry in retail, merchandising and sales. I have been taught by some of the top designers in the industry and I want to share what I have learned over the decades with you. Consider this your invitation into the community that was built for you!
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to sew - as a child I remember playing dress up with my dolls creating many outfits for them.
In the 24 years that followed my sewing pursuits have included many aspects of garment making but my primary focus and passion is lingerie, jeans, jumpsuits, bags, and jackets/coat making. My bra making journey began 10+ years ago when I took a class sponsored by the Baltimore chapter of the ASG. After a day and a half of class instruction, I completed my very own bra. It fit and an entire new world began!!! I really enjoy making custom bra and panty sets, the options are endless.
I am a member of Black Women Stitch and is passionate about educating women about how to make their own bras. I recently spoke on the "Yes YOU Can Make a Bra" episode of the Stitch Please Podcast
NOAMI P. JOHNSON
Naomi’s godmother, a multimedia artist, taught her to sew handmade dolls as a young girl at summer camp. Her godmother gifted a sewing machine for her 30th birthday. For a couple of years, it sat unopened until one day when she stumbled across sewing tutorials on YouTube.
Naomi is a mom always and a teacher by day. She has an after-school sewing club at the elementary school where she works. She teaches garment making and leads A weekly “Sewcial Club” and summer camp at an independent fabric shop in the DC Metropolitan Area. Cultivating the local sewing community is a passion. Together with two DC Area fabric stores, Naomi hosted the 1st wildly successful DC Frocktails party, celebrating DC Area makers and sewists. Strict adherence to the DC Stay-at-Home order presented an opportunity for Naomi to try lingerie sewing under the guidance of fellow Black Women Stitch member and Great Sewing Bee panelist DeWahn Coburn. She made her first bra and was instantly hooked!
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