Orange Lingerie Work Table
Last Updated April 16, 2017

REFERENCE BOOKS
Sew Everything Workshop: The Complete Step-by-Step Beginner’s Guide
The Sewing Book
Claire Shaeffer’s Fabric Sewing Guide
Bare Essentials: Bras – Construction and Pattern Drafting for Lingerie Design
Bare Essentials: Bras – Construction and Pattern Drafting for Lingerie Design – Second Edition
Bare Essentials: Underwear – Construction and Pattern Drafting for Lingerie Design
Pattern Cutting for Lingerie, Beachwear and Leisurewear
Pattern Making for Underwear Design
Pattern Making for Underwear Design: 2nd Edition
The Breast Life Guide to The Bra Zone: How to Find Your Ideal Size, Style and Support

EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES FOR BRA MAKING
Schmetz Stretch Machine Needles
Schmetz Universal Machine Needles
Clover Black Gold Needles
Clover Silk Pins Boxed, 100 Per Pack
Florian Pinker (Love this pinking tool so much!)
Gütermann Mara 120 Thread (This fine polyester thread is thin, strong and has zero fuzz. Perfect for lingerie.)
Gingher 8-Inch Micro-Serrated Edge Knife Edge Dressmaker’s Shears
Gingher 5 Inch Knife Edge Sewing Scissors
Gingher 6-Inch Machine Embroidery Scissors (these are the offset scissors I recommend to my students)
Fiskars 8-Inch Multi Purpose Scissors
Olfa 18mm Small Rotary Cutter (My favorite! Super small and easy to maneuver around all those tight curves!)
Olfa 28mm Straight Handle Rotary Cutter
Olfa 28mm Rotary Blade Refill Pack
Olfa Standard 45mm Rotary Cutter
Olfa 45mm Rotary Blade Refill Pack
Olfa Self-Healing Double-Sided Rotary Mat, 24-Inch x 36-Inch
Metal Washers
Clover Seam Ripper
Dritz Tape Measure
C-Thru 8ths Graph Beveled Transparent Ruler 1 in. x 12 in. (A critical tool in my workroom! I need the 1/16″ markings!)
C-Thru French Plastic Curve Set
Dritz Sewing Gauge
Clover Chacopen Water Soluble Blue Marker with Eraser (My favorite fabric marker! I have found it easily removes from every fabric.)
Tracing Paper Roll, Pro Art 18-Inch by 50-Yards
18″ Paper Cutter
Pentel Drafting Pencil, 0.5mm
Kneadable Art Eraser
Oliso TG1600 1800 Watt Pro Iron
Dritz Sewing Sheer Press Cloth 22’X30′ 100% Silk Organza
Dritz Tailor’s Ham
Tailor’s Ham Holder
Fray Check
Dritz Seams Great
Legal Size File Folders (A cheaper alternative to buying rolls of oak tag)
Wire Cutters/Pliers (Super useful for cutting underwires)
Clear Eye Protective Safety Glasses
Table Vise
Glass Coated Pot
Large Mesh Tea Ball
Wood Tongs
Jacquard iDye Fabric Dye (Be sure to choose the correct colors for your project!)
Sulky Temporary Spray Adhesive (Air dissolvable temporary bonder helps when working with multiple layers of fabric)
Bamboo Stiletto (This tool is really useful at the sewing machine when working with all those tiny bra pieces.)
Clover Loop Pressing Bars (I use these to press perfect bra straps.)
Dritz Quick Turn

SUPPLIERS OF BRA MAKING FABRICS, NOTIONS AND KITS
Note, I am not affiliated with any of the suppliers on this curated list except for Tailor Made Shop. Opinions are my own.

Bra-makers Supply
Where: Ontario, Canada
What They Offer: Fabrics, Notions, Kits
Notes: Shipping costs can be high for U.S. based customers. Some items are sold in bulk quantities.

Blackbird Fabrics
Where: British Columbia, Canada
What They Offer: Fabrics, Notions, Kits
Notes: A limited selection of lingerie supplies. Frequently ships for free within Canada.

Booby Traps
Where: Australia
What They Offer: Fabrics, Notions, Kits
Notes: Recently started accepting orders from customers outside of Australia and New Zealand using Australia Post with a minimum $100 order.

B,Wear
Where: Sweden
What They Offer: Fabrics, Notions, Kits
Notes: European distributor for Bra-makers Supply

Ebay
Where: Sellers based in a variety of locations around the World
What They Offer: Fabric, Notions, Kits
Notes: Search for for “lace fabric yardage” or any other bra supply you are looking for to find sellers.

The Emerald Studio
Where: Ontario, Canada
What They Offer: Fabric, Notions, Kits
Notes: This Etsy store also offers swimwear kits.

Etsy
Where: Sellers based in a variety of locations around the World
What They Offer: Fabric, Notions, Kits
Notes: Search Etsy for “lace fabric yardage” or any other bra supply you are looking for to find sellers. The list of these is growing!

Kantje-Boord
Where: Netherlands
What They Offer: Fabrics, Notions, Kits
Notes: While the supplies are basically inaccessible outside of visiting, I had to include them since they are my favorite bra kit and materials shop. They stock everything in every color. Their kits (listed as “packages” on their site) are fantastic with enough material and notions for one bra and two pairs of underwear. When you visit, remember, they only accept cash!

Lingerie Findings
Where: New Zealand
What They Offer: Fabrics, Notions, Kits
Notes: Sells only in New Zealand!

Merckwaerdigh
Where: Netherlands
What They Offer: Fabrics, Notions, Kits
Notes: Sells via Etsy store.

Sew Sassy
Where: Alabama, U.S.
What They Offer: Fabrics, Notions, Kits
Notes: Sells some items in bulk quantities. Also sells wholesale, call them for details. Swatches and samples are available for a small charge.

Sewing Chest
Where: Alabama, U.S.
What They Offer: Fabrics, Notions, Kits
Notes: Sells some items in bulk quantities. Also sells wholesale, call them for details. Swatches and samples are available for a small charge.

Spandex World
Where: New York, U.S.
What They Offer: Fabrics
Notes: Take care with fabric selection, as many spandex fabrics are too stretchy and too flimsy for bras. Good fabric information (content and care) and fabric swatches are available for a small charge.

Studio Costura Shop
Where: Madrid, Spain
What They Offer: Fabrics, Notions, Kits
Notes: Esty seller

Sweet Cups Bra Making Supply
Where: California, U.S.
What They Offer: Fabrics, Notions, Kits
Notes: U.S. distributor for Bra-makers Supply

Sew Squirrel
Where: Australia
What They Offer: Bra making fabrics, kits and notions
Notes: Australian distributor for Bra-makers Supply

Tailor Made Shop
Where: New York, U.S.
What They Offer: Bra making fabrics, kits and notions
Notes: Some supplies are available in bulk options