Since the mission of Orange Lingerie is to get all sewists making their own beautiful and professional looking lingerie, teaching is one of the most rewarding things that I do. I feel like I teach sewing magic and I never tire of seeing students light up as they realize they have the sewing super power to make their own bras! Just look at these happy students! (Yes, the woman on the right is Gertie!)
I taught my most recent workshop on Saturday, October 8th at Brooklyn General in New York. It was a one-day intensive version of my two-day workshop. With a one-day class I focus primarily on teaching bra construction. Of course, since I started out as a custom bra maker, I MUST include some fitting!
As usual for my workshops, I started by fitting each student to find the Marlborough bra size that them fit best with the least amount of alterations. I have ALL the sizes made up so students can try them on to find the best fit. Pictured below is a stack of fitting bras before class.
Once everyone had their size pattern I led the group through cutting, marking and all the sewing. To make the sewing part easy, the Brooklyn General classroom has Bernina sewing machines (my favorite as you may know from reading this post).
I always have students sew up a white Marlborough bra in class. There is something about using all white materials that makes the bra seem less precious and students feel more comfortable focusing on learning bra making techniques rather than trying to make a “perfect” bra. When you are learning you are not perfect! I also try to ban the seam ripper unless something truly needs to be fixed to get the bra onto the body for a fitting. No one needs more practice ripping out seams!
At the end of the day, students tried on their finished bra and I sketched out the pattern alterations they can use for their next bra to further refine the fit. The main pattern changes reviewed for students in this class were how to add a small amount of volume to the cup and how to add coverage to the underarm area. I also had a student who does not normally wear underwire bras so we talked about how to omit the underwires from my patterns.
Want to attend one of my workshops? Below are the next three sessions that I have scheduled!
- October 22-23, 2016 at Craftwork Somerville This workshop is actually sold out! You can call Amy at Craftwork to get on the standby list.
- November 12-13, 2016 at Stitch Sew Shop. While not yet listed on their site, seats are already selling! Call the shop to register.
- March 18-19, 2017 at Three Little Birds Sewing Co. UPDATED October 16, 2016: You can sign up for this workshop here!
What kind of bra making workshops are you interested in? Where would you like a workshop to be held? Let me know in the comments!