Online Patternmaking Classes
by Don McCunn
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How to Make Custom-Fit Underwire Bras
The five sessions of this class include the following.
The videos for this class show how to fit yourself without a sewing buddy. If you have someone to help you, the process is easier. This fitting buddy does not need to know how to sew. However, if you do not have a willing fitting buddy who will take whatever time is necessary to fit you correctly, you are better doing it yourself. Instructions and videos designed to help you do this are labeled Do-It-Yourself (DIY).
This approach to creating a custom-fit starts by creating a mold directly on the body. This mold is converted to paper patterns that can then be used to create a trial fitting bra. This bra sloper becomes the basis for creating other designs. The mold can be created by either shaping a towel over an exisiting bra, or applying material directly to the body. This second technique is particularly effective for women who need support but don't have a bra that fits well. I learned it initially from the women in my first "How to Make Custom-Fit Bra" class. The technique uses Glad's Press'n Seal which you apply directly to the skin to shape and support the breast. You then reinforce the Press'n Seal with masking tape before removing it. The Using Press'n Seal pdf file summarizes the steps in this technique.
If this is the first time you have attempted to make a bra, the construction process is not difficult. However, it is very important to mark both the bra mold and pattern pieces carefully with labels and sewing notches so that you will know exactly how piece fits together as I show on page 120 of the book. The shapes of the pattern pieces will not necessarily be clear as you start the construction process. I also recommend that you record the information about either your sloper or the bra on a copy of page 141 of the book.
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