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Can anyone reccommend or suggest a Bra making course?

(42 Posts)
Katymac Thu 23-Jun-16 21:19:49

DD & think this would actually save us money plus help with our 'fit' issues & DD's Dance issues (I think she imagines an inbuilt bra in every leotard fat chance )

I have seen a corset making course & it was eye-wateringly expensive - so I do know I will have to save up for it

But where do I start?

CatherineDeB Thu 23-Jun-16 21:34:39

I always go to craftsy for courses. Not very sociable I know but usually cheap and you can watch them again and again (I download them to my iPad).


Katymac Thu 23-Jun-16 21:40:54

Wow that looks good


I may combine that with something else; an actual course plus an online one (or two or three)

Katymac Thu 23-Jun-16 21:45:44

My goodness there are lots of bra tutorials!!

Katymac Thu 23-Jun-16 21:53:13

There are 3 different bra tutorials for about £85

The course I am looking at it is £178 plus travel and accommodation (so maybe another £90 in acc plus £35 in petrol)

So I'd have to spend less than £200 on material & bits to make at least 2 bras

Even allowing for wasting some stuff that makes good sense

IF I cna learn from a tutorial

CatherineDeB Thu 23-Jun-16 21:55:44

I really rate Craftsy Katy. I did their sloper courses and still watch them in a bored moment even now, just because they are on my iPad.

Before that I did a pattern grading course that was really useful, there are pdfs full of guidance/practice materials and even patterns to download. Really good value imo.

CatherineDeB Thu 23-Jun-16 21:58:13

I also did the knits course when I first bought an overlocker, it included five or six patterns of things to make for about £15. Once you are registered with them the e-mails flow with special offer announcements.

I only bought one to begin with to see how much I liked it. Different instructors have different presenting styles and I prefer some more than others but for the cost I think they are fab.

Katymac Thu 23-Jun-16 22:00:14

What's sloper?

CatherineDeB Thu 23-Jun-16 22:02:24

Pattern making drafts for skirts, bodices, trousers, etc., etc.. Like this


Now, don't get me wrong I would love some local sewing friends but an equivalent course would cost £200 and I couldn't watch it again and again.

Katymac Thu 23-Jun-16 22:07:18

Well I suppose MN makes us local grinwink

& if you want a holiday on the broads you can always come & stay! and bring your sewing machine

CatherineDeB Thu 23-Jun-16 22:07:40

Thank you!!

Katymac Thu 23-Jun-16 22:08:09

this is lovely

CatherineDeB Thu 23-Jun-16 22:13:15

What is great is that the pattern is posted to your house on those sorts of courses, no driving, parking, etc., etc..

A couple of weeks ago I just ordered a pattern, completely free, from Craftsy, a vogue pattern - no idea why it was free but it came in the post from the US.

Katymac Thu 23-Jun-16 22:25:23

Look at this

& all these

CatherineDeB Thu 23-Jun-16 22:30:19

Well I don't swear as a rule ... but I did when I saw £1250, seriously I swore!

Look here


Katymac Thu 23-Jun-16 22:34:53

I did mention "eye-wateringly expensive" in my OP

TBH I think my biggest problem if I go with craftsy will be buying all the kit

Some of the equipment/materials looks very specialised

Anyway off to bed tomorrow is an upholstery day!

CatherineDeB Fri 24-Jun-16 07:02:31

I wonder who that is aimed at, the £1250 one. this list doesn't look too bad does it?

Katymac Fri 24-Jun-16 07:17:50

Dunno - but I like the free stuff on the other site for a corset (for DD not me....I don't think I am corset shape) but I'd like to get the bras sorted first

I think I will order the courses one at a time (in case I don't get on with it)

& try & find the 'kit' I need

It suggests to not buy the bra pattern until you have watched the first part of the video

Katymac Fri 24-Jun-16 14:27:40

I'm going on a course, my mum has helped out & they have a cancellation this weekend

I am so excited!!

CatherineDeB Fri 24-Jun-16 16:21:24

That's lovely, I hope you enjoy it - can't wait to see what you make.

neddle Fri 24-Jun-16 16:30:56

I bought the bra course on craftsy but I haven't made one yet.
It linked to a site where you could buy a kit to go with the class, so I've got one of those ready to go. Just need to lose a bit more weight first grin

Katymac Fri 24-Jun-16 19:29:41

I've driven 140 miles (ish) to sleep over at my aunties & I have another 55 each way for tomorrow & Sunday.....then I get to come home and I have work on Monday!!

But I am a kinesthetic learner so I think this is a good start for me

Katymac Sat 25-Jun-16 22:27:05

I did it!!

CatherineDeB Sun 26-Jun-16 16:53:18

That looks lovely, was it hard? Are you happy with the fit?

Apparently the craftsy woman has written a book that is really well regarded - on bra construction obvs!

Haggisfish Sun 26-Jun-16 17:04:28

That's fab! Well done.

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