Sewing Bras: Construction & Fit (3h 43m)
Create custom-fit bras with your home sewing machine alongside expert instructor Beverly Johnson. Choose the perfect fabric, pattern, and size. Use stretch to your advantage as you cut out your pattern pieces. Then, create the cups, add the straps, sew the side seams, and attach the cups to the bra’s frame. Learn professional techniques for applying elastic to the bottom bands, top bands, and neckline for greater comfort. Build structure with an optional underwire and keep it in place with bar tacks. Finish your bra beautifully with topstitched channeling, adjustable back straps, and a hook-and-eye closure. Along the way, learn to personalize patterns for your unique curves: Adjust strap length, fix a gaping or too-snug band, alter the bridge between cups, and fit cups perfectly by adjusting their size and shape. Upgrade from ready-to-wear’s generic fit – sew flawless bras personalized for you!
Sewing Bras: Designer Techniques (3h 18m)
Start with a well-fitting pattern, then use it to design, draft and make your own bras! Learn how with lessons from sewing expert Beverly Johnson. Start by easily turning a full-band bra pattern into a partial-band bra. Next, learn to change the neckline and design the straps you want. Move on to modifying bra frames, creating the world’s thinnest band and making front closures. Bring greater comfort and style to the back of your bra by modifying the width of your fabric or angling the closure downwards. Then, discover how to support and complement your shape with power bars. You’ll even find out how to make cup size discrepancies disappear by drafting your own alterations!
Sewing Bras: Foam, Lace & Beyond (2h 27m)
Discover how to make a lace bra with custom coverage and supportive style alongside fairy bra-mother and sewing expert Beverly Johnson. Using your favorite bra pattern, you’ll begin by learning how to add lace to cups, bridges and partial- or full-band bras. Love the support of foam cups? Beverly will show you how to use cut-and-sew foam for versatile styles, shapes and sizes. You’ll see how to modify your pattern to make room for the foam and get step-by-step guidance for creating a balconette and demi-cup bra. If a seamless cup is what you seek, you’ll discover how to choose, fit and place pre-formed foam cups in your bras. Plus, you’ll even get tips for covering your cups with wrinkle-free fabric and lace.