Class Instructor Information for 2019
The following is information regarding instructors, class descriptions, kits and / or supplies.
Jennifer Lynn Fairbanks – Porcelynne
Bra Drafting, Fitting, and Construction
Drafting a Basic Bra Workshop
The drafting workshop includes the following techniques: drafting a band based on wire size and style and the cup based on the bust shape and volume. Different shaping methods for the cup are covered, including a rounded cup, projected cup, and minimizer cup. The cup draft will be a basic 2-3 piece cup that can be altered for various designs.
Bare Essentials Book: is required for this drafting course. The third edition is slated for release prior to this course. Details on book requirements will be announced closer to the class date.
Basic drafting items will be requires: pencils, erasers, tape measure, straight ruler (12” minimum) and curved rulers. A flexible ruler is required. Flexible rulers can be purchased on Porcelynne.com.
Sports Bra Fitting and Construction Workshop:
The sports bra class is an all-inclusive hands-one class of fitting and constructing of one of the Porcelynne sports bra patterns. Students can select either the Christina Sports Bra or the Laurel Sports Bra for their project. Both patterns offer 182 separate sizes from 28A through 52N. Three separate elastic finishes for the necklines and armhole will be demonstrated. Students can also select to mix and match the patterns if they own both patterns.
Participants can select to have the pattern printed and delivered to the conference center the day of the class or have it mailed. All patterns must be printed prior to arriving on site for the class.
Additional kits will be made available by request. See the pattern descriptions for supplies needed for the sports bra selected.
Ann St. Clair – Needle Nook Fabrics
Take measurements, decide on sizing and any adjustments, then draft your pattern. Cut out your garment and construct. You will learn full bust adjustments as well as how to apply laces and edging trim. We will also discuss other garments that can be made from your Camisole pattern.
Kit: $40 Kit includes: (makes 1 camisole) Elite Pattern, fabric, lace edging, thread
Choose your style, size, trace your pattern, then cut and construct your garment. You will learn how to work with stretch fabrics, laces and elastics.
Kit: $20 (makes 1 pair of panties), the Elite Panty Pattern, fabric, elastics, and thread.
Ditch the Muslin
Tired of creating a muslin, then going through the process of making alterations and transferring those changes to the pattern? Using Anne’s techniques you will be able to draft a pattern to fit YOUR body. The process that is used can be repeated again and again with any commercial pattern. You will also learn the simplest method for a full bust adjustment. In the morning you will take and record all your measurements in a provided chart, then calculate your size and adjustment to the basic pattern. In the afternoon you will draft your pattern using your chart with all necessary adjustments.
Kit Fee: $20 Includes Elite Knit Top pattern, instructional booklet, and tracing paper. You will need to bring pencils and drafting curve ( I will have these available).
Please contact Anne for your kit purchase
Bodil Friman – B, Wears Pattern Group
Angie Bra – Beginner Class
During these two days, Bodil will work with the students on her very first first bra pattern release “Angie.” The day will begin discussing the difference between her drafting method and others drafting methods. Then each student is measured using Bodil’s method and decide which sizing of the Angie Bra is most appropriate considering this sizing is different than whats familiar. If one knows their correct wire size, it would be best to have it available at the time of fitting. We will also discuss differences in patterns and personal fit changes.
After the fitting and using the proper size ranges, the tracing method of patterns will begin. The discussions will also include: fabric talk (what works and does not work) and the various types of elastics and use some of those in the class. We will also cut our fabrics for the bra and begin bra assembly and construction; in this section we will learn to fit as we go along. that we use in this class, will cut out our pieces in fabric and start sewing and fitting as we go along. By Friday afternoon, everyone should have a good fit and pattern to continue to work with after the workshop is over.
There is no pressure to finish your bra, the most reward is learned from the hands on experience and learning proper fit.
Specific Supply List and Kit List coming.
Jeanette Mitchell, A Perfect Cup Plus More
Students in the Bralette Class will learn how to make a bralette from the bralette pattern provided in the Sew Simple Bralettes book by Nancy’s Notions. The book contains full-size patterns in 30 size combinations (6 cup sizes and 5 band sizes) and many ideas for various fabric and trim details for creating beautiful and functional bralettes. Students in this class will create a short or long-line all fabric bralette. A purchased kit is needed for this class and should be purchased at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the class.
Cost of the kit is $50 and includes the Sew Simple Bralette’s booklet, Duoplex fabric, sheer cup lining, fold over binding, 4 rings, 2 sliders, strap elastic, thread and tracing paper – enough for making 1 bralette in class. The color for all materials is white.
The topics to be covered in this class include:
1. Getting the proper bra measurements
(Please wear a good fitting bra to class in order
to obtain accurate measurements.)
2. Selecting the proper pattern size
3. Tracing the pattern and cutting it out
4. Altering the pattern, if necessary
5. Cutting out the fabric and
6. Making the bralette
Students should have the following basic sewing tools for successful completion: tape measure, white thread, flexible ruler at least 18” long, and a pencil with eraser.
Camille Murrain – Sweet Cup Bra Supply
Business Basics for Your Custom Bra-Making Company
Thinking of starting a custom bra-making business?
This class will cover setting up a sole proprietorship, pricing your work, contracts to protect yourself and your client, advertising, and best practices. This class is great for those who are just starting their businesses, and those who need a refresher.
This is a two-hour session and handouts will be given out during class. You are also welcome to take notes.
*Class descriptions are subject to change with the demand of workshop
*It is highly recommended you purchase pattern and / or kit as suggested by the Instructor
*Lack of proper materials can cause a unforeseen learning curve
*Agenda and class instruction is finalized day of workshop
All workshops are 8 hours in length with planned lunch and am / pm breaks