Tuesday 5 October 2021: Jeannie of Annie and Myra’s is a bra sewing expert from regional Victoria. She shares her free tutorials on Instagram.
Jennie answers a few bra sewing questions so we have more information about sewing bras that fit us using the correct underwires, fabrics and bra notions to suit all skin sensitivities. She does emphasis her love of couture sewing. Jennie is known for harvesting bra notions from pre-loved bras.
Jennie tells us about Free the Girls and their donating bras program. This donation program is one way of helping survivors.
Over the years Jennie has enjoyed many modalities – weddings, mens tailoring (she learnt men’s pattern making during a private order dressmaking certificate at TAFE in the early 1990s) millinery, and most recently she has reignited my passion for lingerie. Oh and she’s also starting to learn shoe making.
Starter bra patterns Jennie recommends are Harriet Bra by Cloth Habit and the Marlborough Bra by Orange Lingerie.
The Maya Bra is a free pattern you can start your bra sewing with.
Jennie has designed the Grace Bra pattern. Three variations available to make : a fabric and lace combination; an all-over lace or embroidered tulle version and a knit fabric and foam option.
Lingerie fit kits can be purchased at Your Way Lingerie, Pitt Trading and through Nellie Joans.
Tuesday 20 July 2021: Sue and Emma Folts’ vision of the Great Bra Sewing Bee is to bring together bra sewists from around the world to enhance their skills, connect with businesses, and celebrate this beautiful art form. Sue the owner of Brabuilders.com and host of the Great Bra Sewing Bee has pulled together skilled teachers and lingerie businesses to make this goal a reality.
Bra sewing beginners will have a day of classes on 4 August – Beginner Bees. Beginners register for this day separately, and they can also bundle it with the rest of the conference for a discount. It’s a great way to get started with the basics for sewing a bra.
Sue and Emma have ensured this year’s Great Bra Sewing Bee offers a variety of technique and fitting experts so participants can ‘finally’ get their bras to fit them. It’s very common to hear sewists say, I can sew a bra but it doesn’t fit well. The teachers and bra sewalongs this year should help everyone finally get their bras to fit them.
You can find all the details about the Great Bra Sewing Bee on their website. Alternatively you can DM Emma and Sue on their Instagram account too.