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with Beverly Johnson
Online Class

Sewing Bras: Construction & Fit

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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!


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 3h43m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction

1. Introduction

Meet your "fairy bra mother," Beverly Johnson, and learn about the construction of a classic, full-band bra suitable for all bust sizes. Beverly will show you how to measure yourself to choose the correct size, what to look for in a pattern and the best fabrics to start with.

2. Constructing the Bra: Cup & Frame

2. Constructing the Bra: Cup & Frame

Get started with your bra sewing by laying out your pattern pieces and cutting out your fabric according to the direction of greatest stretch. Beverly shares tips for marking the pieces, then shows how to sew the cups, attach the straps, sew the side seams, attach the cups to the frame and add channeling for optional underwires.

3. Constructing the Bra: Applying the Elastic

3. Constructing the Bra: Applying the Elastic

Elastic is the key to your bra's effectiveness in providing comfortable support. Beverly walks you through the application of elastic to the bottom and top bands and demonstrates how to add trim to the neckline. You'll also learn how to add bar tacks to the end of the channeling to keep an underwire in place and away from the skin.

Recommended with this class

  • Bra hardware as listed in your class materials
  • Strap elastic
  • Underwire pair (optional)
  • Cup, frame and strap fabric: Stable knit with less than 20 percent stretch
  • Band fabric: Stretch knit or mesh with 25% - 40% stretch