As a beginner in the world of bra making, there are many factors that can be intimidating and downright confusing! Here you'll find 5 helpful resources to help you out on your bra sewing journey.
My hope is this will find you excited to begin and continue to explore this fabulous, addictive, and immensely satisfying sewing skill.
1. Download our FREE PDF BOOK
A common feeling amongst beginner (and intermediate!) bra makers is uncertainty and intimidation. This free PDF is the first in a series I've created I would have loved to have had at my fingertips when I first started out on my bra making journey.
"My aim is to take away any intimidation, whether you're a complete beginner, or have a few bras under your belt. "
If you prefer to read on your tablet, we've also created this in the form of a totally interactive digital e-Book! You can purchase that here at the link below.
2. Figure out your measurements & underwire size with our e-Book Series
Continuing on from Volume 1, we also have available Volumes 2 & 3 to continue to untangle the mystery of bra making.
Can you relate?
I’ve learnt a lot since then and I’ve put all that knowledge into this easy to follow e-book ‘Measuring and Bra Size.’
"Start your bra-making off on the right foot (boob) with this essential resource."
BONUS: You’ll also have access to an instructional ‘how to measure’ video!
It can be so confusing and seem so complicated, choosing YOUR underwire.
"My aim for this volume was to create an all inclusive, easy to follow reference that will guide you through how to choose the perfect underwire."
BONUS: You’ll also have access to an instructional ‘taking a breast root trace’ video!
3. Choose a Pattern
Choosing a pattern to begin with can be daunting!
Many lingerie pattern designers generously create free patterns for us home sewists to use.
Check out the Resources Tab on Nellie Joans website to see quite the selection of bras and briefs patterns that are all free. An inexpensive way to get started and hone your skills with elastics and lace before you extend your repertoire!
Go and check them out and make some gorgeous lingerie!
4. Purchase a Beginner Kit!
On our website under the Kits Tab you'll find a selection of Beginner Kits. These are especially designed with the beginner in mind.
They include beginner friendly fabric and are tailored to specific patterns. Also included are notes on fabric type and grainlines.
Occasionally we will list Practice Packs on the website so keep an eye out for these bargains.
With practice packs, you don't have to feel too precious about the fabrics and they can be used to create muslins/toiles of bras. Use these to perfect the fit before you cut into your gorgeous kit.
These packs are made up of the remnant fabrics and elastics and as such contain assorted colours and potentially some slight flaws. Elastics occasionally may need piecing together. These are topped up with hook and eyes, rings and sliders and channeling that can be reused.
5. Request a Custom Kit
Custom kits are always available so if you have a different pattern that you would like a beginner kit for then please contact me via email or connect with me on Instagram.
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message on Instagram @nelliejoans and we can come up with a plan, some gorgeous fabric and findings, and get you started on your bra making addiction, I mean, sewing!!