Hey! For those of you who don’t know me just yet, I’m Nerrisa and I’ve recently joined the team over here at Sewisfaction, helping the lovely Sheona with marketing. My sewing journey really started properly after attending the Jersey class here at Sewisfaction HQ, so it makes perfect sense that my first ever blog post should be about my latest experience – bra making in the Sewisfaction studio.
I had actually signed up to the class before working for the shop, because let’s face it, who doesn’t want ‘The perfect bra’? If you don’t think it exists, I’m here to tell you that it didn’t, until a few days ago..
The Bra Making class is taught by the talented Hannah from New Craft House, who if you don’t know is half of the loveliest duo, who both teach a whole range of sewing workshops over in East London. They haven’t taught classes at other studios before, but very excitingly they were keen to collaborate with Sewisfaction and join us in Wokingham.
The session runs from 11-5 and the class size was a nice and manageable 8 people, small enough for Hannah to really get hands-on with each and every one of us and big enough to make sure that there was no cake left over… When we arrived, our patterns were already laid out for us, due to us giving our sizes in advance and if you’re anything like me, that was great – no reading the back of the packet trying to figure out which size to pick!
The other thing I don’t really enjoy too much about sewing is cutting the pattern out, but let me tell you if you’re looking for something to quickly snip your way through, this takes barely any time! After cutting out our paper pieces, we were presented with everything we needed to create the actual bra itself, including the most beautiful floral crepe, power mesh, the clasp and even the correct sized underwire!
With easy to follow step by step instructions from Hannah, we were quickly into the construction phase and bar a few ‘user errors’ we quickly had constructed cups (complete with lace trim) and a power bar all before lunchtime.
Fun fact: I’m a huge foody, but since this is a sewing blog, I won’t go on too long about how amazing the The Grange Chocolate Café, located next to the shop is, BUT if you do go on a course, be sure to treat yourself to a veggie breakfast – thank me later.
Anyway, back to the sewing…the after lunch portion flew by, with Hannah teaching us everything from adding the cups to the band, finishing the edges with pretty, elastic trim and even the secret to how to get your straps to go through the bra strap adjuster AND ACTUALLY WORK, and before we knew it, we had a fully functioning, professional looking, fully bona fide bra.
Hannah was keen to make sure we all left with a well-fitted bra, making sure to show us what to change next time for the perfect garment which let’s be honest is the ultimate goal. For me, the workshop was great for testing the skills I already have, but not so difficult that I’ll never attempt to make a bra again, in fact – I’m off to the Knitting and Stitching show this weekend and I’ll be dropping by to see Hannah’s ‘lace dealer’ so I can get back into the bra making saddle right away!
Like what you read and want a chance to make your own bra? Never fear, there are limited spaces left on the next course, taking place on 10th March 2019, click here to book your place, but be quick, at the time of writing there are only 3 spaces remaining!
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