Bra Makers Book, Bra Makers Manual, Volume 1, Bra-Makers Supply

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Bra Makers Book, Bra Makers Manual, Volume 1, Bra-Makers Supply, is the guidebook for bra makers, for both beginner bra makers and experienced custom bra makers.  Bra Makers Manual is a complete guide to everything you need to know about making bras. Bra Makers Manual is the Bra Makers Textbook.

240 pages

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Bra Makers Manual Volume 1

The Bra-makers Manual, Volume 1, 2nd edition, by expert author Beverly Johnson, is a spiral bound book that opens flat on a table to have as a reference while you work.

The Bra Makers Manual is a complete reference on bra design, draft, fit, and construction. It is suitable for both the beginner and experienced bra maker. 

Beverly Johnson teaches how to obtain the pattern for a bra. How to change one basic pattern into a library of bra styles and designs. How to choose fabric for a bra. How to make a strapless bra.  How to make a nursing bra.  How to make a mastectomy bra. How to make a bra that fits

Available separately:

Bra makers patterns: Developed specifically for use with this book

Bra Makers Manual Volume 2: More professional construction techniques.  How to fix advanced fitting challenges.  How to draft a bra from 6 body measurements. How to grade a bra into multiple sizes.  How to work with lace for bras. How to make foam cup bras.  How to use special sewing machine tools and features particular to bra making

 

Table of contents Bra Makers Manual Volume 1, 2nd Edition

  1. History of the Bra…………………..1-12
    The Bra Family Tree
    So Who Invented the First Bra?
    The Twenties and Thirties
    The Rise of Elastic
    Wartime and the Boomer Years
    Burn That Bra!
    That 70’s Look
    The Feminine Mystique of the 1980s
    The Return to Cleavage – 1990s
  2. Terms and Definitions……………..13-23
    Parts of a Bra
    Types of Bras
    Cups
    Frames
    Bridges
    Straps
    Bra Findings
  3. What is Good Fit?…………………..24-33
    What “is” Good Fit?
    Characteristics of a Well-fitting Bra
    Measuring for Ready-to-wear (N. American)
    Measuring for Ready-to-wear (International)
    Calculating Bra Sizes by Measurement
    The BCD Method of Bra Sizing (Second Edition Only)
    Making Fabric Choices……………34-50
    Knits or Wovens
    Knit terms
    Percentage and Direction of Pull
    Beefing up the Fabric
    Fibre Content
    Fabric Pull and How it Affects Design
    Fabric Quantities
    Elastic Terms
  4. Obtaining the Pattern……………….51-73
    Home Sewing Patterns
    Cloning a Ready-to-wear Bra
    Breast Moulds
    Bra Drafting Software
    Drafting a Bra Pattern from a Sloper
    Professional Bra Blocks
    Terms used in Bra Design
    Relating the Bra to the Pattern Pieces
    Evaluating a Bra Pattern
    Observations about Bra Grading
    An Easy Way to Grade a Bra Pattern
    Grading One Size Larger
  5. Birth of a Bra………………………………74-88
    Tester Cups
    Designing a Bra One Piece at a Time
    Fabric Selection
    Framework
    Closure
    Seamline Variations
    Bridge and Band Detail
    Straps
    Bra Design Sheet
  6. The Construction Process………….89-122
    Setting Up to Sew
    The Equipment
    The Tools
    Preparing the Fabric Before Cutting
    Construction Sequence of a Full Band Bra
    Construction Sequence of a Partial Band Bra
    Alternate Methods of Construction
    Alternate Methods of a Front Strap Attachment
    Alternate Methods of a Back Strap Attachment
    Choices for Wire Line Treatments
    Alternate Band Construction
    Common Mistakes Everyone Makes
  7. Fitting to a Live Model……………123-145
    Fittings Prior to Sewing
    Assessing the First Fitting
    Alterations to the Straps
    Alterations to the Band
    Alterations to the Bridge
    Alterations to the Cups
  8. Style Changes for Fashion………..146-182
    Minor Style Changes
    Major Style Changes
    The Strapless Bra
  9. Style Changes for Special Needs…183-222
    Support Challenges
    Support Bras
    Nursing Bras
    Mastectomy Bras
  10. Appendix…………………………223-230
    Suggested Further Reading
    Wire Chart
    Client Information and Design Sheet
    Fitting and Style Change Drawings
    List of Sample Providers
  11. Index……………………231-235
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