Hey ho howdy! Did you know that the Great Bra Sewing Bee starts in four short days?! I’m getting really excited to join in the fun, as I wasn’t able to make it last year. I know a bunch of you are also going, so I thought I’d fill you in on my top ten classes I’m most excited to attend! Haven’t registered yet? Get registered here! (It costs as little as $49 for 5 days worth of classes!) And, no, this post is not sponsored 🙂
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1: Couture Techniques with Jennie
I’ve long been following Jennie, the goddess behind Annie and Myras. Every week, Jennie posts an instagram story about a lingerie-making technique, and I’ve been so enthralled with her vintage-style, luxurious makes. So when I heard that Jennie was teaching a couture techniques class at the Great Bra Sewing Bee this year, I was like 😍 Here’s the wild part: Annie’s class is at 2 a.m. my time, and I’m honestly considering staying up to watch it live rather than catching the recording. That’s how excited I am.
2: Large Cup Considerations with Margarita & Evyone
Obviously, as a busty person, I’m so glad to see that GBSB has a class just for us! Of course, we got a little sneak preview of this class from the Sew Busty post on large cup considerations Margarita and Evyone contributed to last month for bra month! I’m often frustrated by the lack of busty representation in the bra making community, so I’m looking forward to hearing more from Margarita and Evyone on the unique needs of this community.
3: All Things Omega Boobs with Lily
I’m not quite an omega shape, but my breasts have a near-omega shape in that my roots are very wide compared to the overall volume of my breast. (This is actually a common misunderstanding that I’m on a constant mission to correct: not all narrow-rooted, large breasts are omega. Some of us are just noodles.) But, even though I’m not a true omega, I think this class with the magnificent Lily (who sat down with me for a Q&A just last month!) will be super helpful.
4: Pattern Adjustments for Size Inclusivity with Apostrophe Patterns
I’ve said a million times that size inclusivity is the most important movement in sewing right now. Even before more broad body diversity (including my crusade to have more garment pattern designers offer cup options), the first step is size inclusivity. That’s why I’m eager to see what Apostrophe Patterns – a company that offers drafted-to-measure t-shirt, leggings, sports bra, and panties patterns – has to say about adjusting patterns to fit all bodies.
5: Bodysuit Fit with Maddie
I love me some Maddie from Madalynne, and I’m so so so excited to learn more about bodysuit fit from her! I’m actually just about ready to make my first Fenix bodysuit, so I’m looking forward to hearing a few more tips and tricks from Maddie before jumping into the pattern.
6: Wires with Jennifer
Jennifer is the queen of underwires. Her shop (Porcelynne) carries so many underwire styles for all different bodies, so she really is an expert on underwire fit. And y’all know I’m a Porcelynne fangirl: The Eve bra, designed by Jennifer, is my favorite bra pattern, and Porcelynne can do no wrong. It will be amazing to learn more about wires from the wire queen herself!
7: Adding Support to Bralettes with Monica
I used to think, as a 30J bra (in UK sizing), I couldn’t wear bralettes. But then I did a bunch of work to the Pin Up Girls Sweet 16 pattern to alter it for my size and shape and discovered that boobalicious people can wear bralettes. I’m excited to learn more about making bralettes even more supportive from Monica, the lady behind Bravobella Custom Bras.
8: Strappy Bras with Hannah
If you follow any bra makers on instagram, you probably follow Hannah from Evie La Luve Lingerie, home of the Let the Dice Decide weekly challenge. Hannah makes the most sweet yet sexy lingerie, it’s honestly so swoon-worthy. I’m looking forward to hearing more about how she adds strappy elements to her lingerie, as I definitely want to add more strappiness to my lingerie wardrobe!
9: Science of Bra Support with Monica
So I’ve always been pretty terrible with spatial reasoning and physics, but I still find it super interesting. I think it’ll be so cool to learn more about the nitty-gritty of how bras work. I like a little challenge sometimes!
10: Taking the Plunge: All About V Separators with Bodil
I received a v separator in my monthly goodie bag from Porcelynne a couple months ago and, frankly, I haven’t been sure what to do with it. That’s why I’m really psyched to hear from Bodil (of B’Wear) about what to do with these little contraptions!
That’s it, folks! Are you going to join me at the Great Bra Sewing Bee? I hope so! Please tell me on the Sew Busty Facebook group what classes you’re looking forward to!
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