Bra Camp


  • 2 days of hands-on instruction with a cap of 8 students
  • Bra making kit with lace and all required findings and elastics
  • 1 spool of matching thread
  • Discounts from sponsors
  • List of bra making vendors and resources
  • Booklet of diagrams for basic bra fitting modifications

Underwires are not included, however you will have the possibility in class to try on different shaped and sized underwires to determine which underwires you should order after the class is over.


We will be sewing the Harriet Bra by Cloth Habit (28A - 45H bra size) or the Willowdale Bra from Cashmerette* (28C-54J). These is are great beginner patterns, because they offers support while still appearing delicate and beautiful. They have a 3 to 4 piece cup, which allows for good cup volume and scooped back, which is not only very comfortable to wear, but is also more supportive than a tapered back. These are great first bras to learn bra making techniques that you can then use to make many other styles of bras!


  • Sewing machine
  • Purchased Harriet Bra pattern or Willowdale Bra pattern
  • Rotary cutter (recommended: 18mm or 28mm but bigger will also work!)
  • Fabric scissors
  • Disappearing ink fabric pen
  • Sewing pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Pattern weights
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Lunch (or money to buy lunch - there are lots of great spots within walking distance!)


Day One (10am - 6pm):

The first day of Bra Camp focuses on fitting the bra. We will go over the importance of finding the right size and shape underwires as well as a thorough look into bra sizes and the materials needed to create an underwire bra.

We then begin the individual fitting process. Bella will provide sample cup toiles in all sizes that you will try on to find your correct size as well as four different shaped underwires in all sizes to determine your underwire shape and size. Once both your cup size and underwire is determined you will sew a toile of the band to practice sewing techniques and to make sure the band fits properly.

Everyone will have the opportunity to have a one-on-one fitting with Bella. Together you will assess the fit and make the necessary modifications to your paper pattern. A fitting does require a certain amount of personal exposure, but they are completely private and done with the utmost care and respect. You may also assess the fit on your own. Whatever makes you feel comfortable!

The day will end with a demonstration on how to modify your paper pattern to your specific needs.

Day Two (10am - 6pm):

Day two begins with a demonstration on how cut out the bra so that the lace is mirrored on both cups. The day is mainly is dedicated to sewing the final bra. Bella will teach you construction methods for achieving beautifully finished bra that looks just as good on the inside as it does on the outside!