After posting about the lingerie I’ve been making, a lot of people have asked me about resources to make their own lingerie. Here is a list of links to all of the resources that I have used– if you know of more that you’d like to share, please leave them in the comments! I will continue to update this as I get more
- I highly recommend DMU Short Courses located at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. Read my review of the course I took, Bra Pattern Cutting, Grading and Sewing.
- The Art Institute of Chicago also runs a short course on lingerie making and lingerie history called “Next to Skin” on a regular basis, usually during the summer.
- I really recommend checking out Cloth Habit’s Bra-Making Sew Along. There are so many awesome resources and tips if you are thinking of making your own bras.
- I’ve used Ohhh Lulu’s patterns before and loved them! Check out my version of her Ginger bodysuit.
- If you are looking for some bra patterns, check these out. They have patterns going up to a US H-cup.
- Here’s a cool method for duplicating your own favorite bra. I recommend trying this out first if you have a cup size not covered by traditional patterns.
- Foundations Revealed has some great articles on drafting your own bra patterns. Part 1 & Part 2 are free!
- I keep my favorite lingerie patterns on this Pinterest board. Make sure to follow to stay up to date on my new finds!
- Bra Making Supplies
- Corsetry Supplies
- Beverly Johnson’s Bra Making Manuals have been very highly recommended to me, although I have not personally read them. I am definitely planning to check it out soon.
- Demystifying Bra Fit and Construction – If you’re going to be adjusting fit on bras, this book is invaluable simply for all the photos in it. I haven’t used it too much personally because I haven’t had a chance to do a deep dive on the fit of my bras yet.
- The Anatomy of a Bra – This book is extremely helpful for those who are looking to do bra design because of the clear explanations of the different types of bras and the construction aspects that make these distinctions.
- If you’re interested in pattern-making, I’ve heard good things about Patternmaking for Underwear Design by Kristina Shin.
I will continue to update this page as I find new resources– feel free to leave your recommendations in the comments!