Resources for Making Your Own Lingerie

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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

Classes

Patterns

Lace from VintageToLiveBy

Materials

Books

  • 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!

20 Comments
  1. Thank you so so much for this incredible resource. I’m an aspiring lingerie designer who doesn’t have the funds nor time to undergo a traditional academic path towards my goal. I am so grateful for your blog!!

  2. Thank you!
    Btw, I was introduced to this class: Class – Made-to-Measure Bra-making, taught at Bra Makers Supply in Hamilton, ON. Have you heard of this course? I’m curious if there’s a way for me to find reviews on it.

    • Honestly, I’m sure there is, but I don’t know how personally. At that size, i recommend working off a bra that already fits you if you can because I havent seen any patterns that cover that size.

      • I’m SO GLAD someone asked that! In US sizes I’d be a 34O (which doesn’t seem to exist, so it’s all UK bras here!) and I’ve been considering making bras for myself for the past while. Thank you for that bit of advice.

  3. Its amazing that as a corsetry student trawling the internet there’s still so much stuff you haven’t found yet Lol so thank you so much for this blog post! I have found Beverly johnsons bra makers manual 1 and 2 to be very useful. also sew curvy and vena cava and most especially English couture are great suppliers that I’ve used throughout the course :)

  4. Wonderful resource, thanks! I’ve sewn several patterns by Oooh Lulu and love them, not to mention their great custom made lingerie. If you’re interested in sewing vintage stye bras, for the last few years I’ve been working on a few vintage inspired bra and other lingerie sewing patterns (and a handful of reproductions, too). You can find them all here: http://mrsdepew.com/lingerie-patterns/

  5. I can’t wait to see what kind of bra’s you will make in the future, I just love the bra’s you’ve made so far. By the way, Dixie DIY has already got quite a good list of bra making resources here: http://dixiediy.blogspot.com/2012/03/dixie-big-fat-list-of-bra-suppliers-and.html.

    I personally found the book Bare Essentials: Bras really helpful, and includes a pattern with instructions on how to modify patterns http://www.amazon.com/Bare-Essentials-Construction-Drafting-Lingerie/dp/0983132844/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372662029&sr=8-1&keywords=bare+essentials+bra.

    I also just took a class with Monica, who runs Bravo Bella, and she’s a really amazing teacher. http://bravobellabras.com/

  6. Hi

    I attended the Contour Fashion BAHons Course at DMU De Montfort University in Leicestershire UK, and I have to say it was the best thing I ever did! I knew I wanted my own Lingerie label from the age of 15 and knew this was the course for me! It gives a well rounded in depth teaching of all Lingerie, Corsetry, Swimwear and Sportwear from start to finish.
    It does take over your life while your there but if you love Lingerie and you have a real passion for it I would recommend it to anyone, I hope this helps any aspiring designers out there.

    Janay
    From JANAY Delicately British

  7. hi i want to start up my own chain of lingerie.. could you please tell me if there are any universities providing courses in lingerie making? thanks would really appreciate your help! cheers :)

  8. Where can I find a good pattern for making French high cut panties? Bikini pants and thongs are just too skimpy.

  9. My problem is finding bras in what is, apparently, an odd size: 50B. I have not been able to find a commercially available demi/balconette in that size. Can you recommend a source, or point to a pattern that could be made that size and style? Thanks.

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