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Bra Drafting Course and Third Edition Update

Bra Drafting Course and Third Edition Update

I have been super busy these days, between back to school, teaching workshops, making patterns and video editing my online courses, I have barely had time to share what I've been up to. I started teaching 3-day workshops at my studio in Florida. They have been wonderful, but so information packed, that it is exhausting. I have two more workshops...
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How It All Started

How It All Started

I consider myself a pattern maker first and a designer second. I have always been fascinated with how things work. As a teenager I started making clothes by how I thought they were made. I would lay my clothes on top of fabric and cut around the outside edges and sew them together. I never fully understood how or why...
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Anne’s adventures in bra drafting: from zero bra to hero bra

Anne’s adventures in bra drafting: from zero bra to hero bra

I am happy to share this guest blog post from Anne Bertha and her adventures in drafting. - Jennifer My bra making adventure started in June last year. I am a large cup size: the last bras I bought are a European 90H but are still too small in the cup. I read that in a well-fitting bra, the wires...
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A Wire That Fits

A Wire That Fits

I am happy to have the first guest post on my blog written by Jane Ramsey. Jane happily helped me test and experiment with changes for the new bra drafting book.   -Jennifer If you wear an underwired bra you may think the wire is an evil torture device. There are many reasons for this. A wire that pokes you in...
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Bare Essentials: Bras Third Edition is Now on Sale

Bare Essentials: Bras Third Edition is Now on Sale

The most recent labor of love comes to you after 4 months of testing, writing and rewriting. The third edition of Bare Essentials: Bras was certainly an undertaking. Over the past six years, I have evolved as a mother both physically and emotionally. With the physical changes, my knowledge of breast support has also evolved. It is because of those...
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Announcement of Classes

Announcement of Classes

I taught at a bra making conference this past weekend, and while it was a little overwhelming due to class size, I have decided to start teaching again. I have set up five 3-day workshops to teach pattern drafting and manipulation of bras. The best part is that I am limiting class size to 5 individuals for each class. I...
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How to determine what size your bra was drafted for

How to determine what size your bra was drafted for

How would you like to know what size your bra was actually drafted for? Since there are so many different ways people measure for fitting bras, I thought I'd try to shed some light on why some people measure some ways and why some people measure other ways. The first thing to cover is how people measure. I have encountered...
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Silent, but Busy on the Home Front

Silent, but Busy on the Home Front

I know I have been silent lately, but I have been working on some big things. As you can see, I gave my website and blog a facelift, a much needed facelift. I believe it is more mobile friendly now, so be sure to let me know if you encounter any issues with either. I also created and developed an...
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New Blog, New Courses, New…

New Blog, New Courses, New…

I have been working on this redesign since September. It is amazing how long it actually takes me to implement changes when it is just me. I used to think that my employees slowed me down, but perhaps they made me more efficient with my time. With no employees, I now do it all. I am still one website away...
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Big Fabric and Trim Sale Saturday, January 26th

Big Fabric and Trim Sale Saturday, January 26th

I have been slowly selling through the excess inventory I hauled across the United States to my new home in Florida. The last year and a half I have decided to take my business in different directions all at once. I have made a few resolutions - I will turn the focus of my business to my pattern making and...
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Thank you for stopping by my blog. I have so many things I am working on and I wanted to make it a better reading experience for you. I have kept this blog up now for 6 years. It has gone from Wordpress to Blogger and now back to Wordpress. Hopefully this is to stay.

I am over ambitious at times, but my goal is to keep you updated with what my latest projects are through my blog. I occasionally post things up on Facebook and Instagram, but frankly I am way too busy to be on those things. Make sure to subscribe to my blog, which actually reminds me that I need to double check that works.

-Jennifer

Pattern Drafting Book Review Series – Part 7 – Designing and Patternmaking for Stretch Fabrics by Keith Richardson
For the 7th part in my series about pattern drafting books, I am covering Designing and Patternmaking for Stretch Fabrics
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Designing a graded pattern for an “FBA” or Full Bust Adjustment – Warning: This is Technical – Part 2
How is your brain capacity for grading right now? Overwhelmed yet? I wanted to break the bust grade out into
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Pattern Drafting Book Review Series – Part 6 – Pattern Making by the Flat-Pattern Method by Hollen & Kundel
You probably never realized how many pattern making books there were. This is the 6th book in my pattern drafting
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The Start of the Laurel Sports Bra Grading Saga
I have completed the design of the Laurel Sport Bra and made all my necessary changes to the 38J pattern
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Designing a graded pattern for an “FBA” or Full Bust Adjustment – Warning: This is Technical – Part 1
I recently created a pattern called the Rachel Tank, with 5 bust size options. It was a challenge to determine
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Pattern Drafting Book Review Series – Part 5 – How Patterns Work by Assembil Books
Thanks for reading my review series on pattern making books. This review is the 5th in my series and is
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Pattern Release – Girl’s Sized Little Rachel Tank Top
My daughter is such a spunky little girl. She wants to be just like her mama. She comes home from
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Pattern Drafting Book Review Series – Part 4 – Pattern-Drafting for Fashion Advanced by Teresa Gilewska
This is the 4th book in review for my pattern making book review series. I would have written about the
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National Sewing Month is Here!
National Sewing Month is here! I honestly didn’t even know there was a thing called “National Sewing Month.” But a
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Pattern Drafting Book Review Series – Part 3 – Basic Pattern Skills for Fashion Design by Zamkoff & Price
Thanks for reading the third book review in my pattern making review series. This book is called Basic Pattern Skills
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