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Bra Pattern Cutting Short Course

Course description

You'll start by investigating different shapes and styles of bras, different cup seams, wires, and fabric types.

We will demonstrate how to create patterns for bras, using methods such as modelling on the stand and drafting from given measurements. You will also be shown how to make a bra toile and how to fit the bra to the stand.

Please note that all bras patterns will be constructed in size 34B. This course does not include grading patterns to different sizes or making completed bras.

Check out the video Mae made of her experience studying Structured Bra Making and Bra Pattern Cutting at LCF on her Youtube channel Peppermint Milk.

Who should attend

This course is for students who would like to develop their pattern cutting skills in the specialised area of bras. Students should have experience with accurate and precise sewing skills and knowledge of common terminology.

Course Outcomes

You will leave the course with 3 bra patterns of different styles. These will include: a plunge underwired bra, balcony bra with cradle and a full cup bra.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your CV.

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.


Topics covered:

  • Different methods of pattern construction
  • Pattern annotation, grain & stretch
  • Seam types: vertical, diagonal, curved, horizontal  & darted 
  • Introduction to bra fabrics and components 
  • Fabric suitability / testing stretch of fabric 


In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:

  • 28mm blade Rotary cutter with retractable blade (Olfa or Fiscars)
  • Pattern master or Graders set square & French curve
  • Paper shears for pattern cutting (approx 21cm)
  • Fabric shears (approx 21 cm)
  • Tracing wheel - Pin type
  • Metric tape measure
  • Fine pins
  • Flexible ruler
  • Air-erasable fabric marker pen
  • 5mm propelling pencil with one of the following types of lead: 2H to 6H
  • Designer tape (Shoben or similar)
  • Notepad and pen
  • Laptop/iPad/tablet
  • A4 plastic pockets for your notes
  • Plastic bags to store and transport your work in.
Meet the Tutor:

Our Bra Pattern Cutting short course has been specifically designed for those looking to develop their pattern cutting skills, you will explore: shapes and styles, cup seams, wires and fabric types.

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