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Bra Pattern Cutting

Bra Pattern Cutting

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Sarah Graham


This course is for students who would like to develop their pattern cutting skills in the specialised area of bras.

This course is delivered from our dedicated Contour department at Mare Street. You’ll start by investigating different shapes and styles of bras, different cup seams, wires, and fabric types.

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

The course includes:

  • 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 

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.


Intermediate to Advanced. You should be a regular sewer and have good pattern cutting skills. This course is not suitable for beginners.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Tutor Description

Sarah Graham graduated from the BA (Hons) degree in Fashion Design at Cambridge School of Art with a first class honours, and in 2015 completed her Masters with a Distinction, specialising in contour design. On graduating, Sarah was employed as a Lingerie Design Assistant and Sales Manager by Ayten Gasson, an independent luxury lingerie brand producing two seasonal collections a year. Sarah was immersed in all aspects of the lingerie business from sales to media liaison and manufacturing. Currently in the process of launching Matilda Darling, a directional luxury lingerie label she is actively seeking both multi and inter-disciplinary opportunities to critically investigate the concept of lingerie in the digital world. Alongside setting up her business, Sarah is currently working as Lecturer in Fashion Design at the Cambridge School of Art.


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
  • Tracing wheel 
  • 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
  • Notepad and pen

Available dates

If no dates are showing then please Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.