Online Courses

Bra Grading Course

Learn to grade bra patterns by hand. Most of these steps can be modified for grading in Illustrator. Pair these instructions with the Illustrator grading steps in the book to achieve the best possible grade. Due to the constant updates with Illustrator, it is impossible to create instructions for Illustrator without them going out of date too fast.

This course walks you through the 3 basic grades that a bra must be graded for. The first lesson is on grading the band for various band sizes. The second lesson covers grading the band for various wire sizes. The third lesson covers grading a cup for a cup size.

As an added bonus, I included a 4th type of grade that isn't in traditional bra grading. Grading a single cup size for various wires sizes. Whether you are trying to modify a pre-designed pattern or trying to create your own pattern set, this course is the ideal way to achieve either goal. The video course is broken down into small video clips of each step, some as short as 15 seconds and some as long as 5 depending on the information being explained.

If you are interested in grading a range for your own business, I would like to recommend our partner's software PolyPattern Design Pro. Their software makes grading a breeze. To make life easier, I also created a specific PolyPattern Bra Grading Course. This hand drafting course is recommended to act as a companion to the computer grading course.

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Bra Pattern Drafting Course

This is a comprehensive video course that follows the drafting and a few of the sloper chapters in the book Bare Essentials: Bras. You should have the book in order to follow and take proper notes to steps in the video course, but students have been able to follow the course without the book as well. If you are utilizing the first or second edition, there are some changes that have been made to the third edition, but you should be able to follow most of the lessons. Just make notes in your older editions to update your information.

I have broken all the videos into small steps. Videos may be as short as 30 seconds but as long as 10 minutes depending on what the discussion is about.

While I do my best to provide the most professional presentation possible, I am doing everything - teaching, filming and editing. As a normal human and a mother, I often mix up my words. I have done my best to note on the screen when I was using the completely incorrect term. I am far from being a Craftsy class, so know what you are getting yourself into - a real human teacher who makes real human mistakes.

This is advanced drafting material. If you have never drafted anything in your life, you will likely struggle with some of the basic terminology and drafting concepts. Please comment with questions at the end of the lesson you have a question on and I will respond and keep the comments live so everyone can benefit from the questions and answers. While I would love to provide unwavering and complete support for this class, I am physically and mentally not able to. I encourage you to join the Facebook group to post pictures and receive feedback on your progress from your peers. I do follow the group and comment when I am available to.

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Certification Course

This course is in testing and will be available shortly.


 

Eve Sloper Creation

This comprehensive video course teaches you how to turn the Eve Classic Bra or any simple 2-3 seamed bra cup into a bra sloper to create any design imaginable. Follow the Bare Essentials book or our Bra Sloper Design Classes to manipulate the Eve Classic into any design. This course is free to take.

The Eve Classic offers a revolutionary new way to draft and grade patterns, so you can customize your size more than traditional bras. The Eve Classic cups are available in two varieties - the cups for Regular Wires, which feature a uniform cup shape with the apex centered in the cup and works for cup sizes A through DD. The cups for Vertical Wires feature a non-uniform cup shape with the apex shifted over about 10% of the total horizontal measurement. These cups work for F+ cup sizes.

The Eve Classic bands and cups are sold separately, so you can customize your band size for your best fitting wire.

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Fashion Illustration Course

This illustration course was originally designed as training material for instructors teaching at Porcelynne's Design Institute. The book Drawing Fashion was created from the original outline we taught from. This course is instructed by Han Vu, one of our instructors and an instrumental individual in the development of the book.

Drawing Fashion was passed over to Vasanthi Puttigampu for completion. While, Vasanthi's and Han's techniques vary, this course shows a different approach to fashion illustration. Every teacher has their own techniques for instructing and many techniques are easier to explain by the physical act of demonstration. We altered the book for the easiest approach to achieve a similar result.

This course was not filmed with the intention of creating a course, but the information is invaluable, so I opted to release it. Please note that this was filmed during business hours in my store and contain a lot of background noise. There is a lot of good information that is spoken, but if you are easily distracted, you can watch the video and listen to the audio and then re-watch the videos on mute to get the full experience.

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Full Bra Sloper Manipulation Course

Learn to draft your own designs with this Sloper Drafting and Manipulation Class. Prior to taking this class, you must first have a bra cup sloper either from your Bare Essentials draft or the Eve Classic. Please sign up and register for the Eve Classic Sloper Creation Course or draft your own pattern with our Bra Drafting Course, if you have not already created your sloper.

This course includes 11 bra sloper designs. Two of the designs included are duplicated from the Bra Drafting Course.

Because the 2 designs are repeated from the drafting course and many of you have taken the drafting course, those have not been factored into the pricing of this course.

To create a sloper from an existing pattern or a draft, please register for our free Eve Sloper Creation Class.

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Instructor Training

This course is in testing and finalization and will be available shortly.


 

Kid's Introductory Sewing Course

This is an introductory course to introduce sewing to children. This course is completely free and so are the supplies for the course. The supplies are available on our website. Just pay shipping and get your own kit.

The first lesson covers how to thread a large eyed needle using embroidery floss and a needle threader. It also covers placing a simple knot in the thread and the sewing motion of going in and out the fabric.

The second lesson reviews threading and shows how to thread a smaller eyed needle. The student is instructed how to sew a 2 hole button and a 4 hole button onto a piece of fabric. The stitched exampled in this lesson is a chain stitch.

The third lesson creates a pumpkin pin cushion. Students are shown how to sew around the outside of a circle, pull the thread to create a pouch, then stuff it full. The student then stitches around the puff ball to create their own styled pumpkin pin cushion. A button is added to the top.

All lessons are demonstrated by Jennifer and then are replicated by Emily in a lengthier video. She was really excited to teach also.

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PolyPattern Bra Grading Course

This course is designed as an accompaniment to the hand grading course. Not all grading information is provided in this course, as this is more on how to grade with the software and less about the grading itself. For professional drafters, the hand grading course may not be necessary, but just encouraged.

This course covers the 3 basic types of grading required for bra grading. A 4th method is introduced for grading a cup size for several wire sizes. This method is fairly unique in drafting, but opens the possibilities of fitting to many more users.

All grading is done with PolyPattern and includes importing into Illustrator from a scan, exporting into PolyPattern and exporting from PolyPattern to create a downloadable pattern. It is encouraged for you to take the hand grading course prior to taking the PolyPattern Bra Grading Course to fully understand the grading. If you are digitizing a pattern within PolyPattern, I have additional YouTube videos on that process as well as in the PolyPattern Training Course.

Other CAD programs likely have similar tools. This course may be useful for other software if you are proficient enough in those softwares to know how to translate these instructions for your use.

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PolyPattern Demonstration Course

This is a self-guided written demonstration course for the PolyPattern pattern making software. This course demonstrates how to draft a knit block with the software using a variety of different tools.

This course is free and is automatically available with the download of the demo software. Take PolyPattern for a test drive and see what this software has to offer. We love it so much, we think you will too. Please note the software pricing listed on our website is exclusive for US customers. Purchase the software outright or subscribe. We now offer installment payments with checkout using Sezzle.

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PolyPattern Training Course

This is a self-guided written training course for the PolyPattern pattern making software. This essentially is a training manual. If you prefer a printed manual, you will have access to it with the purchase of this course.

If you are purchasing the software directly through us, you will automatically be enrolled in this course at checkout. As time progresses, new features are released and some items may change how the function, if you are going through the training and have specific questions, please ask them at the end of the unit. I will address all questions and clarify or publish a response on how to handle the question you have.

This course offers basic operational information as well as structured tutorials designed to utilize a wide variety of the tools available with PolyPattern. This course will be updated for use with certain software updates.

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Professional Bra Fitting Course

This course is in testing and will be available shortly.


 

Sloper Drafting Class - Band Design Modifications - Difficulty Level 1

This class teaches how to manipulate the band sloper for a back band strap placements and to create a frameless bra with the cups suspended by the bridge and side bands.

The band design changes are presented in short easy to digest videos in segments of 15 seconds to 5 minutes depending on the material covered. The complexity level is a 1 out of 5, meaning this is a good beginner lesson.

Utilize the sloper you created in the Bra Drafting Course or with the Eve Classic Sloper Creation Class to create this vertical seamed cup design.

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Sloper Drafting Class - Bralette - Difficulty Level 1

The Bralette draft is demonstrated from the book Bare Essentials. If you have already taken the Bra Drafting Course, this class is a repeat from that course. I wanted to make this draft available for those who are manipulating a sloper, whether they have taken the drafting class or have created a sloper from the Eve Classic.

Utilize the sloper you created in the Bra Drafting Course or with the Eve Classic Sloper Creation Class to create this simple design. The difficulty level is a 1 out of 5 and is a great beginner lesson.

This video course walks you through the steps of a draft with short video segments to make the information palatable. Note that not all drafters have success with the same drafts. This can vary based on breast shape and size.

This sloper manipulation is one of the easier designs to adapt from a bra sloper. While this design is relatively easy to create, note that this design is not suitable for a large cup size. This design is better for cups up to a D cup size.

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Sloper Drafting Class - Cat's Eye Seams - Difficulty Level 5

Utilize the sloper you created in the Bra Drafting Course or with the Eve Classic Sloper Creation Class to create this cat eye seamed cup design.

This video course walks you through the steps of a draft with short video segments to make the information palatable. Note that not all drafters have success with the same drafts. This can vary based on breast shape and size.

This design is the most difficult in this series to draft. If you struggled with any of the other designs, practice those first before tackling this design. This is a 5 in difficulty on a scale of 1 to 5.

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Sloper Drafting Class - Demi Cut - Difficulty Level 1

Utilize the sloper you created in the Bra Drafting Course or with the Eve Classic Sloper Creation Class to create this demi cup design.

This video course walks you through the steps of a draft with short video segments to make the information palatable. Note that not all drafters have success with the same drafts. This can vary based on breast shape and size.

The demi draft modifies both the cup and the band pattern for a demi length wire. This draft is relatively easy draft to create. Utilizing this information, you can easily turn any design draft into a demi cut cup. This draft is at the beginner level with a rating of 1 out of 5.

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Sloper Drafting Class - Diagonal Seam with Top Panel - Difficulty Level 3

Utilize the sloper you created in the Bra Drafting Course or with the Eve Classic Sloper Creation Class to create this design.

This video course walks you through the steps of a draft with short video segments to make the information palatable. Note that not all drafters have success with the same drafts. This can vary based on breast shape and size.

The diagonal seam in this design is not ideal for larger cup sizes if the side panel is large. A modification to this design may be required for fitting larger cup sizes. This design is middle of the road in complexity of sloper drafting with a rating of 3 out of 5.

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Sloper Drafting Class - Double Diagonal Seams - Difficulty Level 2

Utilize the sloper you created in the Bra Drafting Course or with the Eve Classic Sloper Creation Class to create this double diagonal seamed cup design.

This video course walks you through the steps of a draft with short video segments to make the information palatable. Note that not all drafters have success with the same drafts. This can vary based on breast shape and size.

This design has a difficulty rating of 2 out of 5. This is a great design for a smaller cup. A larger cup size may need to split the lower side panel with a diagonal seam in the opposite direction.

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Sloper Drafting Class - Double Vertical Seam Balconette - Difficulty Level 4

Utilize the sloper you created in the Bra Drafting Course or with the Eve Classic Sloper Creation Class to create this double vertical seamed balconette cup design.

This video course walks you through the steps of a draft with short video segments to make the information palatable. Note that not all drafters have success with the same drafts. This can vary based on breast shape and size.

This cup is not suitable (as-is) for a very large cup as the center panel will require more shaping for a larger cup. This draft is about a 4 out of 5 for difficulty. The difficulty is possibly more in the sewing, but the draft is also challenging. The cup is cut short on the top to create a balconette style bra.

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Sloper Drafting Class - Power Bar with Horizontal Seam - Difficulty Level 3

Utilize the sloper you created in the Bra Drafting Course or with the Eve Classic Sloper Creation Class to create this horizontally seamed cup with powerbar design.

This video course walks you through the steps of a draft with short video segments to make the information palatable. Note that not all drafters have success with the same drafts. This can vary based on breast shape and size.

This design is similar to the draft in the book and the drafting course, but it differs in that the short vertical seam is not at the apex. This manipulation can work for most breast sizes.

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Sloper Drafting Class - Single Vertical Seam - Difficulty Level 1

Utilize the sloper you created in the Bra Drafting Course or with the Eve Classic Sloper Creation Class to create this vertical seamed cup design.

This video course walks you through the steps of a draft with short video segments to make the information palatable. Note that not all drafters have success with the same drafts. This can vary based on breast shape and size.

This sloper manipulation is one of the easier designs to adapt from a bra sloper. While this design is relatively easy to create, note that this design is not suitable for a large cup size. This design is better for cups up to a DD cup size. This design is ideal in understanding how the sloper is split and is a great first class to take in bra sloper drafting.

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Sloper Drafting Class - Triple Vertical Seam - Difficulty Level 2

Utilize the sloper you created in the Bra Drafting Course or with the Eve Classic Sloper Creation Class to create this triple vertical seamed cup design.

This video course walks you through the steps of a draft with short video segments to make the information palatable. Note that not all drafters have success with the same drafts. This can vary based on breast shape and size.

This design is slightly more complicated than a level 1 design. The additional seam lines place this design at a level 2 on a scale of 1 through 5. A little bit of complexity is added in the triple vertical seam. This class is available as a stand alone class or in the full sloper drafting course.

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Sloper Drafting Class - Wireless Bra - Difficulty Level 5

This is the non-wired cup draft demonstrated from the book Bare Essentials. If you have already purchased the Bra Drafting Course, this class has been added to the sloper manipulation lessons. The wireless bra is complicated in execution with a rating of 5 out of 5.

Utilize the sloper you created in the Bra Drafting Course or with the Eve Classic Sloper Creation Class to create this vertical seamed cup design.

This video course walks you through the steps of a draft with short video segments to make the information palatable. Note that not all drafters have success with the same drafts. This can vary based on breast shape and size.

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