We love making bras! We love the colours, the fabrics and the trims. Best of all, we love the way the bras we make fit. You can love bras as much as we do, by sewing your own and sewing for those you care about. But almost everyone asks us…how did we get into this?
It all started in 1996 in response to students who wanted the same top-quality fabrics, elastics and underwires that Beverly was using in her bra-making classes. In most of Canada, and in the USA, there simply wasn't anywhere to buy supplies - and if you could find a few elastics, they weren't the professional quality we were used to seeing in ready-to-wear. There also wasn't anywhere to get professional instruction in this fascinating field. Beverly had a “brilliant” idea - she would seek out and supply top-quality supplies for the home sewist and the independent custom bra-makers. Really - how hard could it be? She soon learned how difficult it was! Sourcing has been and continues to be a huge challenge, especially since a lot of domestic mills have closed. Nonetheless, over 16 titillating years later, Bra-makers has its own retail store and its wonderful classroom on-site where we teach students from all over the world - the elements of bra design, draft, fit and construction.
So many of our students over the years have used the lessons we've taught and started sewing for their daughters, granddaughters and nieces. Others are sewing for their mothers and sisters or other family members with special needs.
Many of you have turned your love of sewing into a made-to-measure bra business. Isn't it great to be working and still doing something you love? The made-to-measure bra-maker is so much in demand all over the world - it's become a career choice for those who want a second career or one to round out their current sewing business. We've got students who are doing swimwear, some specializing in medical brassieres, some who are doing showgirl and dance costumes and some who have specialized in corsetry. Every student brings their own unique personality to our classes - and they all leave bursting with ideas for their own individual future.
Along the way, our staff has grown, too with France arriving in 2009 and Rebecca in 2012 and Vivien in 2013. These ladies are the friendly voices on the phone (France speaks French!). Any of us will happily take phone orders or answer questions about products we carry.
We welcome you to visit our store on beautiful Ottawa Street in Hamilton, in the heart of the fabric district. We are nestled amongst antique shops, fabric shops and trendy restaurants, so why not come and spend some time in "the bra-making capital of the world"!
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We hope you enjoy our online display of bra supplies - it's our biggest selection yet with lots of new things to celebrate the start of another great year of business. We’re very proud of this new shopping cart which went online in early 2009. We’ve worked hard to bring you the best that bra-making can offer. We feel privileged that you have chosen us for your bra-making needs. We sincerely hope you find our website, and our people, informative and helpful.