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    Class - Corset Week

    Class - Corset Week , April 2015

    A corset is a back lace garment with no separate bra cups and no underwires. Plus they are EASY sewing! This five day class will teach you how to make a basic corset, and how to install the front busk, boning and the grommets in the back. Learn an easy way to lace a corset so you can tie it yourself. You'll also learn to change your corset into an underbust version or use colour blocking. This is NOT a bustier (a garment with separate bra cups) class, nor do we learn strapless bras (a garment with boning and underwires). You must know how to sew to take this class.

    Please call 905-538-1396 to register for this class.

    Monday through Friday April 13 - 17, 2015

    Price : CAN$600.00


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    Class - Swim Week

    Class - Swim Week , April 2015

    Learn to sew your own swimwear. You will learn to fit and construct two major types of suits - the tank (maillot) and the princess line suit. Each of these suits can be changed into a tankini - a two piece suit that covers the midriff and tummy. Construction techniques include the proper application of elastic edging, swimsuit lining and two different bra cup insertion methods. This class is intended for those with intermediate to advanced sewing skills - definitely NOT for a beginner sewist. You do not need to know how to sew swimwear - but you must already know how to sew.

    Call 905-538-1396 to register for this class.

    April 27 - May 1, 2015


    Price : CAN$600.00


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    Class - Master Swimwear

    Class - Master Swimwear , May, 2015

    If you would like to "master" advanced swimwear techniques, this course may be for you. You will learn to make bikinis, monokinis, unikinis and posing suits for fitness competitions (body builders). You will learn to change the style of your swimsuit pattern, draft and add ruching and the Brazilian scrunch. Learn to make bindings from fabric, and install elastic into strapping like a pro. Students need to know how to sew swimwear before taking this class, as  basic swimwear construction will not be taught in this class. (We suggest you consider Swim Week to teach you the basics of swimwear)  All materials, elastics, fabrics, foam cups etc. are available for purchase separately.

    Please call 905-538-1396 to register for this class.

    Monday May 4 - Friday May 8

    Price : CAN$600.00


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    Class - Corsetiere's

    Class - Corsetiere's , Monday to Friday April 20 - 25,2015

    This is a five day advanced level class for those already sewing corsets but wish to upgrade their skills and kick their designs up to a higher level. Learn the different ways of seaming a corset, and learn to change the style lines of your corset into other lines for theatrical effects. Be a hit at a Goth, Steampunk or Victorian parties. For those who have taken bra-making, you can also learn to convert your bra and corset pattern into a bustier (a garment with separate bra cups).  All materials, patterns and hardware are available for purchase separately.

    Please call 905-538-1396 to register for this class.

    Monday through Friday April 20 - 24, 2015

    Price : CAN$600.00


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    Class - Strapless Bra and Bustiers

    Class - Strapless Bra and Bustiers , November 2015

    A five-day advanced level class strictly devoted to making the most difficult of all bra styles - the strapless bra and the bustier. There are only slight differences between the two and both start from the same basic block.  A strapless bra has defined bra cups and hooks and eyes in a lower cut back, while a bustier can have straps, and a solid fabric as well as a higher back. Please note this is NOT an advanced Corset class, but an advanced class for drafting, and sewing the strapless bra with variations to make a bustier. You MUST have your BRA pattern that fits you well in order to take this class. Materials included.

    Monday November 2 - Friday November 6

    Please call 905-538-1396 to register for this class

    Price : CAN$600.00


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    Class - Ready-to-wear Readiness

    Class - Ready-to-wear Readiness , November 2015

    This five day class is designed for bra designers and professional bra-makers who are looking to develop a ready-to-wear line of intimate apparel. You will learn industry secrets about the manufacturing process, sourcing, pattern readiness as well as having a professional critique your designs and drafts to be sure you are ready for this big step! You can also learn construction shortcuts that will have your production running smoothly.

    You must already be designing and sewing bras (no beginner bra-makers!) and planning your own ready-to-wear line in order to take this course.

    Monday November 16 - Friday November 20

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    Price : CAN$600.00


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    Class - Grading Intimate Apparel

    Class - Grading Intimate Apparel , November 2015

    Grading is the industry term for making a drafted pattern larger or smaller from the fitted master size. This three day class is designed for bra designers who need to grade their bra, panty, swimwear or bodyshaper drafts into multiple sizes. You will learn about demographics, and choosing a size range and two methods of how to do the grading process. 

    You must already be designing and sewing bras (no beginner bra-makers!) and have your own fitted master pattern in order to take this course.

    Monday November 23- Wednesday November 25

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    Price : CAN$600.00


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    Class - Panties, Shapers and Foundations

    Class - Panties, Shapers and Foundations , November 2015

    Have you wondered why Spanx is so popular? You will find out in this five day class that explores the very foundations of our wardrobes - panties, shapers and foundation garments! Sew your own panties, bodyshapers, slimmers, girdles, panty girdles and cinchers! Learn why compression fabrics are the way to go, and why elastics aren't always necessary. This is a professional upgrade class, not for beginners.

    Monday November 9 - Friday November 13

    Please call 905-538-1396 to register for this class

    Price : CAN$600.00


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    Class - Finishing School

    Class - Finishing School , October 2015

    This class is designed for Advanced or Professional bra-makers who want to improve their design and construction skills to make beautiful and fashionable bras. Wonder how to design and make a Gothic arch, multiple straps, a lace up bridge or a double-T strap attachment? We will show you how to change the seamlines to create duplicates of the finest ready-to-wear. You will also learn to design and work with lace, on the cups, or the frame. Every day you will be learning at least 3 or 4 new design and construction techniques. Learn to determine what steps to do first and which will impact construction later on. This is a five day course focusing on the construction and re-styling of Pin-up Girls Bra patterns or a drafted bra pattern only. No other garments will be considered. We do not do any fitting other than the tweaking of the resulting bra design - no basic fitting will be taught.

    You must already be sewing bras (no beginner bra-makers!) in order to take this course. This is NOT a course for someone who is unfamiliar with sewing up the Pin-up Girls bra patterns or a drafted bra pattern.

    Monday October 19- Friday October 23

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    Price : CAN$600.00


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    Class - Power Bars, Slings, Pockets and Collars

    Class - Power Bars, Slings, Pockets and Collars , October 2015

    This class for advanced or professional bra-makers will be spent working with all types of power bars, slings and collars (shown here is a collar). We'll learn what they do and what makes them work, how to design them and incorporate them into your bras. Do you or someone in your family have a mastectomy? Learn to design and insert mastectomy bra pockets, how to make them to fit your bra pattern as well as any existing bra. By the end of the class, you will be designing, sewing and using these indispensable support tools with ease. This is not a class for someone not already sewing bras.

    Monday October 5 - Friday October 9

    Please call 905-538-1396 to register for this class.

    Price : CAN$600.00


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