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    Class - Power Bars, Slings, Pockets and Collars

    Class - Power Bars, Slings, Pockets and Collars , Call to reserve a date

    This class for advanced 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 incororate them into your bras. We'll also study mastectomy bra pockets and how to make them to fit any bra pattern as well as any existing bra. At the end of the three days, you will be designing, sewing and using these indispensible support tools with ease.

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

    Price : CAN$300.00


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    Class - Strapless Bra and Bustier

    Class - Strapless Bra and Bustier , Call to reserve a date

    A five-day professional 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 a BRA pattern that fits you well in order to take this class. Materials included.

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

    Price : CAN$600.00


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    Class - Working with Plus Sizes

    Class - Working with Plus Sizes , Call to set a date

    This class is designed for Advanced or Professional bra-makers who will be working with plus size cups and frames (as well as full cups on small frames) to make comfortable, supportive and pretty bras. Fabrics, style lines, alterations for fit and fitting techniques to accommodate the larger bust. This is a five day course focusing on the needs of the plus size woman. No other issues will be taught except for those dealing with plus sizes.

    Call 905-538-1396 to register for this class

    Price : CAN$600.00


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    Class - Corsetiere's Course

    Class - Corsetiere's Course , March 31 - April 11, 2014

    A corset is a boned back lace garment with no separate bra cups and no underwires.  This is a ten day professional level class that will teach you how to make and fit a corset from a basic pattern, then change the look with a myriad of fastenings, inlcuding zipper front, hidden hook and eye front, or no opening at all. Ramp up the back fastenings with other lacing options, or learn to use stretch fabric so there's no lacing at all. You'll also learn to change the style lines of your corset into other lines for slimming effects or colour blocking. You will learn to make underbust corsets and waist cinchers as well.  For those who have taken bra-making, you will also learn to make a a bustier (a garment with separate bra cups)

    March 31- April 11 Monday through Friday each week

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

    Price : CAN$1,000.00


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    Class - Bra Design and Draft

    Class - Bra Design and Draft , Monday April 28- Friday May 2 2014

    Can you imagine drafting a bra pattern to actual body measurements, then changing the original style lines to a designer look - then make that bra up with the knowledge that it will fit? If so, this may be the class for you. Our five-day class teaches you to create a design, then create the pattern by drafting it from body measurements. The basic bra sloper can then be changed to create any style - whether you want a vertical, diagonal, curved seam or a longline. You will learn to tweak the pattern so it fits exactly. Please note, there will be only basic bra sewing direction given in this class - the class is concerned with the design and draft, rather than the construction.  You  MUST be familiar with basic drafting techniques in order to get the most from this class.

    Monday April 28- Friday May 2 2014

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

    Price : CAN$600.00


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    Class - Master Swimwear

    Class - Master Swimwear , Monday March 17 - Friday April 28

    If you would like to add custom swimwear to your sewing business, this ten day professional level course may be the one for you. You will learn the design, construction and fitting of a tank suit, princess line suit and tankini, as well as bikinis, monokinis, unikinis and posing suits for fitness competitions (body builders). You will learn how to size and insert pre-formed bra cups on the lining and how to make your own cups and have them free float inside the suit, making the swimsuit as supportive as a bra. Learn to make bindings from fabric, and install elastic like a pro. Students need to be familiar with sewing stretch knits, bras or swimwear before taking this class, as this is an advanced level class and basic sewing construction will not be taught.

    Monday March 17 - Friday April 28

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

    Price : CAN$1,000.00


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    Class - Made-to-Measure Bra-making

    Class - Made-to-Measure Bra-making , Sept. 22 - Nov. 20, 2014

    Ready-to-wear bras can’t fit everyone. Studies show that 7 out of 10 women aren’t happy with the fit of their bras. Learn to make custom bras and add to your sewing business or start a second career. This professional level course is nine weeks long and is geared to the drafting, construction and fitting of custom bras, including sports bras, strapless bras or bustiers, mastectomy bras and support bras as well as "regular", fashion or boudoir bras. The course has both classroom training and client work, under close personal supervision. Industry construction methods are taught but we encourage you to bring your own home machine. The classes are Monday to Friday from 10 am - 4:00 pm and limited to 8 students.

    Applicants must have excellent sewing skills and a good understanding of pattern making. It is helpful if you have experience sewing for others. You will need to fill out a questionnaire about your sewing skills and submit photos of your previous sewing projcts.

    All materials used during the course are included. Machines are available to rent for out-of-town students. Students will be given a list of places to lodge. A $500 deposit is required to reserve your place - no exceptions. We can send you a course itinerary if interested. We have added panties and bodyshapers to the class itinerary.

    Please call 905-538-1396 to ask for the questionnaire or to register for the class.

    September 22 - November 20th 2014

    Similar dates will be set for 2015

    Price : CAN$4,100.00


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    Class - Swim Week

    Class - Swim Week , September 15-19, 2014

    This is a five day course for learning a good foundation in 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 the insertion of bra cups. This class is intended for those with intermediate to advanced sewing skills - definitely NOT for a beginner sewist.

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

    Price : CAN$600.00


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    Class - Corset Week

    Class - Corset Week , September 8-12, 2014

    A corset is a back lace garment with no separate bra cups and no underwires.  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 the 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).

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

    Price : CAN$600.00


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