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March 2017 courses:


All courses are designed and given by David Morris, short courses can also be custom built for your product and delivered on your site in the UK or worldwide. Please contact him for more information. 

Core Bra, Pattern Cutting & Grading - 6-7th March

This course starts with developing key pattern blocks then restyling, This session will cover wired and non wired bras with an emphasis on core grading.

Plus Fit Bra, Pattern Cutting & Grading - 8-9th March

This focuses on patterns, fit and grading with three current popular styles examined. In this course wire technology is a key feature.

Technical Bra Fitting Course - 10th * March

This fit day includes defining you models correct commercial size and understanding what creates a good or bad fit. It also covers communicating fit corrections to your factories, getting good outcomes from fitting sessions and solving material, sizing pattern and grading issues.

Bodies & Briefs, Pattern Cutting & Grading - 13-14th March

This course starts with basic stretch and rigid blocks. It looks at the European pantie fit as the favoured choice of retailers and the demand for fashion bodies.

brief grading

Swimwear, Pattern Cutting & Grading - 15-16th March

The swimwear course covers core and plus fit styles from basics through to complex bikinis, suits and tankinis and their grading.

Menswear Size Grading 28th * March

This course is new and will cover commercial grade rules, how grades are applied to patterns, along with specification sheets and tolerances, and how grade rules apply to garment fits

Each Course Listed is £250 and the one day course is £125. If you wish to book for want more information please head to iatechnical and click on the book now button to secure your place.



Starting this Summer and with some running throughout the year, the London College of Fashion are offering some awesome courses

1.STRUCTURED BRA MAKING: Simplifying the mystery of bra making, you'll learn how to cut out and construct a series of structured bras. These will include: a non-wired full cup bra, an under-wired padded bra and a non-padded darted bra. 

The first course starts on 22nd August and three more are available until April with one running just on Saturdays. It's £575 and I would recommend that you are at Intermediate level.

2. BRA PATTERN CUTTING: This course introduces you to the specialised area of bra pattern cutting delivered from our dedicated contour department at Curtain Road. You’ll start by investigating different shapes of bras, looking at seam/wire types and fabric suitability.

There's two available dates 1st August and in December at £575, being at an intermediate level is recommended. You can also check out the following:

3, LINGERIE DESIGN: Design your own collection.

4. LINGERIE MAKING: Construct five different non-stretch lingerie pieces.

5. LINGERIE PATTERN CUTTING: Introduction to skills you need to produce patterns for soft lingerie.

6. BRA GRADING: Introducing the principals of grading a bra.

7. STARTING YOUR OWN LINGERIE LABEL: You'll be guided step-by-step through all elements of a business start up.


Getting your lingerie made by a factory

One of the most common questions I get asked, is 'how do i get my lingerie made by a factory?' As I like to tackle all things technical in lingerie. The booklet "How to write a bra and brief tech pack" will be out early next year. 

The booklet takes you step-by-step through sewing terms, what pages should be in a tech pack, the lay out. And it also uses the same lingerie shapes in 'How to spec a bra and brief' so should you need both booklets, you can work with them together and aren't starting from afresh.

If you aren't ready for your lingerie to be produced at a factory, the booklet may be a handy reference for manufacturing tips and layouts.

How to make a high waisted 'brief' pattern

Taking the design from the trend influence, a high waisted panel brief, I drafted out a rough pattern. I always start with the front then move onto the back patterns. Writing roughly the information on the pattern. Information such as how many to cut, the stretch, the piece of the pattern, seam allowance and notches. Even though in many cases the information is the same from pattern to pattern, often you come back to them and can wonder what you were thinking so it's best to write, even roughly, all the information.


By putting the centre back and centre front straight, you can see the natural curve of the leg and dart shapes that are at the waist. The pattern was drafted out then seam allowance added, then each piece was lain with the seam allowance over lapping to ensure the curves and lengths of the seams were correct.

To make a pattern from scratch, ensure that the front pattern and back measure across the waist the same, so once the brief is made up the side seam sits on the side and doesn't pull to the front or back. You can see on my back pattern at the side that i've had to add to the see as it fell short of the front. Also when I put the side back panel to the back main panel, you can see that the back leg needed to be filled in.

Lying the pattern flat, you can see the natural curve of the waist. By looking at the pattern both ways you can see just by looking at it if there are any glaring problems before you cut any fabrics out.