14 years of Monastic Bra-making
Since 2002, I’ve been teaching at the Saskatchewan Stitches Conference in Muenster. This unusual conference is Saskatchewan’s Best Kept Secret. But that’s OK. The 350 women who do know are happy to have it all to themselves. The Conference is held at a real working monastery…yes, with real monks and bells and the whole monastic experience. But it is more than that. St. Peters is also a college and as part of the University of Saskatoon, they offer courses that might not otherwise be available to rural students. But when the students leave for the summer, the stitchers come in! So far, I’ve had 14 years of Monastic Bra-making!
Here’s our beginner bra class, it’s always the first two days.
There are quilters here too, and knitters and pattern drafters, and tailors and hookers, too (that’s RUG hookers!) here are a couple of quilts on display. This one was designed by Chi Chi Radiuk. Isn’t it too early for a Christmas quilt?
This one by Dianne Jansen is a work of art! I want to make this one for my stairwell!
But I am here for the Monastic Bra-making classes (naturally!) and we made some spectacular bras. This one didn’t get quite finished before the end of the beginner bra class but hopefully you can appreciate the lace on this butterfly bra.
Shelley Bra Class
Right after the Beginner Bra class, we always have a Shelly class. It is always popular because of its split lower cup and power bar, and the lace upper cup. Here’s a Shelley combining turquoise and fuchsia
Beige is always in fashion, especially when teamed with this gorgeous lace!
Here’s a navy Shelley with platinum and navy lace
Another turquoise…but you can’t say it is plain…that colour is gorgeous!
Ivory is as practical as beige, and always popular!
Here’s a hint…
That’s right, the lower cup in the cup on the right hand side was sewn on backwards. It is easy to do when both sides of the foam look exactly the same. We got it sorted out and the cup was ready to cover
And here is the almost finished bra made from those cups
We also had a 3 day Boob Camp, where students came to do whatever their little hearts desired. On student wanted to clone her favourite ready-to-wear bra. No problem. This was the shape of the cup we cloned and the lace worked out beautifully.
which we pinned inside the bra after the cup was sewn
Here’s the bra with the short strap tabs sewn on
One of the challenges was to use this narrow lace but to use it in a larger cup bra. Guess what we did with it?
We were able to use it in a vertical seam bra with a relatively narrow upper cup area. By re-styling the bra so that the apex sits behind a vertical seam, we can make the upper cup as narrow as we need to fit the lace. Even though we could not mirror the lace, the student did an excellent job of balancing it!