Bra Fitting & Construction RETREAT!

Journey through the entire fitting process in a retreat true retreat setting!

When:  RETREAT 1: Thursday March 15 - Sunday March 18, 2018

             RETREAT 2: Thursday May 3 - Sunday May 6, 2018

Where:   RETREAT 1:  D & J Sewing in Clovis, CA (near Fresno).

               RETREAT 2: Dumas Bay Retreat Center in Federal Way, WA (near Seattle)

Cost:  RETREAT 1: $325 per person.  Includes all class instruction and materials (pattern and enough of everything to make two bras), dinner on Thursday, lunch/dinner on Friday and Saturday, lunch on Sunday.  DOES NOT include lodging!!!  There are two hotels across the street from the sewing center.  *Note: this class is held in a sewing machine and fabric store, not in a retreat setting!

RETREAT 2: $750 per person.  Includes all class instruction and materials (pattern and enough of everything to make two bras), dinner on Thursday, breakfast/lunch/dinner on Friday and Saturday, breakfast/lunch on Sunday, and 3 nights stay in a single occupancy room.

Travel logistics:  RETREAT 1:  D & J Sewing is located near the Fresno Airport.  A shuttle service, Uber, or Lyft can be used to travel from the airport to the sewing center/hotel.

RETREAT 2: Dumas Bay Retreat Center is located near the SeaTac Airport.  A shuttle service, Uber, or Lyft can be used to travel from the airport to the retreat center.

Registration:  RETREAT 1: All payments and registrations are made by D & J Sewing.  Please contact them at for more information and to register.

RETREAT 2: $300 non-refundable registration fee (applied to the cost of the retreat, payable by check to BravoBella 3163 W. Morris Fresno, CA  93711 or through paypal to  An additional $300 is due by January 15th.  The balance of $150 is due by March 1st.  You are welcome to pay the entire amount all together or ask Monica about setting up a payment plan :-)  Please note, the class fee is non-refundable after February 1st.  If you need to cancel, all efforts will be made to fill your spot from the waitlist.  If your spot can be filled, you will be refunded your full payment amount.

Tentative Class Schedule:


3pm-5pm Registration and Welcome

5pm-6pm Dinner

6pm-9pm Bra Basics Lecture (Everything you ever need to know about bras and more!)


8am-9am Breakfast

9am-12pm Fitting (Personalized fittings in a class setting so you can learn from a variety of fitting issues and how to address each one.)

12pm-1pm Lunch

1pm-4pm Patterns and Fabrics (Learn about pattern and fabric choices. Use your fitting notes to make appropriate adjustments to a base pattern for a custom fit.)

5pm-6pm Dinner

6pm-9pm Cut out, set up machines, sew straps (Cut out your first bra, set up your machine, and start sewing!  We will sew until we drop!)


8am-9am Breakfast

9am-12pm Construction (Cups, cups into band - continue sewing your first bra, learning all kinds of tips and tricks to constructing a bra.)

12pm-1pm Lunch

1pm-5pm Construction (Elastics, channeling, finishing touches - finish your first bra!)

5pm-6pm Dinner

6pm-9pm Fit Analysis (This is where it gets really good!  Put on the bra that you just finished and analyze the fit and construction.  Then make any necessary adjustments to your pattern to fine tune your perfect fit. This will be done as a group so that everyone can learn from a wide range of fitting issues.)


8am-9am Breakfast

9am-12pm Cut out and sew! (Now that you have fine tuned your pattern, get started on a second bra.  This will solidify your learning of construction techniques while it's still fresh in your mind and allow you to take the next step in the fitting processes.  Depending on skill level and fitting issues, you can either choose to make another basic bra or take it to the next level and experiment with different fabrics or even styles.)

12pm-1pm Lunch

1pm-4pm Finish up!  (Complete your second bra and try it on in a final fitting session.)

Now, aren't you glad you came!  You now have a great fitting custom pattern, two completed bras, and the skills to continue on your bra-making journey for years to come!  Making your own bras is rewarding, both in terms of comfort for your body and savings for your wallet!  Of course, fitting a bra is the most difficult step.  This class is designed to not only gain skills in how to construct a bra, but most importantly, to gain a solid foundation in how to fit yourself and your loved ones so that as you change sizes throughout life you will always be able to have beautiful, well-fitting bras.  The retreat setting allows you to relax and focus on doing something amazing for yourself.  You deserve it!!!

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