Ogden Cami Dress & #MMMay2017

Hi All!

I decided it was time to do a little selfish sewing 🙂 With my trip to Barcelona last month, and Me Made May coming up I wanted to think of a perfect addition to my spring/summer wardrobe. I wanted something light, something simple, something comfortable and easy to wear.. and I thought about how much I love and wear my two Ogden Cami’s that I made last fall.. and it hit me- an Ogden Cami dress!


I made this dress with a lightweight drapy rayon that I found at Fabricland- and I just couldn’t resist this fabric! It has a perfect super-soft feel and neutral colours but with birds! YAY!

This is probably one of the most simple pattern hacks that you can do too! I simply extended the pattern- I measured on myself how long I wanted the dress to be from the centre front, then I extended the centre front of the pattern piece to that length, and the same at the back but 1″ longer, just to accommodate for going over my butt- as you must. At the side seams I just let them gently continue at the angle they were going which gave me a slightly flared by not-too-much volume skirt. I also gave the hem a little curve, just so it was a bit more dynamic. – perfect and super simple- I’m already dreaming of the next one I want to make!



This dress is like secret pyjamas- SO comfy- especially if you just wear it on it’s own. But when I was taking these pictures on holiday it was perfect because it got nice and warm in the day, but when the sun was going down I needed long sleeves- so I paired it with a denim shirt overtop that I could tie around my waist in the day- and get a little more shape too 🙂




I wore this dress all over the city- and I felt so good in it! I can’t wait until it warms up enough in Ontario to wear it for Me Made May! I’m sure by the end of May I will squeeze it in! But I still consider this to be a make for my Me-Made-May pledge.


I’m taking Me-Made-May pretty casually this year- normally I do a pledge post and think about what I want to do and make, but this year I’m just winging it. I’m going to do my normal- one different me-made item everyday of May, and try to post it on instagram, with weekly round-ups on the blog which I think I will post on Wednesday. And then for the Sunday posts- I might do a little more clothing sewing- but I’ll definitely be making a bra set for next week- because it has been WAY too long since I’ve made a bra- I think I’m going into withdrawal!

What about you? What are you doing for Me-Made-May? How is your pledge going? Finding any gaps in your wardrobe?


I always love to hear from you!





#BraNews April

Hi All!


This month I’ve fallen completely out of the bra-making world, so I had a wonderful couple of hours today catching up and searching through the blogosphere for all of the highlights of this month! This is what I found.


Firstly we had a pattern release this month from Orange Lingerie! She released her latest bra pattern: The Fenway bra, which looks like a super chic pattern!

She’s even had time to put out a tutorial on two ways to use lace with the Fenway, and I’m already seeing some beauties on Instagram!


Stevie wrote a wonderful post over on her blog Beebee’s Handmade Dress about the Anatomy of a Bra Kit which is an excellent guide to beginners who are trying to figure out all the bits and pieces of bra supplies!


Ying of Tailor Made Shoppe has had a super busy month putting together two fantastic pattern rescuers lists! First she came out with a list of 25 Soft Bra Patterns – which is awesome- but then completely outdid herself later in the month with her list of 50 Panty Patterns, which is just fantastic!


Hannah of Evie La Luve, has been back at her Youtube channel, this time with an excellent little Series on Basic Panty Construction .


And finally Sofia of Silver Lining Atelier put out a lovely inspirational tutorial on Embellishing your Handmade Bras with Ruffles


And now all the beauties that you sent in this month <3





Thank you so much for all these gorgeous submissions & all the amazing posts you’ve been making this month!

So, what do you have planned for May? I can’t wait to see 🙂



Calling for Bra Submissions!

Hi All!


I’m back!! YAY! And first things first- Bra News! Coming up this Sunday will be the Bra News post for April and I would love for you to send me all the wonderful things that you’ve been making!


As always please send your: photos, descriptions & blog/instagram links to : bra.a.week@gmail.com


I had such a fun time on my trip, with lots of adventures, family time and maybe a little photography for something coming this summer 😉

I also had the best time ever meeting Sofía of Silver Lining Atelier who is just as amazing in person! We had fun chatting sewing, sipping tea and doing a little shopping!


If you don’t follow me on Instagram (why not?!), then you might have missed these trip highlights…



As amazing as the trip was, I have to say I’m just as happy to be back in my own studio, working away at all the projects that I love so much! But now I feel so refreshed with some new inspiration 🙂


Hope you’ve all had a couple wonderful weeks yourself & I can’t wait to see what you’ve made this month!





I’m going on Holiday!!!


Hi All!


This is just a short post to announce that I’m going to be away on holiday!! I’m going on a family trip to Barcelona!! I’m SO excited for the trip! It is a holiday, but of course I’ll be taking as many blog photos as I can while I’m there!


There are a few points of housekeeping while I’m away:


There will be no blog posts for the next 3 Sundays 

Although you won’t see me on the blog, I’m sure I’ll be all over instagram!

The Emerald Studio Etsy Shop will be CLOSED April 2 – 21

I’m going to be closing the shop at midnight (EST) this Sunday April 2, and I won’t be reopening until I get back on Friday April 21. It’s going to be a while – so if you need something – order it before Sunday at midnight!!

That’s all! I hope you all have some amazing makes to show me when I come back! And I did make sure to have access to wifi there- so I’m sure I’ll be creeping all your blogs 🙂



#BRA NEWS March, Sew Panty Party!!!

Hi All!

Happy #SewPantyParty! How did you make out this month? As you can see above, I made a little video to show you all of the lovely panties that I made this month! I’m super happy with them!! And I’m so excited to make more panties going forward- no more avoiding the panty making!!!

It’s been an amazing month, with so many of you using #SewPantyParty on Insta and so many of you entering your name for the giveaway! ….. which leads me the big winner reveal …..

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