Bra-A-Week: Week 1


Hi All!!

For those of you who are new to my challenge here’s info about: Joining the Challenge, Joining the Pinterest and Flickr Group and Grabbing a button from the challenge.

Week 1 of Bra-A-Week!! YAY!! I’ve been busy sewing- and I thought I would start the challenge off with a bang and make a matching bra and pantie set!

I call this my Coral Keyhole Bra! obviously because of the colour and the keyhole in the bridge!!

And it fits like a glove! (although I am not quite brave enough to post a picture of myself in the undies too- maybe when they’re not quite so sheer! lol)

 

I used a coral non-stretch lace fabric lined with coral 15 denier for the cups, bridge, the front section of the back band and the front panel of the panties.

Peach powernet for the back band, and the back panel of the panties

Peach 3/8″ fold over elastic for all the elastics on the bra and panties

and 3/8″ gold sliders and rings to adjust the back!

 

The pattern was a self-drafted pattern. I used Beverly’s method for bra drafting, making any of the fitting and style adjustments I needed, and taking off the seam allowances so I could use the fold over elastic.

The panties were also self-drafted from Beverly’s method in her Make & Fit Panties book. I adjusted them to make a front side seam, so that the back was all one piece of powernet and the front panel could be the lace. I wanted them to be a very vintage style with a high waist and full coverage 🙂

 

I really wanted to try a bunch of new techniques on this bra- so it has a lot of features! It has:

-A partial band, meaning there is no band running under the cups

-A keyhole bridge, that little hole in the bridge

-A horizontal seamed cup: meaning the main seam runs horizontal across the bust from wireline to wireline (a lot of classic bra styles have a diagonal seam running from the underarm to the wireline)

-A split bottom cup that is bowed to help the breast fall into the cup and look more round

– Lace fabric, lined with 15 denier, a sheer cup-lining fabric, and fold over elastic all over

– Back strap extensions- meaning that the back band is set higher where the strap starts so that your straps don’t fall off your shoulders!

I’m so happy with this set! and I love how the coral and the peach blended so well together. It looks all peach from the back.

This is the first matching bra and panties set I’ve ever had! I know I’ll feel so special wearing it! 🙂

Apart from my first success in this challenge I have had SO MANY AMAZING SUBMISSIONS!
I’m so excited to share them here!!

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First up is Mary Goettelmann’s NYE bra!

She made it with sequin and glitter tulle lined with black nylon tricot!! WOW!

It is the Anne’s Bra Elite pattern, that she had fitted to her in Anne St. Claire’s course in Maryland.

She even reinforced and embellished the straps with a gorgeous black and silver chain!

Amazing job Mary!

geomar99 (at) gmail (dot) com

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Next is a super cute Watson bra from Michelle Noble from Michelle’s Creations

She made this bra from the super trendy Watson Bra pattern from  Cloth Habit – I’ve been seeing this bra all over- it’s pretty cute!

 

She made the short-line version with a spandex knit from Merckwaerdigh (AMAZING PRINT!) and findings from Bra-maker’s Supply

Love it!!!

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Next we have ‘Midnight’, a gorgeous bra from Karin of Mrs. Weavers Finest Unmentionables

She made this gorgeous cut&sew foam bra, covered in midnight blue sequinned stretch lace.

With wide straps for a lovely 50’s feel! and can I say an amazing fit! it looks fantastic and so supportive 🙂

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Next is a bra from a delightful french man named Joël Vincent

He sent me a ton of gorgeous pictures of lingerie that be makes for his wife and I thought I would share this set this week.

The bra is made from the Bra-maker’s Supply Shelley Pattern and the panties are a very heavily modified version of the Betty Ohh Lulu pattern.

What a lucky wife! oh and he also said to mention that he was beautiful, rich and a fantastic lover – but of course, he is french! 🙂

petijibus (at) gmail (dot) com
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Next is a bra repair from Janet Cox

Janet has been struggling with some carpal tunnel and decided that a bra- repair job on an old bra-make that has been sitting in the project pile for 2 years was a better idea than making a whole new one.

She fixed the shoulder strap elastic and now it’s good as new! It’s always great to have old favourites back!
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Next I have another gorgeous Watson from the very popular Madalynne!

Wow another stunning Watson! This one is made out of white stretch lace, lined with micro mesh. And a really fresh addition of orange elastics.

She also upped the comfort level by cutting the back on a fold to make it a pull-over style – simple and pretty 🙂
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Next, and mixing it up, is this lovely body shaper from Kerri of Lady K’s Wardrobe Unlocked
She made a hip-length body shaper from the Bra-maker’s Supply Ova-Bra Slimmer pattern.
It’s made from an ivory powernet. This one is for display, but she also made one in her size and said it fits amazingly!
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And finally I have a lovely lacy bra from David Pólrolniczak

This bra is a foam cup, with red tulle lace and powder pink cotton lining. With cute little red hearts on black for the back band!

David is a freelance lingerie designer, label: Bonnet Blue
dpolrolniczak (at) wp (dot) pl
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*EDIT*
I have another submission to insert here from Joanna Venegas of Live, Laugh and Sew

She made this bra from the pattern provided with Bare Essentials Bra Construction and Pattern Drafting for Lingerie Design. She made the cups with a 40 denier tricot and added pink touches with elastic!

Great first bra! don’t forget to check out her post on it!

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Thanks again for so many GORGEOUS submissions! I can’t wait to see what you all make next week! I’ll definitely have to start working on these posts sooner and add the submissions as I get them!
Don’t forget to check out the Group Pinterest Board and the Flickr Group!! and to join and add your bras there! And to send next weeks bras to bra.a.week@gmail.com !!!
Until next Sunday!! Happy Sewing
xo erin

Bra-A-Week Eve!! And Buttons!!


Hi All!!

I can’t believe it’s only one more sleep until this challenge starts! I can’t wait to show you my first bra- and to show all the amazing work that I’ve seen from everyone who has been sending me submissions!

In honour of this challenge my sister was kind enough to design me this gorgeous banner- to go along with the buttons that she made too!

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Please take one!! Whatever size fits your blog best 🙂

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I’m so excited about these buttons! Aren’t they so cute?

Also don’t forget to follow, comment and pin to the Group Pinterest Board !

And to join, share and post on the Flickr Group!

And of course- send me pictures, descriptions and links to bra.a.week@gmail.com by the end of tonight, or any Saturday during the challenge to have your bra put in the Sunday Bra Post!

Hope you’re all as excited about the first post as I am!

xo erin

Bra-A-Week – Join me on Pinterest and Flickr!


Hi All!!

Can you believe it’s only a week until the start of Bra-A-Week?!

I’m SO EXCITED by all the response that I’m getting to this Bra-A-Week Challenge! and since there has been so much response I decided to make a Flickr group and a group Pinterest board to better share all the pictures!

Here are links to both of those:

 

Just Follow the Pinterest board and leave a comment on one of the pins that you wish to be added and I will invite you to pin on it! If you don’t get an invitation within 24 hours, then you can just send me a quick message and I will add you right away!

I’m pretty sure for this Flickr group you just have to request to join and I’ll okay it!

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For those of you who did not see my last post on Bra-A-Week 2015, and don’t know about it:

Bra-A-Week 2015 is a Challenge that I started for myself and friends to motivate me to do more personal bra-making! I also started it to meet other bra-makers online and to be inspired by this lovely online community!

Every Sunday I will be putting out a post with my bra-make from that week- and the bra-makes of anyone who wants to join me!

My personal goal for Bra-A-Week is to make myself a bra every week. It has to be for me, and it has to include an element of a bra- but it could be in a body suit, a bathing suit or with matching panties!!- it just has to have a bra. And I would like to tackle one new technique or bra design each week.

You can make whatever goal you would like to set for yourself! Whatever you think will inspire and motivate you! The only rules are:

1. You have to send : Picture(s) of your bra-make, a short description of the bra, and any links or contact info that you want attached

2. You have to send them to me by the end of the day (in Ontario Canada, EST) on Saturday

3. Send all submissions to bra.a.week@gmail.com

I can’t wait to see what you all make! and to post the ones I’ve already been sent!

One more week!

xo erin

2015 Resolutions: Bra-A-Week


Hi All!

Can you believe that it’s 2015?! How crazy is that!

This year I have one main resolution- and it is pretty specific:

I want to make one bra every week.

Now, in the hopes of actually achieving this, I have thought this out a little more.

FIRSTLY: I will only be committing to this for the first 3 months January to March.

 After which I will decided if I was crazy or if I can keep going with it! Bras will be due on every Saturday and posted every Sunday- starting with January 17th/18th

SECONDLY:  The bras in these first three months will be for me!

 I am so tired of not having many of my own self-made bras! After making myself 4 bras in boobcamp last May, I promptly lost quite a bit of weight- meaning that they don’t fit properly anymore. I’m asked all the time if I made the bra I’m wearing- and I always have to sigh and say *no, not this one* – but NO MORE!!
THIRDLY: I’m not doing it alone!
Friends that I have met through courses at Bra-maker’s have agreed to join me- so you may be seeing projects from my friends from Bra-maker’s. My mom also might join me for some weeks- so you will get to see all their projects too!
Most importantly, I would love if any of you have any bra-making ambitions to join in too! All you have to do is make a bra- send me some pics and a short description on any Saturday and I would love to feature it in my post! (along with any links to your sites of course!) You don’t have to do one every week to join- you can make whatever goal suits you! 
 
All entries to be sent to: bra.a.week@gmail.com
 
 

I’ve already started sketching out and planning my bras in my inspiration book!

I also wanted to say that the challenge is more open than just a simple bra- it could be a bralette, it could be a bathing suit with a bra in it, it could be a body suit!

I’m planning two bathing suit tops since I’m going on a California vacation this February in the middle of the challenge!

So excited for my mermaid bottoms!

Bonus points for creativity, for matching panties, and for anything out of your comfort zone!

I am somewhere between excited and scared for this challenge- and I’m really hoping that some of you join me for this- whether it’s coming back every week to check out my progress- or submitting your own bra-makes!

Yay for 2015!!

xo erin

TBT: Bra History


Hi All!

Today I have something really cool for Throwback Thursday! Instead of a throwback to a project that I’ve sewn, I want to show you a throwback WAY further in time!

I’ve been sitting in on a couple classes at Bra-Maker’s Supply and in one of the classes we did a little lesson on Bra History, so I thought I would bring in a couple vintage pieces from my collection!

The first thing was an old brassiere (before they were called bras), I’m not really sure how old this is, but I’m thinking early 1900’s –

You can see how it goes around your arms and fastens in the back, and has a little strap that would attach to your girdle in the front!

The whole front of the bodice is boned inside, and has these little straps with sliders and rings for shaping! SO cool! but definitely give a bit of a uni-boob effect.

The next vintage piece I had was a children’s corset- which I would say was cute if the idea of a child wearing a corset wasn’t completely against the comfort level I feel children should have in their clothing!

So itty-bitty, with only four hooks on the busk!

With the proper lace-up in the back and some pretty lace trim top and bottom

The next two things I brought in are probably my favourite! Two Eaton’s Catalogues, one from 1928, and one from 1966. – It’s amazing how much changed between the catalogues, and again to today!

The 1966 catalogue was my grandmothers, and is from the year my mom was born, and the 1928 catalogue was given to me by a wonderfully generous lady I met in a ‘learn to use your serger class’- to whom I will forever be grateful
Just look at the contraptions that they wore back in 1928!

and the prices lol!

$3.95 for the FlexOsteel Corset with Abdominal Belt!!

They had such cherub faces- and straight figures!

‘Health-Style Corsets’

Even maternity corsets! – Can you believe that! 

Things really changed when it came to 1966!

All about the hourglass figures, new stretch fabrics, and pointy boobs!

Look at the point on those cups!

It so interesting how the styles change, and even how the ‘ideal woman’ changes- there were definitely no straight-figured, cherub-faced ladies in Spring/Summer 1966!

I also got quite a chuckle at the Men’s underwear section.

‘I say chap, your onsie is the bee’s knees!’

‘Golly gee! these boxers are quite swell!’

Anyways, I thought these were so cool, I was thinking that I might do a series of posts focusing on different parts of the catalogues, – it’s just too much for one post, and I really wanted to focus on the bra history!

Hope you enjoyed this little blast from the past! What was your favourite style?

I would love to make myself a bullet bra out of the 60’s!

Hope you’re having a great Thursday!

xo erin

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