Snow White: Exposing the Unders


Hi All!

The other day I posted this photo on my Instagram for Day 3 ‘Close-Up’ of the Bimble & Pimble November sewing photo challenge #bpsewvember, and it got a lot of loves 🙂 So I thought I would go through my Exposing the Unders worksheet and show the nitty gritty details!

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[Style Search]: Week 6 Lingerie Wardrobe


Hi All!

Did you really think I’d make it too much longer without talking about lingerie?

It’s really a huge part of my wardrobe, and I have to say that after going through my style search, I realize that I haven’t focused my bra making towards a perfect ‘bra wardrobe’. Looking back, my bra making motivations have been much more focused on trying new techniques, fabrics or styles rather than picking specific beautiful things that fit with my wardrobe or lifestyle.

 

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Bra Make [BAW8]: Black Lace Vixen & Giveaway Winner!


Hi All!!

Week 8 already!- and here is my second and final make for February! I think lace was the perfect topic, and I’m already dreaming of all the lace bras I’m going to make the rest of the year now that I’m so inspired!

But first, what I’m sure you’ve all been waiting for!
The GIVEAWAY announcement!!
And the winner of this lovely kit (with either large or small findings):

 

Drumroll please…………………………….

 

 

It’s MISS MADDY SEWS!! 
 
I’m so excited!! I know Maddy will make something truly stunning with this kit! Congratulations Maddy- I will be in touch and this beauty will be on it’s way across the world in no time! 🙂
(*why does random number generator always find the person with the most expensive shipping? lol*)
 
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Now that we have all the excitement about the giveaway over, it’s time to get excited about my make this week!

 

Since you all got a massive sneak peak of this bra in my tutorial on making a scallop lace band last week. I thought I would give you a little extra eye candy this week with a matching waist cincher, made with the Vixen pattern from Scarlett!!

I made this set using my new Beautiful Black Lace (and lots of it! So much lace edge!!), Black Bra Tulle, Plunge Underwires and a small black regular elastic findings kit (with a 3X3 hook and eye- my fave)!

On the waist cincher I also used some pre-made cotton binding to finish the edges, black channeling with 1/4″ plastic boning and some sturdy black woven wool for a waist tape and to support the grommets in the back!

Now I do technically have a full set with this bra, the waist cincher and the black panties I made to go with my black beauty set, but I’m not quite brave enough to photograph myself in the whole set for you guys, so these two will have to do!

I LOVE how this waist cincher turned out! The bra tulle looks so delicate and light as air! And I should say that it definitely isn’t as strong as coutil- so this is not a real ‘haul in the waist’ kind of corset- but it makes for some very pretty lingerie, especially on a pattern like this with so many shapely panels!

I added a little pop of pink ribbon in the back 🙂 just to mix things up 🙂 I love how you can see the waist tape though the sheer pannels, and this waist cincher is nice and high in the back, it even overlaps my wide bra back! I think that’s a more flattering shape though 🙂

I’m pretty impressed with how this bra came out too! I’m LOVING this darted cup 🙂 I know that they aren’t the best for everyone and all sizes, but I find that on me, and my size- they are so flattering and give a really nice shape! I love the way these large lace scallops turned out, it really emphasizes the plunge of this neckline. I definitely think this is one of the sexiest bras I own, hands down!

I think these two designs worked well to compliment each other as well, with the top line or the waist cincher following the bottom edge of the bra  in that nice ‘V’ shape!

 

And don’t forget Scarlett most generously offered a 50% discount on this beautiful waist cincher pattern for my lovely readers this February with this coupon code!! YAY!

 

I’m so happy with how my set turned out! But I’m also SO excited to see everything you’ve made this month!!

Don’t forget to send in all your bra makes for February to:
braaweek@gmail.com
 
Hope you’re all having an amazing weekend!
xo
erin

[BAW 6]: Red Valentine & GIVEAWAY


Hi All!

How excited are you for lace this month! I feel like I’ve really gotten away from lace over the last couple months with my love affair with bra tulle, but my love of lace is coming back to me pretty quickly!

To help you get excited for lace month, I’m having a GIVEAWAY!! YAY! And it’s for the bra kit that I used to make this weeks bra, my Red Valentine! I’ll have more information at the bottom of this post, so you can see what I did with this lace kit and dream about what you’ll do with it!

 

I’m pretty in love with this bra, I love the all-over lace, power bar, lace edge neckline, it’s really very me 🙂 I made this using a non-stretch lace fabric, lined with bra tulle. I used a large findings kit, for the wide straps and thick bottom band elastic for extra support and comfort, and my fav Bliss underwires! (pssst.. I have this new kit up on etsy!)

If you follow me on Instagram @theemeraldstudio you would have seen a teaser for this matching elastic findings! I’m really feeling this red, it just seems so rich and perfect for a Valentine’s bra!

I thought I’d try a new cup seaming on this bra, with a three piece cup, and I LOVE it! I think it’s just so flattering and comfortable. It is fairy similar to the Snow White bra, but the angles are a little different and I think that I like this one a little better.

I love that this lace is really smooth too, and the gold and red just pop!

I love laying my bras out for the photos and imagining the outfit and the jewelry that would go with it I’m imagining this one with a lovely little cocktail dress and gold accessories. 🙂 Do you ever do that?

So now that I have you drooling over this beautiful new lace.. it’s on to the GIVEAWAY!!

 

Enter to win a one of my new red & gold lace kits!!

The contest is open to everyone and you can choose between a large or small findings kit!

 

So how do you enter this giveaway?
Well, that is another exciting announcement:
I’m starting a Newsletter!!

 

The newsletter is going to be a great way to keep up with the Bra-A-Week Challenge,  to get little tips and tricks for bra making and swimwear, and to stay in the loop about what’s happening in The Emerald Studio!

 

All you have to do to enter is to sign up for my newsletter!
Sign up is in my side bar –>

Do you have any ideas for this kit? What will you do with it if you win?

Let me know in the comments!

xo

erin

[BAW4]: The Lace Demi-Bra


Hi All!

Week 4 is here and with it comes another bra 🙂 My second bra-make of the year!

I love this bra, and I wanted to show a few new ideas and techniques with this bra 🙂 And also to announce the theme for next month…. LACE!! 🙂

 

This bra is again the new France wire 🙂 I wanted to show another style that works for this wire, and in this case I made a demi cup bra, as you can see it’s quite low, great for very scooping necklines and low-cut tops 🙂 very subtly sexy in the blush pink lace!

To make this demi cup bra I placed my straps a little wider, and lower than usual, and cut the neckline really low. Then instead of having a vertical seam like my last bra, I wanted to have a more horizontal seam (both ends of the seams ending in the wireline) but because this wire sits very low on me, they don’t hit across the horizontal- but a little bit lower. Which I think is a little more dynamic and pretty!

 

I also thought I’d do a gothic arch at the centre front to add to the light and dainty look of this lace bra 🙂

I lined this lace with a layer of bra tulle to keep the super-sheer look! *gets out the nipple covers again*

 

The other exciting news about this is…. I finally have lace kits up in my Etsy shop!! YAY

And here is the lace kit that I used to make this weeks bra!

Next week is the final week in January, meaning it’s all about you and your beautiful submissions! so make sure that you send me all your photos and links for that post!!! (deadline is this Friday!)
How is everyone feeling about February as ‘Lace Month’? I thought it would be very seasonally appropriate with Valentine’s day!
What would you like to know about lace or working with lace for my theory post?
Let me know what you think!!
xo
erin
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