What is Bra Tulle?


Hi All!

I woke up this morning and realized that I didn’t have any good stories or cool pictures of my week for Saturday Life. It was a solid week of just average work stuff, which is pretty cool, don’t get me wrong, but not quite as cool for blogging.

So I thought, instead of going on about my work week. I would talk to you about all the new materials and things in my shop, because I’ve had so many questions!!

And the main question I’ve been asked is “What is Bra Tulle?”

Bra tulle is a very fine tulle. It’s much softer than craft tulle, and doesn’t tear like craft tulle.

It does not have any real stretch, and only a slight ‘mechanical give’ on the fabric, making it a great option for larger sizes and cups that need extra support.  It is at it’s best and most supportive when used as two layers with opposing grain or direction of stretch. (which gives it a neat honeycomb look!)

It is the same type of tulle that is used for the beautiful embroidered tulle laces and can be used for that extra rigid support under a tulle lace.

It has a wonderful sheer quality and lightness, that is more breathable and open than a heavy knit.

It is very commonly used in high-end Ready-To-Wear Lingerie.

Compared to 15 Denier:

15 Denier is a sheer knit fabric. It has a significant amount of ‘stretch’ in one direction, making for a much more relaxed fit in bras. 15 Denier is also a very soft fabric, but it can be prone to the occasional pull because it’s such a delicate knit. Some people who have very sensitive skin will line bra tulle with 15 denier.

I offer Bra Tulle by the yard, and in kits in The Emerald Studio Etsy in Black, White & Blush!

So there’s my little bit of information sharing for the day! Let me know if you have any other questions about the tulle! I’m so happy that I finally get to share all of my favourite bra-making supplies with you all! 🙂 🙂

You’ll get to see another bra with this fabric tomorrow, I can’t wait to show you! And it will be highlighting some of my new fold-over elastic bra findings kits too!

How was your week? Did you do anything fun? Any bra-making plans?

Until tomorrow!

xo erin

Bra-A-Week [44]: Black Beauty


Hi All!

Back to the Bra-A-Week Challenge! I do miss it when I skip a week! And this week I decided to treat myself and make a bra that is everything I want in a bra! Exactly me 🙂

It is made out of my new favourite fabric- Bra tulle, I used a double layer with opposite direction of stretch! This is everything I like in a bra, my horizontal seam, an external powerbar, fold over elastics and of course my favourite bliss wire 🙂  (If you didn’t already see, I did a post about the Bliss wire!)

I had to break out the nipple covers for you on this one! But I do really love the sheer! There’s something so minimal and so pretty about it to me. This is probably my favourite bras that I’ve made myself 🙂 I’m so happy with it!

I made the powerbar an external element and finished the edge with fold over elastic, so I could have it continue up in the strap. You know me and the double straps!

I love how it all seams to flow so seamlessly and smoothly with the fold over elastic, it’s all so clean and simple!

I also decided to finish it with 3/4″ straps and a 3X3 hook and eye, with a wider band, for a little extra comfort and support!

I just love it! I love the fit, I love the seams! I love it! And the bra tulle was great to work with!

I’m very happy to say that I’ve just added bra kits with this beautiful tulle to The Emerald Studio Etsy!

You can buy just the fabric on it’s own, or the kit with everything to make a bra! And I’m going to be coming out with fold-over elastic findings kits soon too- so you can make the same bra! I’m so happy that I finally get to share all of my bra-making favourites with you all!! 🙂

I see so many beautiful bras in the future!

And here are some of your beautiful bras!

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First we have a beautiful bra & panties set from Jodi!

Jodi made this bra using silk and lace to cover pre-formed foam cups, and the same silk and lace to make a pair of Grace Panties, and Rose Cross Over Panties from Ohhh lu lu.

Love these!! So pretty! And it works so well with both styles of panties!!

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Next we have a lovely bra from Sofia of Silver Lining Atelier!

Sofia made this bra using a beautiful plum lace, striped frame and black lace back band. What a gorgeous combination!! this bra is SO pretty!

Sofia also did a little seam experimentation on this bra to get her vertical seam just right! It’s always such a great feeling when you perfect a fit! Lovely!!

Make sure you check out Sofia’s post all about it over on her blog!!

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Next we have a very pretty bra from Jennifer of JensWare!

This is Jennifer’s Pink & Pearly Butterfly bra! She made this using the Classic Pattern from Pin-Up Girls, with pink duoplex, pink findings and a pearly white lace for a butterfly in the center!

Jennifer also added some extra details! A doubled duoplex interior powerbar for extra oomph  and some of the pearly lace on the back band near the hook and eye! Super pretty!

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Next we have a very fresh set from Emma of A Hand Stitched Life!

Emma made this bra using the Boylston pattern from Orange Lingerie, with a matching pair of bottoms from the Watson Bikini pattern from Cloth Habit. How much do you love this fabric? So gorgeous!!

This was also her first leap into cut & sew foam! what a beautiful job! And I love the matching set! I need to start making matching sets!!

Make sure you go and check out more about this beauty over on Emma’s blog post!!

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Another week of beautiful inspiration, another week of new techniques and new fabrics! I love it!!

Don’t forget to check out the Pinterest board and if you’re on Instagram and posting your lovely makes- don’t forget to add in #braaweek!!

You can go here to grab a challenge button and don’t forget to send your bra for next week to bra.a.week@gmail.com by Friday for the next Sunday post!

I couldn’t be more inspired, or more excited from this week 🙂

And for a little bra-a-week check in- how are you feeling about the bra-a-week challenge? Do you have any new goals? New shapes, fabrics, styles you want to try?

Let me know all about it!

xo

erin

Saturday Life [21.11.15]: First Week in my Studio


Hi All,

This has been a very surreal week. The first week working in my studio. My Studio. It’s a real thing!

It’s been so amazing having people drop in to say hi, ask about having a custom bra made, inquiring about my upcoming classes (post soon to come on that!!) It has really been the most amazing combination of overwhelming and magical, all at the same time!

 

 

I’m still basking a little bit in the glow of my opening, and loving all the beautiful flowers that everyone gave me 🙂

And I had a wonderful surprise of these beauties! The lovely man who designed my sign did some more beautiful design work for the blog and the studio! I can’t wait to get these digitized and made in my new header and stamps!!

The other big project that I’ve been focusing on this week is launching all my new products!!! YAY and that meant lots of product photography!

Here is a little behind the scenes magic of the Etsy Product photography!!

Here I am photographing my newly-launched Bliss wire!!

I did a post all about these wires here.

And you can find them in my Etsy shop here 🙂

 

The other thing that I launched are new bra kits with beautiful bra tulle!! You can check those out at The Emerald Studio Etsy!

You’ll also get to see a couple samples of them coming up tomorrow 🙂

 

I’m already seeing the orders coming in! And I’m so happy with my new packing area!! Everything green 🙂

 

 

And I’m writing this, as I sit at my front counter, planning out all my goals for next week, looking down at my little Gibby :)Wow it has been a full week! And I can’t wait to show you what I made for the Bra-A-Week Challenge tomorrow!

How has your week been? I love hearing all about you guys!

Until tomorrow

xo

erin

 

BLISS Underwires!!


Hi All!!

I wanted to do a post about underwires today! I know that it can be confusing with all the different types of wires, but I’ve stumbled upon a wire that I really love- and I call it the Bliss wire 🙂

I talked about this wire back in September in this bra theory post and showed the difference between the Bliss wire and my usual wires, that I like to call Round wires. There are a few features that make this wire an excellent choice for a lot of women!

This is the Bliss Wire:

You can see that the bliss wire is a deeper, narrower wire. This shape gives a great fit! Especially if you have: larger cup sizes, very little space between your cups (narrow bridge), close set-breasts or a narrow ribcage, or if you’re looking to bring your breasts closer together and out from your underarm!

And this is the bliss wire compared to a round wire (below),

 

Bliss Wire                                                        Round Wire

And here you can see the difference in a bra with the bliss wire (left) and the round wire (right). Personally I prefer the Bliss wire 🙂

I love having more options!! And more wires for all different shapes and styles 🙂 One step closer to the perfect fit for every body! Here you can see just how different the splay is between the Bliss wire and the Round Wire – whatever works the best for you body and comfort!

* It should be noted that these wires are not ideal for smaller or shallower fit cups.

 

I am so happy to say that I have a full stock of these wires in
Wires for all!! (I know that some of you have been waiting very patiently!)

 

I also have my Round and Plunge wires available in the shop too!
What wire do you like best? Are you going to give the Bliss wire a try?
xo erin

Saturday Life [05.09.15]: Family, Etsy, Exciting News & This Fall for the Bra-A-Week Challenge!


Hi All!

This week has been CRAZY!! and I have SO much to tell you all! I have: 1. that exciting news I mentioned a while back!, 2. Updates from the Etsy shop, 3. What’s coming up this fall for the Bra-A-Week Challenge and 4. Some family fun 🙂

First I’m going to start off with my exciting news!

I have been given the most amazing opportunity to travel to Connecticut to teach private bra-making classes! YAY! I’m heading out early next week and I’ll be gone for the week! I’m teaching a lovely lady that I know who is looking into designing a RTW collection, and needs some assistance on designing the patterns, figuring out fabrics, and understanding all the fundamental elements of bra-draft & design that will help make her bras exactly what she wants!

What this means on the blog is: for the next two Bra-A-Week Challenges, I’ll share with you two of the tester bras that I’ve made for the private lessons that show more about the impacts of direction of stretch, the amount of stretch and the impacts of different design elements! (YAY for bra theory!)

I will also be leaving my Etsy store in the very capable hands of my mom 🙂 although I will always be available for questions!

I can not wait for next Saturday Life – (when I’ll still be in Connecticut) and to share my week! 🙂 🙂

And that brings me to The Emerald Studio Etsy Shop!

Wow it’s been absolutely incredible!- if you didn’t know from my previous post, I launched my bra kits this week! And you have been loving them! I am so excited that I’m finally open and getting to share all my favourite bra making supplies with you! And this is only the start!!

 

This is my shipping department, beside my elastic department! lol

And here is a ready-to-go bra kit with small sized findings! I like to keep them all nice and tidy so they don’t get wrinkled on their journey through the post!

I have been absolutely loving running the Etsy shop so far! and I can’t wait to bring out more products! If there is anything that you know that you LOVE for bra-making and you think I’m missing, please let me know- I would love to grow this business with all of you in mind 🙂

Also a little bit of extra business stuff- I just got my “The Emerald Studio” Sign art digitized and put on my business cards!! I’m obsessed with them! YAY

You might be seeing more of this branding coming up!

Now the next order of business is the Bra-A-Week Challenge!

I can’t believe the summer is over! and my break from the Bra-A-Week Challenge. (Again many many thanks to this lovely lady!!)
I have to say that I’ve really missed hosting over the summer, and that unless I force myself, by hosting- I won’t actually make a bra every week, let alone once a month- it’s just been so crazy this summer that it keeps slipping down the priority list!
But no more!! I will make a bra every week again!! And the first two will be about bra theory!
But I was also thinking of doing something interesting this fall- and having Corset October! I’ve been really wanting to dive further into corset making lately and I feel like fall is the perfect time! (not to mention I’ve been completely swooning over all the corset patterns from Scarlett!)
So I will be making a corset every week in October *sweats nervously*. And I’m not alone! I heard that the amazing Karin of Mrs. Weaver’s Finest will be joining the corset party – and possibly Maddy and Sofia?? 🙂
So if you are into Corset October- let me know! Also- how is everyone feeling after the summer? What are your bra-making goals for this fall coming up? Any new ideas or projects? 🙂
And finally after this long post I’ll leave you with my little bit of family time for the week-
My dad’s side of the family is visiting from California, so we’ve been doing a little bit of:

Lovely  wine tasting in Prince Edward County 🙂

Some strolling around the vineyards 🙂

Some family feasting at my grandparents house 🙂

 

And last but certainly not least, a few hands of bid euchre that went late into the night 🙂 my favourite!

So that was my week! I hope you’ve all had a lovely week- please tell me about it in the comments 🙂

until tomorrow for the Bra-A-Week Challenge!

xo erin

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