BRA KITS!! They’re finally here!!

Hi All!

I’m so excited to announce that my BRA KITS are up on Etsy! and available for purchase!!

YAY!! and to celebrate every bra kit comes with a FREE PAIR OF WIRES!!!

This has been quite a while in the making, and it’s still just the start! ๐Ÿ™‚

So let me tell you a little bit more about these kits!

The main feature in these kits is this lovely no-stretch knit for cups!

You may remember the red bra that I made a few weeks ago…

When I said I had a beautiful new fabric that I was testing out..

Well I can honestly say that I’ve hardly taken this bra off since I made it. It is by far the most comfortable and favourite bra that I own! (shhhh.. don’t tell my other bras!)

So I’m very excited that I can bring this fabric to you! YAY Comfortable bras for all!

Let me tell you a little more about this fabric! It is a lightweight, knit fabric with NO stretch! Perfect for making bras!

It’s very breathable, and has wicking properties (who doesn’t want that in a bra!) and is really smooth against the skin! And I find that it has just enough ‘give’ to be really nice and smooth in the cups, unlike some other super-rigid fabrics.

It doesn’t have quite the super-duper support and rigidity of fabrics like duoplex, or completely rigid embroidered lace, but it is very light and comfortable!

And now I found it in four other colours! I don’t just have the red but also: Pink, Raspberry, Chartreuse & Blue!


(sorry if the colours seem a little off- you wouldn’t believe the problems I had trying to white balance these! I tried to make them as colour accurate as possible!)

Here is a behind the scenes photo where you can see them all together!

But besides this fabric- I wanted to make sure that these kits have everything that you need to make a bra! Because I know how hard it is to source out all the little pieces!

They also include:

– Powernet – .5m X .38m (or 20″ X 15″) Perfect if you want to make a regular OR racer back!

– 15 denier- in a lovely nude colour for lining the bridge for extra stability (although I include enough to line the cups if you like!

Along with those fabrics I offer two sizes of findings!

For theย SMALL range of findings kits I include:

– 3 m of 3/8″ plush back elastics (for top and bottom band)

– 1 m of 1/2″ strap elastic

– 0.8 m of channelling

– 1 set of 1/2″ sliders & rings (in black, silver or gold)

– 1 set of Hook & Eyes (2X3)

** These come in White, Black & Red! **

And for the LARGEย range of findings kits I include:ย 

– 1.2 m of 3/4″ plush back elastics (for bottom band)

– 2 m of 3/8″ plush back elastic (for top band)

– 1 m of 3/4″ strap elastic

– 0.8 m of channelling

– 1 set of 3/4″ sliders & rings (in silver or black)

– 1 set of Hook & Eyes (3X3)

** Currently these are only available in white***

I wanted to give two size ranges for the findings because everyone has different needs and wants when it comes to their elastics and findings! Personally I find myself grabbing for the smaller range for some bra styles and often the larger range for bralettes! (I mean, who doesn’t love a 3/4″ strap!)

I don’t have the findings kits up separately right now, they are soon to come!

And of course I’m offering a FREE pair of wires with every bra kit!! YAY!! You simply need to make a comment on the purchase of what size and style you want!

Taken Straight from Etsy!:


I also have extra sliders and rings up for purchase ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m so excited to be able to spread the love of bra-making and all my favourite things with all of you! And I promise this is just the start!
Let me know if you have any questions about the kits or anything else!
xo erin

Saturday Life [15.08.15]: Etsy, Shop Signs & Stashes

Hi All!
I thought I would use this picture as the header for my Saturday Life this week- because a) it’s really cute and b) it represents the pace of my week: running!
So I’ll jump right in with the most exciting part of my week! My Etsy launch!!


This has been so long in the making between sourcing and testing al the materials, pricing, figuring out Etsy, product photography! But I’m so happy with my shop ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is me writing the announcement post on Thursday! (Gibby had a bit of an unhappy tummy and was needing snuggles)

Lots of product photography!! And a sneak peak of the sliders that are coming to the shop next week ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
And of course- to launch the shop I’m having a promotion! Free pack of Schmetz Stretch 75/11 needles with every swimwear kit!!
I’ve also had some updates on my actual physical store front Emerald Studio! I’ve met with my sign guy this week and he drafted me up this beauty!!
I can’t stop swooning over this! Love at first sight! Thanks @ahaleyart !! I can’t wait for this to be above the door of my shop!! <3 <3 <3 <3
Otherwise this week has been a bit of this:
A lot of this:



And just a little bit of this:
I hope you’ve all had a fantastic week ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
xo erin


Hi All!!!

YAY it’s finally here!!!




AND to celebrate I’m giving away a FREE package of Schmetz Stretch 75/11 Needles with every kit!!

I can’t believe it’s finally all come together!! And I have a beautiful selection of 11 SWIMWEAR KITS!! Some of the prints you might recognize and some are new! But all are hand picked and matched by me with love ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Right now I have only swimwear kits, later in the day I’m going to add my sliders & rings, later underwires, and next week (*praying for shipments to come in soon!!*) I will finally have bra kits & findings kits!!

I’ve decided to slowly release more products over the coming weeks because I don’t want to swamp myself with a million things all at the start! I’ve also only listed 1 of every item until I can get a handle on my inventory management and better control my listings- but for lots of the prints I’ll have enough for a second or third listing of the kits- so if your favourite disappears don’t worry, there’s a chance I’ll have enough for another!

Here are some of the Swimwear Kits!!


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All of my kits have a beautiful printed fabric, and a coordinating solid colour fabric- because that is my FAV way of making swimwear and I feel it looks so professional and gives WAY more style and design options! It’s also all high quality matte-finished swimwear that won’t have a white background when you stretch it!!

I decided to give two options for quantities in the kits for One-Piece Swimsuits and Two-Piece Swimsuits! Both are the same price and have very similar overall amounts of fabric, they are just divided differently to make it easier for suit making!

One-Piece Swimsuit kits have more of the printed swimwear fabric and less of the solid coordinating colour. They also have more lining to cover a full one-piece suit, but less elastic because you don’t need it for waistbands!

Two-Piece Swimsuit Kits have the same amount of printed and solid coordinating fabric so you can mix & match! They have less lining, but more elastic, for waist bands and bikini strings!

The exact amounts of everything are in the listings!!

I did a fair amount of research on patterns and fabric quantities out there to try to make sure that there was enough fabric in the kits for most projects- but of course you can’t accommodate for everything- like super-ruched suits!

Which is why there is a CUSTOM KIT OPTION!! I don’t have a specific listing to make a custom kit- but on any of the kits that you see offered- you just let me know your amounts and I’ll put together whatever you need! ๐Ÿ™‚

The other thing you’ll notice is that I have Canadian and United States shipping options pre-entered – but for all other international shipping just send me an email and I’ll calculate a price! It’s too difficult to go through every single country for every kit and figure out all the shipping prices and I don’t want to have a general ‘Everywhere’ price and end up way over charging some people! So just send me an e-mail and I’ll figure out your shipping!

I am SO excited to be starting this shop and sharing my love of swimwear ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions or anything please let me know!! I want to build an online business that you all love! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy shopping!!

xo erin


Saturday Life [01.08.15]: Fabric Shopping, Bliss Bras and a Potter Party

Hi All,

Is it really Saturday? Already? How did that happen! This week has absolutely flown by!

Firstly and to get it out of the way- no, my Etsy shop is not open yet *cries in despair*, it is taking longer than I expected to figure out all the shipping and packaging and everything. Canada Post definitely doesn’t make it easy and straight forward! And I know I said this last week- but my new goal is to get it up and running sometime this week. There will be a post to announce the grande opening this week- if it’s the last thing I do!!

So besides spending countless hours on the Canada Post website, figuring out which scale to purchase, dimensions and pricing, I have had a very busy week!


I’ll start with the most exciting part of my week though! I made my way back to Hamilton for a little shopping and I stopped into the most luxurious lingerie shop I’ve ever been to! Bliss Bras!!

I thought I would pop in for a little inspiration and it was like being in a candy store! The best kind of candy store, like my Pinterest came alive… and I just soaked all the inspiration in!

Every corner was filled with another little treasure- a cute little bra, a stunning G-cup bra, beautiful lace, and the panties to match!! I was pretty much swooning left right and centre.

But the best part of the shop by far is the owner Tonilee! As soon as she knew I was also in the bra business we started talking shop and before I knew it three hours had passed! This is one amazing lady! She has impeccable taste in bras- and her shop stocks all the way to an N cup! very ambitious! It was SO great to meet you this week! xoxo

(So happy to have my new bosom buddy!!)
The rest of my shopping trip passed in the usual way- scouting out for new fabric finds and hunting through remnant bins with my mom (it’s an addiction!). Which always results in moments like this:
I’ve also managed to soak up some sunshine this week ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
At Sandbanks with friends & little Gibby <3

Puppy in the sunshine ๐Ÿ™‚

All my beach babe friends <3

Cove-explorer puppy!
I also managed to get some fresh air and lots and lots of blueberries out picking with mom yesterday morning ๐Ÿ™‚

Blueberries are the best picking ๐Ÿ™‚ They are excellent this year, and way less bugs and hassle than the raspberries were!

nomnomnonm these are making up 75% of my diet at the moment.
And last but most certainly not least- I went to a Harry Potter Party last night (on Harry Potter’s Birthday, naturally).

So of course this gang was broken out! Can’t go to a Potter party without the Potter Puppet Pals!

And of course the night was spent sipping on some butter beer. Excellent party! Thanks Laura!
One final thing- have you heard of the #sewphotohop that House of Pinheiro is hosting on instagram? Well it’s basically a challenge where you post a photo everyday of all sewing related themes! And I thought I would give it a try! So if you follow me on instagram @theemeraldstudio then you can see all the photos I put up this August- and I hope to see lots of yours too!
Well- I hope you all had a great week! I’m off to the gym then to do some more work on the Etsy shop!
Let me know what you got up to this week! And if you’re participating in #sewphotohop!
xo erin

Saturday Life [23.07.15]: Swimwear Kits, Painting Tables & Fun with Friends

Hi All!

I’ve had a busy week- what about you?

It’s been another week with a million little things. I’m feeling like a bit of a hamster on a wheel right now!

One of the first things on my list this week was getting some swimwear kits together for my upcoming Etsy shop, figuring out what all I was going to put in them, how much they weigh, shipping and the rest.

I’m loving all the prints I picked out! And I am so eager to get this Etsy shop up and running! I think I’ll be able to launch it sometime this week! So you an expect a post about that! ย ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

A quick question- what do you want in a swimwear kit? What types of prints are you most drawn to? I just can’t help myself with the bright prints!

The next thing I’ve been working on this week is the progress with the tables for my shop!! And I have new additions- firstly my big beautiful cutting table! (I will be properly fixing the mat down to the top as soon as the legs dry!)

It has joined a fleet with my two student tables and another cabinet table that will be a good cutting table for students!


This week has been all about painting the table legs! I picked this nice grey colour! And mom and Gibby helped me get everything painted! It’s so exciting how it’s all coming together! Thanks mom & dad! (and Gibby for the moral support!)

Aside from all this lovely business and studio prep I’ve managed to go out and have lots of fun too!!!

Last Sunday I celebrated my sisters birthday with her! And we got take-out thai and brought Gibby to the waterfront! (we all had a blast!) Happy Birthday Kristie!! <3 <3

I also went and explored Port Hope with a friend- all for studio and signage research of course! (and maybe just a little bit of cookie and latte time)


And we may have stopped to see Magic Mike XXL in the evening, purely for research purposes of course. In case I have to make an exceptionally revealing mens bathing suit for a client. I may have to go and see it again and get a second look though… just to be extra thorough in my research.


And the last cool thing I did this week was some raspberry picking with my mom ๐Ÿ™‚ The bushes are overflowing with them! It’s definitely the year of the raspberry!

That was my life this past week, summed up on a Saturday! ย I think I achieved a good balance of work and fun! Maybe a little emphasis on the fun! But it summer after all!

How was your week? Did you do anything fun?

Also let me know if you’re enjoying these posts. I know I’m a super nosy person and I love to know what people get up to in their day-to-day lives (I watch too many vloggers on youtube..) are you one of those people too?

Hope your weekend is awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

xo erin


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