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! 🙂
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 the 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 LARGE range of findings kits I include:
– 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!
I also have extra sliders and rings up for purchase 🙂
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 🙂
Here is me writing the announcement post on Thursday! (Gibby had a bit of an unhappy tummy and was needing snuggles)
YAY it’s finally here!!!
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 🙂 🙂
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!
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! 🙂
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 🙂 🙂
If you have any questions, comments, suggestions or anything please let me know!! I want to build an online business that you all love! 🙂
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
Puppy in the sunshine 🙂
All my beach babe friends <3
Blueberries are the best picking 🙂 They are excellent this year, and way less bugs and hassle than the raspberries were!
So of course this gang was broken out! Can’t go to a Potter party without the Potter Puppet Pals!
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! 🙂 🙂 🙂
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 🙂 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! 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 🙂