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Bra-A-Week: Week 1

Jan 18, 2015 | Bra Makes | 17 comments

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!!


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


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!!!


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 🙂


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
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!
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 🙂
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!
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
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!

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 !!!
Until next Sunday!! Happy Sewing
xo erin


  1. Anonymous

    Wow !!! I love your coral lace bra set, and all the other submissions too!!!
    I've pinned them all – you are all so talented!
    I can't wait to see what next week brings. M

  2. Janine

    Gorgeous bras – I love matching underwear, it's so elegant

  3. Beverly Johnson

    Well done, everyone! So much bra-making talent out there!

    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks Bev- you should participate next week 🙂

  4. eforshopping

    What a great first week, Erin. I love your set – it's beautiful. And thank you for opening up your challenge to us. I know you've inspired more than a few people.


    • EmeraldErin

      Yay! That's so great to hear 🙂 🙂 Thanks so much for your submission too!! 🙂

  5. Anonymous

    Hi Everyone ! (i am sorry for my poor english)

    All these undies are beautifuul!!

    Thanks to Emerald Erin for putting my pictures on this blog (i love the colors of your matching lingerie…)

    Thanks also to Beverly for her wonderfull (and well explained in FRENCH..!!) patterns and also for the BraMakerManual Vol1 in french (but the Vol 2 is only in English…:( i'm a poor lonesome french lingerie designer..)

    Hi Michelle, i often read your blog, i love what you do also!!

    Joël Vincent

    • EmeraldErin

      Your sets are lovely! I'm excited to share another one next week 🙂

  6. Stephanie

    This is a fantastic set! Love it!

  7. katherine h

    Awesome! You are off to a great start!

  8. Anonymous

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the coral keyhole bra and panties set! So gorgeous and so flattering on you!

    Miss you!
    xoxo Claire


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