Bra-A-Week: Week 2

Jan 25, 2015 | Bra Makes | 12 comments

Hi All!
Week 2 already! And what a great week it’s been! This week I have a pretty interesting bra for you to see!
This bra is from the Pin-Up Girls Linda pattern, but with a lot of modifications à la Erin 😛


Firstly I changed the regular bridge to a dropped bridge- which is a similar construction to the keyhole bra that I did last week- but instead you don’t attach the upper cups at the top and you leave it open like this- I think this is a really cute look- it is also better if you are like me and you have a bit of ‘real estate’ between the girls and don’t want your cups attached at the top.
I’ve also made a doubled upper cup with the neckline edge seamed (to finish it without elastics) and the strap is a tapered strap that is on a fold so it doesn’t have to be finished with elastics on the neckline edge either. To attach the strap I just sandwiched it between the two layers of the upper cup and it is perfectly finished inside and out!
I’ve also split the lower cup to make it a little more full in the bottom cup and give more shaping.

But the most exciting, and my favourite part, is the back! Instead of the regular back band with powernet I just took out all the fabric and used strap elastic instead! So it’s strappy and open!

I used 5/8″ strap elastic for the top and bottom of the band connecting to the hook and eye in the back, and used 1/2″ elastic to make these little triangle strap attachments in the back.

Loving this bra back!- It took a little bit of fiddling and pinning to my dress form to get them at the right angle- but it was worth it! I feel like I have such a unique bra with my own design!

I can’t wait to wear this in the summer with a backless top, or something that is sheer to show through!


Yay! another bra for myself – now I just need to make the matching panties for this one!

I am absolutely loving this challenge- I’m already dreaming of what my underwear drawer will look like at the end of it 🙂
And now here are this weeks submission! You guys are really out-doing yourselves!
First we have ‘Measuring Cup’ by Karin of Mrs. Weavers Finest Unmentionables.

How clever! She made this with black foam covered with black stretch satin.

It’s a minimizer bra, but as she said- the measurements don’t lie! Fantastic bra- and great use of irony!

Karin has been a super busy bee and also made this gorgeous Spring Bra.

Such a gorgeous lace and a really good job balancing it between the cups!

Don’t forget to check out her post on it!

Next we have two gorgeous competition suits from Kerri of Lady K’s Wardrobe Unlocked

She made them both from 1/3 m of silver shiny stretch fabric. This top is made with covered foam cups with a front closing clip, pair with a cute bikini style bottom.

This next set pairs together a bling trimmed bikini top and a ‘tanga’ style bottom- definitely competition worthy! Don’t get too close to the pool in this suit! – best to stay on the lounge chair!

Next we have a lovely bra from Rebecca of Bra-maker’s Supply

She made this lovely lilac bra from the Pin-Up Girls Classic Pattern with lilac duoplex and lilac findings with a gorgeous lace butterfly front!

This is one of her first bras and she is still perfecting her fit!! Fantastic job!
Next week have this gorgeous 3 piece set from Mary Gottelmann


She made the bra from an Anne St. Clair‘s Bra Elite pattern with a hot pink nylon tricot base and is covered with a black stretch lace.

She made the pantie from an out-of-print Ann Person pattern #2051, View H, French bikini, using the same pink tricot and a black and gold metallic lace with a scalloped border along the top and a black cotton knit for the gusset lining for comfort.

She made the half slip from another OOP pattern, Simplicity 8750, View 2, using the same lace as on the bikini, but reversed so the scalloped border is at the bottom of the slip!

How gorgeous is this set!

geomar99 (at) gmail (dot) com


Next we have another gorgeous set from Joël!


This time he sent a pic with the bra modelled his lovely wife- What a great fit on that Shelley Bra! and gorgeous use of lace!

The panties, from a heavily modified Betty Ohlulu pattern, are SO CUTE

Love love love these!

Joël Vincent

petijibus (at) gmail (dot) com


Next is a nice little number from David Pólrolniczak


He made this black and yellow bra by hand with pre-formed foam cups and plastic wires.

David is a freelance lingerie designer, label: Bonnet Blue
dpolrolniczak (at) wp (dot) pl



Next is this lovely bra from Deb


Deb made this foam cup bra with pre-formed foam cups, covered in a very stretchy, draped beige knit.

She made it for her sister – a 5 years past breast cancer survivor, who likes a pre-formed foam cup best to hide the scaring from her surgery.

Amazing!! and it looks so practical too- this is what I should be making myself lol

twocraftysisters (at) shaw (dot) ca


Last but not least, we have this colour-blocked beauty from Jodi, of Threads by Jodi

This is the first sports bra that we’ve had in the challenge! Jodi made this bra from the Pin-Up Girls ‘Kerri No-bounce Sport bra‘ pattern

She made this out of black and blue duoplex with bamboo stretch knit for the bottom band and fold over elastic to finish the edges.

She also says that they are wonderful to work out in too-  if only I could find the same motivation to exercise… I’ll add that to my list of goals 😛


All I can say is WOW! thanks again for all your submissions!! It seems like everyone is getting so motivated and inspired! It’s amazing to see all the wonderful work that everyone is doing!!!

Again don’t forget to check out the Pinterest board, and the Flickr Group if you enjoy those platforms! and to send your bra for next week to !

And don’t forget to check out Week 1 of the challenge!

Can’t wait to see what you all have in store for next week!

xo erin


  1. Kathy {Kathy Sews}

    I LOVE the strapping on the bra! I've been seeing RTW ones online with similar styling and really like the look. Great job!!!!!! And I'm enjoying the parade of bra makes of other folks 🙂

    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks Kathy! It's been so much fun!!

  2. Pam

    I too love the straps on this bra — it's brilliant! I too have some "real estate" to contend with so this is such a great idea. Beautiful!!

    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks Pam!! I'm definitely going to do more bras like this in the future!

  3. eforshopping

    What a beautiful bra, Erin. It's so lovely and unique. Thank you for such inspiration!


    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks Michelle! I had a lot of fun designing this one 🙂

  4. katherine h

    I love your strappy detailing!

  5. Beverly Johnson

    Once again, everyone's bras are such an inspiration. Amazing what you can do with a basic pattern to modify it for your own tastes!

    • EmeraldErin

      The possibilities are endless!

  6. Anonymous

    WOW, what a great job!! I love seeing what everyone makes each week.
    I'm working on one for this week 🙂 Mary

    • EmeraldErin

      I can't wait to see it! Thanks!


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