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Bra-A-Week: Week 7

Mar 2, 2015 | Bra Makes | 16 comments

Hi All!
*first off- sorry this is a little late in the day, I’m on vacation right now and I have limited resources!*
Week 7 is here!! And this week I have something very very pretty to show you!
This is my latest creation, and I have to say that surprisingly this is one of the most comfortable bras that I’ve made so far- I LOVE LOVE LOVE this one! 🙂

I made this one with a very ‘bridal’ theme in mind, because one of my best friends is an up-and-coming boudoir photographer, and I do some modelling for her and she really wanted to do a bridal shoot for her portfolio. And who doesn’t love an ivory lace bra anyways?

I really wanted to go delicate with this bra, using 3/8″ straps, gold hardware, and a single hook and eye (which unfortunately doesn’t lay quite as flat as the 2X3 I usually use)

I used cut&sew foam and covered it in an ivory stretch lace. This one is also a self-drafted pattern (as always) and this one is my first vertical seam bra (apart from my bralette). The foam cups underneath are two separate pieces, but to keep an unbroken lace edge on the top of the cup, I used the same vertical seam pattern but I joined it at the top so that it was one piece with a dart that followed the same line was the vertical seam cup underneath.

I made this bra with short wires, so it’s nice and low in the front and has a bit of a sexier neckline- I also drafted this frame to be a lot narrower across the bridge, so that it would pull the cups closer and give a ‘push-up’ look, and I was very impressed at how well his worked!

Of course I tried to add some lovely feminine touches, like having a lace front frame with a gothic arch, and a bow at the front

And a bow at the strap attachment- that also conveniently covers the stitching attaching the strap to the top of the cup and the end of the fold over elastic on the underarm edge.


And the delicate back finish with single hook and eye, fold over top, lace bottom edge, narrow straps and gold hardware.

I am completely in love with this bra, it might actually be my favourite so far. And it really came together with so many finishing touches! When I find the time I am already planning the million tutorials that I would love to post about all of these finishings!

And now on to all of your amazing submissions this week!

*I’m going to apologize in advance- I’m working off of coffee shop wifi, and with limited time- so I could only upload one photo for each person (or for each bra that you made)- I will update these post when I get back so I have two photos per person/per bra!*


First we have three bras from the very ambitious Joanna Venegas of Live, Laugh and Sew

First up she has a lovely hot pink Watson Bra from Cloth Habit

Followed by this pretty pink Florence bra from Seamwork Magazine- love the colour combo on this it looks so delicate!

And finally this lacy number made from Kwik Sew 3300. What a gorgeous job on all of them! Joanna also did a great post where she reviews the three bras and patterns!


Next we have beautiful Watson from Linda of Uplift Custom Bras

Lina made this Watson with a pretty pink lace lined with cut&sew foam on the cups, duoplex on the cradle, and powernet on the back. A bra fit for a princess! Very pretty!


Next we have a pretty bra from Andie of Sew Pretty in Pink

Andie is a beginner bra sewist, and this is her second bra-make!! She made this by cloning one of her RTW bras using duoplex, powernet and some stretch lace from her stash. Love the colour of that lace! Check out her post on her bra-make.

Next we have a  bra from Karin of Karin of Mrs.Weaver’s Finest Unmentionables!

Karin made this super chic set out of a zebra print! It’s a Shelly bra from Pin-Up Girls pattern, with matching bottoms in this super cute sheer zebra print! Check out her blog post on this set!

Next we have a very pretty bra from David

This is his ‘Camilia’ lace bra made with black tulle lace

David is a freelance lingerie designer, label: Bonnet Blue

dpolrolniczak (at) wp (dot) pl

Next we have a pretty bra from  Jodi of Threads by Jodi

This is a Classic bra (Pin-Up Girls) made with red duoplex covered in a red polka dot stretch mesh. Very simple and pretty- love the colour!

Next we have a stunning set from Diana of Diana Lingerie Design

She made this set from the same pattern as last week but with a few modifications. What a gorgeous colour, and those panties are just as sexy! Check out her post on this set for more info!

Next we have this pretty bra from Kerri of Lady K’s Wardrobe Unlocked!

Kerri is continuing her designs for different skin tones, and paired this pretty pink lace over a darker beige- a shade that is invisible over many skin tones! Very pretty!

Next is an adorable bra from Anne!

She finished this bra last week in boob camp, using the same gorgeous coral lace that I used on my bra in week 1! What a pretty bra- absolutely love this! I’m go glad she made something so pretty for herself  during boob camp!


I don’t think there will ever be a week where you don’t completely amaze and inspire me! It’s always such a treat checking my email to see what you’ve sent me! And it’s especially nice this week as I sit in the beautiful sunny California and put my feet up as I check my inbox 🙂

As always- don’t forget to check out the Pinterest board, and the Flickr Group if you enjoy those platforms! To grab a challenge button and to send your bra for next week to!!

You can also check out Week 1Week 2 , Week 3 , Week 4 , Week 5 and Week 6  of this challenge for more amazing bras!

Until next Sunday,

Happy sewing!

xo erin



  1. Anonymous

    Wow, as always a fantastic set of bras!!!
    Your ivory bra fits you perfectly.
    Enjoy you trip 🙂 Mary M

  2. Ilna

    Erin, you are an amazing, talented young woman. This set is stunning – I could see myself wearing this. The rest of the entries are as always also beautiful and inspiring. And welcome Andie, it is gorgeous for a second bra-make. Enjoy your vacation.

    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks Ilna!- you'e so kind 🙂 I'm having a wonderful vacation- I'm so excited to share all the pictures soon- I'm in a beautiful hotel by the beach as I type this! 🙂

  3. kathysthreads

    Erin, Your bras are beautiful and stunning. And, my oh my, how well they fit you! All I can say . . . is will you make me some? 😉

    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks Kathy! I'm trying to figure out a standard set of custom patterns (vertical, horizontal and diagonal seamed cups) that I can use over and over again that fit perfectly! I wish I could bring everyone together and make custom patterns for all! 🙂

  4. eforshopping

    Erin, your bra is lovely. Very delicate and beautiful. All the bras are so inspiring to see.


  5. EmeraldErin

    Thanks Michelle! I've been wearing this bra on my trip and I love it! Everyone is doing a fantastic job with all their submissions too!

  6. Ginny

    Erin, your latest bra is exquisite! As usual, all the week's bras are fantastic & inspiring. Jodi, I'm especially loving your pretty red bra!

  7. Anonymous

    So pretty and so flattering!

    Xoxo Claire

    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks Claire! We need to visit soon 🙂

  8. Kyema Bialick

    Dammmmmn. I love your bra! I was so sad to see it is self drafted…. I want to make one. Any suggestions for something similar? It looks so gorgeous on you!

    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks!! I'm not sure about similar bra patterns, I don't know of many patterns for vertical seamed bras. I'll definitely put this one on my list for future pattern releases though!! Thanks 🙂

  9. Réka

    This is truly a beautiful bra! It really deserves to be in the hits of 2015!
    I have a question though, did you sew together the cut&sew foam cups and the scalloped edge lace together at the top? or did you join them with elastic? Or you just sew them together with the scalloped edge lace up? I'm so curious 🙂 Thank you!

    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks Réka! I sewed the foam cups together first (two piece cup with a vertical seam) Then the lace overtop is darted with the same curve, sewn separately and is attached along with wireline. I finished the top of the foam cup with fold over elastic, and the lace edge is free along the neckline. Hope that made sense!


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