Bra-A-Week: Week 13 & My Teaching Debut!!

Hi All!!

I have something extra special and exciting this week! Instead of showing you 1 bra I have 22 bras!!

These are all the bras that I’ve made to do fittings for my bra-making classes- because I’m a bra-making instructor! And my first class was this Friday/Saturday!!!

I was so nervous, but it turned out amazing! I had a fantastic class of keeners and they all finished their bras so quick!! IT WAS AMAZING!

Here are all my fitting bras inside my changing screen! For the exclusive fitting experience!

I love my changing screen! It’s so perfect- and I had to doll it all up with my bras and swimsuits from the challenge- just a little eye candy for the students! And you can see their machines set up! So much fun!


I went back to my hometown to teach at PineRidge Knit & Sew– where I took my first beginner bra class 6 years ago as a novice 17 year old sewist!!  I can’t believe I’m back as the teacher!!

 (Gibby is getting the exclusive fitting experience ;).. )
I’ve had this in the works for a while and I’m so happy that I’m finally sharing it with you all! I’m so excited to conquer the bra-making world and convert everyone into bra-making fanatics!! 🙂
Talking about bra fanatics! Here is what you lovelies sent me this week!
First we have this beautiful bra-top from Sofia of Silver Lining Atelier!


Sofia made this bra top with a beautiful fabric of black stretch lace over a translucent- bronze knit! She made it from a self-drafted pattern inspired from a couple different designs! How chic is this?!

If you aren’t completely obsessed with the front- check out the back- LOVE IT! She calls this her ‘Lillian Bra Top’. Don’t forget to check out Sofia’s post about her make on her blog!

Next we have two beautiful bras from Emily of Dressing the Role!

Emily made both of these bras using the Marlborough pattern from Orange Lingerie, and fabrics from Grey’s Fabric. How beautiful are these! Great combinations of colour!

She’s loving the shape that the underwires and the power bar gives- and I can see why- these are beauties! Don’t forget to check out Emily’s post about her bra-make on her blog!

Next we have a bra from Linda of Uplift Custom Bras!

Linda made this bra using duoplex and embroidered tulle lace! With a split lower cup and a power bar- lovely shape 🙂 And aren’t those little bows just darling? 🙂

Next we have this cute ensemble from Kerri of Lady K’s Wardrobe Unlocked

Kerri made this ensemble from a 1968 bra set pattern- with a cute rushed halter top, legging bottoms and sheer overshirt! super super cute- gotta love that fabric too 🙂

Last but not least we have a pretty bra from David of Bonnet Blue

David made this bra using stretch black lace over white satin covered push-up cups! It also has detachable straps for a strapless option!

David is a freelance lingerie designer, label: Bonnet Blue

dpolrolniczak (at) wp (dot) pl


Another week of beautiful bras! You are all so creative and fantastic!

I’ll be back next week with another creative bra-make- I just had to share my fit bras and my teaching experience with you this week- I’m so excited about it and my future as a bra-instructor!!

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 [email protected] by Friday for the next Sunday post!!

You can also check out Week 1Week 2 , Week 3 , Week 4 , Week 5 , Week 6 , Week 7,  Week 8 , Week 9 , Week 10Week 11 and Week 12 of this challenge for more amazing bras!

I hope your weekend has been as amazing as mine!

xo erin


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  • Kristin

    Did you make your fitting bras with wires? How did you decide what sizes to make? Also, why did you choose to make fitting bras vs. toiles? Your blog has been such an inspiration! You have GREAT taste in fabrics/style too, btw. 🙂

    • Emerald Erin

      Hi Kristin – Thanks so much- I’m so happy to inspire 🙂 Back when I used to teach this way I made the fitting bras because it’s easiest to find a bra size that way. You leave the channels open, and then you can put different wire sizes in the bra for more fitting options 🙂

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    This is an excellent and informative website. Thank you for sharing your pretty nice post about . Garmentspedia Blog and Autogarment really appreciate your efforts and will be waiting for your next writing.

  • Tee

    You are such an inspiration! I want to make custom bras. I've taken two classes and plan to make up fitting bras as well. Thanks for this informative post!!!

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    Hi Erin .. you are an inspiration to all of us .. Out of curiosity, what sizes of bras did you make? I would assume the most common sizes .. I am asking as this is something that I am contemplating as well now that I have retired from my full time job of 30+ years.. On another note, I love your screen .. you've given me great ideas for my own … Congrats on your new adventure .. I know you will be a great teacher !!

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      Thanks Cynthia! You make me blush!

      I made my bras in a series of sizes where each bra has a different cup volume. So each bra has a different cup sizes ranging from 30A – 48H. It's a bit of a complicated system, and a bit too much for a comment, but I might do a blog post about it in the future!

      Let me know if you get into teaching! I always love to hear from fellow bra-makers and teachers!

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      Please do a blog post on this. I am struggling to decide which sizes to make for fitting bras as I am starting to make custom bras for friends and family.

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      Thanks for the input Leah! I'll add it to my list 🙂

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    Erin I am so inspired. I've been meaning to take the course at Bra Makers and have never gotten around to it…I'll have to get on it. Afterall, if you can make 22, I can definitely make one or two.

  • Ilna

    This is wonderful news! Congratulations on this new phase in your career. I'm glad you had so much fun teaching. I can't imagine how it felt to sew 22 bras all looking the same….
    All the entries are as usual very inspiring and beautiful although this week's favorite must be Linda's beautiful bright pink bra. It does look lovely.

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      Sewing 22 identical plain bras was not my most exciting sewing project- but I'm so happy that I have them now! Thanks for your congratulations!! I'm so excited about this!!

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    Erin!!! you are such a great author and collector. i get a creativity on you. Keep writing to surprise us as you are doing today.

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    22 bras!! That's a well prepared teacher!! Just out of curiosity, how much time did you spend sewing them? (my first wired bra took my a whole day! Although I've sped things up a little since then, my personal record is still about 5h xD)
    Also, I'd like to thank you for your kind words about my Lillian top. I blushed when I read them! ^^

    The submissions this week are really pretty, it's so hard to pick a favourite! I think I'm between Emily's delicate Marlboroughs and Linda's bright pink bra, although the fabric of Kerri's set is so cute!

    Good luck with your future bra-making lessons, I'm sure you'll be an amazing teacher! I already can tell that Gibby is enjoying the experience 😉

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      Thanks Sofia! 🙂 🙂

      I did these bras over a couple of months but I would say the total time to: trace the pattern, cut them out, sew them all together and put all the elastics on would probably take about 5-6 days, or 48-56 hours.- Definitely a labour of love!!

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      Wow! That's fast, but still an impressive amount of time. You prepared your first lesson more than well!

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    Erin, I'm so excited for you! Congratulations on your first bra-making class. You do such wonderful work, I'm sure you'll be an excellent teacher as well. Yes, I agree! Let's get everyone making their own bras!


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    Way to go you!! Have fun teaching.

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    They look great x

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    TWENTY TWO! That's phenomenal. It's really exciting that you're teaching a sewing class, I'm glad to hear it went well! That's some serious dedication into the prepwork, your students are lucky

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