Bra-A-Week: Week 12

Apr 5, 2015 | Swimwear Makes | 16 comments

Hi All!

For Week 12 I’m definitely channeling spring!

And since I was home for the Easter weekend I thought I would borrow my sister to be my bikini model this week, with our new dog Gibby!

How beautiful does she look in this new bikini top!! and even cuter with a dog on her arm!

I was inspired by spring flowers, florals and upcoming summer! I just needed something fresh after such a long winter!

It was actually a pretty simple top to make! I used MT style foam cups that I got from Bra-maker’s Supply, and I covered them with swim fabric in this beautiful turquoise shade! (I just covered them using a simple dart and finished the edges with self-binding).

Then it was flower time! A helpful trick to cutting flower shapes out of swimwear is to iron some freezer paper onto it first. Then you can trace your flower shapes onto the paper and cut it out while its still stiff and easy to cut- then simply peel the paper off!


Gather them in the middle with a couple little beads then glue them onto your cups! LOVE IT!!

And if you have a couple left over they make a very pretty complimentary hair clip!

I did this bikini with a simple halter string! perfect for tanning! And I just happen to have a matching little sarong to go with it! (now I just need to make the bottoms!)

So many pictures make a puppy tired!

I’m so excited about this one! Give it a couple weeks and I’ll be living on the beach!!

Now on to your lovely submissions!

First we have a pretty bralette from a new contributor Sofia of Silver Lining Atelier!

Sofia made this beautiful self-drafted satin bralette. She made this with a 2-piece cup using low-stretch satin and lace.

She used fold over elastic for all of the elastics in the bra and a metal closure on the back. She also lined the lower cup piece with cotton jersey for a little extra support. Very pretty! Don’t forget to check out Sofia’s post on her blog!!


Next we have a beautiful set from another new contributor Monika of La Mona
Monika made this beautiful spring bra and panty set with a self-drafted pattern. and gorgeous fabrics from a “Go-Green” kit from Sewy.


She made this bra while she was at an exhibit for Fair Trade and she definitely got a lot of attention! Beautiful work! Don’t forget to check out Monika’s post on her blog!

Next we have stunning bralette from Diana of Diana Lingerie Design

Diana made this beautiful bralette using lace and strap elastics. I absolutely love this combination of electric blue and black!

Diana used this bra in a photoshoot with a friend and the pictures are gorgeous! Don’t forget to check out Diana’s post on her blog!

Next we have a very pretty set from Rebecca my friend from Bra-Maker’s Supply!

Rebecca has completely taken off with her bra-making! and just finished this lovely ivory and lace set with two matching panties!

She made this set using duoplex, ivory lace for the bra and stretch satin and lace for the panties! Beautiful work Rebecca!!

Next we have this beautiful bra from Michelle of Michelle’s Creations!

Michelle made this bra using her Shelley pattern with her usual alterations. This time she lined her Shelley and enclosed all the interior seams — oh la la! very nice 🙂

She used this beautiful lace from Merkwaerdigh and used it on he power bar for some extra lace detailing. So pretty! Don’t forget to check out Michelle’s post on her blog!!

Next we have a bra-top by Kerri of Lady K’s Wardrobe Unlocked

This top is from the 1986 See and Sew pattern from Butterick 6402/730.  This is her trial version before she makes it up in silk!! I can definitely see wearing this in the summer 🙂

Next we have a  pretty lacy number from David of Bonnet Blue

David made this bra with black tulle lace in the front and white tulle lace in the back. Very pretty for Easter!


David is a freelance lingerie designer, label: Bonnet Blue

dpolrolniczak (at) wp (dot) pl

Last but not least we have this fresh set from Amy of Cloth Habit

Amy made this beautiful lace and cotton set all fresh and ready for spring! She made this from a self-drafted pattern, a partial band bra with one dart in the cup- she calls this her ‘1-hour pattern’ because it was so quick to make up!

She made the bra using a stretch lace lined with sheer cup lining and power net for the back band. And the panties she made with simple white cotton. Very pretty every-day set!!


Another week of beautiful makes! I’m loving this transition to spring with fresh colours and lighter things! so beautiful! YAY Spring!!

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 , Week 6 , Week 7,  Week 8 , Week 9 , Week 10 and Week 11 of this challenge for more amazing bras!

Happy Sunday and Happy Easter!!

xo erin


  1. Ilna

    Erin, this is so pretty! Your sister is a very lucky girl. All the other entries are awesome, as usual.

    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks Ilna! this was so much fun to make!

    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks! The freezer paper was a complete lifesaver! I'm so happy with how it turned out!

  2. Mrs. Weaver

    Love this bikini Erin! You'll definitely be manifesting Spring in Ontario :o)

    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks Karin! I can't wait until it's warm enough to wear it!

  3. Siobhan

    Wow, that bikini top is adorable! It reminds me of those decorated swimming caps women wore in the 60s.

    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks! I never thought about that but it totally does! 🙂

  4. eforshopping

    Erin, so many beautiful contributions this week! I love your bikini top. It definitely looks like it would be SO much work, but using glue is brilliant! It's utterly charming. Sofia's bra is lovely too. And her dress form. Gorgeous. (I know that's not the focus, but… <3), I love Monika's Go-Green bra too. Really lovely. Diana's is stunning. Just amazing! As is David's. Wow. Some people really make works of art! And we all need our basics, so I love Rebecca's and Amy's too!


    • Sofía

      I'm so glad you liked my bralette, and my dress form! It's not a professional dress form, but my mum gave it to me as a birthday present and it's great for displaying garments. I named it Greta for no particular reason, the name just came to me xD
      I love your bra as well: nice fabric and great work! 😉

    • LaMona

      Hi Michelle!

      Thanks for your comment on my spring bra! I love your basics, too, especially the black butterfly bra!


  5. Sofía

    Your bikini is amazing, Erin! So cute, and perfect for spring. I'm sure that attaching all these flowers was a pretty hard work, but it had a beautiful reward. Your sister must be so happy! 🙂
    Also, I'm quite impressed by the other submissions. Monika's green bra is lovely! Diana's bralette and David's bra are really luxurious pieces! Michelle's bra looks quite professional, and I love the flower embroidery! Also the sets by Rebecca and Amy have such a simple beauty!

    I'm so glad I joined this challenge, and I'm really looking forward for next week submissions 🙂

    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks Sofia! I'm so happy that you joined the challenge!

  6. LaMona

    Erin, I love your bikini top!!! Its so lovely! And I now got an idea how to do my next bikini.

    A huge compliment to all of you who show their bras! You show so lovely creations! This site it's a lot of inspiration for me!


    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks Monika! I'm so excited to see your next bra!!

  7. Diana Nuland van

    Love the new entries, it's so inspiring to see every week.
    Erin, your bikinitop is so lovely, great Idea!


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