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Bra-A-Week: Week 14

by | Apr 19, 2015 | STUDIO LIFE, Swimwear Makes | 10 comments

Hi All!!
Today I have more California pictures for you! From another swim top I made for my trip!
 (Me, the California beach babe, ready for my peeled grape and palm fan!)

I made this top using my self-drafted bralette pattern (the one I used for my Canadian Winter Bralette and my Spring bralette) and I have to say I think I’m getting a little obsessed!

This pattern is just so easy and so comfy! Perfect for swimwear! I love that it has a little more coverage and is a little more secure than a bikini too! Don’t have to worry about a nip-slip when you’re doing your laps! And there’s a little more surface to show off an amazing print!

Fantastic picture of the back, showing just how windy it was, and how unmanageable my hair was being! (and of course that beautiful beach, California.. come back to me!!) And I love the solid panel in the back- I feel like it’s slimming.

I knew as soon as I found the fabric that it had to be a bralette bikini! And where better to enjoy it than on the beach- poking through the tide pools!


A starfish that my dad and I found in the tide pools, and an anemone! So much beautiful sea life! So you can imagine me, on that beautiful beach in California, poking through the tide pools with my dad taking pictures!

I feel like this isn’t the end of this bralette pattern either- I have so many more plans for it! But I think next week I’ll do a completely original pattern! 🙂
Now on to all of your beautiful makes this week! And there are so many of them too!!
First we have this super sexy black bikini top from Diana of Diana Lingerie Design

Diana made this bionic using this great black snake skin printed spandex, with a horizontal seam across the cups and a very narrow bridge in the front.

She also added this super cute strap detail with a triangle of stretch mesh! Perfect way to add that pop of colour! Don’t forget to check out Diana’s post on her bikini!

Next we have this beautiful silk beauty from Karin of Mrs Weaver’s Finest

This is her Pink Keyhole bra- what a stunner! The first in her Spring/Summer series- and a very promising start! Karin made this bra with a beautiful shell pink silk and lace powerbar, bridge and back band! With the lacy pants to match 🙂


And the very special detail of this bra is the keyhole bridge with the beautiful drop pearl dangling in the keyhole! So elegant! Don’t forget to check out Karin’s post on her bra over on her blog!!


Next we have this very provocative bachelorette lingerie from Leah of Is it Really Sew Strange?

Leah made this set for a friend’s Bachelorette party and a ‘guess the lingerie giver’ game! So much fun! She used black lace and red fold over elastic and some red ribbon for the back lacing! Super sexy!

Got to love that lacing in the back! Don’t forget to check out Leah’s post about this set over on her blog!

Next we have a beautiful delicate lacy number from Christie!

This is Christie’s April Flowers bra! She made it using a non-stretch embroidered tulle lace from a modified self-drafted pattern.  How pretty is this!

She added a lot of beautiful elements too- like a 15 denier lining and internal power bar. She also made it a long-line bra with a little boning in the sides so it would lay smooth and beautiful! Lovely!

Next we have a pretty little lace bra from Sofia of Silver Lining Atelier!

This is Sofia’s ‘Anita bra’ and her first self drafted underwire bra! Beautiful!! She used a low-stretch white lace for the cups, lined with sheer cup lining and a pretty dotted stretch mesh for the back band!

Finished with some pretty black elastics to set it ofF- very lovely! And she even managed a great fit on her first try! Bravo Sofia!! Don’t forget to check out Sofia’s post about this bra on her blog!

Next we have a very pretty foam cup bra from Anne!

Anne made this bra using MA style cups from Bra-maker’s Supply and this beautiful ivory lace that she used on the bottom of the cups and for the band. A perfect style for a smooth look through knit tops!

She told me the lace placement on the cups were inspired by my Week 5 ivory foam cup and pink lace bra! I’m so flattered that I could inspire you! 🙂 And you did such a beautiful job!!

Next we have a very lovely black lace bra from new contributor Jodi!

Jodi made this bra off of one of her favourite RTW bras, with a few tweaks. She used a sheer black rigid lace, a flowered satin for the frame and powernet for the back! She said she feels like a million bucks in it- and I can see why! Absolutely gorgeous!!

Next we have a black and pink beauty from David of Bonnet Blue

David made this bra with black foam cups and black lace, with pretty pink ribbon details! He also used the black lace for the cradle and the back band! Very pretty!

David is a freelance lingerie designer, label: Bonnet Blue

dpolrolniczak (at) wp (dot) pl

Next we have a very fun bikini to from Kerri of Lady K’s Wardrobe Unlocked

Kerri made this covered foam bikini as part of a ‘Top and Tanga’ set. She used this super fun animal print for the cups and set it off perfectly with black binding and straps! Perfect for the beach this summer!!


I was so overwhelmed with all the submissions this week! You have all been very busy little bees!! And you all do such beautiful work! Amazing inspiration!! Love it!!

I can’t wait until it warms up enough for the beaches here in Canada! It will be soon :)!!!

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 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 , Week 12 and Week 13 of this challenge for more amazing bras!

Have a very happy Sunday!!

xo erin



  1. Sewing with Purpose and Re-purpose

    There are a lot of racy entries this week! Everyone seems to be on the same page. I love your longline bikini Erin! I actually finished a similar one yesterday, so I'll have my first entry ready for next week!

    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks- the submissions are quite racy aren't they!! I can't wait to see your entry for next week 🙂 🙂

  2. Sofía

    That's a pretty bikini, Erin! Practical and fun at the same time, and I'm so in love with that amazing print!!
    There are lots of lovely entries this week, and a huge variety of designs! I really like the black lace bra from Jodi, it's so delicate and elegant!
    But, definitely, I'm fascinated by Karin's Pink Keyhole bra. The whole set is amazing, the fabric combination is delightful, and above all,the pearl detail! OH, the pearl detail!! <3

    • EmeraldErin

      Oh I know- isn't that pearl just gorgeous! I want pearls on all my bras now! 🙂 🙂

  3. eforshopping

    So many lovely submissions again. Just beautiful. What really jumped out at me was the polka dot mesh! I love it!


    • EmeraldErin

      Isn't that such a nice dainty touch!! 🙂 Loving them all!

  4. Ginny

    Another great bathing suit Erin! Awesome submissions this week again — I'm so eager to get back to sewing bras (way too busy with spring tasks at the moment) soon.

    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks Ginny! I can't wait for you to join in again! I've been missing your beautiful makes!!

  5. Ilna

    Beautiful bikini top Erin! All entries are beautiful as always – I love lace bras. Karin, you have the eye for making beautiful sets. Ginny, I feel for you…. I'm busy with fall/winter sewing, but I also wish to make another bra – maybe a winter set?

    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks Ilna! I would love to see a beautiful winter set from you!


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