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Bra-A-Week: Week 18

May 17, 2015 | Swimwear Makes | 18 comments

Hi All!!

It’s Week 18 already! And I was feeling a little retro inspired!

You might recognize this fabric from the giveaway options 🙂 I thought since it wasn’t chosen that I should make a suit with it! And I haven’t made a retro suit in quite a while!

My favourite part of this suit are the exposed bra cups- with the power-bar turned halter strap! I think it gives such a bombshell look! 🙂 Loving it!!

The back is just a straight-across top because the front straps go to a halter, and I finished the top edge with black binding- which I think gives it a really sharp finish!

Instead of a regular scoop I thought I would also mix it up by having a more ‘V’ back, and bringing it a little lower 🙂

And my second favourite part of this suit is the detail I added to the bottom- I did some colour blocking with black around the legs at the bottom- I feel like it give a more slimming illusion of a higher cut leg with the better coverage and retro vibe of a lower cut leg!

Always fun for playing in the garden with your puppy!

I just love everything about this suit- I think it makes me look so shapely!

YAY!! I’m so happy that summers here!!

And now on to your lovely makes from this week!!

First we have this lovely set from Sofia of Silver Lining Atelier!

Sofia has been away with a sick sewing machine! But it’s all better now- and just in time to make some more beautiful bras- like this foam-cup one!!

This is the second part of her lingerie course, and her first foam bra- a two-piece, balconette cup covered in lace! Very pretty! Don’t forget to go over to Sofia’s blog and see her post about it!!

Next we have a beautiful set from Michelle of Michelle’s Creations!

Michelle made this from the Sewy Rebecca pattern, adjusting for her omega shape, lowering the bridge and modifying for a flat spot (what a pro!!) So pretty with that lace- and gorgeous touch with the crystal on the front- absolutely stunning!

She also made these cute panties to complete the set! Love the pink and ivory- so Spring! Don’t forget to check out Michelle’s post over on her blog!

Next we have a very pretty set from new contributor Lisette!

Lisette made this bra from this inspiration photo– and what an amazing job she did! Very impressive! I am so in love with this colour combination too! I think it’s much prettier than the original!

She made this using molded foam cups that she cut down to shape, and a pattern that she took from an old RTW bra- absolutely gorgeous set! Love it!!


Truly impressive work this week everyone! I am so jealous of all your sets- amazing inspiration!

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 , Week 13 , Week 14Week 15 , Week 16 and Week 17 of this challenge for more amazing bras! (WOWZA is this list getting long!)

I hope the sun is shining wherever you are and that you’re having an amazing day 🙂

xo erin


  1. Jos

    Love the power-bar turned halter strap!!

    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks!! 🙂 it's my favourite part!

  2. Ilna

    I absolutely love this! It is definitely something I would like to wear if I was still young and shapely. Erin you keep on amazing me with your designs. You really are a talented woman.

    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks Ilna! you make me blush! 🙂 🙂

  3. eforshopping

    Erin, I love all the little extras you add your projects. They really take it from 'isn't that nice' to 'wow! That's fabulous!' I love all those details! And Lisette's bra looks so much like a Prima Donna bra I want to copy as well. It's lovely and the panties are too! And Sophia's set. They're all just gorgeous!


    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks Michelle! It's so much fun to plan out these suits and all the little details then make them happen!! So much great inspiration this week too! 🙂

  4. Lynda Schuch

    I love your fabric choice and pattern, gorgeous! And you look lovely in it as well. What pattern did you use?

    • EmeraldErin

      Hi Lynda! This suit is mostly self drafted. I used the 'Denise' swimsuit pattern from Pin-Up Girls patterns as a very general guide, but added my own self drafted bra cups, modified the back, did some colour blocking too. So I would say this is mostly a self-drafted suit! Thanks!

  5. Diana Nuland van

    You look like a Pin-up, nice!
    Love the entries of the other girls.

    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks Diana! 🙂 I feel very glamorous in this suit! 🙂

  6. Sew Chic

    Another inspiring week of lingerie. Love the matching sets and the wonderful use of lace. Thanks all!

  7. Sofía

    Wonderful swimsuit, Erin! I absolutely love the back!! And the colour blocking details are a great design choice too! But I'm sure that, by the end of this challenge, you'll have to build a huge wardrobe for all the pretty swimwear you're sewing! 😉
    Also Michelle bra is really nice! The cristal detail is so cute! And Lisette has made an amazing entrance with that set. The embroidered flowers are stunning!

    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks Sofia!! I'll have to get working on that wardrobe!!

  8. Anonymous

    Hi Erin, lovely work on the swimsuit. Would you consider doing a tutorial on it?
    Many thanks, Jen

    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks Jen! I might just consider that!

  9. Corinneb

    Hi, I shall like being made this swimsuit, could you indicate to me about which pattern it is? Thank you

    • EmeraldErin

      Hi Corinne! Thanks for the interest, this is a self-drafted bathing suit that I made just for me! I might release a pattern for it in the future!


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