Hi All,

Today I have possibly the cutest bathing suit ever! Sorry if this post is a little pic-heavy- but I just love this suit!

I attribute these last two suits as a repercussion of too many sporty suits in the weeks before. I just can’t keep my girly side in for that long!

For this suit I wanted to bring it back to my bra-making roots and make a balconette style bra-top, with a long line frame and matching high-waisted bottoms! I am really loving the proportions on this too! longline with high waisted bottoms!

The back is pretty simple, just high-waisted bottoms with a centre back seam, and a row of three G hooks for fastening.

There are lots of little details in this suit!! And being a retro style suit there is a lot of ruching – on the upper piece of the cup, and the centre front panel of the bottoms, which I think worked out really well with the gingham!

And mom made me a flower headband to match!! But now let’s get into the details of the suit!

The cup is a strapless-style cup that I drafted for myself. It is a three piece with two lower cup pieces and a horizontal seam with one upper cup piece. As usual with a strapless style it comes up quite high in the centre front and I needed extra long wires for this!

The cup is lined with peach cut & sew foam, and the fabric on the outside was made as a cover that I basted to the edges of the foam cup. and I finished the top and bottom edges of this suit with a self-binding.

I lined the frame with swimwear lining all over, with a little bridge piece of 15 denier caught between the layers to make the bridge stable.

I used underwire channelling for the side seams, and the back seam where the back G-hook straps attach so I could add some boning to the side seam and the back to make it lay flat and not crush down- like it definitely would! And I think it makes the inside of this suit look so finished, no seams showing!  (oh and the back piece I lined with powernet!)

The back was a bit of a conundrum – as I always find with a long line- how are you supposed to finish it when G-hooks only come in 1″, and I’m not a big fan of using hook and eye tape, especially in swimwear. So I figured I’d just do three straps with G-hooks. So I covered a nice 3/4″ elastic in my swim fabric, and attached the G-hooks! I love how it turned out! But you definitely need the boning on this edge or else these will not lay nice and flat. I used a 1/4″ plastic bone that I cut to the right length, and trust me- this is so comfortable! and definitely one of the sturdiest bathing suits I own, it’s not going anywhere!

Oooh I love my suit! And I just had to do a super-styled pic! Here’ me and Gibby off for a vintage-theme picnic at the beach!

I wish I was invited to a pool party! or a beach picnic!

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First we have a beautiful pink set from Maddy of Miss Maddy Sews!

This is Maddy’s first underwire bra and wow didn’t she do an amazing job! I love this! She made it using the Marlborough pattern, in pink milliskin and some light beige lace and elastics to coordinate!

And – as every beautiful bra deserves, she made a matching set of Rosy Ladyshorts to go with them! Wow this set is SO pretty! Don’t forget to check out Maddy’s post over on her blog! She goes over her bra with lots of details!

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Next we have a fancy longline from Sofia of Silver Lining Atelier!

This is Sofia’s Marie Antoinette bra- and can’t you see why? All the beautiful luxurious lace! She used some white stretch lace on the cups and for the front panels with some pink power mesh and black power mesh for the back, coordinating elastics and a bow- and wow! what a difference those little details make!

She made this bra using the pattern she drafted for her first bra, making a few adjustments for the wire. And don’t you love this inside finish of those cups- just as luxurious on the inside as the outside! Don’t forget to check out Sofia’s post about her beautiful creation!

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Next we have another lacy beauty from Monserratt Lopez of Mexican Pink!

Monserratt made this gorgeous bra using the Classic Pin-Up Girls pattern, with some sheer cup lining and black lace, lovely!! She definitely pulled out all the stops on this bra with an internal power bar and boning on the side seams- fantastic!

She said she feels so sexy in this bra and I can see why- absolutely gorgeous, it’s so important to feel gorgeous- and bras can definitely do that! Don’t forget to check out Monerratt’s post over on her blog!

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Once again I am completely blown away by the submissions this week! You are truly out-doing yourselves! Gorgeous! You ladies keep me so inspired!

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 bra.a.week@gmail.com 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 16Week 17 , Week 18,  Week 19 , Week 20,  Week 21 and Week 22 of this challenge for more amazing bras! (this list is really getting ridiculous- I need to find a better way!)

Hope you’re all having a very lovely Sunday, and that you give your dad a big hug if it’s father’s day in your country!!

xo erin