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Bra-A-Week [42]: Mastectomy Week 🙂

Nov 8, 2015 | Bra Makes | 8 comments

Hi All!

This week I have something extra special for you! I have a mastectomy bra!

When I was in Calgary collaborating with my friend Karin (of Mrs.Weaver’s Finest), we did a fitting on a lovely lady who had a double mastectomy. In the process of designing and constructing the bra (that you’ll see later in the post!) we had a wonderful talk about mastectomy bras, our ideas for them and their design, and how we could make them as beautiful as possible. 🙂 So to go along with the first mastectomy bra that you saw this week over on Karin’s blog, here is another bit of mastectomy inspiration!

I decided when I was making this bra, that I wanted to do a few things: I wanted to try this in a size that is larger than my size that I usually make, I wanted to try two different styles pockets for the prosthetic, and most importantly I wanted to make it beautiful! I’m happy to say that I achieved my goal!!

For these two style of pockets- you can see that on the left there is a pocket that is only contained within the cup, this will work on someone who has a fairly flat chest wall, and who is only looking to fill in the cup. On the right side there is a different pocket- this one goes all the way to the side seam which can be needed after some surgeries, where more tissue is removed under the arm. Both of these can have prosthetics made that fit perfectly into the bra and fill in all the spaces that need to be filled.

I made this one with one of each type of pocket because it is a sample to inspire all the beautiful women who come into my shop 🙂 I am so in love with the light peach foam, covered in black lace 🙂 So classy, so elegant 🙂

Although this bra isn’t even close to my size (wow would I look curvy with these girls!), I pinned it on, just to show off what it looks like on a form 🙂 I have to say- I really want to make this bra for myself! I love it- it’s one of my favourites I’ve ever made!!

I still have to make the prosthetic to put in this bra- a post on that to come! I’m just so happy with how this bra turned out! Breast cancer is a cause very close to my heart, and I’m so happy to be able to make beautiful things to help women feel like themselves again. 🙂

And speaking of beautiful mastectomy bras….

Isn’t it gorgeous! This one is a soft-cup bra, made with ivory duoplex covered in a light peach lace 🙂

This one is for a lovely lady with a double mastectomy, with two of the cup-only mastectomy pockets in modal 🙂 super soft! I’m so happy we’re both showing off beautiful mastectomy wear!! 🙂 There is NO reason that women should have to compromise beauty in mastectomy wear!

Make sure to head over to read Karin’s post for more on this beauty!


And now we have some stunning submissions!

This first submission is from Jodi!

Jodi made this bra by cloning a pattern off one of fav RTW patterns- she used this beautiful lace lined with silk organza – how stunning is this!

She made this panties using the Orange Lingerie pattern to match- what a gorgeous set! This is her second bra using her cloned pattern (a few more tweaks!) her first was in Week 14 🙂 Love it!


Next we have a very pretty bra from Jennifer of JensWare!

Jennifer made this bra using the Shelley pattern from Pin-Up Girls, blue bird blue duoplex, flowers & hearts lace and white findings! How pretty is that!

Can I be the first to say that this reminds me of my favourite disney princess- Cinderella <3 in the best way possible! So gorgeous!


Thanks again for all the beautiful submissions this week! You never fail to inspire me!

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You can go here to grab a challenge button and don’t forget to send your bra for next week to by Friday for the next Sunday post!

I’m so happy to finally be posting a mastectomy bra- I don’t know what took me so long! I hope that this post was inspiring for you, or for a loved one 🙂 I feel like we’ve all been touched by breast caner in our lives 🙂

Hope you’re all having a fantastic week!




  1. eforshopping

    Erin, I have to agree with you, that is the most beautiful mastectomy bra I've ever seen too! Karin's bra is beautiful too. How wonderful to have beautiful options now. Jodi's set is so pretty, and Jennifer's bra is lovely too – this is the first time I've seen a bra done in the Blue Bird Duoplex. It's lovely.


    • EmeraldErin

      Aww thanks Michelle! Everyone did a fantastic job this week!

  2. missmaddysews

    Another week of great submissions! Erin, that bra is so beautiful it hurts, and it's so great to see something that's usually so purely functional and utilitarian made beautiful and feminine. It's a cause close to my heart too, so this is super inspiring 🙂

    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks Maddy 🙂 I really wanted to be able to inspire women and let them see that they have options, they aren't limited to utility! 🙂 🙂

  3. verykerryberry

    Such a wonderful mastectomy bra! Choice is so limited- in the UK there seems to be one company that cater for mastectomy bras, they are quite adequate but not like this.

    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks Kerry! I'm so happy with the way this one turned out 🙂

  4. Sofía

    It's the prettiest mastectomy bra ever!! So delicate and feminine! And it looks so comfy too! All the brave women that have defeated cancer deserve to feel beautiful, and this bra and Karin's one are perfect for that task 🙂
    Also, the rest of the submissions this week are so pretty! I really like the red and lack lace from Jodi's bra, and Jenifer has made a bra worthy of a princess! 😉

    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks Sofia! It is pretty comfy- although it's not quite my size- I'll need to make one in this design for me too!


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