Bra-A-Week [44]: Snow White

Hi All!
This week I have another bra for you! Another one that I love of course 🙂 And I decided to branch out again on this one and expand my skills! I called this one Snow White!

So here are the specs on this one:

This is a three piece cup, longline bra, with boning at the side seams, and three bones in the front.

It is made with Bra Tulle, Bliss Underwires, and my new picot fold-over elastic findings!


For this bra I wanted to experiment with a new cup seaming that I haven’t tried before, and I’ve seen lots of RTW bras with this cup seaming- and I love it- SO pretty!

The other element I wanted to work on was making a long-line bra! I love longlines, but I almost never make them outside of my swimwear. From experience I knew that the only way to make a long-line stay nice and flat long-term was to add boning. And because the bra tulle is so sheer I thought adding a couple extra bones would give a really cool look!

The only part that I wish I changed was having the boning overlap the elastic on the bottom band, and go all the way to the bottom edge of the bra. It’s not bad the way it is now, but it would lay that much smoother if it ran the whole length. I’ll probably change that in the future.

I’m absolutely loving the new picot fold over elastic, it’s a very gentle elastic and so soft! And I really love the delicate look it has! The elastics I used are from my large kit, that has 3/4″ straps and the 3X3 hook and eye, because I’m loving the very minimalist, and structured look of the larger findings 🙂

Overall I’m pretty smitten with this bra, and I can see lots more longlines in the future- there’s something that’s just so comfortable and supportive about a long-line bra, and something so pretty too! And I surprisingly like the white! I’m not usually a white lingerie kind of girl but this really works for me, possibly because it’s so sheer too! What do you think about white lingerie?

And now on to your beautiful makes this week!

First we have this lovely bra from Maddy of Miss Maddy Sews!

Maddy made this bra using the Marlborough pattern from Orange Lingerie, and beautiful black and gold lace with black lining! Very very pretty!

Maddy’s post about this bra is actually a great tutorial on lining your cups! So make sure you head over and check out her post on that! Thanks Maddy!

Next we have a bra from Jennifer of Jensware!

Jennifer made this bra using white duoplex and the Classic Pattern from Pin-Up Girls. Nice and simple!

She used light beige thread on this bra so she could see her stitches better, and to see the wonderful sewing from her new sewing machine! It’s always so exciting to get a new machine 🙂


Thank you so much for the lovely submissions this week! I love seeing all the inspiration, progress and learning that is happening in this community 🙂

Don’t forget to check out the Pinterest board and if you’re on Instagram and posting your lovely makes- don’t forget to add in #braaweek!!

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

I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend- and Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American people 🙂

What are your bra goals for the rest of 2015? Any Christmas bra sewing planned? Let me know!




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  • Jean Bradley

    How yummy, I’m a long line bra addict myself. Would this pattern be o.k. for a larger fitting like 38DD? I’d be willing to have a go.

    • Emerald Erin

      Styles like this are often really great for larger busts 🙂 This one is a self-drafted pattern, but the lines are very similar to the Harriet Bra pattern from Cloth Habit, if you wanted to modify it to be longline 🙂

  • Lauren

    Hi. Would you be willing to share the pattern you used to make this bra?

    • Emerald Erin

      This pattern was self-drafted 🙂 But you could possibly make some modification to the Harriet bra pattern from Cloth Habit to make a similar style 🙂

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    Would you be offering the longline for sale? I'd be the first to purchase one.

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    Great bra, as always!
    I wonder what did you use for the back closure? Because as a longline bra it's pretty wide and hooke&eye tape (3×3) wouldn't work, am I right?

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      Thank you!! And I looked back through my pictures and realized I never did show one of the back closure! But I did use a 3X3 hook and eye. Where the strap elastic attaches to the back band, it scoops down to make a 'U' shape, and makes it low enough to have the hook and eye 🙂

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    Oh wow! I just found your blog and I'm super inspired. Ill fitting bras are the bane of my existence! Do you have a list of suggested patterns? I have no idea where to start!

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      Hi! and YAY- a new bra-maker!! There are a number of good bra patterns out there, but how well they work for you will depend on your bra size and body type. There are two really good Facebook groups that have some resources on bra patterns (Bra Making Forum & Bra Making Beginner through Intermediate), if you're on Facebook. If you want to send me a message with your size and fitting issues I might be able to suggest a pattern that I've seen some good reviews about! (my email is [email protected])

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    Hi Erin, i think you are the Queen of hand made bra 😉

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    How can I get the materials list for a black bra, just like your "snow white"?

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      You can get the kits in my Etsy shop! If you like you can send me a custom request and I will put all the exact materials you need together to make this bra in black 🙂

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    LOVE IT!! I'd never have thought that a plain white bra could be so pretty!! I absolutely love the cup seaming, it reminds me of Claudette's bras (some of my favourite RTW bras!). And the boned longline band looks amazing. Well… now I have another favourite bra! 😛

    And the other two submissions are also very pretty. Jennifer's bra looks so neat, and Maddy's one… she has exceeded herself once more! 🙂

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    I agree, this truly is a gorgeous bra! There isn't one thing I don't like about this bra! You've done yet another fabulous job! The new seaming technique you use for this bra is beautiful, is it something you can share with us?

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      Thanks Myra! The seams on this bra are actually very simple (if you're meaning the seams inside the cups) They are just 1/4" seams, folded to one side with a double row of topstitching. 🙂

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    Love the white bra! Did you use a commercial pattern? If so, which one? I so love a long line and find they work better for me.

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    That bra is so gorgeous Erin! Definite inspiration right there 😀 There are definitely some more longlines on my agenda for summer sewing – I'm hoping to cut out a couple of new lingerie sets this afternoon, and maybe some swimwear! And so many other things…this is going to be a big summer for creativity!

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      Thanks Maddy! I think your shape would be great for a longline! Isn't it amazing when you have a glorious summer ahead of sewing! I'll just have to pretend I don't see the snow and keep dreaming of more swimwear 🙂

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    This is amazing! I have a massive thing for long lines. They are quite possibly my favourite. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

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