Bra-A-Week [46]: The Parisian

Hi All!

Another week of the bra-a-week challenge, and another week of my love affair with the bra tulle 🙂


This time I wanted to use the blush bra tulle, and I wanted something that was a little less modern and angular than the last couple bras that I’ve made, something that is super pretty, possibly a little Parisian in feel -or at least my romantic notion of Paris 😉 – and just very feminine!

I spent a Christmas in Paris a few years ago, and I always think about it at this time of year 🙂 But since I can’t have Paris, I thought I’d make a bra that reminds me of it- and call it The Parisian 🙂 One day I’ll wear this bra in Paris- I know it! (Anyone want to join me?!lol)


So with that inspiration I came up with this!

The materials for this bra are the Blush Tulle with Small Regular Elastics Findings Kit in black, and the Plunge Wires 🙂

I haven’t made a bra with the Plunge wires in quite a while, and I thought they would be the perfect fit for this style of bra!


So, down to the design details, this cup is a three piece cup, with a ruched upper cup piece. To make this upper cup piece, I doubled the length of the upper cup using the standard method of marking every inch of the pattern piece and adding an inch. To get the nice soft ruched effect I used two layers of tulle ruched, over the bottom layer that is the flat pattern piece without the extra added (which I always like to have to maintain the structure of the bra and a guide for basting the ruched pieces to!)  To finish the edge, I just used a strip of the tulle for binding- easy-peasy!


I love that even with the three layers of tulle, it’s still so sheer. There’s something so dainty and pretty about sheer lingerie!


I also love the mix with the black elastics, powernet, straps and bows, it just gives that perfect little contrast of dark to make it stand out.  I know it’s quite different from the last two that I made, but I just needed a little bit of a fresh design, something to keep challenging me, and I haven’t done any ruching since the bathing suit of Week 23!


I am so in love with this bra, I feel like I need to go off and make the full set- à la Maddy! Maybe a full set for the Black Beauty and Snow White as well!

What do you think of this style of bra? Is it more ‘you’ than my last two? I feel like I’m still working out my personal style, so I’m not sure what I like better yet, I just love them all! 🙂

And now on to all of the beauties that you made up this week 🙂

First we have a beautiful lace bra from Karin of Mrs.Weaver’s Finest!

This is Karin’s La Parisienne bra! Paris must be in the air! (to be fair she did name her bra first- but we must have a psychic connection!)

Karin made this beautiful longline, using lace over bra tulle!

I asked Karin to test out the bra tulle on her more well-endowed figure, to see if she would get the support and fit that she needs, and I’m so happy to say that she loves it as much as I do!! YAY! Make sure to go over and read all about this beauty on Karin’s blog!

Next we have this lovely bra from Sian of Rebel Angel!

Sian made this bra using the Maya pattern from AFI! She made it up in the beautiful maroon satin, with cut& sew foam and underwires- her first experience making an underwired bra! Fantastic!

Sian is now a self-confessed lingerie-making addict!! YAY! I can’t wait to see more makes! Sian did a great review of this pattern and her experience over on her blog!

Next we have another bra from Jennifer of Jensware!!

This is Jennifer’s Fuchsia Surprise, because the lace included with her kit was a surprise! With this kit she made a beautiful Shelley bra from PUG patterns, with all the extra modifications that she likes.

Here in the back you can see how she likes to reinforce the bra with duoplex, fold her channelling at the top for a buffer against her chest wall, and add some pretty decorative lace to the back band! Great!

And last but not least we have a beautiful submission from our favourite french man Joël!!

This week Joël has made his lovely wife a corset!  And a very shapely corset! I love the peak in the front at the top and the bottom- SO pretty! And the colour panels on the side really add to the shaping effect!

Up close you can see how pretty the fabric is, and it looks like lovely lining, and a great job with that binding- so even and done on the machine! Great Job! Love it!!!


Thank you all for your gorgeous submission this week- you keep me so inspired 🙂

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!

How is everyone doing gearing up for Christmas? Any last minute sewing plans?



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  • Reply

    Hi !
    I love your bra, it’s absolutely gorgeous ! Now I am inspired and I want to make a bra tulle too. However, I would like to know which tulle do you use? I was planning to use too and sheer cup lining but here in France we have different ways to call the tulles. So I want to make sure of the kind of tulle I can use on top of the lining? Will a soft random tulle fabric will do ? Thanks! Good job! I love your blog!


    • Emerald Erin

      Hi Trécy! I use a tulle that I call Bra Tulle, I sell it in my shop. It has specific properties, mostly that it is soft and very strong, and will not tear. So happy you like my blog 🙂

  • Anonymous

    It would have been nicer if this person posted how the important instructions of how to make this french bra.

    • Reply

      Thanks for your interest, this post is about inspiration and showing you what I made, when I release this pattern in the future, it will have all the instructions 🙂

  • Reply

    Love love love!! Totally chic, totally Parisian 🙂 Congrats!!
    You gave me so much inspiration.

  • Ilna

    This bra is absolutely gorgeous! I just love it. Does the ruching shows through your clothes? I have this "thing" about lines and seams showing through my clothes… Everybody's bras is so beautiful. I'll have to make one soon, but some other sewing projects is taking up all my time. Can't wait for the next one.

    • Reply

      Thanks Ilna! And yes the ruching does show through thin tank tops and knits, but isn't bad for sweaters or blouses, anything with a little more body. Everyone did do a beautiful job this week 🙂 I can't wait for my next bra too- better start planning!

  • Reply

    This bra is GORGEOUS! I think i may have to order the tulle kit 🙂

  • Reply

    This is a lovely bra! It looks so feminine and sexy. It reminded me of a time when I was in Paris watching a show in Moulin Rouge. Great post!

  • Reply

    So chic!! I really love this bra, with all the ruching!!The bra tulle looks amazing, it's playful and sexy but not "too much"! And the combination with the black straps and bows is just perfect 🙂 And, of course, I'm totally in for a trip to París! Oh La La!

    And the rest of the submissions this week are gorgeous too! Karin's is stunning, once again!I love the colour of Sian's bra, and it's so neatly sewn! Jennifer's bra is so pretty, and Joël's corset… well, it's perfection!!

    I'm so looking forward to next week challenge! I'll finally have some time to send a submission too, yay! 😉

  • Reply

    Hi Erin, your bra are more and more…sexy 🙂 . If you go to Paris, i'll be very happy to meet you (with your "fan club" , of course!)

    • Reply

      Thanks Joël! I think I've found my favourite fabric- and the inspiration is just flowing 🙂 I love my new bras the best! And yes to Paris! I will make it happen one day !!!!

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    Definitely my favourite bra from you! I love love love the ruching in the tulle. I might have to make something similar in the new year, especially after seeing Mrs. Weaver's larger bust version, which is also absolutely stunning. I definitely need to splurge and get that bra tulle! 🙂

    Everyone did such an amazing job this week! I need to get back to bra making. 😀

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    I LOVE your bra! If you ever need a bra buddy to go to Paris, I'm in! lol. I went there last year for the first time, and it was the best 10 days of my life.

    Just want to call out your stitching. With all those different colors and layers, the topstitching looks great!

    • Reply

      Thanks Maddie! I'm quite in love with this one too 🙂 And isn't Paris amazing, I saw some photos from your trip and it looked lovely 🙂 One day we will have to get a group of bra buddies and plan a trip to see all the finest french lingerie 🙂

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    I am so obsessed with all of the bra tulle bras you've been making lately! I definitely need to get my hands on some 🙂 This bra is gorgeous!

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    So stunning Erin! I love how chic, pretty and feminine this style is 🙂 I'm really keen to make something out of the bra tulle now, maybe I need to start dropping hints to those around me for Christmas… 😉 speaking of, I am planning quite a few handmade gifts this year which I really need to get cracking on – I've been so busy with my selfish sewing that it's really crept up on me! I have quite the backlog of projects to blog now…including some submissions for the challenge I'm pretty excited about 😀 Looking forward to next week's challenge!

    • Reply

      Thanks Maddy!! Definitely drop those Christmas hints 😉

      I'm in the same boat with handmade Christmas presents!! I'm really running out of time!

      Can't wait to see some of the new gorgeous things you've made!

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    This is so pretty Erin! I can't wait to get my bra tulle, and I'm glad that it works for fuller bust ladies. I need to start experimenting too because all of your bras are so pretty and they're a great source of inspiration!

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