[BAW27] Lily of the Valley Lingerie Set

[BAW27] Lily of the Valley Lingerie Set

Hi All!

This week I have a set for you that I’m completely in love with ๐Ÿ™‚ and I’m calling it my Lily of the Valley set, because they are my favourite flowers ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Besides incorporating everything I love in this set, it’s also special because I’m using lace that was gifted to me by the lovely Ying of TailorMadeShoppe! I was admiring her rose gold hardware (also used in this set) and she was admiring some of my non-stretch lace, so we decided to do a trade, I had no idea she would include some of this beautiful white stretch lace! So I knew it had to be made into something special! Thanks Ying!!

This three-piece set is a lovely fusion of stretch lace, bra tulle, fold-over elastic, regular 3/8″ picot elastic, white bamboo and rose gold hardware ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m living for this rose gold hardware- I feel like it brings this set to the next level!

I never usually do a photoshoot with a whole set like this, because it just seems too riskรฉ, but I threw caution to the wind with this one, because I love it so much! And this has to be one of the most fun backyard photo shoots I’ve done!

I absolutely love how sheer everything in this set looks! That’s one of the best things about bra tulle on garter belts- it’s sturdy but you don’t have to hide your beautiful panties underneath!

And I feel like the fit is very spot on, if I do say so myself!

It’s also a really good thing that mom procrastinated so long on sewing up her sheers for the front window! We used the fabric pinned to the clothesline for this photoshoot ๐Ÿ™‚

I love to think of this photo as my dramatic pinterest photo that’s super whimsical, then I laugh because naturally Gibby’s fluffy little butt made it in the photo to the right of my elbow

 

Now for the bra details! This is actually a partial band bra (the channelling turns in towards the cup), but I designed it to have a frame that went along the bottom of the cups with this low bridge to allow for this beautiful cut-out in the center ๐Ÿ™‚

Then the cup itself is a very simple vertical dart, the dart ends just about where the lace edge ends, so the seam isn’t too prominent, and I love how the sheer white bra tulle shows over the top of the lace, and is finished with the fold over elastic for a really clean edge!

I decided to mirror that look of lace edge, bra tulle and fold over elastic with the garter belt because I felt it gave the set a great balance and cohesion!

And the panties are my bikini bottom pattern, and I made the front panel with lace and tulle, mirroring the top of the bra and the garter belt too!

I absolutely adore my new set! I can imagine I’ll make myself another one just like it if I ever get married, there’s something so bridal about it.

But for now, it’s just me and my Gibby!

And naturally, because I just can’t take myself so serious with this photoshoot- I had to include a couple of the bloopers! lol *so glamorous*

Hope you’re all having an amazing weekend! (and a happy 4th of July to all my USA buddies out there!)

What have you been sewing lately?

xo

erin

[BAW20]: A Little Lace on the Side

[BAW20]: A Little Lace on the Side

Hi All,

I think at this point it’s pretty clear that I love a good boyshort. I’m filling my drawer with as many pair as I can this month! And I wanted to do a little twist on the original this week with some lace on the side.

 

I really love the look of lace on a boyshort, but I find the ones that are made entirely of lace are very cheeky, require a very wide lace trim, and aren’t always as conforming to the shape of the leg since they have to be cut straight along the leg to allow for the decorative edge of the lace.

 

My solution to adding a bit of lace, was to add some lace side panels ๐Ÿ™‚ Then I finished them with the fold-over elastic for the black, and the 3/8″ band elastic for the nude ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

And of course, I don’t like to show you things that you can’t have too- so all of the fabrics and elastics are available in The Emerald Studio Etsy!

And along those lines, I can tell you that the boyshort pattern is coming along very soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

I think that this combo with lace might be some of my favourites! I think it adds just the perfect amount of pretty and fun and interesting, without compromising any of the functionality or comfort!

How has your week in sewing been?

xo

erin

[BAW18] The Boyshort

[BAW18] The Boyshort

Hi All!

It’s the beginning of May! And if you didn’t know yet, May is all about bottoms for me! I figured that after 16 months of bra making, it was about time that I dedicated a month to making some matching bottoms.

For the first week I thought it was most fitting to make my favourite bottoms pattern: my boyshort pattern ๐Ÿ™‚ I wear boyshorts almost everyday, there is something about the construction of them, the way they sit on my body and under my clothes that I just love!

This is the same pattern that I have in my Cast Away Collection (don’t worry I didn’t forget about those patterns- they’re just taking me a little longer than I thought they would!) But while I’m in the midst of grading and pattern testing, I couldn’t resist just making myself up a few pair to go with some of my favourite bras!

I did three different finishes on them:

The simple fold-over to go with my favourite winter bralette
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The simple lace-elastic edge to go with my favourite red bra
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And the pretty blush pair to go with my blush lace demi bra (oops, my lace demi was in the wash- you’ll have to check out the post lol)

 

These were all made using my new bamboo, which I’ve spent an unreasonable amount of time stroking ever since it came into the studio- it is SO soft! and gorgeous to work with too! Not to mention 7 colours that match my lace ๐Ÿ™‚ it can be found here ๐Ÿ˜‰

I was almost shocked by how much I enjoyed making up these undies this week. Not only were they fast to make (all three pair took 2 1/2 hours, with cutting, serging, elastic & clean-up! wow!) But they were actually really fun to put together, and this is coming from the girl who has done her best to avoid making panties for the last 16 months!

 

(sewing up my blush pair with my pink bow-dazzeled safety glasses #safetyfirst)
Do you like sewing undies? or do you usually skip over them to move on to the next bra like me?
I have a feeling that this month is going to release the hidden undie-addict in me and all of my bras might get matching unders in the future ๐Ÿ™‚
What are you working on this month? Are you working on bottoms? tops? bathers? I love to hear all about your sewing plans ๐Ÿ™‚
xo
erin

 

[BAW16]: Black Lace BodySuit

[BAW16]: Black Lace BodySuit

Hi All!

It’s Bra-A-Week 16 already!! And that means that it’s also a make-week! And you already know what you’re in for this week thanks to this lovely teaser:

I LOVE my new body suit!! And not only that, this was the first time I shot my photos in my studio!! YAY!! You all get to see a little peak of the back of my studio ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s my make-and-inspiration wall behind me ๐Ÿ™‚

And of course, I couldn’t take the photos without Gibby ๐Ÿ™‚ You’ve all been missing him ๐Ÿ™‚

So on to the body suit! I made this body suit using my Bra Theory tutorial from last week on Drafting your Bra Cups into a Bodysuit.

To add a little more styling to this suit (and a little more modesty) I decided to make some princess lines and line the center panel with an opaque bamboo knit.

The cups in this body suit are very similar to the cups in my black beauty bra, (horizontal seam, bliss wires, external powerbar to strap) just a little bit higher angle on the neckline, for a slightly more V shape ๐Ÿ™‚

 

And this bodysuit was made with my new fabrics!

I made it using my new Miriam Stretch Lace in Black, lined with some beautiful stretch bamboo knit in black! I LOVE my new fabrics! (this was the same stretch lace from my in the nude bra, only in black!)

And of course I used all my new elastics for it too! ๐Ÿ™‚

And I just posted them in The Emerald Studio Etsy this morning!! I’m so happy I can finally share them with you! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

This bodysuit just sewed up like a dream! I lined the cups with some 15 denier to give some soft support, and I lined the powerbar with some black bamboo to give it the same opaque black look as the center panel of my body suit, and to seam the edge for a clean finish!

I kept the back of the suit sheer to really show off the lace, and lined the back bra band with powernet to give the full support of a bra, with 3/4″ band elastic on the bottom of the bra, 3/4″ strap elastic for the straps, and 3/8″ elastic under the arm, on the neckline and for the legs!

And of course I had endless fun taking photos with Gibby ๐Ÿ™‚ mom and I love to get him howling with us like one big dog pack ๐Ÿ™‚ He’s getting so fluffy!

This week has been an amazing week! I’m so excited that I could get all of my new products out (and there’s still more on the way!) I love being able to share all of this with you and put all of my time and care into finding all the very best things!!!

Also don’t forget that next Sunday is the April Round-Up! How did that go so quickly!!

Make sure you send me all of your lovely makes this month to:ย bra.a.week@gmail.com ! I just love seeing everything that you’ve made ๐Ÿ™‚

You can go here toย grab aย challenge buttonย  and, as always, don’t forget to check out theย Pinterest board,ย and pin all of your lovelies over there! And if you’re on Instagram and posting your lovely makes- don’t forget to add inย #braaweek!!

Hope you’re all having a lovely Sunday!

xo

erin

 

[BAW14]: In the Nude

[BAW14]: In the Nude

Hi All!

Happy Spring! How is your spring going? Here in southern Ontario we’ve been surprised by more snow- and just when I thought it was safe to take off my snow tires! But I’m not letting it dampen my spring feels ๐Ÿ™‚ So for my first make this month, I’ve decided to make something so light and airy, that will be super comfortable and weightless! Almost like I’m wearing nothing at all!

 

I LOVE this new set, with my nude stretch lace & new nude elastics (Coming soon to my Etsy!)

I made this using my standard bralette pattern, reduced slightly to accommodate for the stretch in the fabric and with a longline band. I made the bottoms using my high-waisted bathing suit bottoms pattern- because there’s really no difference between swimwear bottoms and panties. (also coming soon to my Etsy!)

I absolutely adore my new stretch lace, it is so soft and light, and so pretty! And I just love this nude it feels so fresh! I lined the bralette with some nude 15 denier as well- and it’s just perfect so soft- and the best part about lining is that you have all enclosed seams, so the inside can be as beautiful as the outside!

I know what you must be thinking now- were are all the pictures of you in this beautiful set? And the answer to that is: my camera woman (hey mom) is ย away at a sailing class this morning, and after a very long day full of day-drinking at the Kingston Craft Beer Festival with friends yesterday (that turned into a super late and fun night) I am not quite full of enough ambition to set up a camera and do my own photos. So for now, just the flat photos will have to do ๐Ÿ™‚ This set deserves nicer photos than I can take this morning ๐Ÿ˜› ย so more will be coming soon ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m also loving this proportion of longline bra with the high-waisted undies! It reminds me of something that Madalynne would wear- and I’m feeling so inspired by her style right now, have you seen all the bodysuits she’s doing? ย I feel like I might have to make myself a bodysuit too ๐Ÿ˜‰

As always, don’t forget to check out theย Pinterest board,ย and pin all of your lovelies over there! And if you’re on Instagram and posting your lovely makes- don’t forget to add inย #braaweek!!

You can go here toย grab aย challenge buttonย and don’t forget to send your bra next month toย bra.a.week@gmail.comย for the next Round-Up post!

What have you been up to? Anything fun and exciting happening?

Hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend!
xo
erin

 

Bra Make [BAW8]: Black Lace Vixen & Giveaway Winner!

Bra Make [BAW8]: Black Lace Vixen & Giveaway Winner!

Hi All!!

Week 8 already!- and here is my second and final make for February! I think lace was the perfect topic, and I’m already dreaming of all the lace bras I’m going to make the rest of the year now that I’m so inspired!

But first, what I’m sure you’ve all been waiting for!
The GIVEAWAY announcement!!
And the winner of this lovely kit (with either large or small findings):

 

Drumroll please…………………………….

 

 

It’s MISS MADDY SEWS!!ย 
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I’m so excited!! I know Maddy will make something truly stunning with this kit! Congratulations Maddy- I will be in touch and this beauty will be on it’s way across the world in no time! ๐Ÿ™‚
(*why does random number generator always find the person with the most expensive shipping? lol*)
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Now that we have all the excitement about the giveaway over, it’s time to get excited about my make this week!

 

Since you all got a massive sneak peak of this bra in my tutorial on making a scallop lace band last week. I thought I would give you a little extra eye candy this week with a matching waist cincher, made with the Vixen pattern from Scarlett!!

I made this set using my new Beautiful Black Lace (and lots of it! So much lace edge!!), Black Bra Tulle, Plunge Underwires and a small black regular elastic findings kit (with a 3X3 hook and eye- my fave)!

On the waist cincher I also used some pre-made cotton binding to finish the edges, black channeling with 1/4″ plastic boning and some sturdy black woven wool for a waist tape and to support the grommets in the back!

Now I do technically have a full set with this bra, the waist cincher and the black panties I made to go with my black beauty set, but I’m not quite brave enough to photograph myself in the whole set for you guys, so these two will have to do!

I LOVE how this waist cincher turned out! The bra tulle looks so delicate and light as air! And I should say that it definitely isn’t as strong as coutil- so this is not a real ‘haul in the waist’ kind of corset- but it makes for some very pretty lingerie, especially on a pattern like this with so many shapely panels!

I added a little pop of pink ribbon in the back ๐Ÿ™‚ just to mix things up ๐Ÿ™‚ I love how you can see the waist tape though the sheer pannels, and this waist cincher is nice and high in the back, it even overlaps my wide bra back! I think that’s a more flattering shape though ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m pretty impressed with how this bra came out too! I’m LOVING this darted cup ๐Ÿ™‚ I know that they aren’t the best for everyone and all sizes, but I find that on me, and my size- they are so flattering and give a really nice shape! I love the way these large lace scallops turned out, it really emphasizes the plunge of this neckline. I definitely think this is one of the sexiest bras I own, hands down!

I think these two designs worked well to compliment each other as well, with the top line or the waist cincher following the bottom edge of the bra ย in that nice ‘V’ shape!

 

And don’t forget Scarlett most generously offered a 50% discount on this beautiful waist cincher pattern for my lovely readers this February with this coupon code!! YAY!

 

I’m so happy with how my set turned out! But I’m also SO excited to see everything you’ve made this month!!

Don’t forget to send in all your bra makes for February to:
braaweek@gmail.com
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Hope you’re all having an amazing weekend!
xo
erin