[BAW 6]: Red Valentine & GIVEAWAY

[BAW 6]: Red Valentine & GIVEAWAY

Hi All!

How excited are you for lace this month! I feel like I’ve really gotten away from lace over the last couple months with my love affair with bra tulle, but my love of lace is coming back to me pretty quickly!

To help you get excited for lace month, I’m having a GIVEAWAY!! YAY! And it’s for the bra kit that I used to make this weeks bra, my Red Valentine! I’ll have more information at the bottom of this post, so you can see what I did with this lace kit and dream about what you’ll do with it!

 

I’m pretty in love with this bra, I love the all-over lace, power bar, lace edge neckline, it’s really very me πŸ™‚ I made this using a non-stretch lace fabric, lined with bra tulle. I used a large findings kit, for the wide straps and thick bottom band elastic for extra support and comfort, and my fav Bliss underwires! (pssst.. I have this new kit up on etsy!)

If you follow me on Instagram @theemeraldstudio you would have seen a teaser for this matching elastic findings! I’m really feeling this red, it just seems so rich and perfect for a Valentine’s bra!

I thought I’d try a new cup seaming on this bra, with a three piece cup, and I LOVE it! I think it’s just so flattering and comfortable. It is fairy similar to the Snow White bra, but the angles are a little different and I think that I like this one a little better.

I love that this lace is really smooth too, and the gold and red just pop!

I love laying my bras out for the photos and imagining the outfit and the jewelry that would go with it I’m imagining this one with a lovely little cocktail dress and gold accessories. πŸ™‚ Do you ever do that?

So now that I have you drooling over this beautiful new lace.. it’s on to the GIVEAWAY!!

 

Enter to win a one of my new red & gold lace kits!!

The contest is open to everyone and you can choose between a large or small findings kit!

 

So how do you enter this giveaway?
Well, that is another exciting announcement:
I’m starting a Newsletter!!

 

The newsletter is going to be a great way to keep up with the Bra-A-Week Challenge, Β to get little tips and tricks for bra making and swimwear, and to stay in the loop about what’s happening in The Emerald Studio!

 

All you have to do to enter is to sign up for my newsletter!
Sign up is in my side bar –>

Do you have any ideas for this kit? What will you do with it if you win?

Let me know in the comments!

xo

erin

[BAW4]: The Lace Demi-Bra

[BAW4]: The Lace Demi-Bra

Hi All!

Week 4 is here and with it comes another bra πŸ™‚ My second bra-make of the year!

I love this bra, and I wanted to show a few new ideas and techniques with this bra πŸ™‚ And also to announce the theme for next month…. LACE!! πŸ™‚

 

This bra is again the new France wire πŸ™‚ I wanted to show another style that works for this wire, and in this case I made a demi cup bra, as you can see it’s quite low, great for very scooping necklines and low-cut tops πŸ™‚ very subtly sexy in the blush pink lace!

To make this demi cup bra I placed my straps a little wider, and lower than usual, and cut the neckline really low. Then instead of having a vertical seam like my last bra, I wanted to have a more horizontal seam (both ends of the seams ending in the wireline) but because this wire sits very low on me, they don’t hit across the horizontal- but a little bit lower. Which I think is a little more dynamic and pretty!

 

I also thought I’d do a gothic arch at the centre front to add to the light and dainty look of this lace bra πŸ™‚

I lined this lace with a layer of bra tulle to keep the super-sheer look! *gets out the nipple covers again*

 

The other exciting news about this is…. I finally have lace kits up in my Etsy shop!! YAY

And here is the lace kit that I used to make this weeks bra!

Next week is the final week in January, meaning it’s all about you and your beautiful submissions! so make sure that you send me all your photos and links for that post!!! (deadline is this Friday!)
How is everyone feeling about February as ‘Lace Month’? I thought it would be very seasonally appropriate with Valentine’s day!
What would you like to know about lace or working with lace for my theory post?
Let me know what you think!!
xo
erin
[BAW 2]: Dreaming in Silk

[BAW 2]: Dreaming in Silk

Hi All,

It’s the second week of the Bra-A-Week Challenge! And it’s all starting with a bra-make πŸ™‚ I’m pretty happy with this one too!

This one is a special bra, because I branched out and did something new with a new style of wires!!! Yes more wire theory!!

 

I even made a mock-up for this one to test the fit and the shape πŸ™‚ As you can see, the main feature of this bra is the new wire, which is probably the opposite of a Bliss wire, I call it my France wire πŸ™‚
This wire is MUCH more splayed, and shorter, especially under the arm. I like to think of it as a very relaxed wire. And the important thing- how does it fit?

 

Lovely! Now before I go too far into describing this wire, the fit and the body types that I feel would benefit from this wire, I will stop myself, because I’m going to be doing a mid-week post on this to launch this wire in my Etsy shop! πŸ™‚

So a little more about this bra- I made this using the new France wires, blush bra tulle, some of the most beautiful and delicate blush silk satin, and black fold over elastic. I love the combination of these fabrics, with the vertical seam for simplicity, and the sheer edges to make it almost look like it’s floating πŸ™‚ dreamy

 

I’ve never worked with silk before in a bra, and although it is a little more difficult to work with (it’s a slippery bugger!) and it will never lie quite as perfectly smoothly as the tulle or knits do, I was super impressed with the overall finish of this bra- I just think it is SO luxurious, I’m already dreaming of the little silk tap-pants that I’m going to make to go with it, and imagining that I might one day wear it, while reclining on a chaise lounger, drinking, champagne, eating strawberries dipped in chocolate, being the most luxurious person in the world….. well at least I’ll have this set lol

 

Beyond being the most chic little thing that I currently own, it is also amazingly comfortable, and although it will not be an everyday garment *read: washing silk scares me* It will definitely be chosen on special days πŸ™‚

What do you think about this style of bra? have you also been looking for wires and a fit like this?

How do you feel about silk in bra-making? I think I’m a convert!

Hope you’re all having a fantastic Sunday πŸ™‚

xo erin

Bra-A-Week [49]: Christmas Presents

Bra-A-Week [49]: Christmas Presents

Hi All!

This is going to be a shorter post today, no submissions and no too many pictures, I think everyone is taking a bit of a break for the holidays.

I also wanted to take a moment to reflect and say, this is it. This is the final week of the Bra-A-Week Challenge 2015. How do you feel? I feel pretty incredible right now, I remember when I started this challenge back in January, as a much more novice bra-maker, thinking that it would be a good thing to challenge myself to do, but possibly a little unrealistic. But I persevered, and so did you guys wow! I have seen some of the most amazing submissions this year, and so much progress from so many of you! It’s truly incredible πŸ™‚ and I feel so lucky to be at the center of it all.

Now as I mentioned before, I’m going to be posting in a couple days to tell you what is in store for the Bra-A-Week Challenge in 2016, but I can say that you can keep sending me submissions πŸ™‚

So for this final challenge, I thought I would get with the giving Christmas spirit and make two comfy bralettes for my mom and sister πŸ™‚

The striped one is made out of stretch cotton jersey and was purely an around-the-house comfy bra for mom to wear, kind of like pjs πŸ™‚ And the purple plaid is made out of flannelette and is super soft and comfy too for my sister.

It was such a lovely afternoon in my studio on Christmas Eve, listening to Christmas music, in my own little world sewing these up for my favourite people πŸ™‚ I don’t have any photos of them on, because we’ve all been so busy after they were opened Christmas morning. But I can tell you that they fit and they are loved!

How was your Christmas? How was your year? I can’t believe it’s almost the New Year. And I have so many exciting things coming up for it too!

If you haven’t already checked out my post from yesterday about my top 5 hits and misses of 2015, make sure you head over and check that out, and keep watching for a special post coming up about my year reflections, and what’s coming up in 2016!!

xo

erin

Top 5 Hits and Misses of 2015

Top 5 Hits and Misses of 2015

Hi All!!

Today I thought I would join in on Top 5 tag from Gillian of Crafting a Rainbow! She started this idea a couple years ago, and has invited people to join her in reflecting on their year! She does top 5 hits, misses, highlights, reflections and goals. But that is a lot for one post so todays post is going to be my top 5 hits and misses from this year!

Now I’m going to start by cheating right away, naturally, because I was looking through and there are really 5 bra hits and 5 swimwear hits that need to be mentioned- I really just can’t pick between my sewn babies!!

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So I’ll start off with my top 5 bra hits of the year, and I’m going to do these in chronological order from the year. Β Which starts us off with:

1. The Winter Bralette from Week 3. I’m wearing this bralette as I type this post, and you might notice that this is the same bralette that I’ve been making in different fabrics and variations the whole year. This one is the peak of comfort, I love this bralette, even if it’s starting to get a little ratty from wear.

2. This Ivory bra from Week 7. I love it, this made it into my regular rotation. It fit so well then and it still fits well now, and is soft and comfortable and I always feels so fancy in it! I love the vertical seams and the lace, it’s a staple.

3. This Red bra from Week 27 is just the most simple, comfortable bra. It goes so well under everything and with the wicking fabric, it makes it that much better for everyday. This might be my most worn bra out of all the bras I’ve made.

4. My Black Beauty from Week 44. This is a more recent make, but it’s definitely making a case for my love of horizontal seams. This bra is SUPER comfy, fits me perfectly, and I feel so sexy in it πŸ™‚ I just love this. If I were a bra, I would want to be this bra.

5. The Chevron from Week 47. This is another very recent make, but I’m just so in love with it. There’s something about the complexity of the fabric, with the more simple shape πŸ™‚ And I think it just looks so trendy under more sheer tops πŸ™‚ loving this one πŸ™‚

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And now, I’ll tell you my top 5 swimsuits of the 2015, because you know how much I love my swimwear, and I look back and realize just how many I made!! πŸ™‚ These aren’t in a specific order.

1. I’m tempted to say that this Gingham number from Week 23 of the challenge is my favourite but then I scroll down and just can’t decide. I feel like swimwear is much like bras- you can love them for all different reasons, more practical, more fun, more pretty. And this one is definitely my pretty suit. I just adore this suit, and I love how the complexity of the design came together to something that didn’t look overwhelming- just pretty! πŸ™‚

2. This suit definitely needs to be mentioned next. My Atonement suit from Week 22 I feel so glamorous in this suit. The second I put it on, I feel like I should have a massively oversized sun hat, a glass of champagne and strawberries, and I should be bathing in a luxurious pool. It doesn’t happen, but I can dream πŸ˜‰

3. The suit I made for my sister for her birthday, that I borrowed all the time from Week 25. This suit I like for all the reasons that I don’t get with the previous two suits. It’s not a directly practical suit, and it still looks cute because it has underwires and is flattering, but it’s just fun. Not glamarous, but just fun. Like I want to throw on a pair of jean shorts over top and run around the beach, or drink beer all day at a cottage in the sun (again next summer πŸ˜‰ Claire?). Β It just makes me feel happy πŸ™‚ and comfortable.



4. Now this suit from Week 21 I love because of the practicality. It’s cute and fun, but really I made this suit because I was taking water aerobics with my mom and friend this summer, and I wanted something that I didn’t have to worry about, something where I would be completely held in. I loved how this one came out, it’s another one where I would throw on some shorts and wear it like a top!

 

5. This one was another practical one from Week 20. I have to admit- when I made this one it was late on a Saturday and I had a “Oh no- what am I going to make for the post tomorrow morning!” moment, and mom suggested this one- I wasn’t in love with the idea, but I have to say that this is probably my most worn suit. When you are as pale as I am, and you have 3 minutes to grab a bathing suit, and know you’re going to be in the sun all day- you will always grab the one that covers your shoulders!

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And now for the misses… some of these aren’t terrible by any means, but for me they were misses because I never wore them, or there was something about them that didn’t work out how I wanted it to.

 

1. This bra from week 2 of the challenge. I still quite like the strapping that I did on the back (although I wouldn’t recommend it for comfort). But this bra was made before I had the full grasp of the bra draft and it was made with a pattern, and I very much dislike the shape of this bra… I never took this one out of my drawer. It was just… no.

2. This bra from week 8. I never wore this bra. The lace on the outside ended up being a little bit thick and didn’t lay very smoothly, and the shape ended up being a little torpedo-boob, which I’m not a fan. So it never saw the light of day after the post.

3. This suit from Week 17. I will start off by saying that I LOVE the top of this bathing suit, and I wore the top with other bottoms (and will one day make new bottoms) But these bottoms that I made just didn’t work out. It took a lot of fiddling to get the to even look like this in the photo, and in real life they always felt too loose, would gape and were just not pretty- great idea, bad reality. it happens.

 

4. Now moving away from the bras and swimwear. This dress from Me-Made-May was a fail. And you may look at the picture and think- well that’s super pretty. Yes yes it is. Until you try it on and realize that the fabric must be made of the sharpest, scratchiest fibers on the planet. Seriously- I wore it for the photo and thought- well this isn’t super comfortable, that’s strange. By the end of the day I was like “GET IT OFF ME!!” it’s one of the fabrics that seems smooth enough flat- but any fold or crease (like around the waist with a belt) it becomes angry scratchy fabric. boo, no fun. I never wore it again.

5. This corset from week 4 of Corset October. This was only a miss because I didn’t make a mock-up like I was supposed to, and I made it too big. πŸ™ You can’t tell too much from this photo, but I could take out a good 4 inches along the top. I attribute this to: trying a new pattern and not making a muslin, and being very unsure of my size. I’ve actually lost quite a lot of weight in the last year and a half, and that results in a lot of size confusion, and estimating up in patterns for me. It is still a beautiful corset though.

Well there you have it!! My 5 Top Hits *cough 10 cough* , and my 5 Top Misses from this year. I feel like I have been very fortunate to have SO many hits, and really very few misses this year. What were your favourites from the challenge this year?

In a few days I’m going to be doing my TOP 5 highlights, reflections, and goals. And in that post I’m going to tell you guys what’s coming up next year on the blog, and what’s happening with the Bra-A-Week Challenge in 2016 (it’s getting a make-over!)

As always I would LOVE to hear about your hits and misses of the year- if you made these posts too please let me know- I love to be nosy!- I’ll be looking through Gillian’s sharing post too- where everyone posts links to their TOP 5’s! or you can just tell me your favourites too! πŸ™‚

Hope you’ve all had a lovely Christmas/Holiday season πŸ™‚ And yay for so much more sewing in the new year!

xo erin

Bra-A-Week [48]: Lingerie Sets!

Bra-A-Week [48]: Lingerie Sets!

Hi All,

This week I thought I would do something that I have been completely neglecting this year. I have not made any panties to go with my bras, let alone sets with garter belts! So I thought I would take two of the beauties that I’ve made this last month and turn them into sets, because they really deserve it!

I chose the Black Beauty bra, because I thought I could do something super sleek and cool to match with the look of this bra.

Then I chose The Parisian, so I could have a super pretty and girly set! All of the ruffles and bows!

The true inspiration behind these sets, and my motivation, are all the beautiful sets from Miss Maddy– if you haven’t seen them then make sure you check out her blog- some serious lingerie envy happening! And now I can say that I’ve joined the matching sets club! I even went out and bought some thigh-highs to go with these garter belts!

I’ll show off the Black Beauty set first, and I think it goes without saying that I will not be modelling anything for you this week, I’m not quite that bold, and there is no way that I’m getting out of my flannel pjs this morning to take pictures in sheer lingerie sets! lol!

For this set I drafted the garter belt to be a little bit lower than my natural waist, and to have a cross-over detail in the front, to match the overlapping powerbar in the bra. I used a single layer of bra tulle for the garter belt, with fold over elastic and a hook and eye closure. The front of the panty is also a single layer of bra tulle, with power net for the back of the panty. The panty are a very cheeky style, with a seam up the back and a fairly snug fit, but with the gentle fold over elastic on the leg they actually don’t cut in hardly at all, so I don’t think they would show through clothing too much. Although this will not be an everyday set lol!

I LOVE this set, to me it’s so sleek and cool. I can’t wait to wear it!

Then the next set I made was for The Parisian, and of course this one had to be more pretty and romantic and parisian! I wanted it to feel as delicate as possible to match with the bra!

This set was all about the pretty and the ruffles. This garterbelt sits at my natural waist, and is made with a single layer of bra tulle, fastening with a hook and eye in the back. I finished the edges with 3/8″ band elastic, and the garter straps are 1/2″ strap elastic. The panties are made with a single layer of tulle also but with TONS of extra width to gather into these ruffled panties, which I think are just the cutest things in the whole world. I made them so the elastic is sewn 1/2″ from the raw edge of the tulle, and the raw edge is left as a ruffle!

And of course bows, bows in the center front, bows on the garter strap attachment, all of the bows all of the places <3 <3

I was actually surprised at how long it took me to make these. They weren’t particularly challenging, but by the time I decided what I wanted to make (forever) then drafted the patterns and figured out how I was going to make them, I definitely could have made another bra! I need to make more panties!

I really don’t know which one of these sets I like more. I think I’m naturally inclined to say that the Black Beauty set is my favourite (because I’m not usually a frills kind of girl) but the frills are really growing on me. How about you? which set do you like more?

And now on to all of your lovely bra makes this week!!

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First we have this beautiful bra from Angela of My Little Sewing Dreams!

Angela made this bra using the Marlborough pattern from Orange Lingerie and cut and sew foam covered in microfiber and lace! Super pretty!

Angela even made two cut pair of panties to go with this bra! Make sure you head over to her blog and check out more about this gorgeous set!Β 

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Next we have a bra from RΓ©ka of Red Heels!

This is the second bra that she’s made using the Maya pattern. This time she made it in this gorgeous deep red silk satin- how luxurious!

I love the rich style of this bra! Make sure you head over to RΓ©ka’s post to read all about this bra and sewing with silks! I personally can’t wait for an atonement inspired green silk bra- I think I need one myself!!

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Next we have a lovely foam cup bra from Anne!

Anne made this foam cup bra to go under a holiday outfit this year. She needed a black bra, but wanted to spice it up a bit with this brown lace- it did the trick- how cute is this!

She also made some handy modifications, cutting the cup to bring the straps in closer to go under her dress, and finishing the edges with some fold over elastic! Very lovely!

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Next we have a beautiful swim set from Maddy of Miss Maddy Sews!

Maddy made this set using some beautiful designer swimwear fabric she found at her fabric store, and the Boylston pattern from Orange lingerie and Grace Panties from Ohhh Lulu. How cute is this set!! I’m super jealous- not only of the suit, but of your Australian Christmas on the beach- how I long for the beach!

I just think this is the coolest swimsuit ever, I love the fabric and the styling! Make sure you head over to Maddy’s blog to read all about this beautiful bathers set!!

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And last but not least we have a pretty bra from Jennifer of Jensware!

Jennifer made this bra using a wicking fabric, duoplex and beige findings, using the Classic pattern from PUG patterns. Very simple pretty!

This is her friends favourite working bra, and I’m not surprised, it look so comfortable! Such a great friend! Make sure to head over and check out more about this bra over on Jennifer’s Blog!

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Wow!! Another week of such stunning submissions! I’m so excited to see so many beautiful inspiring bras and bathers! And so close to Christmas!

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

You can go here to grab aΒ challenge buttonΒ and don’t forget to send your bra for next week toΒ bra.a.week@gmail.com by Friday for the next Sunday post!

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How is your week going? Are you all ready for Christmas?

lots of love <3

xo

erin