Yes! It’s finally here- the Black Beauty Bra pattern. Some of you might remember from way back in the day (the 2015 kinda ‘back in the day’) my Bra-A-Week challenge and all the bras I used to design. Well there was one in particular that I knew had to be my first underwired bra pattern, from week 44, and I called it the Black Beauty Bra. And I’m so happy to say that that idea has finally come to reality!
The final version of this bra pattern is very similar to the original. It’s a horizontal seam cup, with an external powerbar and a double front strap detail with fold over elastic finishing.
Because this style is so versatile, I wanted to include a second view option, (and I love to have options!). Also the second view option is for lace, and who doesn’t love some lace.
View B has the same seaming and external powerbar, but different finishes with the lace neckline edge, picot plush elastics and strap elastic front strap.
The instructions are completely illustrated and 38 pages long, which covers start-to-finish instructions for both pattern views, plus the bonus instructions to include a foam lining to your cup!
The other important thing to note about this pattern is that it’s split into two size ranges: 28-40 B-DD and 28-40 E-G. The B-DD range is designed with 1/2″ band and strap elastics and a 2X3 hook and eye, and the E-G range is designed with 3/4″ band and strap elastics, and a 3X3 hook and eye.
I went with UK sizing for this pattern because it’s my favourite system, and I find it to be more accurate and much easier to measure for 🙂 If you want to find your size you can read my sizing guide here.
After so long in the works, it’s hard to believe that this pattern is finally out! I think every pattern takes huge amounts of work, but this pattern has really pushed me to take my skills to the next level.
It’s been amazing working with all my fantastic testers, hearing the feedback, editing and improving. From first draft to final version, this pattern has had 6 versions, each change tweaking the fit, or the proportions to be exactly what I hoped : ) And as challenging as the whole process has been, it’s such an amazing feeling to know that I’ve put my all of my energy and creativity into a project that I am so passionate about, and that I can share with you! Releasing this pattern feels a bit like climbing to the top of a mountain and stopping to finally see the breathtaking view. It’s humbling, exciting, vulnerable – and probably a bit addictive since I’m already mentally planning out the next steps for a million future pattern ideas.
It wouldn’t really be an Emerald Erin blog post if I didn’t have a picture with Gibby, would it?
Well, I hope you like the Black Beauty Bra, and if you’re wondering why I named it that- I just really like a good alliteration if you couldn’t tell ; )
I would love to know what you think about the pattern, if you’re planning to make it, and if you’ve recently worked on a huge project that you’re really proud of!
It’s been a while since I did a bra news post, and I really miss them. I feel like it’s a great way to connect with everyone in this space, and to keep up with what everyone’s doing, and let you in on what’s happening in my life too!
So – I’m bring back the bra news, but with a twist this time- I’m going to be putting it in my newsletter instead, so that it can be sent right into your inbox 🙂 So if you want to make sure you don’t miss out on future bra news :
In the spirit of sharing again, I feel like I haven’t given anyone an update in a while, and the truth is that it’s been a really difficult few months for me. In the time since Christmas, I helped move my grandparents out of their house to a retirement home, then my grandma got sick quickly after in January and passed away, and a month ago my grandpa followed.
These are the two patterns that I’ve worn the most out of anything I’ve ever made- I seriously live in these! The Jordy is a triangle style bralette, with a really wide soft and comfy band. The cups are non-stretch, so it gives that little bit of extra support and shaping, and I’ve made it with a few different view options- so you can go a little more simple in solid fabric, a little more classically beautiful with a lace overlay, or you can go super comfy/cute with a foam lining.
The Tuesday is your classic boyshort, and your classic with a twist. I love a nice boyshort, I find them so comfy, they move with you through the day, they have less panty line than a regular brief under so many things, and they’re just really cute and practical. But I know that a lot of people don’t like the seam along the centre front, so I made a second view with a solid front panel, but with the same seam up the back for a great fit!
Let me first say that there are SOOOOO many patterns that I want to make and plan to make, and I have lists of lists of things that I want to turn into beautiful PDF pattern goodness. But I chose to start here, with the Jordy & Tuesday.
Besides the fact that I’ve been wearing my Jordy’s and Tuesdays all-day-every-day for the past several months (I think they’ve become part of me..) I wanted to start my pattern line with something that was chic, wearable and also something that was simple. For both me, as a new pattern designer, but also for all of you- so if you are new to bra making, you can start with a more simple pattern, learn the techniques and skills, and work your way up to the more complicated patterns with me.
The other thing that I love about these patterns is that they’re both basics that are infinitely hackable. I’m already releasing them with different view options, but there are a never ending number of things you can do with these patterns to transform them into something really special!
How did you make the Jordy & Tuesday patterns?
You guys have been asking for years, and I can honestly say that I’ve been working on patterns for that long too. Patterns are hard and long work, and the idea for the Jordy and the Tuesday came about years ago. They started with the first versions that I made, then a few more modifications, then grading, then testing, then illustrating instructions, then formatting everything. Then if you’re crazy like me, you film a lookbook, make kits for everything and open an new online store while your’e at it *sweats nervously*.
I started working on the Jordy & Tuesday over a year ago, and I had to learn how to use all the computer programs to turn my hand drafted pattern into a digital one, and how to illustrate all the instructions. I had to figure out how to work with my lovely pattern testers (who are all the most patient people in the world *thank you thank you*). I worked with a very dear friend of mine to translate the patterns into french. I collaborated with the amazing Jordy Benattar (pattern namesake), who is the musical artist behind The People (my lookbook song)- She was one of my models in a university fashion show and when I heard her song I knew it had to be my lookbook music! And, of course, I work with my mom on everything along with all the background of running my shop, moving my shop & staying mostly sane…
At a point in November I realized that I would never get the pattern out if I kept trying to do everything- which is why I took a break from creating content on my blog and youtube, so for all the lovely people asking ‘are you okay??’ and ‘where did you go??’. The answer is ‘great but tired lol’ and ‘I’m here, and I’m back!’.
What’s coming up next?
Lots and lot of content for the Jordy & Tuesday. I’m going to post video tutorials on sewing both the patterns, and hack videos on cool ideas to transform them! More kits, more inspiration, more everything to do with Jordy & Tuesday! So make sure you follow the blog & my youtube channel!
After my obsession with the Jordy & Tuesday – more patterns. I LOVED the process of making this pattern happen, and now that I’ve made one, I’m addicted, and I would love to release lots more, and hopefully quicker the second time around!
I would LOVE to know what you guys think of my new patterns, hear any votes for patterns that you want me to bump up the list for the future, and if you have any questions I would love to answer them!!
The end of the month is here again! I don’t know about you, but September always feels like the start of a new year to me. Maybe it’s the years and years of schooling with a fresh new school year starting in September, or the changing of the seasons that signal the start of the temperature drop (which is not happening so far this year in Southern Ontario – I’m currently sweating in 30°C heat…). I love it though the promise of all the beautiful fall weather and all the cozy clothes you get to start wearing again- and just that freeing feeling of a fresh start. Do you love September like I do?
August has been a lovely month. I think it’s one of the slower months in the bra making world as everyone soaks up the best weather of the summer and finally takes that weekend off to go somewhere and do something fun.
For me it was a busy month settling into my new studio. It is SO nice to finally feel moved in and start actually working in the new space- to get pattern drafting, sewing, to do a photoshoot – and now video! And I am always being happily surprised by how much I love my new spot and how much it suits me : )