All About Elastics!

Hi All!
Today I wanted to do a post about elastics today. I’ve done a little highlight about Bliss Wires, and Bra Tulle, and now I thought I’d give a moment to talk about elastics, the elastics I like, and what I use in my bras.
In general I use all the same strapping for my bras, either 1/2″ or 3/4″, whatever width you like. You want something with a bit of stretch, and a nice plush underside to go against your skin! If you are using the strap elastic for the front strap of your bra, you want to make sure that you reinforce it with ribbon, or something non-stretch, because your front strap shouldn’t stretch!
Apart from the strap elastic there is band elastic (there are other special elastics that are more decorative – but I won’t get into those now!)
Of the band elastics there are three main types of elastics that I use and that I offer in my Etsy Shop: regular elastic, fold-over elastic, and fold-over elastic with a picot edge!
The first type of elastic, regular, is really straight forward, this is your ‘band elastic’ that you use on the bottom band of the bra, and on the top band /underarm, you can also use this elastic to finish the neckline.
These are elastics that you sew onto the right side of your fabric, then flip to the inside, so only the picot edge is showing (if you want the picot edge out!). For this type of elastic you want a nice amount of stretch, but a great amount of rebound, something that bounces back really well. And a nice plush side for against your skin.
Regular elastics are a stronger and firmer option than fold over elastics, because they are thicker elastics, and I would recommend them for larger sizes (especially in the 3/4″ width).
I used 3/8″ regular elastic on this Plunge Bra from Week 35!
I like to use a combination of 3/8″ and 3/4″ band elastics, with the 3/4″ band elastic for a wider and more supportive element on your bra band.
The next type of elastic is fold over elastic, I love using fold over elastic. One of the types I use is a plain fold over elastic, which comes flat at 3/4″ that you fold over your unfinished edges of your bra to a finished width of 3/8″. It gives a nice sharp edge to your bra.
I love this type of elastic, it gives a great edge and it has a very soft and gentle pull, and I like using it with the matte side out, but the shiny side is a good other option. This elastic is not as supportive as regular elastic, but is always a great option for necklines, and can be used for the band.
This is the elastic that I used in my Black Beauty Bra.
I have this in my plain fold over kits, with 3/8″ folded elastic and either 3/4″ straps and 3X3 hook and eye or 1/2″ straps with 2X3 hook and eye.
The other type of fold-over elastic I use is picot edge elastics.
These elastics are a gentle, fold over elastics, in both 3/4″ and 3/8″ finished width. They have a lovely matte soft outside. These elastics are not as supportive as a regular elastic but, they are lovely and soft and have the cute picot edge! This is the elastic I used in my Snow White bra.
These are all elastics that I use and love and elastics that are available in findings kits on my Etsy shop and with every bra kit!
I wanted to do the post to explain a little more about them because I’ve been getting lots of questions! So now you know a little more about the elastics!
If you are interested in making a bra, and the kits don’t have the right combination of elastics, or enough elastics or channelling or fabric for your project- you can always send me a custom order request and I can make a kit special to your needs with the elastics that I have!
What are your favourite types of elastics? Do you like using regular, or fold-over? What widths are your favourite?
Let me know!

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!




What is Bra Tulle?

Hi All!

I woke up this morning and realized that I didn’t have any good stories or cool pictures of my week for Saturday Life. It was a solid week of just average work stuff, which is pretty cool, don’t get me wrong, but not quite as cool for blogging.

So I thought, instead of going on about my work week. I would talk to you about all the new materials and things in my shop, because I’ve had so many questions!!

And the main question I’ve been asked is “What is Bra Tulle?”

Bra tulle is a very fine tulle. It’s much softer than craft tulle, and doesn’t tear like craft tulle.

It does not have any real stretch, and only a slight ‘mechanical give’ on the fabric, making it a great option for larger sizes and cups that need extra support.  It is at it’s best and most supportive when used as two layers with opposing grain or direction of stretch. (which gives it a neat honeycomb look!)

It is the same type of tulle that is used for the beautiful embroidered tulle laces and can be used for that extra rigid support under a tulle lace.

It has a wonderful sheer quality and lightness, that is more breathable and open than a heavy knit.

It is very commonly used in high-end Ready-To-Wear Lingerie.

Compared to 15 Denier:

15 Denier is a sheer knit fabric. It has a significant amount of ‘stretch’ in one direction, making for a much more relaxed fit in bras. 15 Denier is also a very soft fabric, but it can be prone to the occasional pull because it’s such a delicate knit. Some people who have very sensitive skin will line bra tulle with 15 denier.

I offer Bra Tulle by the yard, and in kits in The Emerald Studio Etsy in Black, White & Blush!

So there’s my little bit of information sharing for the day! Let me know if you have any other questions about the tulle! I’m so happy that I finally get to share all of my favourite bra-making supplies with you all! 🙂 🙂

You’ll get to see another bra with this fabric tomorrow, I can’t wait to show you! And it will be highlighting some of my new fold-over elastic bra findings kits too!

How was your week? Did you do anything fun? Any bra-making plans?

Until tomorrow!

xo erin

Bra-A-Week [44]: Black Beauty

Hi All!

Back to the Bra-A-Week Challenge! I do miss it when I skip a week! And this week I decided to treat myself and make a bra that is everything I want in a bra! Exactly me 🙂

It is made out of my new favourite fabric- Bra tulle, I used a double layer with opposite direction of stretch! This is everything I like in a bra, my horizontal seam, an external powerbar, fold over elastics and of course my favourite bliss wire 🙂  (If you didn’t already see, I did a post about the Bliss wire!)

I had to break out the nipple covers for you on this one! But I do really love the sheer! There’s something so minimal and so pretty about it to me. This is probably my favourite bras that I’ve made myself 🙂 I’m so happy with it!

I made the powerbar an external element and finished the edge with fold over elastic, so I could have it continue up in the strap. You know me and the double straps!

I love how it all seams to flow so seamlessly and smoothly with the fold over elastic, it’s all so clean and simple!

I also decided to finish it with 3/4″ straps and a 3X3 hook and eye, with a wider band, for a little extra comfort and support!

I just love it! I love the fit, I love the seams! I love it! And the bra tulle was great to work with!

I’m very happy to say that I’ve just added bra kits with this beautiful tulle to The Emerald Studio Etsy!

You can buy just the fabric on it’s own, or the kit with everything to make a bra! And I’m going to be coming out with fold-over elastic findings kits soon too- so you can make the same bra! I’m so happy that I finally get to share all of my bra-making favourites with you all!! 🙂

I see so many beautiful bras in the future!

And here are some of your beautiful bras!

First we have a beautiful bra & panties set from Jodi!

Jodi made this bra using silk and lace to cover pre-formed foam cups, and the same silk and lace to make a pair of Grace Panties, and Rose Cross Over Panties from Ohhh lu lu.

Love these!! So pretty! And it works so well with both styles of panties!!

Next we have a lovely bra from Sofia of Silver Lining Atelier!

Sofia made this bra using a beautiful plum lace, striped frame and black lace back band. What a gorgeous combination!! this bra is SO pretty!

Sofia also did a little seam experimentation on this bra to get her vertical seam just right! It’s always such a great feeling when you perfect a fit! Lovely!!

Make sure you check out Sofia’s post all about it over on her blog!!

Next we have a very pretty bra from Jennifer of JensWare!

This is Jennifer’s Pink & Pearly Butterfly bra! She made this using the Classic Pattern from Pin-Up Girls, with pink duoplex, pink findings and a pearly white lace for a butterfly in the center!

Jennifer also added some extra details! A doubled duoplex interior powerbar for extra oomph  and some of the pearly lace on the back band near the hook and eye! Super pretty!

Next we have a very fresh set from Emma of A Hand Stitched Life!

Emma made this bra using the Boylston pattern from Orange Lingerie, with a matching pair of bottoms from the Watson Bikini pattern from Cloth Habit. How much do you love this fabric? So gorgeous!!

This was also her first leap into cut & sew foam! what a beautiful job! And I love the matching set! I need to start making matching sets!!

Make sure you go and check out more about this beauty over on Emma’s blog post!!


Another week of beautiful inspiration, another week of new techniques and new fabrics! I love it!!

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 couldn’t be more inspired, or more excited from this week 🙂

And for a little bra-a-week check in- how are you feeling about the bra-a-week challenge? Do you have any new goals? New shapes, fabrics, styles you want to try?

Let me know all about it!



Saturday Life [21.11.15]: First Week in my Studio

Hi All,

This has been a very surreal week. The first week working in my studio. My Studio. It’s a real thing!

It’s been so amazing having people drop in to say hi, ask about having a custom bra made, inquiring about my upcoming classes (post soon to come on that!!) It has really been the most amazing combination of overwhelming and magical, all at the same time!



I’m still basking a little bit in the glow of my opening, and loving all the beautiful flowers that everyone gave me 🙂

And I had a wonderful surprise of these beauties! The lovely man who designed my sign did some more beautiful design work for the blog and the studio! I can’t wait to get these digitized and made in my new header and stamps!!

The other big project that I’ve been focusing on this week is launching all my new products!!! YAY and that meant lots of product photography!

Here is a little behind the scenes magic of the Etsy Product photography!!

Here I am photographing my newly-launched Bliss wire!!

I did a post all about these wires here.

And you can find them in my Etsy shop here 🙂


The other thing that I launched are new bra kits with beautiful bra tulle!! You can check those out at The Emerald Studio Etsy!

You’ll also get to see a couple samples of them coming up tomorrow 🙂


I’m already seeing the orders coming in! And I’m so happy with my new packing area!! Everything green 🙂



And I’m writing this, as I sit at my front counter, planning out all my goals for next week, looking down at my little Gibby :)Wow it has been a full week! And I can’t wait to show you what I made for the Bra-A-Week Challenge tomorrow!

How has your week been? I love hearing all about you guys!

Until tomorrow




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