[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 🙂 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 🙂 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 🙂
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! 🙂

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 🙂 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 🙂

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 🙂

xo erin

Bra-A-Week [47]: The Chevron

Bra-A-Week [47]: The Chevron

Hi All!
I have another beauty for you today 🙂 I decided after three weeks of bra tulle bras, that I would do a bralette! Because they are such a staple in my bra wardrobe! I used my black bra tulle and fold over findings for this one!

I was loving the ruching from last weeks bra and I was thinking about other fabric manipulations that I can do – *the love affair with the bra tulle continues*  – and I thought about sewing these pleats into the fabric, and sewing them down to make stripes with the effect of the layers of tulle.

So here I am sewing all the stripes 🙂 It actually took less time than I thought, and you only have to do small pieces for bras thankfully! They aren’t perfect, but I think it all adds to the effect of it being hand-made! 🙂

Then I was careful when I cut my pattern out that they would all line up perfectly, and give this chevron effect – I love it 🙂

This is the same basic draft as my winter bralette, and the plaid fall bralette that I made for Karin a few weeks ago. It’s amazing how it can completely transform with a new fabric. There is something about this bralette that is so solid but delicate, modern but vintage- I am obsessed!

And of course I did my usual favourite, fold-over elastic with the double strap in the front 🙂  And I don’t know what it is about stripes, but they’ve always made so much sense to me, and I LOVE matching up stripes to make chevrons and patterns.

Well I am SUPER happy with this one, all of my bra tulle bras are the pride and joy of my collection now 🙂 And I was thinking that instead of another bra next week, I might just make these all into sets? a treat to myself for Christmas 🙂

Again, before all the pleas in the comments, I do promise that I am working on this pattern to release in the New Year! and I won’t keep you waiting forever! Just a little bit longer 😉
And now on to all of your lovely makes- I was completely overwhelmed with the amount of beautiful submissions this week- you guys are awesome!! 🙂
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First we have two bras from Ashley of Craft Sanctuary!

Ashley made both of these bras using the Maya pattern from AFI. She first made herself the nude bra to test the fit, then made some tweaks and made the watermelon bra (I’m all about this colour combination- love!!)

Now unfortunately this turned out to be more of an experiment in fit testing than making two perfectly fitting bras- but there is so much you can learn with every bra! Ashely did a great post all about it over on her blog- make sure to check it out!!

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Next we have a beautiful bra from Scarlett of Corset Training .Net!

Scarlett is the maker of all those beautiful corset patterns I used this past Corset October, and she’s finally coming over into the bra world!! YAY!!

She started her bra journey using the Watson Pattern from Cloth Habit, and how pretty is this! Love that lace! I can’t wait until Scarlett’s making beautiful corset-bra sets!! So much amazing to come!!

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Next we have a bra from Réka of Red Heels!

Réka also made her lovely bra using the Maya pattern from AFI. She used foam and a pretty blue floral fabric on the outside!

She got a great fit on the first try- only needing a little dart at the side seam, which she also stabilized a bit with some boning. So pretty! Make sure to check out Réka’s post to see more about this beautiful bra!

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Next we have a very special bra from Karin of Mrs. Weaver’s Finest!

This beautiful ‘Black Dahlia’ is a gorgeous mastectomy bra that Karin made for one of her clients. How stunning is this!

Karin made this bra using a black embroidered tulle lace over black duoplex and a modified Classic pattern from PUG patterns. And she built two foam prosthetics to fit in perfectly- you would never know this is a mastectomy bra! Gorgeous!!! Make sure to check out Karin’s post and more about this beauty! 

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Next we have a really fun bra from Maddy of Miss Maddy Sews!

Maddy made this bra using the Boylston bra pattern from Orange Lingerie, and the Watson Bikini bottom pattern from Cloth Habit. She made it with this super cute fabric and matching lace and elastics- I’m obsessed with this combination!!

Maddy made this using her usual pattern alterations- she’s getting to be quite the accomplished bra-maker- and I’m sure her underthings drawer is looking much healthier than before!! 🙂 Make sure you head over and check out Maddy’s post about this gorgeous set!

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

 

This is Sofia’s plunge bra! She mad this bra using her vertical seam pattern, and lowering the neckline to accommodate a plunge wire!  She use really pretty lace, elastic trims and an ivory bow in the middle- so pretty!

This is Sofia’s favourite bra- and I can see why, it’s so pretty! Make sure you head over to Sofia’s blog and read all about this bra 🙂

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And last but not least we have a little more colour from Jen of Jensware!

Jen made this beautiful bra using the Shelley pattern from PUG patterns, and a lilac duoplex kit with white lace. Such a beautiful job on the stitching and construction!!

Jen says it fits like a dream 🙂 and that is completely what a well-fitting bra is- a dream! 🙂 Another beautiful submission- I bet your bra drawer is a lot happier lately too!!! 🙂

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All I can say is WOW I’m so completely blown away by all these beautiful submissions this week, I’m so happy to be involved with such a talented and creative group of bra-makers 🙂 Go us!!

I’m also happy to see all this selfish sewing- I find that so many women who sew end up completely bogged down in sewing projects for other people and forget to do something for themselves. And especially at this time of year it is so important to be kind to yourself and do something nice for yourself. And I can’t think of anything more rewarding and kind to yourself than sewing yourself a bra 🙂

As always, don’t forget to check out the Pinterest board, and pin all of your lovelies over there! 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 bra.a.week@gmail.com by Friday for the next Sunday post!

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All of the love 🙂

xo

erin

Bra-A-Week [46]:  The Parisian

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 🙂

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!!!

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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 bra.a.week@gmail.com by Friday for the next Sunday post!

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

xo

erin

Bra-A-Week [44]: Snow White

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!

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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!

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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 🙂

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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 bra.a.week@gmail.com 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!

xo

erin

 

What is Bra Tulle?

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