This week is my first Sunday back in Ontario- and I have to say that it’s not nearly as bad as I thought it would be! Thankfully, has been very mild for me and I can smell spring in the air! Which is why I decided that something floral was needed for this week!
I used the same self-drafted pattern as I did for my ‘Canadian Winter Bralette’ from Week 3
I did make some modifications though- since I used a much thinner nylon spandex fabric, I used cut & sew foam to line the cups and give a little more coverage. The rest is just a simple layer of the spandex, which I might line in the future because it was a little flimsy. But wow this print! I’m in love!
I also added a style element by continuing the fold over elastic into a double strap.
It’s such an easy thing to do but I think it made it a little more fun and cute!
To continue with my theme of bright colours and fun I decided to use fuchsia powernet instead of black- just to keep the colour to a max and really make it pop!
It’s so nice to use the cut & sew foam in bras and bralettes because you can use fabrics like this and not worry about them being too flimsy to cover!
This was so quick to make up! I had it cut out and finished within 4 hours! And this is definitely one of the comfiest things to wear! I knew I needed another one with the amount that I wear my grey one! I’m planning on wearing this as a crop top in the summer with some high waisted skirts too!
But now on to all of your lovely bra-makes!
First we have this pretty pink bra from Sharon Butler of Tailorchick Production
Sharon made this bra looking out her window at the snow and wishing for warmer days! She made it out of leftover supplies from past projects.
She also said that one of her favourite bra-making techniques is using clear elastic (Mobilon, plastic elastic) to stabilize a lacy neckline edge. I also love the strap extensions in the back! Beautiful bra Sharon!
Rebecca made this bra using the Classic Pin-Up Girls patterns. This is her second bra-make and she finally got the perfect fit!
Loving this bra,and the use of pink and white together! Great job Rebecca! 🙂
Christa made these two bras from the Watson pattern from Cloth Habit, after having some troubles with fitting her Classic bra pattern.
She got such a great fit that should couldn’t wait to make another and used an old long-sleeved shirt to make her second! How nice are these! Check out her post on her bra-making experiences over on her blog!
Diana made this horizontal seamed, balconette bra set using stretch mesh in this amazing zebra print, with this purple detailing on the bridge- how cool! and calling it the ‘Ze-bra’, I bow down to your clever pun Diana- well done 😉 Check out her post on this amazing set on her blog!
Next we have a beautiful set from Karin of Mrs.Weaver’s Finest Unmentionables!
Karin made this long-line bra using lace and this stunning blue silk. She lined her bra cups with cut & sew foam, covering the seams with this pretty ivory and pink lace trim. With the matching lace panties and silk and lace garter- oh la la!
This set reminds me of Cinderella (my favourite growing up!). And Karin is currently in Hamilton right now, taking bra-making classes (I’m so lucky to have her here with me!!) and she gave me a piece of this beautiful silk- I’m already dreaming of the things I’m going to make out of it 🙂 Thanks Karin 🙂
Don’t forget to check out her post about her bra!!
Jodi made this bra from a self-drafted 3 piece cup using cut & sew foam and black lace. Love the all-over lace!
She used the burrito method for the back band/front frame to enclose all the bottom seams. Very pretty!
This is his ‘Erin’s Secret’ bra, with no underwires, and red lace on black tulle inspired by burlesque. He also added this red strap for more strappy detailing- channeling both vintage and modern elements in this piece. Very sexy!
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Last but not least we have this super cute sleep set from Kerri of Lady K’s Wardrobe Unlocked!
Kerri made this ‘VW Sleep Set’ using a soft, single knit wickable fabric. This is a soft, comfortable set with the front closing Kerri style, with matching panties. She also made orange print leggings that she put up on her Facebook page. So cute!
Another week of absolutely stunning bras! So much inspiration- you guys are all so amazing! I feel like I got a little behind in California- and I still have to go back through Week 7 and update with more pictures!
This was me frantically working to finish the post at a Coffee Bean in San Francisco since my hotel didn’t have wifi- sorry for the delay dad!
I don’t know about all of you, but I’m not sure if I’m ready for this challenge to end after week 11…. just a thought…
Week 8 already! Wow I can’t believe time is going by so fast, I hope your underwear drawers are benefiting as much as mine is! This week I have another beautiful cut&sew foam bra!
This bra highlights a lot of my bra favourites! Cut&sew foam, lace, short wires and, of course, fold over elastic!
I made this bra with fuchsia: cut&sew foam, duoplex for the front frame, powernet for the back, fold over elastic for the top and bottom band, 1/2″ strap elastic with matching hardware. And I paired it with this beautiful grey stretch lace!
This was another self-drafted cup, a three-piece diagonal seam bra with a split lower cup. I also used short wires so it has a low front. As you can see this bra has a wider bridge than the one last week (which is more the natural width of my bridge) so it doesn’t give the same ‘push-up’ effect- which I think is fine for my everyday bras.
The lace I used was a beautiful 5″ stretch lace, but since it was so narrow I couldn’t cover the whole front frame with it, so instead I made a seam under the cup, and the side of the front frame is all fuchsia, which I thought added some interest anyways.
As you can see the inside is all pretty and fuchsia- I like to finish the top of my cut&sew cups with the matching fold over elastic.
I love how this one came together! I feel like that it has a very clean feel, with the solid line of the fold over elastic on the bottom, and the grey-fuchia combo. 🙂 One day when I find the time, this set is definitely getting undies!
And now on to your beautiful bras!!
First we have this beautiful bra from Ilna
Ilna made this bra with a beautiful apricot lace lined with white.
She used peach findings on this bra with this cute bow as a finishing touch! 🙂
This is Karin’s ‘Lavender and Lace’ set. For this cup she used cut and sew foam and covered it with this beautiful lavender silk charmeuse!
Then she trimmed the cup with lace and made a matching pair of lace panties to go with it! Check out her blog post for more info on this set!
This is his ‘Erin’ bra, made with foam cups covered in silk and finished with lace tulle. He also used silicone on this inside of the band and silk straps! Gorgeous!, and I love the name 😉
David is a freelance lingerie designer, label: Bonnet Blue
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This is a self-drafted bra that amy made from this beautifully printed scuba knit.
Made the front strap out of the matching fabric, and dyed that back strap and all of the findings a beautiful yellow to match. Love it!
This is Linda’s bra of the month, with materials chosen from popular vote on her Facebook page, which is this beautiful blue tulle lace over red! 🙂
Michelle made this from the Sewy Rebecca pattern using red duoplex and red and black stretch lace.
Her favourite thing out this bra is the inside- and I can see why! It’s all beautifully enclosed – very nice! Don’t forget to check out her post on her bra!
Kerri is still having fun playing with skin tones and size difference with these sets! Both of these sets are very fun fringe- but the one on the left is a 30AAA and the one on the right is a 44G/H!
The under bra layer of stretch mesh gives invisible support underneath while not taking away from the whimsy of the fringe! Very fun!
Another week of bra-inspiration, and incredible talent! you are all so amazing!! 🙂 I don’t know if 11 weeks of this challenge are going to be enough…
Until next Sunday (and unfortunately a Sunday where I will be back in freezing cold Ontario :P),
I made this one with a very ‘bridal’ theme in mind, because one of my best friends is an up-and-coming boudoir photographer, and I do some modelling for her and she really wanted to do a bridal shoot for her portfolio. And who doesn’t love an ivory lace bra anyways?
I really wanted to go delicate with this bra, using 3/8″ straps, gold hardware, and a single hook and eye (which unfortunately doesn’t lay quite as flat as the 2X3 I usually use)
I used cut&sew foam and covered it in an ivory stretch lace. This one is also a self-drafted pattern (as always) and this one is my first vertical seam bra (apart from my bralette). The foam cups underneath are two separate pieces, but to keep an unbroken lace edge on the top of the cup, I used the same vertical seam pattern but I joined it at the top so that it was one piece with a dart that followed the same line was the vertical seam cup underneath.
I made this bra with short wires, so it’s nice and low in the front and has a bit of a sexier neckline- I also drafted this frame to be a lot narrower across the bridge, so that it would pull the cups closer and give a ‘push-up’ look, and I was very impressed at how well his worked!
Of course I tried to add some lovely feminine touches, like having a lace front frame with a gothic arch, and a bow at the front
And a bow at the strap attachment- that also conveniently covers the stitching attaching the strap to the top of the cup and the end of the fold over elastic on the underarm edge.
And the delicate back finish with single hook and eye, fold over top, lace bottom edge, narrow straps and gold hardware.
I am completely in love with this bra, it might actually be my favourite so far. And it really came together with so many finishing touches! When I find the time I am already planning the million tutorials that I would love to post about all of these finishings!
And now on to all of your amazing submissions this week!
*I’m going to apologize in advance- I’m working off of coffee shop wifi, and with limited time- so I could only upload one photo for each person (or for each bra that you made)- I will update these post when I get back so I have two photos per person/per bra!*
First we have three bras from the very ambitious Joanna Venegas of Live, Laugh and Sew
First up she has a lovely hot pink Watson Bra from Cloth Habit
Followed by this pretty pink Florence bra from Seamwork Magazine- love the colour combo on this it looks so delicate!
And finally this lacy number made from Kwik Sew 3300. What a gorgeous job on all of them! Joanna also did a great post where she reviews the three bras and patterns!
Next we have beautiful Watson from Linda of Uplift Custom Bras
Lina made this Watson with a pretty pink lace lined with cut&sew foam on the cups, duoplex on the cradle, and powernet on the back. A bra fit for a princess! Very pretty!
Next we have a pretty bra from Andie of Sew Pretty in Pink
Andie is a beginner bra sewist, and this is her second bra-make!! She made this by cloning one of her RTW bras using duoplex, powernet and some stretch lace from her stash. Love the colour of that lace! Check out her post on her bra-make.
Next we have a bra from Karin of Karin of Mrs.Weaver’s Finest Unmentionables!
Karin made this super chic set out of a zebra print! It’s a Shelly bra from Pin-Up Girls pattern, with matching bottoms in this super cute sheer zebra print! Check out her blog post on this set!
This is his ‘Camilia’ lace bra made with black tulle lace
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Next we have a pretty bra from Jodi of Threads by Jodi
This is a Classic bra (Pin-Up Girls) made with red duoplex covered in a red polka dot stretch mesh. Very simple and pretty- love the colour!
Next we have a stunning set from Diana of Diana Lingerie Design
She made this set from the same pattern as last week but with a few modifications. What a gorgeous colour, and those panties are just as sexy! Check out her post on this set for more info!
Next we have this pretty bra from Kerri of Lady K’s Wardrobe Unlocked!
Kerri is continuing her designs for different skin tones, and paired this pretty pink lace over a darker beige- a shade that is invisible over many skin tones! Very pretty!
Next is an adorable bra from Anne!
She finished this bra last week in boob camp, using the same gorgeous coral lace that I used on my bra in week 1! What a pretty bra- absolutely love this! I’m go glad she made something so pretty for herself during boob camp!
I don’t think there will ever be a week where you don’t completely amaze and inspire me! It’s always such a treat checking my email to see what you’ve sent me! And it’s especially nice this week as I sit in the beautiful sunny California and put my feet up as I check my inbox 🙂
Until next Sunday,
I made this with the Denise bathing suit pattern and drafted my bra cups into the top, a lot like I did for one of my bathing suits I made! I used the same bra cup pattern that I did in my coral bra from week 1 of the challenge- a horizontal seam with a split lower cup!
I used this stretch knit lace fabric which I would say has a good 25% stretch and used some coordinating fuchsia fold over elastic to finish all the edges- and of course a gold G-hook for the back closing.
I lined the bra cups with cut&sew foam in this nice peach colour. I LOVE this foam, it gives the extra shape that I need and matches my skin tone flawlessly!
This foam is also just really easy to work with- you can use your regular bra pattern, take off the seam allowances inside the cup and zig-zag them together! What I also love about foam is that you can use different fabrics to cover it! I covered it with this stretch knit lace, and didn’t have to worry about reducing my pattern for stretch, or the shaping of a stretch fabric for a bra cup! Love it!
Loving my cut&sew foam and my new body suit! Will definitely have to make a bathing suit just like this 🙂
And now onto your lovely bra-makes!
First we have this beautiful corset from my favourite french man- Joël!
Joël made this under-bust corset for his lovely wife for valentines day! I love the fabric!
What a great silhouette this gives, I might have to make myself another corset!
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This is her self-drafted long-line vertical seam bra. What a great fit!
And we have to talk about these colours! She dyed everything except for the strap elastic and the front frame using Dharma Trading Co. acid dyes. Love it!!
Linda made this strapless bra for a client to go under her wedding dress! She used MB pre-formed foam cups and the Camille lace from Bra-maker’s Supply. How beautiful is this! And so special for under her wedding dress!
Ilna made this bra with Azalia pattern from Marinique Kollege and Langere.
This is a before picture of the bra with lace over most of the cup- which she said was not a flattering look at all. So she modified it…
To this! She lowered the lace and gave it more shape! necessity is the mother of invention! and she did a great job re-vamping this bra- make! Great job 🙂
Mom re-vamped an old swimsuit by adding a cut&sew foam bra inside. The bra adds extra shaping and support!
She finished the neckline edge of the bra with black fold over elastic- so that it will match in with the suit in case the edge shows! Then she attached it to the side seams and the shoulder seam! Perfect bathing suit update!
Karin made this bra with a gorgeous polka-dot bamboo (that you might recognize from another bra last week!!) covering a pre-formed foam cup!
She also made some super cute panties to go with the set! These are the ‘Lola’ panties from OhLulu – her favourites! She also did a super cool post where she tested four different panty patterns and reviewed them! Definitely go and check that out on her blog!
Michelle made this bra from the Sewy Rebecca Pattern with black cherry duoplex and lace. She also rocking those beautiful bridge crystals again- love that bling!
Overall she thought it was a pretty good pattern (despite some instruction translation issues) and the inside seams on the cup are very nicely finished! Look at all the pretty lace on the band too! Gorgeous, don’t forget to check out her post on this bra too!
This is David’s canary yellow and black lace ‘Kybele’ foam cup bra. He made this spring bra with inspirations from a harness, bikini and stocking girdles!
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Christina made both of these mastectomy bras! Don’t they look great! I love the choice of lace 🙂
She calls this one her ‘January blues’ bra and the one above her ‘February pinks’ bra! so lovely!
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This is Diana’s Triangle bra and Thong Poetsie, Diana’s self-drafted bra pattern! She made this beautiful bra and panty set using silk, lace and strap elastic!
How stunning is this! I love the black and red and the super strappy back! very very sexy! Check out Diana’s post for more info about her gorgeous set!
Amy self-drafted this three piece cup and made it out of this gorgeous fuchsia lace and fabrics and findings that she dyed to match using acid dyes.
She definitely went the extra mile on this bra, adding silk channelling, a silk ribbon bow and getting fancy with her hardware! Beautiful set!
Next we have a bra from Ginny of Ginpins!
Ginny made this pretty Marlborough bra using things that were leftover in her stash!
How pretty! It’s so nice when that works out, and you have everything you need to make a bra waiting in your fabric drawer!
Last but not least we have this pretty bra by Kerri of Lady K’s Wardrobe Unlocked
Kerri is working on a new project where she is playing with different skin tones, and what that means across the wide range of beautiful skin tones that exist! This week she has started in the darker end of skin tones, with this rich chocolate colour and muted lace on the upper cup! Very nice! t
Now I have two announcements!
#1- I’m going away on a family vacation to California this Thursday, and I’ll be there for the next two weekends!! I’m so excited! I’ve made my week 7 & 8 bras in advance (both cut&sew foam bras!) And I’ll be posting those, along with all of your bra-makes the next two weekends! but don’t be worried if I take a while to respond to your e-mails, the challenge will go on!! lol
#2 (and WAY more important!!) The amazing ‘Meet the Makers’ post that Karin put up on her blog, Mrs.Weavers Finest Unmentionables, this week! It was so nice to hear about all of your bra-making inspiration and how much you’ve been enjoying this challenge and our bra-making community! I am so happy to be hosting this challenge and to have so many amazing people join me in this challenge! Don’t forget that she is doing a second Meet the Makers post! Because there are too many amazing people to cover in one post- so make sure you check back for that post coming soon! And thank again Karin for doing these posts 🙂 I feel like it brings our bra-community closer 🙂
As always- don’t forget to check out the Pinterest board, and the Flickr Group if you enjoy those platforms! To grab a challenge button and to send your bra for next week to [email protected]!!
Week 5!! And the day after Valentine’s Day too! (or as I prefer to call it, Single’s Awareness Day/National Cake Bingeing day) But even if you’re not celebrating this Valentine’s Day- who doesn’t love a pink/red bra! I went for the pink/ivory theme!
I LOVE this bra. It’s so pretty and comfortable! And it’s definitely more of a ‘Sweet Valentine’ to last week’s 50 Shades of Grey!
I made this bra with pre-formed foam cups, covered in a very flimsy ivory knit, with pink lace draped over the bottom of the cups.
I used the same stretch lace on the band, lined with white sheer cup lining in the front (a no-stretch sheer knit) and white powernet in the back. I also used a 3X3 hook and eye in the back, and made it a straight top- so the straps are attached to the band on the inside at the back.
For the front band I did a lace ‘gothic arch’ style where it comes up to a point in the front between the cups. Then of course I had to decorate with these pink bows 🙂 so pretty!
From my inspiration photo!! I love when my sketches come to life!
I have to say that I’ve had a bit of a love/hate relationship when it comes to foam, especially pre-formed cups, because they are ‘generic’ and not a completely natural breast shape. But after wearing this bra for a while I have to admit my love for them.
With fabric bras I find it is always such a delicate balance to get a good fit; between too loose and wrinkling and too tight and compressing. Since I have self-supporting breasts and they don’t really ‘fall’ into a cup or mould to the cup shape very well, you have to fit them perfectly, and even then, if I slouch, or raise my arms my breasts will shift in the cup- which can sometimes mean wrinkles, or pointedness in the cup. To avoid any of that, I would have to make the cup tight enough that I don’t move- compressing the breasts, which is not particularly flattering – and also not particularly comfortable. With foam, I find I can loosen off the band a bit, and let the foam hold the shape instead of my breast- and if I raise my arms, or shift around, then the shape is there waiting for me to sit back into. Now perhaps this is a little more ‘false’ of a look, but in my humble opinion- that is totally acceptable- Victoria is allowed to have her secrets and so will I!!
That being said, I am working on some cut&sew foam bras in the coming weeks, that will have a more ‘Erin specific’ shape than a generic pre-formed cup so maybe that will be a bit better compromise!
Does anyone else have this issue? or find that foam is a better alternative for them?
I just realize that, as pretty as they are, when I go to get dressed in the morning, I never reach for my fabric underwired bras. So in the future, and in the interest of making myself a bra-wardrobe that I will love to wear on an every-day basis, you will be seeing a lot more foam (pre formed and cut&sew)! and bralettes- I’m loving my bralette!
I’m so excited to wear this one! I’m sure I’ll get an order for one from my sister too!
And here are your lovely submission!!
First we have this gorgeous set from Michelle of Michelle’s Creations
She made this bra from the Pin-Up Girls ‘Shelley’ pattern in beige with this gorgeous lace.
She made two pair of matching panties to go with the set! so smart!!
She also used a little Hotfix to adhere these little gems to the front! how gorgeous is that! Love it! You can check out her post on this set!
Kerri made this super-sexy teddy and matching crotchless panties! Loving the leather-look cup! She got the inspiration from this set, and I think she nailed it!
This definitely meets the 50 Shades of Grey Valentine’s ideal! And it’s really great that Kerri is all about making larger cups and fuller figure sizes- and not just in beige!
Jodi made this sport bra with black duoplex, black powernet and an orangish-red spandex for binding.
The back has a hook and eye closure (I’m sure that makes it a lot more graceful to get on and off lol!) I’m loving this colour combo- it’s very winter workout! Makes me feel like I should get to the gym instead of bingeing on cake and netflix this Valentine’s…
Karin calls this her ’50 Shades of Paisley’ bra! She made it with this gorgeous grey paisley remanent that she found on sale in her local fabric shop- it was fate!
I love how she added the ribbon detail across the top cup- it really brings it all together! Check out her post on her bra for more info!
And don’t forget Karin is writing a ‘Meet the Maker’s’ post on her blog, about everyone contributing this challenge! So if you would like to be a part of that, don’t forget to shoot her an email at
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Linda made this bra with pink duplex and pretty pink lace with hearts. I love how it looks like the hearts are falling down the bridge- super cute for Valentine’s day!
How cute is this! I love the design and the fabric! It’s a three piece cup, with a low front and some padding in the cups for shaping to to help with the push-up effect.
Next we have a very Valentine’s bra from Mary Gottelmann
This is his ‘Oriane’ lace, front fastening bra with a ‘V’ back elastic. The lace on the back of the bra is inspired by the sea, and the lace on the front cups is inspired by the summer. What a lovely combination for this pretty bra!
David is a freelance lingerie designer, label: Bonnet Blue
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Joanna has definitely been a busy bee and has gone a little Watson crazy!
I’m loving all the colour combinations and trims! They really make the bra come together!
I can definitely tell that this is a tried-and-true pattern for Joanna! Don’t forget to check out her blog for more info about her bras!
Wow this bodysuit is so sweet it’s giving me a toothache! She made this with a pink with red-hearts nylon spandex, with ruffles and bows for good measure!
She said that the layers were a little slippery to sew with, but it looks like she did a fantastic job to me! Super duper cute!
Next we have a very sexy bra from France of Bra-maker’s Supply
France made this beautiful bra with black lace, a fuchsia stretch satin powerbar and back band, and all fuchsia findings! love the colour combo!
France used a basic bra-pattern that I drafted for her, and modified it into this gorgeous style!
It took a bit of work to figure out her draft (she has a larger wire and breast base, with a smaller cup depth) but once we figured out her basic pattern the sky is the limit! Yay for drafting experience!
And last but not least we have a bra that I fit for a wonderful woman named Lindi
Lindi is a friend of France, who came in for a fitting! After I made several adjustments to her pattern, and France made this first test bra, we were all so happy when it fit perfectly! So perfectly that we attached a bow, and she wore it out of the store!! Yay for fitting success!!
I am loving all your submissions this week!! And all the Valentine’s themed makes! I hope you’re all having a great Valentine’s Weekend!
Send your bras any time of the week before the Sunday post (Monday-Saturday) and I will add them into the challenge next week!
Thanks again for all your submissions, you’re all amazing!!
Until next Sunday!!