Bra-A-Week: Week 4


Hi All!

Here we are at week 4 of the challenge! And as promised- I’ve branched out again and have something totally different again this week!

I decided to go back to lace this week- but instead of my regular pattern- I thought I would branch out and use a vertical seam with a short wire (super low front) and add some strappy detail!

The cup is made from a rigid purple lace with a black tulle background (Camille lace from BMS) and lined with black 15 denier to make it softer against my skin. I used regular black powernet for the back band, fold over elastic for top band, bottom band and the neckline of the cup, and strap elastic for everything else!

And as you can see I used a few more rings than normal too!

This pattern is actually one that a friend of mine, Sonia, drafted for me in a bra fitting class at BMS- she did a gorgeous job and this bra came together like a breeze! Sonia is so amazing- she should have a blog!

To add some extra fun to this bra I thought I would get a little inspiration from the very strappy bra trend that I’ve been seeing so much of on Pinterest! I love it- it’s such an easy addition, and it instantly makes a regular bra super sexy!

I thought I would continue the strap detailing on the back with the same strap treatment that I did on my fuchsia bra in Week 2 .

Definitely in love with this bra- probably not the best everyday bra- but it is definitely the most dramatic bra that I have in my drawer! I should make panties to go with this bra soon! 🙂

But that’s enough about me!!

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Now onto you’re amazing submissions!!

First we have a pretty polka-dot Watson from Michelle of Michelle’s Creations

She made the longline version of the Watson from Cloth Habit in this lovely black and white polka-dot. She also lined the cups with powernet to give it a little more structure and support.

This looks so comfy! Don’t forget to check out Michelle’s post on her gorgeous bra-make!

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Next we have two bras from a very ambitious Ilna

She made both of her bras with the Doline pattern from Marinique Kollege and Langere in South Africa.

This first one she made with refashioned stretch cotton from a dress that was too small- how clever!

She lined it all with a soft white cotton, and used left over elastics from other bras, and re-used sliders and rings from an old sports bra!

Talk about getting resourceful in your bra making! It’s a good thing that bras have such small pieces- perfect for repurposing!

She also had time to make up this pretty and practical flesh tone bra with lace! very nice!

ilnac(at)telkomsa(dot)net

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Next we have a very fun bra from Mary Gottelmann!

Mary made this bra with the Anne St. Claire bra Elite pattern, custom fitted to her.

She made it with a sheer leopard print spandex knit from Spandex World.

How fun! I want one!!

geomar99(at)gmail(dot)com

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Next I have a very winter-cosy set from none other than my mom!!! 😀

Mom made this set from the Amanda Pattern using the striped bamboo knit, pre-formed foam cups and matching findings that I gave her for her birthday!!

She used a lovely picot fold over elastic to finish the top edge of the cup- and did a very great job at matching the stripes on each side! This looks so comfortable! Yay for sewing moms 🙂 I’ve also made her promise to put it up on pattern review!

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Next we have three gorgeous bras from the very ambitious Linda of Uplift Custom Bras

Her first bra is a balconette- style bra with Camille lace (the same lace I used for my bra only in red!!) The lace is over a black cut&sew foam lining.

A very gorgeous and sexy bra for Valentine’s Day coming up!

Next is this lovely pink duoplex and soft pink lace bra. The perfect sweetheart valentines look!

And finally a fuchsia show stopper! this gorgeous bra is fuchsia duoplex with a bit of brown and fuchsia zebra trim on the inside of the straps and a coordinating brown bow!

Great fit on all these bras Linda! You definitely covered the Valentine’s spectrum with these!

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Next we have a very pretty bra from Kerri of Lady K’s Wardrobe Unlocked!

This pretty lacy number is a 46G- proving that larger sizes can still be beautiful and dainty! How darling is this!

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Next we have a very luxurious set from Karin of Mrs.Weaver’s Finest Unmentionables!

Karin made this lavish and warm Valentine’s set from devoré velvet supported by duoplex. She also added some lovely lace trim to the neckline for some delicate appeal!

I could definitely relate to Karin’s cold Canadian winter  woes in her fantastic post about this set!

Love it!!

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Next we have a post from none-other than the mother of the Watson! Amy from Cloth Habit!

Amy made this bra with a self-drafted pattern, and bottoms from her Free Rosy Ladyshorts pattern!

She used this beautifully printed rayon jersey over a cut&sew foam interior. She lined the cradle with sheer tricot, and the back band with stretch mesh; and finished everything off with findings that she dyed to match with Washfast acid dyes.

She did a lovely job, covering a 3 piece foam under layer, with a two piece outer cup! very clever! and I love the finished set- it looks so fun and wearable! Don’t forget to check out Amy and her amazing bra-focused blog!

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Next we have another lacy creation from David Pólrolniczak

 

David made this bra using two coordinating laces, both with a lovely sea-foam colour! He also added extra internal structure for added support- Very pretty!

 

David is a freelance lingerie designer, label: Bonnet Blue

dpolrolniczak (at) wp (dot) pl

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Next we have a striking little black bra from Jodi of Threads by Jodi

Jodi made this bra from the Classic Pin-Up Girls pattern with a split lower cup. She made it with black duoplex and this gorgeous black and gold lace! Very chic!

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Next we have another beautiful set from my favourite french man, Joël!

Joël made this for his lovely wife with the Shelley pattern from Pin-Up Girls and a modified Betty from Oh lu lu pattern. He used brown satin and black and grey lace! So pretty.

This set is so lovely- a very interesting lace too- I love how he used it on both bra and panties!

petijibus(at)gmail(dot)com

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And last but not least we have this beautiful Watson set from Ginny!

Ginny made this super awesome Watson bra & panty set with stretch black/grey cheetah print mesh, lined with black stretch mesh on the cups for more coverage and she used black duoplex to stabilize on the cradle. She also raised the waistline on the bottoms by 1″ from the regular pattern.

Then she made a second pair of briefs to match using the Make bra panty pattern . Loving this set- it is so wearable and cool! This is definitely something I could see in my drawer!

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Will there ever be a week where you don’t out-do yourselves! Wow this is really incredible- I am so impressed by all the bra-making talent that you are sharing with me 🙂 This week was truly amazing!

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]!!

You can also check out Week 1, Week 2 and Week 3 of this challenge for more amazing bras!

Also feel free to send your bras any time of the week before the Sunday post (Monday-Saturday)! I like to add them to my post draft as they come in so it isn’t too crazy on Sunday morning!

Thanks again for all your submissions!!

Until next Sunday- And don’t forget it’s Valentine’s Day!!!

xo erin

 

Bra-A-Week: Week 3


Hi All!

Week 3 already! This week I have a pretty cozy set to show you!

I’m calling it my Canadian Winter Bralette Set! Because it is warm, cozy and perfect for the cold Canadian winter that has been happening in Ontario!

I made it using this grey bamboo knit fabric. It’s a double layered, quilted fabric, grey on one side, black on the other- a perfectly soft and cosy for a bralette!

I decided to make it a long-line, for extra coverage and warmth, and used a panel of powernet in the back to make it stretchy enough to pull over my head.

I drafted this pattern using my regular bra-pattern, making it a vertical seam and integrating the bridge and the side of the front frame into the cups. I cut the front cup piece on a fold, making it one piece between the two cups.  I finished all the edges with 3/8″ fold over elastic, matte side out to give it a very sharp and polished finish.

For a little extra comfort and support I also used 3/4″ strap elastic in the back- that I took all the way down to the bottom of the bra and anchored it in the fold over finish at the bottom- I think it really added to the clean-edges look that the fold over gives.

And of course I had to make the matching boy short! They are also from a self-draft, using the method in Make-and-Fit Panties. I used the same grey quilted bamboo for the front panels, but I made the side panels out of powernet to allow for sitting and stretching. I also used the same 3/8″ fold over on the waist and legs.

I don’t think I’ll take this off until it is at least 10 degrees outside, for at least 10 days in a row 🙂 This is definitely a new perk of winter!

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Now all on to the super exciting part! all of your submissions! You have all completely out-done yourselves again! I am definitely suffering from some serious bra-envy this week!

First we have a gorgeous sun yellow set from Madalynne

Madalynne made this lovely Marlborough bra with yellow and white stretch lace lined with stretch mesh. She dyed all the findings to match with RIT dye.

This is such a cute set- and she got a really great fit! For more info on this set you can check out her post about it on her blog.

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Next is a pretty bra from Ilna

She made this with the Doline pattern from Marinique Kollege and Langere in South Africa. She made it with a beautiful white lace and I love that little pink rose in the middle!

ilnac(at)telkomsa(dot)net

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Next is more lovely black and fuchsia from Mary Gottelmann

She made this matching set from the Anne St. Claire bra Elite pattern, and a matching top from the Jalie blouse #2910 pattern.

What a nice set!

geomar99(at)gmail(dot)com

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Next is another beautiful set from my favourite french man- Joël!

Joël made this for his lovely wife with the Shelley pattern from Pin-Up Girls and a modified Betty from Oh lu lu pattern for the underwear with brown satin and black lace.

I love this- it’s hard to combine brown and black but this really works! Such an elegant set!

petijibus(at)gmail(dot)com

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Next we have three bra-makes from the very ambitious Kerri of Lady K’s Wardrobe Unlocked!

First is this compression top with visible built in bra cups, very practical!

She also made this top with built in bra, a prototype for one that she is making herself soon! I’m loving the galaxy print on this!

Next she made this super trendy black faux-leather and lace bra. This bra is made in a 48 F/G, proving that large cups can be super cute!

 

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Next we have a most gorgeous bra from Karin of Mrs.Weaver’s Finest Unmentionables

 

She made this bra with plum coloured cut&sew foam, covered with lace and green stretch satin and matching trims.

And of course you can’t make a bra this pretty without making some matching panties!  What a gorgeous set! I love everything about this! Don’t forget to check out her post about this set!

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Next we have a very creative bra from David Pólrolniczak

He made this with demi-foam cups, black cherry lace and ecru ribbon. Such a creative detail with the ribbon laced through the rings! Love it!

 

David is a freelance lingerie designer, label: Bonnet Blue

dpolrolniczak (at) wp (dot) pl

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Next we have our second gorgeous Marlborough of the day from Ginny!

Ginny made this Marlborough bra with minty stretch lace lined with stretch mesh for the cups, duoplex for the frame and powernet for the back, all for her niece (what a nice aunt!)

She made the matching panties from Watson Bikini pattern, raising the waist 1″. How cute is this set?!- I could definitely see myself wearing this!

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Last but not least we have this super chic LBB (little black bra) from Jodi of Threads by Jodi

She made this bra from the Classic Pin-Up Girls pattern and modified it to have a spilt lower cup.

She made it using black duoplex for the cups and frame, powernet for the back and some black lace on the upper cup! Simple and pretty, definitely a wardrobe staple!

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Wow- again, amazing submissions this week! I’m so happy that we can all be so motivated and inspired in bra-making!!
Again 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]!!
And check out Week 1 and Week 2 of the challenge!
Until next week!
xo erin

 

Bra-A-Week: Week 2


Hi All!
Week 2 already! And what a great week it’s been! This week I have a pretty interesting bra for you to see!
This bra is from the Pin-Up Girls Linda pattern, but with a lot of modifications à la Erin 😛

 

Firstly I changed the regular bridge to a dropped bridge- which is a similar construction to the keyhole bra that I did last week- but instead you don’t attach the upper cups at the top and you leave it open like this- I think this is a really cute look- it is also better if you are like me and you have a bit of ‘real estate’ between the girls and don’t want your cups attached at the top.
I’ve also made a doubled upper cup with the neckline edge seamed (to finish it without elastics) and the strap is a tapered strap that is on a fold so it doesn’t have to be finished with elastics on the neckline edge either. To attach the strap I just sandwiched it between the two layers of the upper cup and it is perfectly finished inside and out!
I’ve also split the lower cup to make it a little more full in the bottom cup and give more shaping.

But the most exciting, and my favourite part, is the back! Instead of the regular back band with powernet I just took out all the fabric and used strap elastic instead! So it’s strappy and open!

I used 5/8″ strap elastic for the top and bottom of the band connecting to the hook and eye in the back, and used 1/2″ elastic to make these little triangle strap attachments in the back.

Loving this bra back!- It took a little bit of fiddling and pinning to my dress form to get them at the right angle- but it was worth it! I feel like I have such a unique bra with my own design!

I can’t wait to wear this in the summer with a backless top, or something that is sheer to show through!

 

Yay! another bra for myself – now I just need to make the matching panties for this one!

I am absolutely loving this challenge- I’m already dreaming of what my underwear drawer will look like at the end of it 🙂
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And now here are this weeks submission! You guys are really out-doing yourselves!
First we have ‘Measuring Cup’ by Karin of Mrs. Weavers Finest Unmentionables.

How clever! She made this with black foam covered with black stretch satin.

It’s a minimizer bra, but as she said- the measurements don’t lie! Fantastic bra- and great use of irony!

Karin has been a super busy bee and also made this gorgeous Spring Bra.

Such a gorgeous lace and a really good job balancing it between the cups!

Don’t forget to check out her post on it!

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Next we have two gorgeous competition suits from Kerri of Lady K’s Wardrobe Unlocked

She made them both from 1/3 m of silver shiny stretch fabric. This top is made with covered foam cups with a front closing clip, pair with a cute bikini style bottom.

This next set pairs together a bling trimmed bikini top and a ‘tanga’ style bottom- definitely competition worthy! Don’t get too close to the pool in this suit! – best to stay on the lounge chair!

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Next we have a lovely bra from Rebecca of Bra-maker’s Supply

She made this lovely lilac bra from the Pin-Up Girls Classic Pattern with lilac duoplex and lilac findings with a gorgeous lace butterfly front!

This is one of her first bras and she is still perfecting her fit!! Fantastic job!
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Next week have this gorgeous 3 piece set from Mary Gottelmann

 

She made the bra from an Anne St. Clair‘s Bra Elite pattern with a hot pink nylon tricot base and is covered with a black stretch lace.

She made the pantie from an out-of-print Ann Person pattern #2051, View H, French bikini, using the same pink tricot and a black and gold metallic lace with a scalloped border along the top and a black cotton knit for the gusset lining for comfort.

She made the half slip from another OOP pattern, Simplicity 8750, View 2, using the same lace as on the bikini, but reversed so the scalloped border is at the bottom of the slip!

How gorgeous is this set!

geomar99 (at) gmail (dot) com

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Next we have another gorgeous set from Joël!

 

This time he sent a pic with the bra modelled his lovely wife- What a great fit on that Shelley Bra! and gorgeous use of lace!

The panties, from a heavily modified Betty Ohlulu pattern, are SO CUTE

Love love love these!

Joël Vincent

petijibus (at) gmail (dot) com

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Next is a nice little number from David Pólrolniczak

 

He made this black and yellow bra by hand with pre-formed foam cups and plastic wires.

David is a freelance lingerie designer, label: Bonnet Blue
dpolrolniczak (at) wp (dot) pl

 

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Next is this lovely bra from Deb

 

Deb made this foam cup bra with pre-formed foam cups, covered in a very stretchy, draped beige knit.

She made it for her sister – a 5 years past breast cancer survivor, who likes a pre-formed foam cup best to hide the scaring from her surgery.

Amazing!! and it looks so practical too- this is what I should be making myself lol

twocraftysisters (at) shaw (dot) ca

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Last but not least, we have this colour-blocked beauty from Jodi, of Threads by Jodi

This is the first sports bra that we’ve had in the challenge! Jodi made this bra from the Pin-Up Girls ‘Kerri No-bounce Sport bra‘ pattern

She made this out of black and blue duoplex with bamboo stretch knit for the bottom band and fold over elastic to finish the edges.

She also says that they are wonderful to work out in too-  if only I could find the same motivation to exercise… I’ll add that to my list of goals 😛

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All I can say is WOW! thanks again for all your submissions!! It seems like everyone is getting so motivated and inspired! It’s amazing to see all the wonderful work that everyone is doing!!!

Again don’t forget to check out the Pinterest board, and the Flickr Group if you enjoy those platforms! and to send your bra for next week to [email protected] !


And don’t forget to check out Week 1 of the challenge!

Can’t wait to see what you all have in store for next week!

xo erin

Bra-A-Week: Week 1


Hi All!!

For those of you who are new to my challenge here’s info about: Joining the Challenge, Joining the Pinterest and Flickr Group and Grabbing a button from the challenge.

Week 1 of Bra-A-Week!! YAY!! I’ve been busy sewing- and I thought I would start the challenge off with a bang and make a matching bra and pantie set!

I call this my Coral Keyhole Bra! obviously because of the colour and the keyhole in the bridge!!

And it fits like a glove! (although I am not quite brave enough to post a picture of myself in the undies too- maybe when they’re not quite so sheer! lol)

 

I used a coral non-stretch lace fabric lined with coral 15 denier for the cups, bridge, the front section of the back band and the front panel of the panties.

Peach powernet for the back band, and the back panel of the panties

Peach 3/8″ fold over elastic for all the elastics on the bra and panties

and 3/8″ gold sliders and rings to adjust the back!

 

The pattern was a self-drafted pattern. I used Beverly’s method for bra drafting, making any of the fitting and style adjustments I needed, and taking off the seam allowances so I could use the fold over elastic.

The panties were also self-drafted from Beverly’s method in her Make & Fit Panties book. I adjusted them to make a front side seam, so that the back was all one piece of powernet and the front panel could be the lace. I wanted them to be a very vintage style with a high waist and full coverage 🙂

 

I really wanted to try a bunch of new techniques on this bra- so it has a lot of features! It has:

-A partial band, meaning there is no band running under the cups

-A keyhole bridge, that little hole in the bridge

-A horizontal seamed cup: meaning the main seam runs horizontal across the bust from wireline to wireline (a lot of classic bra styles have a diagonal seam running from the underarm to the wireline)

-A split bottom cup that is bowed to help the breast fall into the cup and look more round

– Lace fabric, lined with 15 denier, a sheer cup-lining fabric, and fold over elastic all over

– Back strap extensions- meaning that the back band is set higher where the strap starts so that your straps don’t fall off your shoulders!

I’m so happy with this set! and I love how the coral and the peach blended so well together. It looks all peach from the back.

This is the first matching bra and panties set I’ve ever had! I know I’ll feel so special wearing it! 🙂

Apart from my first success in this challenge I have had SO MANY AMAZING SUBMISSIONS!
I’m so excited to share them here!!

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First up is Mary Goettelmann’s NYE bra!

She made it with sequin and glitter tulle lined with black nylon tricot!! WOW!

It is the Anne’s Bra Elite pattern, that she had fitted to her in Anne St. Claire’s course in Maryland.

She even reinforced and embellished the straps with a gorgeous black and silver chain!

Amazing job Mary!

geomar99 (at) gmail (dot) com

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Next is a super cute Watson bra from Michelle Noble from Michelle’s Creations

She made this bra from the super trendy Watson Bra pattern from  Cloth Habit – I’ve been seeing this bra all over- it’s pretty cute!

 

She made the short-line version with a spandex knit from Merckwaerdigh (AMAZING PRINT!) and findings from Bra-maker’s Supply

Love it!!!

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Next we have ‘Midnight’, a gorgeous bra from Karin of Mrs. Weavers Finest Unmentionables

She made this gorgeous cut&sew foam bra, covered in midnight blue sequinned stretch lace.

With wide straps for a lovely 50’s feel! and can I say an amazing fit! it looks fantastic and so supportive 🙂

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Next is a bra from a delightful french man named Joël Vincent

He sent me a ton of gorgeous pictures of lingerie that be makes for his wife and I thought I would share this set this week.

The bra is made from the Bra-maker’s Supply Shelley Pattern and the panties are a very heavily modified version of the Betty Ohh Lulu pattern.

What a lucky wife! oh and he also said to mention that he was beautiful, rich and a fantastic lover – but of course, he is french! 🙂

petijibus (at) gmail (dot) com
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Next is a bra repair from Janet Cox

Janet has been struggling with some carpal tunnel and decided that a bra- repair job on an old bra-make that has been sitting in the project pile for 2 years was a better idea than making a whole new one.

She fixed the shoulder strap elastic and now it’s good as new! It’s always great to have old favourites back!
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Next I have another gorgeous Watson from the very popular Madalynne!

Wow another stunning Watson! This one is made out of white stretch lace, lined with micro mesh. And a really fresh addition of orange elastics.

She also upped the comfort level by cutting the back on a fold to make it a pull-over style – simple and pretty 🙂
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Next, and mixing it up, is this lovely body shaper from Kerri of Lady K’s Wardrobe Unlocked
She made a hip-length body shaper from the Bra-maker’s Supply Ova-Bra Slimmer pattern.
It’s made from an ivory powernet. This one is for display, but she also made one in her size and said it fits amazingly!
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And finally I have a lovely lacy bra from David Pólrolniczak

This bra is a foam cup, with red tulle lace and powder pink cotton lining. With cute little red hearts on black for the back band!

David is a freelance lingerie designer, label: Bonnet Blue
dpolrolniczak (at) wp (dot) pl
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*EDIT*
I have another submission to insert here from Joanna Venegas of Live, Laugh and Sew

She made this bra from the pattern provided with Bare Essentials Bra Construction and Pattern Drafting for Lingerie Design. She made the cups with a 40 denier tricot and added pink touches with elastic!

Great first bra! don’t forget to check out her post on it!

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Thanks again for so many GORGEOUS submissions! I can’t wait to see what you all make next week! I’ll definitely have to start working on these posts sooner and add the submissions as I get them!
Don’t forget to check out the Group Pinterest Board and the Flickr Group!! and to join and add your bras there! And to send next weeks bras to [email protected] !!!
Until next Sunday!! Happy Sewing
xo erin

Bra-A-Week Eve!! And Buttons!!


Hi All!!

I can’t believe it’s only one more sleep until this challenge starts! I can’t wait to show you my first bra- and to show all the amazing work that I’ve seen from everyone who has been sending me submissions!

In honour of this challenge my sister was kind enough to design me this gorgeous banner- to go along with the buttons that she made too!

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Please take one!! Whatever size fits your blog best 🙂

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I’m so excited about these buttons! Aren’t they so cute?

Also don’t forget to follow, comment and pin to the Group Pinterest Board !

And to join, share and post on the Flickr Group!

And of course- send me pictures, descriptions and links to [email protected] by the end of tonight, or any Saturday during the challenge to have your bra put in the Sunday Bra Post!

Hope you’re all as excited about the first post as I am!

xo erin

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