It’s the beginning of May! And if you didn’t know yet, May is all about bottoms for me! I figured that after 16 months of bra making, it was about time that I dedicated a month to making some matching bottoms.
For the first week I thought it was most fitting to make my favourite bottoms pattern: my boyshort pattern 🙂 I wear boyshorts almost everyday, there is something about the construction of them, the way they sit on my body and under my clothes that I just love!
This is the same pattern that I have in my Cast Away Collection (don’t worry I didn’t forget about those patterns- they’re just taking me a little longer than I thought they would!) But while I’m in the midst of grading and pattern testing, I couldn’t resist just making myself up a few pair to go with some of my favourite bras!
I did three different finishes on them:
These were all made using my new bamboo, which I’ve spent an unreasonable amount of time stroking ever since it came into the studio- it is SO soft! and gorgeous to work with too! Not to mention 7 colours that match my lace 🙂 it can be found here 😉
It’s that time again! Time for all of your beautiful bra-makes! And you’ve all been creative little bees this spring and I’m, as always, so impressed with all of your makes this month!
What a month it’s been too- it seems like it flew by so quickly! I for one am so excited for some warmer weather, something about those extra hours of sunshine and everything thawing, it just makes me happier to be alive 🙂
So let’s get right into it!
First we have this super cute set from Amy of Sews and Bows!
Amy made this set using the Watson Pattern from Cloth Habit in a 30A for her daughter, what a lucky girl! She also used a performance knit fabric that she designed and dyed the elastics to match the hint of blue in the print, isn’t that so fun!
Next we have a beautiful red set from Ilna!
Ilna made this beautiful red set using the seamless pattern from Marinique, and the matching bottoms using a modified version of the hipster pattern from MakeBra. Loving that red!
For fabric she used a red knit, lined with knit from a red t-shirt she had (bras are way better than shirts!) And don’t forget the gothic arch and lace detailing on these pieces! LOVE!
Next we have a beautiful black bodysuit from Sian of Rebel Angel!
Clearly I wasn’t the only one feeling inspired by bodysuits this April- and wow is this one ever gorgeous!! I’m in love with that lace! Sian made this body suit as a hack of the Watson pattern from Cloth Habit, with some black lace on the top and some black power mesh for the body- how pretty is this!
Next we have two beauties from Ciara of Crabigail Adams
Ciara made this bra using the Shelley pattern from PUG patterns, and a combination of pink and turquoise findings and fabrics!
Then later on in the month she went on to make another Shelley, this time with a decorative external powerbar on the outside! How pretty is that! And of course the matching undies!!
Does anybody else get the cotton candy vibe from this set? To me it just looks delicious!!
Make sure you head to Ciara’s blog to read about her second bra make here!
Next we have a pretty set from Christie of Serenity Lingerie!
Christie made this set using the Watson pattern from Cloth Habit and some super soft purple bamboo with white findings. This set looks SO comfy, like you just want to lounge around the house in it all day and never take it off!
Christie also made this set for her mother-in-law which is super sweet! As sweet as that little rose-bud decoration! <3
Next we have a lovely fresh set from Jennifer
Jennifer made this gorgeous set using the Boylston pattern from Orange Lingerie. She made it with foam, white elastics and the gorgeous grey floral fabric!
Jennifer also made two pair of matching pantie to go with it! One using the Montgomery Brief pattern from Orange Lingerie, and the other using the Lacy Thong pattern from Fehr Trade. I just LOVE these- and that fabric is everything!! Definitely got some floral bra envy going on!!
Next we have some stunning black drama from Maddy of Miss Maddy Sews!
This is Maddy’s Back to Black set, and in traditional Maddy style it is a three-piece set (SO much set envy!)
Maddy made this set using the Boylston bra pattern from Orange Lingerie, the Watson Bikini pattern from Cloth Habit and the Greta Garter Belt pattern from Ohhh Lulu!
She made this set using some black stretch satin from her stash and black findings, along with some Bliss underwires for a perfect fit!
There are so many gorgeous details in this set- including these darling peekaboo cut-outs in the panties!
So make sure you head over to Maddy’s blog to read even more about this stunning set!
Next we have a lovely bra from Henna of Stitch Study!
Henna made this bra using the Classic pattern from PUG, and some nylon mesh and elastics that she dyed to match. This bra is so cute, and one of those colour that I gravitate towards- you know? Love it!
Next we have four bras (YES FOUR!!) from the lovely Amber!
Wow look at these beauties!! All different and all gorgeous in their own way! Amber drafted all of these bras herself, and they are all nursing bras, with a 1 year old, her size has changed and she needed some new cute bras- and now she definitely has a line-up! Her own spring collection!
I have no idea how you managed to do this with a 1 year old, but I am SUPER impressed Amber!!!
Next we have a fanciful little beauty from Sofia of Silver Lining Atelier!
Sofia made this bra with a horizontal seam cup with a balconette shape. She used black bra tulle lined with sheer cup lining for the cups and some gorgeous gathered black bra tulle along the neckline for a fanciful detail!
There is something about this bra that just feels so divine and luxurious! Much envy 🙂 <3
Kristy made this bra using the Classic pattern from PUG patterns. She also used this lovely sheer fabric that she thrifted for the cups- and I am LIVING for the bird placement on these cups, that is SO gorgeous, and so spring!!
Kristy also added a special detail on the bridge of her bra- a heart charm that came off the anniversary card her husband gave her! So sweet! <3
Next we have this sexy number from Linda of UpLift Custom Bras!
Linda made this lovely bra for a client using a self drafted pattern and cut & sew foam covered in this amazing snake-print lycra! This bra is FIERCE! <3
Next we have this very pretty set from Anne of Sew Anemone!
Anne made this set of matching tap-pants and camisole for under light outfits this spring! Wow does this ever make me think of spring 🙂 It just feels so light and fresh!
And last but not least we have this cute suit from Jennifer of Jensware!
Jennifer made this bathing suit for her daughter using the PUG classic pattern with foam and covered in the most adorable hearts & strawberries print with a modified racer-back, and matching high-waisted bottoms in denim print spandex and heart buttons using the Three Sisters, Violet pattern from PUG.
She calls it her Strawberry Love and it definitely is! SO cute <3
Another month of spectacular bra-makes! You lovely ladies never fail to impress me 🙂
What are your plans for May?
I can tell you right now my plans are for bottoms. It may not be too surprising to you that after seeing week after week of bras, that you might be wondering- does she ever make the bottoms to match? And the answer to that is- rarely- and my underwear drawer is seriously lacking right now! So that is my plan for May! So if you want to join me with my panty party then you are absolutely welcome!! Or you can set some goals of your own! Just let me know what they are in the comments below!
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!!
Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend <3
It’s Bra-A-Week 16 already!! And that means that it’s also a make-week! And you already know what you’re in for this week thanks to this lovely teaser:
I LOVE my new body suit!! And not only that, this was the first time I shot my photos in my studio!! YAY!! You all get to see a little peak of the back of my studio 🙂 That’s my make-and-inspiration wall behind me 🙂
And of course, I couldn’t take the photos without Gibby 🙂 You’ve all been missing him 🙂
So on to the body suit! I made this body suit using my Bra Theory tutorial from last week on Drafting your Bra Cups into a Bodysuit.
To add a little more styling to this suit (and a little more modesty) I decided to make some princess lines and line the center panel with an opaque bamboo knit.
The cups in this body suit are very similar to the cups in my black beauty bra, (horizontal seam, bliss wires, external powerbar to strap) just a little bit higher angle on the neckline, for a slightly more V shape 🙂
And this bodysuit was made with my new fabrics!
I made it using my new Miriam Stretch Lace in Black, lined with some beautiful stretch bamboo knit in black! I LOVE my new fabrics! (this was the same stretch lace from my in the nude bra, only in black!)
And of course I used all my new elastics for it too! 🙂
And I just posted them in The Emerald Studio Etsy this morning!! I’m so happy I can finally share them with you! 🙂
This bodysuit just sewed up like a dream! I lined the cups with some 15 denier to give some soft support, and I lined the powerbar with some black bamboo to give it the same opaque black look as the center panel of my body suit, and to seam the edge for a clean finish!
I kept the back of the suit sheer to really show off the lace, and lined the back bra band with powernet to give the full support of a bra, with 3/4″ band elastic on the bottom of the bra, 3/4″ strap elastic for the straps, and 3/8″ elastic under the arm, on the neckline and for the legs!
And of course I had endless fun taking photos with Gibby 🙂 mom and I love to get him howling with us like one big dog pack 🙂 He’s getting so fluffy!
This week has been an amazing week! I’m so excited that I could get all of my new products out (and there’s still more on the way!) I love being able to share all of this with you and put all of my time and care into finding all the very best things!!!
Also don’t forget that next Sunday is the April Round-Up! How did that go so quickly!!
Make sure you send me all of your lovely makes this month to: [email protected] ! I just love seeing everything that you’ve made 🙂
You can go here to grab a challenge button and, 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!!
Hope you’re all having a lovely Sunday!
You know what time it is!! It’s Bra Theory time, my favourite time of the month 🙂 And this month I’m feeling really inspired by bodysuits. Specifically I really love bodysuits and bathing suits that have your bra built into them. You may remember these gems:
From the week 6 of BAW 2015 this bodysuit with bra cups:
And this bathing suit with cups from BAW 2015 Week 18
Ever since I’ve made these you guys have been asking me for a tutorial on how to draft your bra cups into a bodysuit/bathing suit, and I thought this would be the perfect month for it! 🙂
So I will be making a bodysuit, this bodysuit:
You might recognize the cups as the pattern from my Black Beauty (one of my all time favs <3 )
So now – on with the drafting! And I’m keeping it super low tech for y’all today with my paper and sharpie 😛
To start you want to have a swimwear sloper- which is your most simple, basic one-piece swimsuit pattern. There are lots of different patterns out there, you can also draft your own. One of the best things that you can do is pick a simple pattern, make it up, and do all the alterations and fittings you can until it’s perfect, without all the fancy stuff, then keep this pattern as your base. This is mine:
The major alteration that I make to all of my patterns (if they aren’t drafted from body measurements) is the length. I’m 5′ 11″ and it’s all torso, so I usually add a good 2″ of length to any standard pattern in my size.
For this tutorial, this is one of the most important things about your sloper- the body length, because this will really impact the fit, and your placement of your bra cups. You want to make sure that your pattern is not too long in the body (or you’ll get horizontal wrinkles and sagging) and you want to make sure that it’s not too short in the body (or you’ll either be flashing people, or walking around with a wedgie- both bad).
Some patterns have the body length in their size charts, and you can lengthen/shorten accordingly. One thing to consider also is the proportion of your torso- is the length all in your ribcage above the belly button? or is it from with waist to crotch? The best part of making a sloper like this is to figure out all of your unique fitting needs and make a pattern that will be specific for you.
Once you have this pattern, or a pattern that you like well enough you want to first mark your waist:
This mark is really important because it will be your reference point for your cup placement. To find your cup placement- you need to measure on your own body the distance from your waist to the bottom of your underwire.
I find the best way to do this is to tie something elastic around your middle (it will always find your smallest point at the waist) and then measure from there straight up to the bottom of your underwire (on either your left or right side), directly under your apex- which will be the lowest point of your wire. For me this was 5 1/2″
Measure this distance up from your waist mark, and draw a line on your pattern parallel to your waist line (this is your underwire line).
Take your bra frame (this is the one that I used for my Black Beauty bra and it is for my Bliss Underwires)
Line your center fronts up together and place your frame so that where the underwire (which on this pattern piece is directly below the seam allowance mark) is on your underwire line on your suit sloper- because that is where your underwire goes.
Now you’re going to lay your back band piece over top of your back suit piece, making sure that it lines up at the same height as the front frame (don’t forget to consider seam allowances)
One thing that you may notice- The front frame is a bit more narrow than the suit piece at the side seam- but remember that your bodysuit sloper was designed without bra cups and was meant to have allowances for covering your bust, where your bra frame is designed to sit flat against your body and you will add a cup into it- allowing more fabric coverage for the girls, so you should expect this difference. If there is a HUGE difference, then there are a couple things to consider- you may have to change the side seams of your bra pattern to match up better with your side seam on your suit pattern firstly (sometime bra patterns can have side seams that aren’t at the exact side- and that will throw this off a little). You may also have to do a little bit of futzing with the lines until they are nice and smooth, especially if you have large cups/small band.
Together they should look something like this- For the front frame piece, you can see that I’ve traced out where it falls (since it is all within the suit pattern piece) and I’ve taped the back piece on top.
Now you can cut away the neckline and strap parts of your suit pattern leaving your suit ending in your bra frame:
With the back of your pattern, you will want to have a seam where the upper back band is seamed with the rest of the back body. There are a few reasons for this- if you have an underwired bra in the front, you need a certain amount of support in the back to counter that- or else you won’t get the support you need, and your side seams will pull to the front- so it’s best to have a bra band in the back with elastic.
Because I like a nice wide elastic, I’ve added a 3/4″ elastic allowance on these pieces for their seam allowance, because I will be sewing a 3/4″ elastic band to this join, like you would normally do with a regular bra back band. Once you’ve added the seam allowances your pattern is pretty much ready to go!
Another good thing to add to your bodysuit is a inner bra frame in the front, just like you’re adding your regular support in the back.
You at the VERY LEAST, want to make sure you line your bridge piece with something non-stretch so your cups don’t have the freedom to drift east & west, but I also recommend lining to your side seam with a non-stretch fabric as well, to give your normal amount of support in your bra.
I did this with these ‘partial band’ type piece, but you could always do a full band style that goes completely under the cup.
I used 15 denier, finished with some nude elastic and basted it into my suit.
And this is the point where you can sew your cups in, sew your back together and finish up your bodysuit!
But I’m not going to spoil the big reveal of this bodysuit- that is for next week and BAW16!!
Do you think you’ll be making a bodysuit or bathing suit with bra cups? I can’t wait to make more for this summer coming up 🙂
What have you been working on this month? Are you enjoying Spring?
Let me know!
Happy Spring! How is your spring going? Here in southern Ontario we’ve been surprised by more snow- and just when I thought it was safe to take off my snow tires! But I’m not letting it dampen my spring feels 🙂 So for my first make this month, I’ve decided to make something so light and airy, that will be super comfortable and weightless! Almost like I’m wearing nothing at all!
I LOVE this new set, with my nude stretch lace & new nude elastics (Coming soon to my Etsy!)
I made this using my standard bralette pattern, reduced slightly to accommodate for the stretch in the fabric and with a longline band. I made the bottoms using my high-waisted bathing suit bottoms pattern- because there’s really no difference between swimwear bottoms and panties. (also coming soon to my Etsy!)
I absolutely adore my new stretch lace, it is so soft and light, and so pretty! And I just love this nude it feels so fresh! I lined the bralette with some nude 15 denier as well- and it’s just perfect so soft- and the best part about lining is that you have all enclosed seams, so the inside can be as beautiful as the outside!
I know what you must be thinking now- were are all the pictures of you in this beautiful set? And the answer to that is: my camera woman (hey mom) is away at a sailing class this morning, and after a very long day full of day-drinking at the Kingston Craft Beer Festival with friends yesterday (that turned into a super late and fun night) I am not quite full of enough ambition to set up a camera and do my own photos. So for now, just the flat photos will have to do 🙂 This set deserves nicer photos than I can take this morning 😛 so more will be coming soon 🙂
I’m also loving this proportion of longline bra with the high-waisted undies! It reminds me of something that Madalynne would wear- and I’m feeling so inspired by her style right now, have you seen all the bodysuits she’s doing? I feel like I might have to make myself a bodysuit too 😉
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!!
What have you been up to? Anything fun and exciting happening?