[BAW14]: In the Nude


Hi All!

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 boardand 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 next month to [email protected] for the next Round-Up post!

What have you been up to? Anything fun and exciting happening?

Hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend!
xo
erin

 

A Day of Making Bralettes


Hi All!

I mentioned about a week back that I was having a Bralette Class at the The Emerald Studio, and I thought I’d share a bit of that day with you since it was such a fun time!!

The day started out with a custom drafted pattern, a moment to get the sewing machines set up and a cup of tea!

 

Then pretty soon the fabric was selected, the patterns were cut out and it was off to the sewing! Sharing tips and techniques and construction methods 🙂 chatting away! There’s nothing like a day of sewing with a group of women- so much fun!

The day went so quickly with tips and techniques and teaching, that all the sudden it was the end of the day, the second fittings were over, and there were two beautifully made and fitted bralettes ready to be take home and loved 🙂

It was such a good experience, and I can’t wait for my next class!!

Do you love sewing classes? What’s your favourite class you’ve ever taken or taught?

xo

erin

Bralette Class Coming to The Emerald Studio


Hi All!

I thought I would tell you about the first class coming up at The Emerald Studio!

 

This class is a one-day class where you learn to make a bralette, specifically the bralette that you’ve seen me make on my blog so many times! (yes I love it!)

Since I don’t have my pattern available yet, and because a custom pattern is always better anyways 😉 you get a custom pattern drafted to your measurements for the class 🙂

I’m going to have a variety of fabrics available, and we’re going to get fun with it! Since it’s not an overly intensive class there will be lots of time for little tips and techniques, along with lots of fun and creativity!  And I don’t know about you- but those were pretty much all my goals for New Years!

 

Whether you want to make your bralette into very pretty delicate lingerie piece…

 

Or you’re looking for some cozy flannelette to lounge in this winter 🙂

It’s all up to you!

If you want to see more about the classes at The Emerald Studio make sure to check them out on the classes page of my website. Or you can always send me an email or leave a comment 🙂

Are sewing classes part of your new years goals for 2016?

xo erin

 

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 [email protected] by Friday for the next Sunday post!

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All of the love 🙂

xo

erin

Bra-A-Week [41]: Fall Bralette Love!


Hi All!

And a very Happy Halloween to everyone! I hope you all had fun last night, whether you celebrate Halloween or not!

This week is going the be a different week for the Bra-A-Week Challenge. We’re in a transition between a month of beautiful corsets back to beautiful bras, and with Halloween and everything else going on in people’s lives, I think everyone needed a bit of a break this week- but I hope to see more beautiful submissions for next week! 🙂

This week we can focus on a fun collaboration project I did with Mrs.Weaver last week when I was in Calgary!

 

I made a bralette for Mrs.Weaver! Now you might remember way back to Week 3 of this challenge when I made myself a Winter Bralette, well I can tell you that it has hardly left my body since, and is in need of replacement.

But I was talking to Karin over the past two weeks, and she was lamenting about the lack of bralettes in her size range, and how she would like a nice soft bralette for lounging around the house, and being comfortable. And I thought it would be the perfect time to test out my old drafting techniques for bralettes and see how well they do on the larger cup sizes! And we were both pretty smitten with the result!

 

This is a vertical seamed bralette with a longline band, just like my bralette from before, only a little bit shorter band that can be used with a 3X3 hook&eye in the back. You might remember that my bralette was a pull-over style, but that wouldn’t work for Karin with her full bust and tiny rib cage!

We used this gorgeous soft plaid flannel, with black fold over elastic and black powernet for the back band- the ultimate in soft comfort!

I’m so excited about this and the future for the Emerald Bralette pattern! Braletts can work on larger bust sizes! And who doesn’t want a comfy bralette!

 

I think it’s similar for everyone, after Halloween all the waistbands need to get a little looser and comfier as we gear up for Christmas pies and rich winter desserts! And I think this one will definitely do the job for Karin!! Now I want one!!

What do you think about bralettes? Are they for you? Do you already make them and love them? Do you have a hard time finding a pattern that fits you well?

Let me know!

And that is it for the Bra-A-Week Challenge this week! I’d love to start a big discussion about Bralettes down in the comments if you’d like to share your thoughts 🙂

I can’t wait for all your submissions next week!

xo

erin