New Book from Scarlett!!


Hi All!

Here’s a quick mid-week post, because my good friend Scarlett has come out with something super exciting and new! She wrote and illustrated a book!! SO EXCITING!!

The book is called 100+ Corset Designs, and it’s just that- an amazing book of illustrations with some amazing corset designs to get your mind all full of inspiration for your next big corset project!!

I don’t know about you, but it’s around this time of year, when the weather starts getting colder, that it makes me think of all the beautiful structured things I could be making, and there are so many gorgeous corsets that are on my dream list! I cannot wait to snuggle up on the couch with a tea and browse through this book!!

And that will be possible very soon!! She is launching the book on September 8th!!

But if you want a special hook up- I know how you can get it 24 hours early 😉 If you click on this link RIGHT HERE you can be added to the special VIP list to get access to this book 24 hours early, and as always, I’m pretty sure that Scarlett has some other surprises up her sleeve too!

Anyways, I just had to let you know about it because, well, she is pretty amazing- and I’m also super excited about this book!!

Are you feeling inspired by corset making lately? Does fall give you the corset making bug too?

xo

erin

 

Bra Make [BAW8]: Black Lace Vixen & Giveaway Winner!


Hi All!!

Week 8 already!- and here is my second and final make for February! I think lace was the perfect topic, and I’m already dreaming of all the lace bras I’m going to make the rest of the year now that I’m so inspired!

But first, what I’m sure you’ve all been waiting for!
The GIVEAWAY announcement!!
And the winner of this lovely kit (with either large or small findings):

 

Drumroll please…………………………….

 

 

It’s MISS MADDY SEWS!! 
 
I’m so excited!! I know Maddy will make something truly stunning with this kit! Congratulations Maddy- I will be in touch and this beauty will be on it’s way across the world in no time! 🙂
(*why does random number generator always find the person with the most expensive shipping? lol*)
 
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Now that we have all the excitement about the giveaway over, it’s time to get excited about my make this week!

 

Since you all got a massive sneak peak of this bra in my tutorial on making a scallop lace band last week. I thought I would give you a little extra eye candy this week with a matching waist cincher, made with the Vixen pattern from Scarlett!!

I made this set using my new Beautiful Black Lace (and lots of it! So much lace edge!!), Black Bra Tulle, Plunge Underwires and a small black regular elastic findings kit (with a 3X3 hook and eye- my fave)!

On the waist cincher I also used some pre-made cotton binding to finish the edges, black channeling with 1/4″ plastic boning and some sturdy black woven wool for a waist tape and to support the grommets in the back!

Now I do technically have a full set with this bra, the waist cincher and the black panties I made to go with my black beauty set, but I’m not quite brave enough to photograph myself in the whole set for you guys, so these two will have to do!

I LOVE how this waist cincher turned out! The bra tulle looks so delicate and light as air! And I should say that it definitely isn’t as strong as coutil- so this is not a real ‘haul in the waist’ kind of corset- but it makes for some very pretty lingerie, especially on a pattern like this with so many shapely panels!

I added a little pop of pink ribbon in the back 🙂 just to mix things up 🙂 I love how you can see the waist tape though the sheer pannels, and this waist cincher is nice and high in the back, it even overlaps my wide bra back! I think that’s a more flattering shape though 🙂

I’m pretty impressed with how this bra came out too! I’m LOVING this darted cup 🙂 I know that they aren’t the best for everyone and all sizes, but I find that on me, and my size- they are so flattering and give a really nice shape! I love the way these large lace scallops turned out, it really emphasizes the plunge of this neckline. I definitely think this is one of the sexiest bras I own, hands down!

I think these two designs worked well to compliment each other as well, with the top line or the waist cincher following the bottom edge of the bra  in that nice ‘V’ shape!

 

And don’t forget Scarlett most generously offered a 50% discount on this beautiful waist cincher pattern for my lovely readers this February with this coupon code!! YAY!

 

I’m so happy with how my set turned out! But I’m also SO excited to see everything you’ve made this month!!

Don’t forget to send in all your bra makes for February to:
 
Hope you’re all having an amazing weekend!
xo
erin

Bra-A-Week [40]: Harlot Suspender Corset


Hi All!
Here we are at the final week of Corset October! Can you believe it’s already here! And here is my final corset!
And look at that extra lucky pattern matching- that was 100% unintentional- so massive win on this one!
This is made with the beautiful Harlot Suspender corset pattern from Scarlett! Sorry for the low lighting and lack of thigh highs to go with the garter straps- the photos were a little last minute in this crazy week, and I wasn’t quite up to showing off my pale pale thighs in this corset!

 

I cut this corset out at the same time that I cut out the Angel Underbust from last week, so I didn’t know that the patterns tend to run a little on the lager size, so this pattern is also a little roomy on me, but it does make for a very comfortable wearing corset! And I love the shape of the top of this corset- perfect for making a matching bra!

I really love the way that this corset turned out, and the fabric- which looks so rich and beautiful! It’s amazing how much your fabric can influence the look and feel of your corset! I’m so happy I have some of this left over, I’ll definitely be making another corset with it!

I also like how high this corset comes in the back, it’s super flattering and you don’t have to worry about any spilling over the top when you’re lacing it tight!

I did have to watch my garter straps around Karin’s lovely puppy Inkblot – he thought they were a lovely little dangly piece for him to play with! Here I am hiding them from him! What a sweetheart!
Overall I am so happy with this corsetI can’t wait to put together a beautiful outfit for it!
And don’t forget Scarlett is offering a deal too all of my lovely readers!
If you use the code ERINOCT you can get 30% OFF her patterns and her course!! Thanks Scarlett!!
 
And now on to all of your beautiful makes this week!
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First we have this very striking Halloween corset from Karin of Mrs.Weaver’s Finest!

Karin made her ‘Gentleman Skull Corset’ for her lovely step-daughter to wear this Halloween! How cool is that!!  <3 <3

She made it using this piece of fabric and some strategic pattern placement,  with both of the full sized skeletons being placed on the back panels. Halloween being my favourite holiday you can imagine how in love I am with this corset! Make sure you head over to Karin’s blog to read all about it!

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Next we have a super sparkly corset from Rachel of Ivy Rose Designs 

Remember Rachel’s beautiful bra from last week? Well here is her gorgeous corset to match! And what a lovely set in that sparkly galaxy fabric!

This is a self-drafted pattern, with a solid panel centre front, no busk, and a nice peak in the centre following perfectly with the matching bra! What a lovely silhouette, that will definitely make for a stunning outfit on a fun night out!

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Next we have another gorgeous submission from Sian of Rebel Angel

This is Sian’s first corset, and she used a kit and pattern from Sew Curvy in the beautiful underbust style!

She used a single layer of coutil- and wow- look at the waist-training power of this corset- really gorgeous shape! And an excellent first corset too! Make sure to head over to Sian’s blog to read her post all about the making of this beauty! 

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Next we have a beautiful bra submission from our favourite french man Joël!!

Joël has taken a luxurious summer off biking in the country with his wife in the sunshine 🙂 But now it’s back behind the sewing machine creating beautiful things 🙂

This is a two colour bra made with satin crèpe and a gorgeous lace! Don’t you love the detailing on the straps too! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- your wife is a very lucky woman!

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And last but not least we have another halloween inspired corset from Maddy of Miss Maddy Sews!

Maddy made this bra using the plunge corset pattern from Scarlett in her Corset Making Express Course, and some heavy weight black cotton lining, with a shinier black fashion exterior.

An then she added the fun bit! She combined her passion of medicine (from her studies) with her sewing passion and added appliqué ribs to her corset! How cool is that! Make sure you head over to Maddy’s blog to read all about her super awesome corset make, and to wish her luck on her upcoming exams!!

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What a fantastic finale for Corset October- I really couldn’t have wished for a better corset turn out! You have all made such stunning things! And I’m happy to see that I’m not the only one who was bitten with the corset bug! These four definitely won’t be my last!

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 or #corsetoctober  !!

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!!

I’ve got a pretty crazy week ahead of me with the fabulous Mrs.Weaver here in Calgary! If you would like to follow all of our happenings this week make sure to follow us on instagram! @mrsweaversfinest & @theemeraldstudio and you can also follow our hashtag #emeraldweaverproject!

Hope you’re all having an amazing weekend – and that you’re all getting ready for Halloween coming up next weekend!

xo

erin

Bra-A-Week [39]: The Angel Underbust


Hi All!!
Week 39 of Bra-A-Week!! Can you believe it!! And another week of beautiful corsets for this fine October 🙂
And this week I’m wearing my corsets in a most special place! The Calgary International Burlesque Festival, where I had a booth to show my lovely wears with the fabulous Mrs.Weaver.
What a perfect place to show off my newest corset!!

This corset it the Angel Underbust pattern from Scarlett! Don’t you just love those lines! This is my first corset with hip gores 🙂 And I love it!

Now I must admit that I didn’t make a mock up of this (I know it’s shameful!) and it turned out a little too big, but it’s actually nice to have a corset that I can do all the way up and it’s not too squeezing! Otherwise I love the shaping of this corset- I’ll just make a smaller size next time 🙂 There will be a next time!

I also love the slightly more business feel to this one with the herringbone fabric! I feel like I will get a lot of wear out of this one 🙂 🙂 Thanks Scarlett!
And don’t forget…  If you use the code ERINOCT you can get 30% OFF her patterns and her course!! Thanks Scarlett!!
 
I’m so happy with my new corset 🙂 🙂
And now on to your lovely submissions this week!
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First we have this gorgeous corset from Karin of Mrs.Weaver’s Finest!

Karin showed me this corset in person this week- and WOW! This was her first experiment in pattern matching on corsets with this beautiful crane and floral corset. How stunning is this!

I heard from Karin that the best way to pattern match is with wine, after three glasses of wine, everything lines up! I’ll have to try her technique in the future!

Make sure you head over to Karin’s blog to see this gorgeous corset!

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Next we have two pretty sets from Emma of A Hand Stitched Life:

Emma made these using the Watson from Cloth Habit, and the Jasime Bralette, Grace and Betty panties from Ohhh Lulu.  How gorgeous are these! I love that colour blocking!

Fantastic choice of fabric too- Emma used this mini-sequin fabric along with velvet- how luxurious! Love it! Make sure you head over to Emma’s blog to see her post about these lovelies!

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Next we have a very lovely bra from new contributor Karen!

Karen made this using the Marlborough pattern from Orange Lingerie, using apple green silk dupion, lace and hot pink elastics!

What a beautiful colour combination! This is so stunning! It’s also lined with cotton voile, and the back band is hot pink to continue the theme! Love it! Thanks for the submission Karen!

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Next we have a dazzling bra from another new contributor Rachel!

Rachel made this bra using the Shelley Pattern from Pin-Up Girls. She used a duoplex inner layer, covered in a stretch sparkle outer layer!

What a fun bra! I love the colours, and it really catches the light! Fantastic! Thanks for the submission Rachel!

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Next we have a beautiful corset submission from Maddy of Miss Maddy Sews!

Maddy made this corset using the 1703 corset pattern from the corset making compendium from Scarlett. She made this historical corset for her sister! What a great sister!

This was Maddy’s first corset- and what a fantastic introduction to corset making! And as ever- the economical Maddy- managed to make this corset for $30- an incredible feat on it’s own!

Make sure you head over and read Maddy’s post over on her blog! 

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And last but not least we have a gorgeous corset submission from Lauriana of Petit Main Sauvage! 

Lauriana made this pattern using Scarlett’s corset belt pattern and leather! WOW! Loving the leather!

Lauriana mentioned that this is reminding her of the addictive nature of corset making- and I must agree!! It’s amazing!

Make sure to head over and check out Lauriana’s post over on her blog! 

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Another spectacular week! You never disappoint! 🙂 🙂 And I can’t believe it’s already week 3 of corsets! oh my!

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 or #corsetoctober  !!

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!!

I’ve got a pretty crazy week ahead of me with the fabulous Mrs.Weaver here in Calgary! If you would like to follow all of our happenings this week make sure to follow us on instagram! @mrsweaversfinest & @theemeraldstudio and you can also follow our hashtag #emeraldweaverproject!

Hope you’re all having a lovely Sunday!

xo erin

Bra-A-Week [38]: Floral Underbust


Hi All!
It’s the second week of Corset October! YAY! And I’ve got another corset for you!

This one is the same pattern as last weeks, the Freedom Corset pattern from Pin-Up Girls in size D graded to C at the waist, but this is the under-bust version.

To make this I used corset twill as a lining and a silky rayon as the outer fashion fabric.

Because you’re not supposed to use lightweight fabrics for the outside of a corset, I used a double sided adhesive interfacing (Wonder Under) to fix it to the lining- which turned out a little heavier than I would have liked, I think in the future I would just keep them as separate layers and use an interfacing on the rayon, then I could also do the ‘stitch and flip’ method of making a case for my boning, rather than sewing bone channels onto my seam allowances, which I’m finding to be a little bulky.

Overall I’m totally obsessed with this corset! I love it!! This fabric is also quite special to me, because it was the last remain scrap of my ‘signature fabric’ that I used for a fashion show in university! It was the perfect use!

And of course it’s Gibby approved! I can’t wait to wear this in Calgary!!

I’m so excited to get working on more corsets!! My next two corsets will be patterns from the lovely Scarlett 🙂

And I have more exciting news! Scarlett most kindly offered a discount code for all of you, my lovely readers!!

If you use the code ERINOCT you can get 30% OFF her patterns and her course!! Thanks Scarlett!!

Now on to your lovely makes from this week!

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First we have a pretty pink bra from David of Bonnet Bleu 

David made this using foam cups, a pretty satin fabric and two types of lace, all in this gorgeous pink colour! It made a really dynamic neckline, and I love the simple detail of the bow!

David is a freelance lingerie designer, label: Bonnet BlueFacebook Page

dpolrolniczak (at) wp (dot) pl

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Next we have a lovely bra from Christie!

Christie made this bra using a beautiful black and red stretch lace over denier and powernet. Love that lace edge!

Christie made this with an internal powerbar for some good lift and a re-draft on the neckline to make it a balconette style! Her favourite so far- and I can see why! Gorgeous!

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Next we have a pretty set from Emma  of A Hand Stitched Life!

Emma made this set using the Cloth Habit Watson Pattern with the matching briefs pattern for the bottoms. How beautiful is this!

Emma made this set using stretch lace, and said it’s one of the most comfortable that she owns- that’s definitely a win!!

If you want to know more about this gorgeous set, make sure to check out Emma’s post over on her blog!

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Next we’re moving in to an October corset from Sofia of Silver Lining Atelier!

Sofia made this corset using the free corset belt pattern from Scarlett, using cotton twill lining, heavy black cotton and upholstery fabric for the exterior- super classy and wearable!

 

This was Sofia’s first corset – and wow what a hit! I think she’s got the same corset bug that I have too! It looks so pretty and simple over that dress too!

Make sure you head over to Sofia’s blog to read more about her gorgeous corset!

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Last but not least we have another gorgeous October corset from Karin of Mrs.Weaver’s Finest!

 

This is Karin’s ‘Italian Job’ corset- made from beautiful Italian checked fabric, some beautiful ribbon detailing, and a whole lot of time and dedication to matching stripes! And it really paid off- this is quite a stunner!

Karin used the Freedom Corset pattern for this corset, along with some modifications for taste and fit! Absolutely gorgeous!

Make sure you head over to Karin’s blog to read all about the Italian Job!

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I never cease to be amazed by all your talent- what a fantastic group of people we have here in our bra family!

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 or #corsetoctober  !!

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!!

Wow, I really don’t think I could have asked for more this month! This is truly amazing and there is still so much to come!
Can’t wait to see everything you send me for next week!
xo
erin
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