Sunday, March 22, 2015

Bra-A-Week: Week 10

Hi All!!

Today I have something a little different- and an announcement!

As you have probably guessed from my hints in the last couple of weeks:

 I'm extending the Bra-A-Week Challenge! YAY!!!

11 weeks is simply not long enough to enjoy this challenge with you all! So here's the new scoop on the challenge:

1. I'm fully committing to the challenge for another 9 weeks! (Until the end of May) After which I will look at my time and see where it should go from there who knows, I might be doing this for the rest of my life lol.

2. I'm going to focus mostly on swimwear. As always, this challenge is open to any bra/lingerie/swimwear, so your goal doesn't have to change with mine- you can do whatever you want!

3. The only rule that I am changing is that submissions have to be in BY FRIDAY NIGHT. It can get a little stressful to rally all of your submissions and post them first thing on Sunday morning- and I really like to get the post out to you before noon on Sundays for you all if I can (definitely didn't happen today lol!) But don't worry if you get yours after the deadline- there's always next Sunday! and anything that is missed will just be in the next week!!

I'm excited to have you all join me for another 9 weeks, or maybe more ;) 


So now- back to my project this week! Which is a bikini top!

This top is based on the Marsha style in the Three Sisters bikini pattern from Pin-Up Girls, and is one of the first projects that I planned for the challenge!

I modified the pattern to be quite a bit lower along the neckline than the original, but kept the twist in the middle- which I thought was a very fun element with the mix-match fabrics for the cup!

I decided to modify the neckline because after I tried it on, I thought it would be a little more flattering with a bit more cleavage :)

This is the neckline of the original pattern before I lowered it, and yes, this is me sewing in the middle of the night as usual- texting mom to say- "do you think I should lower it?"
The inside of the swimsuit is a cut&sew foam cup with a vertical seam, and short underwires. To modify the neckline after it was finished I just cut the foam down the the height I wanted and folded the outer swim fabric over the top edge and hand-stitched it down. Not as clean as if I designed it ahead of time- but a very simple fix that looks great from the outside!

And my favourite part of this swim top has to be the twist in the middle! so fun!

I did make matching bottoms to go with this suit- but they were quickly ruined by one jump in a hot tub. I used the coral/pink fabric for the bottoms and the hot tub dyed them a muddy purple! But not all-over purple which I could have lived with, but only in the areas which weren't tight against my body- so in the crevices of the waistband, near the seams, and you guessed it- a stripe up the centre back, which is not really something I can pull off.

(me being a beach-babe on one of the most beautiful beaches ever!)

This also had to be the first night of my California trip, and the one pair of matching bottoms to the two swim tops I had made for the trip... so I hung my head in defeat and marched myself to the closest Walmart to buy a simple pair of black bottoms- and vowed never to dunk this top into a hot tub! Lesson learned- do not wear your nice custom swimwear into the hot tub!

Have you ever had a hot tub swimwear disaster?

Now onto your submissions!


First we have this beautiful swim suit and bra from Christina!

Christina made this gorgeous wrap-style swimsuit in pretty spring colours to get her back in the pool! Super flattering with a built in bra too! Love it!

She also made this simple but pretty 'Winter Whites' bra, which is her first ever cloned bra! Great job!

cf_green (at) yahoo (dot) com
Next we have a pretty set from a new contributor Monique of Lingerie MoLou

Monique made this beautiful lace bra from a self draft, with a plunge front and lace straps!

She also made a lovely set of panties to go with it! what a pretty set- I love that lace :)
Next we have a bra from David of Bonnet Blue

David made this bra with half-triangle cups and a hook closure in the back. Very delicate with a pretty black lace!

David is a freelance lingerie designer, label: Bonnet Blue 

dpolrolniczak (at) wp (dot) pl
Next we have blast from the past from Kerri of Lady K's Wardrobe Unlocked!

Kerri made this under-chemise from the Country Wives Pattern CW SS-01. It's for re-enacting times from the early 19th century or the War of 1812.

Kerri made this from unbleached cotton- and is planning to wear it under her Recency-era dresses. Wow! Can't wait to see a picture of that! It does look super comfy too :)
Next is another swim-submission- this time from my mom :) 

Mom made this swimsuit from the Watson Bra & Bikini pattern for my sister. She used this fun printed swim fabric for the front and lined it with white powernet, which she also used for the back band and little panels on the sides of the bottoms.

She used white fold over elastic to finish the edges (although she didn't get to finish the edges of the legs yet!) And she left the elastic the full width on the top edge of the bottoms- because they are quite low cut! Super cute!
Last but definitely not least we have this chic bra from Michelle of Michelle's Creations

Michelle made his bra from the Classic Full Band pattern from Pin-Up Girls, with the addition of a split lower cup. She also modified the pattern to fit her omega shape, with a smaller wire and cradle, and a modified bridge to sit lower and adjust for a flat spot (what a pro!)

And on top of all of that she applied a beautiful lace to the centre front for the 'butterfly effect' - wow is that pretty, such good lace placement, it really looks like the wings of a butterfly! And of course she added a little lace to the side too! Make sure to check out her post on this gorgeous bra!


As always I am totally loving all of your submissions- You guys are getting more creative and inspiring every week! Which is why it makes me so happy to extend this challenge!!

I can't wait to see what you all come up with in the weeks ahead! Has this given anyone a chance to reflect more on what they like and need in their bra wardrobe? find any gaps? any new loves? Any new goals for the coming weeks?

I've definitely found my love of cut & sew foam and fold over elastic! And I can't wait to get moving more on swimwear! :)

 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!!

You can also check out Week 1Week 2 , Week 3 , Week 4 , Week 5 , Week 6 , Week 7,  Week 8  and Week 9 of this challenge for more amazing bras!

Let me know what your goals are- have they changed? are they the same? How are you feeling coming in to a new season?

Happy Sunday!!!

xo erin

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Bra-A-Week: Week 9

Hi All!

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!
Next we have another pretty pink bra from Rebecca, my co-worker/friend at Bra-maker's Supply

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! :)
Next we have two cute Watson's from a new Bra-A-Week-er Christa, from her blog Lake Knit

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!
Next we have a super sexy 'Ze-bra' set from Diana of Diana Lingerie Design

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 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!!
Next we have this very elegant black lace bra from  Jodi of Threads by Jodi

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!
Next we have a very creative bra from David

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!

David is a freelance lingerie designer, label: Bonnet Blue 

dpolrolniczak (at) wp (dot) pl

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!

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!!

You can also check out Week 1Week 2 , Week 3 , Week 4 , Week 5 , Week 6 , Week 7 and Week 8 of this challenge for more amazing bras! (wow that list is getting long!)

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...

Happy Sunday!

xo erin

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Bra-A-Week: Week 8

Hi All!

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! :)

Next we have this stunning set from  Karin of Mrs.Weaver's Finest Unmentionables!

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!

Next we have this lovely bra from David

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 

dpolrolniczak (at) wp (dot) pl

Next we have a beautiful spring bra from Amy of Cloth Habit

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!
Next we have a pretty bra from Linda of Uplift Custom Bras

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! :) 

Next we have a black and red beauty from Michelle of Michelle's Creations

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!
Last but not least we have these two showy sets from Kerri of Lady K's Wardrobe Unlocked

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...

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!!

You can also check out Week 1Week 2 , Week 3 , Week 4 , Week 5 , Week 6 and Week 7 of this challenge for more amazing bras!

Until next Sunday (and unfortunately a Sunday where I will be back in freezing cold Ontario :P),

Happy sewing!

xo erin