Sunday, July 24, 2016

[BAW 30] GIVEAWAY!! Win a Custom Swimwear Kit!!



Hi All!!

This week I'm mixing it up and having a GIVEAWAY!! YAY Don't you love that extra Sunday in July!

I love giveaways :) and sharing with all of you lovelies! I wanted to do a giveaway a few weeks back - but I was interrupted by the Canada Post possible lock out *sigh*

But it's all clear now!! And I'm soooo happy to announce that my Emerald Studio Etsy shop is OPEN during the 30-day Canada Post negotiations (let's hope they come to a good agreement after these 30 days!)

Now for the giveaway!!- I was thinking about which fabric and kit I should pick to give away and then I realized that I wanted to hear more about your dream swimsuit and swimwear kits! And I want you to be able to pick out the perfect kit for you!! 


So this is how it works: 

First you can pick one of my 'Basics Kits': which is the series I designed to make swimwear sewing easier- they include everything you need for different types of swimwear! All of your lining, elastic, G-hooks, and bra stuff for bra-swimsuits!

The Basics Options Are:








Then you pick the fabric that you want to go with your kit!

You can pick up to 1 meter of fabric, either 1 solid meter, or 1/2 a meter each of two coordinating fabrics! And I've just replenished my shop with some gorgeous options!




These are just some of your options! Make sure to head over to my Etsy Shop to see all your options!! 



As usual, you can be anyone from anywhere to enter the giveaway!

To enter the giveaway all you have to do is leave a comment telling me: 

Which basics kit you would pick

 Which swimwear print is your favourite
What you would make with it

And of course, make sure I have your name and some way to contact you in case you win :P 

Also, you know it wouldn't hurt if you followed me on any of my social medias either.. you know... might be nice... ;)

Possibly my Instagram, Facebook, Bloglovin', Pinterest, favourite my Etsy Shop or maybe even sign up for my newsletter- in the side bar... <3

You have until next Saturday at noon EST to enter, and I will be announcing the winner at the start of the Round-Up post next week! 

(so don't forget to submit all your lovely makes too!!) 

I can't wait to hear all your favourites and thoughts for swimwear- it's my fav! 

:) :) :) 

xo

erin

Sunday, July 17, 2016

[BAW29]: Grey Bamboo T-Shirt Bra



Hi All!! 

After my last make  was so  super lacy and pretty delicate, I felt like something a little more practical, a everyday. 

For my everyday I like a bra that's SUPER comfy, which for me means: some gorgeous foam lining, super soft bamboo, fold over elastic, bliss wires, 3/4" straps, and a 3X3 hook and eye in the back!


I LOVE this bra, and I was instantly inspired to make it after I made these boyshorts back in May! To me it's a very comfy and simple chic set!  I drew inspiration from brands like Calvin Klein who have a more 'athletic and boyish' chic :)


For extra comfort I  made sure to have my wide straps and 3X3 hook and eye, which I love, even if it's not the norm for my size. I think it looks cooler for this style!

To keep in a more RTW look and with the grey bamboo theme, I covered not only the front frame, but also the back band with the bamboo, so it was uninterrupted all the way around, which I LOVE.


I took this exact cup pattern from the Black Beauty bra (one of my all-time favs), omitted the powerbar, and redesigned the upper cup to have a strap attachment point.


I LOVE the horizontal seams on this bra, I think they give a really clean and simple look :)


And the inside is just as simple, with some soft microfiber laminated foam, 15 denier lining for the frame, and white powernet lining on the back.


I think there's something so fresh about this set. Don't get me wrong, I love a little delicate lacy set, but something about a more boyish plain set like this makes me super happy :)



And of course, this must round up with some Gibby snuggles :)



What do you think about this new set? Are you more simple sporty chic or a more delicate lace lover? I feel like I'm a style chameleon that way- I just love a bit of everything!

Hope you're all having an amazing weekend!

xo

erin

Sunday, July 10, 2016

[BAW28]: Exposing the Unders: A Guide to Deconstructing Bra Design



Hi All!

I have some SUPER COOL BRA THEORY for you today!!

I often get asked "how do you make so many beautiful professional looking bras?" And that real answer to that is- experience- I've been making a bra almost every week for about a year and a half now! And what I've learned from that is the importance of bra planning. Thinking about the bra before I make it, where the seams are going to be, how I'm going to attach the strap, what elastics and fabrics I'm going to use.


One thing I like to do is to search through my lingerie board on Pinterest to see what beauties I love the most, then deconstruct them. It's so easy to look at a bra and just think "oh that's so pretty- I could never make something that amazing!" but if you really break it down into all its parts- a lot of bras are actually quite similar. And when you break them down you can figure out how to make them yourself!


So I thought I would try to share some of the bra planning wisdom that I've gained with a guide!


I made up a two page checklist/guide that breaks down a bra into all the elements that you should think about before you start to make it. I like to use this on bras that I see on Pinterest, but you could use it on a bra that you think up completely on your own! It helps to iron out all the kinks you could come up against. There's nothing worse than getting 3/4 done with a bra then thinking- 'how am I going to attach the strap in a nice way?" or 'I would have really preferred a strap scoop in the back'. This can all be avoided with a bit of thought and planning!

and Voila! Here's the Guide!




(look at me figuring out the modern illustrating technologies!) 


Here is a link to the PDF version so you can download it and print it out for yourself :) (otherwise you could save the images off of the blog- but that might not be as pretty)

This guide is targeted at mostly underwired bras, but you can still use it for non-underwired (just skip all the wire related questions!) and it's also more useful for bras that have seams (rather than any type of moulded cup) because that's what most people are sewing.

It goes over underwire type, construction, seaming, cup-strap-cradle & band details, fabric and elastic choices, and as always there's a spot for you to put in additional comments!

This, of course, doesn't cover every single feature that every bra out there has, it's more to get you thinking about how bras are made and what you should think about when you're dreaming up your next creation :) I think it also helps to break it all down and make it seem a little less intimidating!


I thought I would show you the guide in action with my most recent bra: The Lily of the Valley!




This bra has a lot of pretty features, and it can look overwhelming- but it's really not too complicated- here is how it breaks down in my guide :)




Boom! In no time you can have a quick and dirty break down of your bra- which makes it so much easier to plan out your construction, see where you might rather change things, how it's all going to come together!


Are there any other bras that you would like me to break down using this guide? I can do a mini series of your favs!

Do you struggle with bra planning or have a system of your own?


Talk to me in the comments!!

xo


erin

Monday, July 4, 2016

[BAW27] Lily of the Valley Lingerie Set


Hi All!

This week I have a set for you that I'm completely in love with :) and I'm calling it my Lily of the Valley set, because they are my favourite flowers :)



Besides incorporating everything I love in this set, it's also special because I'm using lace that was gifted to me by the lovely Ying of TailorMadeShoppe! I was admiring her rose gold hardware (also used in this set) and she was admiring some of my non-stretch lace, so we decided to do a trade, I had no idea she would include some of this beautiful white stretch lace! So I knew it had to be made into something special! Thanks Ying!!


This three-piece set is a lovely fusion of stretch lace, bra tulle, fold-over elastic, regular 3/8" picot elastic, white bamboo and rose gold hardware :)


I'm living for this rose gold hardware- I feel like it brings this set to the next level!


I never usually do a photoshoot with a whole set like this, because it just seems too riské, but I threw caution to the wind with this one, because I love it so much! And this has to be one of the most fun backyard photo shoots I've done!


I absolutely love how sheer everything in this set looks! That's one of the best things about bra tulle on garter belts- it's sturdy but you don't have to hide your beautiful panties underneath!


And I feel like the fit is very spot on, if I do say so myself!


It's also a really good thing that mom procrastinated so long on sewing up her sheers for the front window! We used the fabric pinned to the clothesline for this photoshoot :)


I love to think of this photo as my dramatic pinterest photo that's super whimsical, then I laugh because naturally Gibby's fluffy little butt made it in the photo to the right of my elbow


Now for the bra details! This is actually a partial band bra (the channelling turns in towards the cup), but I designed it to have a frame that went along the bottom of the cups with this low bridge to allow for this beautiful cut-out in the center :)

Then the cup itself is a very simple vertical dart, the dart ends just about where the lace edge ends, so the seam isn't too prominent, and I love how the sheer white bra tulle shows over the top of the lace, and is finished with the fold over elastic for a really clean edge!


I decided to mirror that look of lace edge, bra tulle and fold over elastic with the garter belt because I felt it gave the set a great balance and cohesion!

And the panties are my bikini bottom pattern, and I made the front panel with lace and tulle, mirroring the top of the bra and the garter belt too!


I absolutely adore my new set! I can imagine I'll make myself another one just like it if I ever get married, there's something so bridal about it.

But for now, it's just me and my Gibby!



And naturally, because I just can't take myself so serious with this photoshoot- I had to include a couple of the bloopers! lol *so glamorous*



Hope you're all having an amazing weekend! (and a happy 4th of July to all my USA buddies out there!)

What have you been sewing lately?

xo

erin

Sunday, June 26, 2016

[BAW26] June Round Up!



Hi All!

Can you believe that June is already coming to an end? It seems like it just flew right by, and I'm loving it! I'm definitely a summer soul, so I've been out in the sunshine, loving life! I just can't stay inside in the summer!

And you guys have make some beautiful bras & things this season! WOW! On we go!

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First we have a beautiful white set from Raisa of Olympian Cotton!






Raisa made this bra using the Watson longline pattern from Cloth Habit. She used this dreamy white lace! So gorgeous!







She paired this with some lace panties to match, using a modified version of the Watson Bikini brief, so that she could have the beautiful scalloped lace edge on the leg :)


And a set this light and dreamy deserves a garter belt! She made this one using her own self-drafted pattern How pretty is this!

Make sure to check out Raisa's full post about this set over on her blog!








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Next we have a lovely foam bra from Genevieve of Sew a Button on Your Underwear!





Genevieve is tickled pink by her new pink T-shirt bra, and I can see why! It's a beauty!  She made this using the Amanda pattern from PUG patterns.


Make sure you check out her post all about it over on her blog! 





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Next we have a pretty bra from the lovely Samantha!






This is the first time that Samantha has made a partial-band bra and it turned out beautifully! I love the colours and that lovely lace that she used on the upper cup- and the pop of that bow! Love it!









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Next we have some lovely submissions from Ilna!







Ilna made this lovely set using some mustard coloured fabric remenant that she got from a friend and paired it with some beautiful black lace. She used the Azalia pattern, and altered it to have a gothic arch, and butterfly lace- SO pretty!



She's also been busy making some panties- these gorgeous burgundy lace panties using the Sew So Easy lace undies pattern, and the other pair using a modified MakeBra Hipsters pattern and some pretty ruffle elastic! Love!




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Next we have a stunning bodysuit from the lovely Sofia of Silver Lining Atelier!





Sofia got to be a pattern tester for the new Cindy underwired bodysuit pattern from Ohhh lu lu! And what a beautiful body suit she made!

I adore these colours, and the contrast of the elastic, so pretty!




The fit for the body was spot-on, but she needed a little more room in the cups- very pretty design though, and wonderfully made!

Make sure to read all about this bodysuit over on Sofia's blog!  








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Next we have some super fun makes from Ciara of Crabigail Adams!





Ciara was super busy this month! First she made this adorable Vintage Valentine's bra and panty set! This reminds me so much of a vintage Valentine's card! So sweet!


You can read her blog post on this set here :)  




Next she made this Bluebird bra and panty set, where she modified the pattern for a gothic arch! Great detail! And I love the use of lace! I feel like I could look at your work forever and there's always more to see!

You can read the full post on this bra here! 







And last but not least Ciara ended the month with this self-drafted bathing suit! Love it! It has a built in bra, and who doesn't like the combo of stripes and fruit- so fresh, and it looks fantastic on!




Check out the full post on this lovely suit here :)  









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And last but certainly not least we have these two beautiful from Ginny!









Ginny loves to make bras for her very luck niece Emma, and wow she must have a beautiful collection now! I absolutely love this pink lace diagonal seamed beauty!!







For this second bra she used the Shelly pattern from PUG patterns. I just love the colour, the lace and those adorable little rosettes! How sweet is this! I feel like you need to be on a picnic eating chocolate dipped strawberries when you're wearing this! Love!!









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And there it is! Your round-up for June! So many beautiful things to admire this month, as always, you guys are unendingly talented!

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!


 Don't forget to send your bra next month to bra.a.week@gmail.com with your photos, description and links for the next Round-Up post!



As for next month- have to say that I don't even know! Summer for me is a time to be free, laissez-faire, and sew-with-the-flow! My only theme is going to be summer fun! Which means you're probably going to see some swimwear, and maybe a bra from me :) 

Do you have any plans for July?

Let me know, and let me know how much you love all the makes this month too!! 

xo 

erin