Thursday, April 16, 2015

Creative Outing: Toronto Queen st. Fabric shopping!

Hi All,

I have an outing to share today! A couple weekends ago Karin, of Mrs.Weaver's Finest, and I went to the fabric district on Queen st. in Toronto to do some shopping!


We were completely smitten with the huge selection of ribbons and trims and beads and charms! And of course some beautiful fabrics!

First off, we went into some bead stores, which is where I got most carried away!









There's nothing quite like pretty little things to get my attention! And I definitely had a bit of a splurge... I just can't resist all those beautiful colours! not with swimwear coming up!





And of course we had to go into Mokuba, to see all the pretty pretty trimmings that they had in there- they take their ribbons very seriously! And I couldn't get away without picking up a little something!



Then we moved on to the fabric shoppes where we found some beautiful things! Karin purchased some beautiful fabric for a future corset, and I chose a lovely silky fabric for a light summer robe!


Naturally after such a exhausting day of looking at beautiful things and inspiring ourselves for all our future creations, we had to stop for some equally beautiful dessert! at a little macaron shoppe on Queen st. called Butter Avenue. - it was just as delicious as it looks!


What a great day, I feel like I can talk to Karin for hours and hours!! We are definitely kindred spirits! And I can't wait for more fun times with her, and possibly some blog collaboration in the future ;)

Now I'm off to keep dreaming of all the beautiful things that I bought, and all the inspiring plans that we made to use them!! Don't forget to see Karin's post on our outing- she is much more on the ball than I am and had it out weeks ago! Hey-ho, better late than never!

Have you ever been shopping in the Toronto fabric district? What did you think? Any favourite spots?

xo erin

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Bra-A-Week: Week 13 & My Teaching Debut!!

Hi All!!

I have something extra special and exciting this week! Instead of showing you 1 bra I have 22 bras!!


These are all the bras that I've made to do fittings for my bra-making classes- because I'm a bra-making instructor! And my first class was this Friday/Saturday!!!


I was so nervous, but it turned out amazing! I had a fantastic class of keeners and they all finished their bras so quick!! IT WAS AMAZING!


Here are all my fitting bras inside my changing screen! For the exclusive fitting experience!


I love my changing screen! It's so perfect- and I had to doll it all up with my bras and swimsuits from the challenge- just a little eye candy for the students! And you can see their machines set up! So much fun!


I went back to my hometown to teach at PineRidge Knit & Sew- where I took my first beginner bra class 6 years ago as a novice 17 year old sewist!!  I can't believe I'm back as the teacher!!

 (Gibby is getting the exclusive fitting experience ;).. )

I've had this in the works for a while and I'm so happy that I'm finally sharing it with you all! I'm so excited to conquer the bra-making world and convert everyone into bra-making fanatics!! :) 

Talking about bra fanatics! Here is what you lovelies sent me this week! 

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First we have this beautiful bra-top from Sofia of Silver Lining Atelier!








Sofia made this bra top with a beautiful fabric of black stretch lace over a translucent- bronze knit! She made it from a self-drafted pattern inspired from a couple different designs! How chic is this?!







If you aren't completely obsessed with the front- check out the back- LOVE IT! She calls this her 'Lillian Bra Top'. Don't forget to check out Sofia's post about her make on her blog!
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Next we have two beautiful bras from Emily of Dressing the Role!








Emily made both of these bras using the Marlborough pattern from Orange Lingerie, and fabrics from Grey's Fabric. How beautiful are these! Great combinations of colour!







She's loving the shape that the underwires and the power bar gives- and I can see why- these are beauties! Don't forget to check out Emily's post about her bra-make on her blog!
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Next we have a bra from Linda of Uplift Custom Bras!






Linda made this bra using duoplex and embroidered tulle lace! With a split lower cup and a power bar- lovely shape :) And aren't those little bows just darling? :)
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Next we have this cute ensemble from Kerri of Lady K's Wardrobe Unlocked









Kerri made this ensemble from a 1968 bra set pattern- with a cute rushed halter top, legging bottoms and sheer overshirt! super super cute- gotta love that fabric too :)
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Last but not least we have a pretty bra from David of Bonnet Blue






David made this bra using stretch black lace over white satin covered push-up cups! It also has detachable straps for a strapless option!




David is a freelance lingerie designer, label: Bonnet Blue 

dpolrolniczak (at) wp (dot) pl











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Another week of beautiful bras! You are all so creative and fantastic!

I'll be back next week with another creative bra-make- I just had to share my fit bras and my teaching experience with you this week- I'm so excited about it and my future as a bra-instructor!!


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 bra.a.week@gmail.com by Friday for the next Sunday post!!

You can also check out Week 1Week 2 , Week 3 , Week 4 , Week 5 , Week 6 , Week 7,  Week 8 , Week 9 , Week 10Week 11 and Week 12 of this challenge for more amazing bras!

I hope your weekend has been as amazing as mine!

xo erin

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Bra-A-Week: Week 12

Hi All!

For Week 12 I'm definitely channeling spring!


And since I was home for the Easter weekend I thought I would borrow my sister to be my bikini model this week, with our new dog Gibby!


How beautiful does she look in this new bikini top!! and even cuter with a dog on her arm!


I was inspired by spring flowers, florals and upcoming summer! I just needed something fresh after such a long winter!


It was actually a pretty simple top to make! I used MT style foam cups that I got from Bra-maker's Supply, and I covered them with swim fabric in this beautiful turquoise shade! (I just covered them using a simple dart and finished the edges with self-binding).


Then it was flower time! A helpful trick to cutting flower shapes out of swimwear is to iron some freezer paper onto it first. Then you can trace your flower shapes onto the paper and cut it out while its still stiff and easy to cut- then simply peel the paper off! 


Gather them in the middle with a couple little beads then glue them onto your cups! LOVE IT!!


And if you have a couple left over they make a very pretty complimentary hair clip!


I did this bikini with a simple halter string! perfect for tanning! And I just happen to have a matching little sarong to go with it! (now I just need to make the bottoms!)


So many pictures make a puppy tired!


I'm so excited about this one! Give it a couple weeks and I'll be living on the beach!!



Now on to your lovely submissions!
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First we have a pretty bralette from a new contributor Sofia of Silver Lining Atelier!





Sofia made this beautiful self-drafted satin bralette. She made this with a 2-piece cup using low-stretch satin and lace.






She used fold over elastic for all of the elastics in the bra and a metal closure on the back. She also lined the lower cup piece with cotton jersey for a little extra support. Very pretty! Don't forget to check out Sofia's post on her blog!!












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Next we have a beautiful set from another new contributor Monika of La Mona 






Monika made this beautiful spring bra and panty set with a self-drafted pattern. and gorgeous fabrics from a "Go-Green" kit from Sewy.









She made this bra while she was at an exhibit for Fair Trade and she definitely got a lot of attention! Beautiful work! Don't forget to check out Monika's post on her blog!
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Next we have stunning bralette from Diana of Diana Lingerie Design








Diana made this beautiful bralette using lace and strap elastics. I absolutely love this combination of electric blue and black!








Diana used this bra in a photoshoot with a friend and the pictures are gorgeous! Don't forget to check out Diana's post on her blog!
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Next we have a very pretty set from Rebecca my friend from Bra-Maker's Supply!




Rebecca has completely taken off with her bra-making! and just finished this lovely ivory and lace set with two matching panties!




She made this set using duoplex, ivory lace for the bra and stretch satin and lace for the panties! Beautiful work Rebecca!!
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Next we have this beautiful bra from Michelle of Michelle's Creations!




Michelle made this bra using her Shelley pattern with her usual alterations. This time she lined her Shelley and enclosed all the interior seams -- oh la la! very nice :)





She used this beautiful lace from Merkwaerdigh and used it on he power bar for some extra lace detailing. So pretty! Don't forget to check out Michelle's post on her blog!!
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Next we have a bra-top by Kerri of Lady K's Wardrobe Unlocked



This top is from the 1986 See and Sew pattern from Butterick 6402/730.  This is her trial version before she makes it up in silk!! I can definitely see wearing this in the summer :)
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Next we have a  pretty lacy number from David of Bonnet Blue




David made this bra with black tulle lace in the front and white tulle lace in the back. Very pretty for Easter!





David is a freelance lingerie designer, label: Bonnet Blue 

dpolrolniczak (at) wp (dot) pl
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Last but not least we have this fresh set from Amy of Cloth Habit








Amy made this beautiful lace and cotton set all fresh and ready for spring! She made this from a self-drafted pattern, a partial band bra with one dart in the cup- she calls this her '1-hour pattern' because it was so quick to make up!








She made the bra using a stretch lace lined with sheer cup lining and power net for the back band. And the panties she made with simple white cotton. Very pretty every-day set!!












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Another week of beautiful makes! I'm loving this transition to spring with fresh colours and lighter things! so beautiful! YAY Spring!!

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 bra.a.week@gmail.com!!

You can also check out Week 1Week 2 , Week 3 , Week 4 , Week 5 , Week 6 , Week 7,  Week 8 , Week 9 , Week 10 and Week 11 of this challenge for more amazing bras!

Happy Sunday and Happy Easter!!

xo erin

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bra-A-Week: Week 11

Hi All!

Week 11 is here! Which means that if you have made it this far- you have completed the original timeline from the challenge! YAY!! I know that I am 11 bras/swim top richer! Not to mention a whole lot more knowledgeable in bra-making! 



This week I wanted to do another technique- something I've never done before, and work with some cut-outs! And of course I had to include my two old favourites- fold over elastic and cut & sew foam!


I pulled some inspiration from Pinterest on this one! I had this pinned to my swimwear board, and I thought, 'well that's a pretty cool idea'.


Although I did it in a much less 'cleavage-y' way, and I injected some colour into the design, which I think compliments my skin more than all black, since I am clearly just as tanned as this model.....


My design turned out a little different, but the cool idea is this free-standing bridge piece! Which is actually quite a simple design element!



What I did was use my cup pattern from my Ivory Bra in Week 7, making sure to finish the neckline edge of my cups before inserting them into my frame (and those cups were designed for a low short wire). Then I sewed them into a long-wire frame, turning the channelling in towards the frame (as you do for a full band bra), which leaves a finished edge on your frame. And then for a final touch I finished the top of the bridge with some fold over elastic that connects to the top of the cups at the strap attachment!


To keep the colours solid, I used the cover fabric as a binding to finish the neckline edge, which was this pretty hot-pink stretch cotton jersey! It's a pretty finish on the inside too because of the little stripe of pink!



As you can see, the cups just join lower on the frame, but it's all tidy and finished with the channelling folding towards the frame as usual! Completely loving this style, and it's really comfy too!


How about all of you? How are you feeling after 11 weeks of the challenge? Gained any more skills? Feeling more creative with your designs? What are you goals for the next stretch of the challenge?


Now on to your beautiful submissions!

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First we have this extra pretty set from Monique of Lingerie MoLou






A stunning blue and white lace set with rhinestones! how beautiful!  Love the little charm and bow in the front too!









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Next we have two bras from a new contribuor! Emily of Dressing the Role







Emily made this first bra with the Florence Lounge Bra pattern from Colette in the February edition of Seamwork. A very comfortable bra, without all the structure of a traditional bra- she says it makes a lazy day in your pjs more glamorous - and I can definitely see why!






Next she made a Watson bra from Cloth Habit, her sixth! (and her admitted gateway bra! that got her into bra-making!) She made it from this beautiful lace fabric, with foam padding on the cup pieces- very gorgeous! Don't forget to check out Emily's post on these gorgeous bras!











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Next we have a pretty spring bra from Christina!





Christina made this bra with cut&sew foam and a self drafted cup- her first self-drafted cup! Wow!!






She made it with this beautiful white and green stripe fabric and fold over elastic! Great job- loving this style :)
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Next we have a peaches and cream dream from Karin of Mrs.Weaver's Finest Unmentionables!






Karin made this balconette beauty with a 5-piece ivory cut & sew foam cup covered with alternating cream and ivory lace, finishing with a clean line of ivory fold over elastic across the top edge.







With a lace frame, gothic arch, delicate double straps, bows and a little pearl decoration in the front- this definitely earns the name "Peaches and Cream Dream". How beautiful! Don't forget to check out Karin's post on this beauty!
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Next we have two awesome foam cup bras from Anne!






Anne made both of these bras using the Amanda Bra pattern from Pin-Up Girls, using the MA pre-formed foam cups and these really awesome fabrics! She got this one from Spoonflower!





As much as I love the orange, I have to say this is my favourite, there is a big place in my heart for all sparkly spandex! As soon as I saw it I thought 'I need one!!' Thanks so much Anne- these are amazing!
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Next we have a beautifully simple bra from Ilna






Ilna got creative with her bra pattern this week and put her seamless cup pattern into her favourite band pattern. She dolled-up this every day bra with a little bit of lace on the bridge and she tells me it fits nice and smooth!




She also added padded straps and has started playing with some fold over elastic! Very lovely :)


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Last but not least we have this pretty yellow and black bra from David of Bonnet Blue





David made this beautiful 'Spring Bra' with foam cups, yellow lace and a black cotton frame. Very pretty!




David is a freelance lingerie designer, label: Bonnet Blue 

dpolrolniczak (at) wp (dot) pl










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So much bra-inspiration! You are all so amazing, so much variety!

Don't forget to let me know in the comments about your goals for the rest of the challenge, or what you've discovered about your bra-making so far!

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 bra.a.week@gmail.com!!

You can also check out Week 1Week 2 , Week 3 , Week 4 , Week 5 , Week 6 , Week 7,  Week 8 , Week 9  and Week 10 of this challenge for more amazing bras!

Hope you're all having an amazing Sunday!

xo erin