Sunday, January 25, 2015

Bra-A-Week: Week 2

Hi All!

Week 2 already! And what a great week it's been! This week I have a pretty interesting bra for you to see!




This bra is from the Pin-Up Girls Linda pattern, but with a lot of modifications à la Erin :P


Firstly I changed the regular bridge to a dropped bridge- which is a similar construction to the keyhole bra that I did last week- but instead you don't attach the upper cups at the top and you leave it open like this- I think this is a really cute look- it is also better if you are like me and you have a bit of 'real estate' between the girls and don't want your cups attached at the top.


I've also made a doubled upper cup with the neckline edge seamed (to finish it without elastics) and the strap is a tapered strap that is on a fold so it doesn't have to be finished with elastics on the neckline edge either. To attach the strap I just sandwiched it between the two layers of the upper cup and it is perfectly finished inside and out!

I've also split the lower cup to make it a little more full in the bottom cup and give more shaping. 

But the most exciting, and my favourite part, is the back! Instead of the regular back band with powernet I just took out all the fabric and used strap elastic instead! So it's strappy and open!


I used 5/8" strap elastic for the top and bottom of the band connecting to the hook and eye in the back, and used 1/2" elastic to make these little triangle strap attachments in the back.


Loving this bra back!- It took a little bit of fiddling and pinning to my dress form to get them at the right angle- but it was worth it! I feel like I have such a unique bra with my own design!



I can't wait to wear this in the summer with a backless top, or something that is sheer to show through!



Yay! another bra for myself - now I just need to make the matching panties for this one!


I am absolutely loving this challenge- I'm already dreaming of what my underwear drawer will look like at the end of it :) 

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And now here are this weeks submission! You guys are really out-doing yourselves!



First we have 'Measuring Cup' by Karin of Mrs. Weavers Finest Unmentionables.


How clever! She made this with black foam covered with black stretch satin.



It's a minimizer bra, but as she said- the measurements don't lie! Fantastic bra- and great use of irony!










Karin has been a super busy bee and also made this gorgeous Spring Bra.

Such a gorgeous lace and a really good job balancing it between the cups!

Don't forget to check out her post on it!






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Next we have two gorgeous competition suits from Kerri of Lady K's Wardrobe Unlocked





She made them both from 1/3 m of silver shiny stretch fabric. This top is made with covered foam cups with a front closing clip, pair with a cute bikini style bottom.











This next set pairs together a bling trimmed bikini top and a 'tanga' style bottom- definitely competition worthy! Don't get too close to the pool in this suit! - best to stay on the lounge chair!
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Next we have a lovely bra from Rebecca of Bra-maker's Supply



 She made this lovely lilac bra from the Pin-Up Girls Classic Pattern with lilac duoplex and lilac findings with a gorgeous lace butterfly front!







This is one of her first bras and she is still perfecting her fit!! Fantastic job!
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Next week have this gorgeous 3 piece set from Mary Gottelmann






She made the bra from an Anne St. Clair's Bra Elite pattern with a hot pink nylon tricot base and is covered with a black stretch lace. 


She made the pantie from an out-of-print Ann Person pattern #2051, View H, French bikini, using the same pink tricot and a black and gold metallic lace with a scalloped border along the top and a black cotton knit for the gusset lining for comfort.

She made the half slip from another OOP pattern, Simplicity 8750, View 2, using the same lace as on the bikini, but reversed so the scalloped border is at the bottom of the slip!

How gorgeous is this set! 


geomar99 (at) gmail (dot) com






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Next we have another gorgeous set from Joël!



This time he sent a pic with the bra modelled his lovely wife- What a great fit on that Shelley Bra! and gorgeous use of lace!




The panties, from a heavily modified Betty Ohlulu pattern, are SO CUTE
Love love love these! 


Joël Vincent


petijibus (at) gmail (dot) com










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Next is a nice little number from David Pólrolniczak





He made this black and yellow bra by hand with pre-formed foam cups and plastic wires. 



David is a freelance lingerie designer, label: Bonnet Blue 

dpolrolniczak (at) wp (dot) pl











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Next is this lovely bra from Deb



Deb made this foam cup bra with pre-formed foam cups, covered in a very stretchy, draped beige knit.

She made it for her sister - a 5 years past breast cancer survivor, who likes a pre-formed foam cup best to hide the scaring from her surgery. 

Amazing!! and it looks so practical too- this is what I should be making myself lol

twocraftysisters (at) shaw (dot) ca


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Last but not least, we have this colour-blocked beauty from Jodi, of Threads by Jodi





This is the first sports bra that we've had in the challenge! Jodi made this bra from the Pin-Up Girls 'Kerri No-bounce Sport bra' pattern




She made this out of black and blue duoplex with bamboo stretch knit for the bottom band and fold over elastic to finish the edges.


She also says that they are wonderful to work out in too-  if only I could find the same motivation to exercise... I'll add that to my list of goals :P






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All I can say is WOW! thanks again for all your submissions!! It seems like everyone is getting so motivated and inspired! It's amazing to see all the wonderful work that everyone is doing!!!

Again don't forget to check out the Pinterest board, and the Flickr Group if you enjoy those platforms! and to send your bra for next week to bra.a.week@gmail.com

Can't wait to see what you all have in store for next week!

xo erin

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bra-A-Week: Week 1

Hi All!!

For those of you who are new to my challenge here's info about: Joining the Challenge, Joining the Pinterest and Flickr Group and Grabbing a button from the challenge.


Week 1 of Bra-A-Week!! YAY!! I've been busy sewing- and I thought I would start the challenge off with a bang and make a matching bra and pantie set!



I call this my Coral Keyhole Bra! obviously because of the colour and the keyhole in the bridge!!

And it fits like a glove! (although I am not quite brave enough to post a picture of myself in the undies too- maybe when they're not quite so sheer! lol)



I used a coral non-stretch lace fabric lined with coral 15 denier for the cups, bridge, the front section of the back band and the front panel of the panties.

Peach powernet for the back band, and the back panel of the panties

Peach 3/8" fold over elastic for all the elastics on the bra and panties

and 3/8" gold sliders and rings to adjust the back!




The pattern was a self-drafted pattern. I used Beverly's method for bra drafting, making any of the fitting and style adjustments I needed, and taking off the seam allowances so I could use the fold over elastic.

The panties were also self-drafted from Beverly's method in her Make & Fit Panties book. I adjusted them to make a front side seam, so that the back was all one piece of powernet and the front panel could be the lace. I wanted them to be a very vintage style with a high waist and full coverage :)



I really wanted to try a bunch of new techniques on this bra- so it has a lot of features! It has:
       
          -A partial band, meaning there is no band running under the cups

          -A keyhole bridge, that little hole in the bridge

          -A horizontal seamed cup: meaning the main seam runs horizontal across the bust from wireline to wireline (a lot of classic bra styles have a diagonal seam running from the underarm to the wireline)

          -A split bottom cup that is bowed to help the breast fall into the cup and look more round

          - Lace fabric, lined with 15 denier, a sheer cup-lining fabric, and fold over elastic all over

          - Back strap extensions- meaning that the back band is set higher where the strap starts so that your straps don't fall off your shoulders!


I'm so happy with this set! and I love how the coral and the peach blended so well together. It looks all peach from the back.


 This is the first matching bra and panties set I've ever had! I know I'll feel so special wearing it! :)



Apart from my first success in this challenge I have had SO MANY AMAZING SUBMISSIONS!
I'm so excited to share them here!!

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First up is Mary Goettelmann's NYE bra!




She made it with sequin and glitter tulle lined with black nylon tricot!! WOW!

It is the Anne's Bra Elite pattern, that she had fitted to her in Anne St. Claire's course in Maryland.



She even reinforced and embellished the straps with a gorgeous black and silver chain!

Amazing job Mary!

geomar99 (at) gmail (dot) com








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Next is a super cute Watson bra from Michelle Noble from Michelle's Creations





She made this bra from the super trendy Watson Bra pattern from  Cloth Habit - I've been seeing this bra all over- it's pretty cute!





She made the short-line version with a spandex knit from Merckwaerdigh (AMAZING PRINT!) and findings from Bra-maker's Supply

Love it!!!












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Next we have 'Midnight', a gorgeous bra from Karin of Mrs. Weavers Finest Unmentionables





She made this gorgeous cut&sew foam bra, covered in midnight blue sequinned stretch lace.
 




With wide straps for a lovely 50's feel! and can I say an amazing fit! it looks fantastic and so supportive :)











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Next is a bra from a delightful french man named Joël Vincent






He sent me a ton of gorgeous pictures of lingerie that be makes for his wife and I thought I would share this set this week.

 The bra is made from the Bra-maker's Supply Shelley Pattern and the panties are a very heavily modified version of the Betty Ohh Lulu pattern.

















What a lucky wife! oh and he also said to mention that he was beautiful, rich and a fantastic lover - but of course, he is french! :)


petijibus (at) gmail (dot) com












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Next is a bra repair from Janet Cox







Janet has been struggling with some carpal tunnel and decided that a bra- repair job on an old bra-make that has been sitting in the project pile for 2 years was a better idea than making a whole new one.

She fixed the shoulder strap elastic and now it's good as new! It's always great to have old favourites back! 






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Next I have another gorgeous Watson from the very popular Madalynne


Wow another stunning Watson! This one is made out of white stretch lace, lined with micro mesh. And a really fresh addition of orange elastics.



She also upped the comfort level by cutting the back on a fold to make it a pull-over style - simple and pretty :) 










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Next, and mixing it up, is this lovely body shaper from Kerri of Lady K's Wardrobe Unlocked





She made a hip-length body shaper from the Bra-maker's Supply Ova-Bra Slimmer pattern.

It's made from an ivory powernet. This one is for display, but she also made one in her size and said it fits amazingly!   














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And finally I have a lovely lacy bra from David Pólrolniczak



This bra is a foam cup, with red tulle lace and powder pink cotton lining. With cute little red hearts on black for the back band!



David is a freelance lingerie designer, label: Bonnet Blue 

dpolrolniczak (at) wp (dot) pl 











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Thanks again for so many GORGEOUS submissions! I can't wait to see what you all make next week! I'll definitely have to start working on these posts sooner and add the submissions as I get them!

Don't forget to check out the Group Pinterest Board and the Flickr Group!! and to join and add your bras there! And to send next weeks bras to bra.a.week@gmail.com !!!

Until next Sunday!! Happy Sewing

xo erin