Sunday, May 1, 2016

[BAW18] The Boyshort



Hi All!

It's the beginning of May! And if you didn't know yet, May is all about bottoms for me! I figured that after 16 months of bra making, it was about time that I dedicated a month to making some matching bottoms.




For the first week I thought it was most fitting to make my favourite bottoms pattern: my boyshort pattern :) I wear boyshorts almost everyday, there is something about the construction of them, the way they sit on my body and under my clothes that I just love!


This is the same pattern that I have in my Cast Away Collection (don't worry I didn't forget about those patterns- they're just taking me a little longer than I thought they would!) But while I'm in the midst of grading and pattern testing, I couldn't resist just making myself up a few pair to go with some of my favourite bras!


I did three different finishes on them:


The simple fold-over to go with my favourite winter bralette



The simple lace-elastic edge to go with my favourite red bra



And the pretty blush pair to go with my blush lace demi bra (oops, my lace demi was in the wash- you'll have to check out the post lol)



These were all made using my new bamboo, which I've spent an unreasonable amount of time stroking ever since it came into the studio- it is SO soft! and gorgeous to work with too! Not to mention 7 colours that match my lace :) it can be found here ;)


I was almost shocked by how much I enjoyed making up these undies this week. Not only were they fast to make (all three pair took 2 1/2 hours, with cutting, serging, elastic & clean-up! wow!) But they were actually really fun to put together, and this is coming from the girl who has done her best to avoid making panties for the last 16 months! 

(sewing up my blush pair with my pink bow-dazzeled safety glasses #safetyfirst)


Do you like sewing undies? or do you usually skip over them to move on to the next bra like me?

I have a feeling that this month is going to release the hidden undie-addict in me and all of my bras might get matching unders in the future :) 

What are you working on this month? Are you working on bottoms? tops? bathers? I love to hear all about your sewing plans :) 


xo

erin 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Me Made May 2016!!!!!

Hi All!!


I just realized how insanely long it's been since I've written a post that wasn't for Bra-A-Week. It's been too long!



So it's very refreshing to write a new post! And this one isn't specifically about lingerie or swimwear (although of course it will involve both!!) This is about Me Made May 2016!! I'm SO PUMPED!!!


I've been doing Me Made May for the last two years and I LOVE it (if you want to check out some of those, you can look in my Sewing tab)! 

If you don't know what Me Made May is you can go to one of the hosts - So, Zo and read all about it and sign up! 

Basically the quick-notes version of Me Made May is that you make a pledge to wear your me-made items during the month of May, and you can make whatever goal suits you! It's a challenge that helps to get you actually wearing all the gorgeous things that you make, and also see the holes in your me-made wardrobe of things that you should make yourself! And you know me, I love a good challenge :) 


My Me-Made-May Goal:

 -To wear a new me-made item everyday without repeats 

- To make a new indie pattern every week  (4 new makes!)


What this means is that I will have 2 extra posts every week!! On Thursdays I will post about my new indie pattern make and on Saturdays I will post my weekly round-up of outfits!  

I'm also going to be participating on Instagram with  #MMMay16 

I haven't decided on all the patterns that I want to make, but I know for sure that I'll be making the The Bethioua Long-sleeve from Elle Puls,  Hudson Pants from True Bias, and a pair of Carolyn Pyjamas from Closet Case Files sounds like something I want in my life!



As you can see, the theme for my me-made-may is comfort lol

Are you participating in Me-Made-May 2016? What's your pledge? 

Have you been loving any indie patterns lately? Have you made any? Are you dreaming of making any? 

4 more days until it starts!!! YAY!!

xo

erin




Sunday, April 24, 2016

[BAW17]: April Round-Up!



Hi All!

It's that time again! Time for all of your beautiful bra-makes! And you've all been creative little bees this spring and I'm, as always, so impressed with all of your makes this month!

What a month it's been too- it seems like it flew by so quickly! I for one am so excited for some warmer weather, something about those extra hours of sunshine and everything thawing, it just makes me happier to be alive :)

So let's get right into it!

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First we have this super cute set from Amy of Sews and Bows! 







Amy made this set using the Watson Pattern from Cloth Habit in a 30A for her daughter, what a lucky girl! She also used a performance knit fabric that she designed and dyed the elastics to match the hint of blue in the print, isn't that so fun!
















Make sure to head over to Amy's blog to read more about this cute set! 











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Next we have a beautiful red set from Ilna!




Ilna made this beautiful red set using the seamless pattern from Marinique, and the matching bottoms using a modified version of the hipster pattern from MakeBra. Loving that red!





For fabric she used a red knit, lined with knit from a red t-shirt she had (bras are way better than shirts!) And don't forget the gothic arch and lace detailing on these pieces! LOVE!








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Next we have a beautiful black bodysuit from Sian of Rebel Angel!









Clearly I wasn't the only one feeling inspired by bodysuits this April- and wow is this one ever gorgeous!! I'm in love with that lace! Sian made this body suit as a hack of the Watson pattern from Cloth Habit, with some black lace on the top and some black power mesh for the body- how pretty is this!





Make sure to head over to Sian's blog to read her post all about the making of this beauty and more pics! 










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Next we have two beauties from Ciara of Crabigail Adams 




Ciara made this bra using the Shelley pattern from PUG patterns, and a combination of pink and turquoise findings and fabrics!


You can see the post about this make here! 





Then later on in the month she went on to make another Shelley, this time with a decorative external powerbar on the outside! How pretty is that! And of course the matching undies!!

Does anybody else get the cotton candy vibe from this set? To me it just looks delicious!!




Make sure you head to Ciara's blog to read about her second bra make here!













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Next we have a pretty set from Christie of Serenity Lingerie!







Christie made this set using the Watson pattern from Cloth Habit and some super soft purple bamboo with white findings. This set looks SO comfy, like you just want to lounge around the house in it all day and never take it off!







Christie also made this set for her mother-in-law which is super sweet! As sweet as that little rose-bud decoration! <3

















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Next we have a lovely fresh set from Jennifer




Jennifer made this gorgeous set using the Boylston pattern from Orange Lingerie. She made it with foam, white elastics and the gorgeous grey floral fabric!








Jennifer also made two pair of matching pantie to go with it! One using the Montgomery Brief pattern from Orange Lingerie, and the other using the Lacy Thong pattern from Fehr Trade. I just LOVE these- and that fabric is everything!! Definitely got some floral bra envy going on!!













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Next we have some stunning black drama from Maddy of Miss Maddy Sews!







This is Maddy's Back to Black set, and in traditional Maddy style it is a three-piece set (SO much set envy!)


Maddy made this set using the Boylston bra pattern from Orange Lingerie, the Watson Bikini pattern from Cloth Habit and the Greta Garter Belt pattern from Ohhh Lulu!




She made this set using some black stretch satin from her stash and black findings, along with some Bliss underwires for a perfect fit!

There are so many gorgeous details in this set- including these darling peekaboo cut-outs in the panties!

So make sure you head over to Maddy's blog to read even more about this stunning set! 












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Next we have a lovely bra from Henna of Stitch Study! 



Henna made this bra using the Classic pattern from PUG, and some nylon mesh and elastics that she dyed to match. This bra is so cute, and one of those colour that I gravitate towards- you know? Love it!


Read more about Henna's lovely bra over on her blog! 







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Next we have four bras (YES FOUR!!) from the lovely Amber!








Wow look at these beauties!! All different and all gorgeous in their own way! Amber drafted all of these bras herself, and they are all nursing bras, with a 1 year old, her size has changed and she needed some new cute bras- and now she definitely has a line-up! Her own spring collection!

I have no idea how you managed to do this with a 1 year old, but I am SUPER impressed Amber!!!











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Next we have a fanciful little beauty from Sofia of Silver Lining Atelier!




Sofia made this bra with a horizontal seam cup with a balconette shape. She used black bra tulle lined with sheer cup lining for the cups and some gorgeous gathered black bra tulle along the neckline for a fanciful detail!







There is something about this bra that just feels so divine and luxurious! Much envy :) <3

Check out Sofia's blog for more about this bra- ALSO check out her amazing 3-part series on powerbars for some great bra theory!!


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Next we have a very pretty bra from Kristy! 




Kristy made this bra using the Classic pattern from PUG patterns. She also used this lovely sheer fabric that she thrifted for the cups- and I am LIVING for the bird placement on these cups, that is SO gorgeous, and so spring!!



Kristy also added a special detail on the bridge of her bra- a heart charm that came off the anniversary card her husband gave her! So sweet! <3












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Next we have this sexy number from Linda of UpLift Custom Bras!





Linda made this lovely bra for a client using a self drafted pattern and cut & sew foam covered in this amazing snake-print lycra! This bra is FIERCE! <3







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Next we have this very pretty set from Anne of Sew Anemone!








Anne made this set of matching tap-pants and camisole for under light outfits this spring! Wow does this ever make me think of spring :) It just feels so light and fresh!





Make sure you head over to Anne's blog to read more about this fresh set! 









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And last but not least we have this cute suit from Jennifer of Jensware!








Jennifer made this bathing suit for her daughter using the PUG classic pattern with foam and covered in the most adorable hearts & strawberries print with a modified racer-back, and matching high-waisted bottoms in denim print spandex and heart buttons using the Three Sisters, Violet pattern from PUG.









She calls it her Strawberry Love and it definitely is! SO cute <3














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Another month of spectacular bra-makes! You lovely ladies never fail to impress me :)

What are your plans for May?

I can tell you right now my plans are for bottoms. It may not be too surprising to you that after seeing week after week of bras, that you might be wondering- does she ever make the bottoms to match? And the answer to that is- rarely- and my underwear drawer is seriously lacking right now! So that is my plan for May! So if you want to join me with my panty party then you are absolutely welcome!! Or you can set some goals of your own! Just let me know what they are in the comments below!

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 and don't forget to send your bra next month to bra.a.week@gmail.com for the next Round-Up post!


Hope you're all having a lovely weekend <3

xo

erin

Sunday, April 17, 2016

[BAW16]: Black Lace BodySuit



Hi All!

It's Bra-A-Week 16 already!! And that means that it's also a make-week! And you already know what you're in for this week thanks to this lovely teaser:



I LOVE my new body suit!! And not only that, this was the first time I shot my photos in my studio!! YAY!! You all get to see a little peak of the back of my studio :) That's my make-and-inspiration wall behind me :)



And of course, I couldn't take the photos without Gibby :) You've all been missing him :)


So on to the body suit! I made this body suit using my Bra Theory tutorial from last week on Drafting your Bra Cups into a Bodysuit.

To add a little more styling to this suit (and a little more modesty) I decided to make some princess lines and line the center panel with an opaque bamboo knit.

The cups in this body suit are very similar to the cups in my black beauty bra, (horizontal seam, bliss wires, external powerbar to strap) just a little bit higher angle on the neckline, for a slightly more V shape :)




And this bodysuit was made with my new fabrics!

I made it using my new Miriam Stretch Lace in Black, lined with some beautiful stretch bamboo knit in black! I LOVE my new fabrics! (this was the same stretch lace from my in the nude bra, only in black!)

And of course I used all my new elastics for it too! :)

And I just posted them in The Emerald Studio Etsy this morning!! I'm so happy I can finally share them with you! :)




This bodysuit just sewed up like a dream! I lined the cups with some 15 denier to give some soft support, and I lined the powerbar with some black bamboo to give it the same opaque black look as the center panel of my body suit, and to seam the edge for a clean finish!


I kept the back of the suit sheer to really show off the lace, and lined the back bra band with powernet to give the full support of a bra, with 3/4" band elastic on the bottom of the bra, 3/4" strap elastic for the straps, and 3/8" elastic under the arm, on the neckline and for the legs!


And of course I had endless fun taking photos with Gibby :) mom and I love to get him howling with us like one big dog pack :) He's getting so fluffy!


This week has been an amazing week! I'm so excited that I could get all of my new products out (and there's still more on the way!) I love being able to share all of this with you and put all of my time and care into finding all the very best things!!!

Also don't forget that next Sunday is the April Round-Up! How did that go so quickly!!

Make sure you send me all of your lovely makes this month to: bra.a.week@gmail.com ! I just love seeing everything that you've made :)

You can go here to grab a challenge button  and, 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!!


Hope you're all having a lovely Sunday!

xo

erin