Sunday, March 1, 2015

Bra-A-Week: Week 7

Hi All!

*first off- sorry this is a little late in the day, I'm on vacation right now and I have limited resources!*


Week 7 is here!! And this week I have something very very pretty to show you! 



This is my latest creation, and I have to say that surprisingly this is one of the most comfortable bras that I've made so far- I LOVE LOVE LOVE this one! :) 


I made this one with a very 'bridal' theme in mind, because one of my best friends is an up-and-coming boudoir photographer, and I do some modelling for her and she really wanted to do a bridal shoot for her portfolio. And who doesn't love an ivory lace bra anyways?


I really wanted to go delicate with this bra, using 3/8" straps, gold hardware, and a single hook and eye (which unfortunately doesn't lay quite as flat as the 2X3 I usually use)

I used cut&sew foam and covered it in an ivory stretch lace. This one is also a self-drafted pattern (as always) and this one is my first vertical seam bra (apart from my bralette). The foam cups underneath are two separate pieces, but to keep an unbroken lace edge on the top of the cup, I used the same vertical seam pattern but I joined it at the top so that it was one piece with a dart that followed the same line was the vertical seam cup underneath.


I made this bra with short wires, so it's nice and low in the front and has a bit of a sexier neckline- I also drafted this frame to be a lot narrower across the bridge, so that it would pull the cups closer and give a 'push-up' look, and I was very impressed at how well his worked!




Of course I tried to add some lovely feminine touches, like having a lace front frame with a gothic arch, and a bow at the front





And a bow at the strap attachment- that also conveniently covers the stitching attaching the strap to the top of the cup and the end of the fold over elastic on the underarm edge.












And the delicate back finish with single hook and eye, fold over top, lace bottom edge, narrow straps and gold hardware.










I am completely in love with this bra, it might actually be my favourite so far. And it really came together with so many finishing touches! When I find the time I am already planning the million tutorials that I would love to post about all of these finishings!

And now on to all of your amazing submissions this week!

*I'm going to apologize in advance- I'm working off of coffee shop wifi, and with limited time- so I could only upload one photo for each person (or for each bra that you made)- I will update these post when I get back so I have two photos per person/per bra!*

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First we have three bras from the very ambitious Joanna Venegas of Live, Laugh and Sew




First up she has a lovely hot pink Watson Bra from Cloth Habit



Followed by this pretty pink Florence bra from Seamwork Magazine- love the colour combo on this it looks so delicate!




And finally this lacy number made from Kwik Sew 3300. What a gorgeous job on all of them! Joanna also did a great post where she reviews the three bras and patterns!









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Next we have beautiful Watson from Linda of Uplift Custom Bras



Lina made this Watson with a pretty pink lace lined with cut&sew foam on the cups, duoplex on the cradle, and powernet on the back. A bra fit for a princess! Very pretty!









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Next we have a pretty bra from Andie of Sew Pretty in Pink




Andie is a beginner bra sewist, and this is her second bra-make!! She made this by cloning one of her RTW bras using duoplex, powernet and some stretch lace from her stash. Love the colour of that lace! Check out her post on her bra-make.








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Next we have a  bra from Karin of Karin of Mrs.Weaver's Finest Unmentionables!







Karin made this super chic set out of a zebra print! It's a Shelly bra from Pin-Up Girls pattern, with matching bottoms in this super cute sheer zebra print! Check out her blog post on this set!
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Next we have a very pretty bra from David 




This is his 'Camilia' lace bra made with black tulle lace

David is a freelance lingerie designer, label: Bonnet Blue 

dpolrolniczak (at) wp (dot) pl








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Next we have a pretty bra from  Jodi of Threads by Jodi







This is a Classic bra (Pin-Up Girls) made with red duoplex covered in a red polka dot stretch mesh. Very simple and pretty- love the colour!















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Next we have a stunning set from Diana of Diana Lingerie Design








She made this set from the same pattern as last week but with a few modifications. What a gorgeous colour, and those panties are just as sexy! Check out her post on this set for more info!














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Next we have this pretty bra from Kerri of Lady K's Wardrobe Unlocked!







Kerri is continuing her designs for different skin tones, and paired this pretty pink lace over a darker beige- a shade that is invisible over many skin tones! Very pretty!












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Next is an adorable bra from Anne!




She finished this bra last week in boob camp, using the same gorgeous coral lace that I used on my bra in week 1! What a pretty bra- absolutely love this! I'm go glad she made something so pretty for herself  during boob camp!




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I don't think there will ever be a week where you don't completely amaze and inspire me! It's always such a treat checking my email to see what you've sent me! And it's especially nice this week as I sit in the beautiful sunny California and put my feet up as I check my inbox :)

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 and Week 6  of this challenge for more amazing bras!

Until next Sunday,

Happy sewing!

xo erin


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Bra-A-Week: Week 6

Hi All!

Week 6! YAY!! And I have something a little different this week- a body suit!! This one has been on my back burner of projects for a while, and I'm so happy that it's done! 



I'm so happy with this suit! I love the fit and the style and just everything!


I made this with the Denise bathing suit pattern and drafted my bra cups into the top, a lot like I did for one of my bathing suits I made! I used the same bra cup pattern that I did in my coral bra from week 1 of the challenge- a horizontal seam with a split lower cup!


I used this stretch knit lace fabric which I would say has a good 25% stretch and used some coordinating fuchsia fold over elastic to finish all the edges- and of course a gold G-hook for the back closing.


I lined the bra cups with cut&sew foam in this nice peach colour. I LOVE this foam, it gives the extra shape that I need and matches my skin tone flawlessly!


This foam is also just really easy to work with- you can use your regular bra pattern, take off the seam allowances inside the cup and zig-zag them together! What I also love about foam is that you can use different fabrics to cover it! I covered it with this stretch knit lace, and didn't have to worry about reducing my pattern for stretch, or the shaping of a stretch fabric for a bra cup! Love it!


Loving my cut&sew foam and my new body suit! Will definitely have to make a bathing suit just like this :)

And now onto your lovely bra-makes!

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First we have this beautiful corset from my favourite french man- Joël!





Joël made this under-bust corset for his lovely wife for valentines day! I love the fabric!




What a great silhouette this gives, I might have to make myself another corset!


petijibus (at) gmail (dot) com

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Next we have an amazingly colourful bra from Jodi of Threads by Jodi







This is her self-drafted long-line vertical seam bra.  What a great fit!

And we have to talk about these colours! She dyed everything except for the strap elastic and the front frame using Dharma Trading Co. acid dyes. Love it!!
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Next we have a very pretty strapless bra from Linda of Uplift Custom Bras



Linda made this strapless bra for a client to go under her wedding dress! She used MB pre-formed foam cups and the Camille lace from Bra-maker's Supply. How beautiful is this! And so special for under her wedding dress!
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Next we have a late Valentine's Day bra from Ilna!




Ilna made this bra with Azalia pattern from Marinique Kollege and Langere.

This is a before picture of the bra with lace over most of the cup- which she said was not a flattering look at all. So she modified it...



To this! She lowered the lace and gave it more shape! necessity is the mother of invention! and she did a great job re-vamping this bra- make! Great job :)
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Next we have a swimsuit make from my mom!! 





Mom re-vamped an old swimsuit by adding a cut&sew foam bra inside. The bra adds extra shaping and support!















She finished the neckline edge of the bra with black fold over elastic- so that it will match in with the suit in case the edge shows! Then she attached it to the side seams and the shoulder seam! Perfect bathing suit update!

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Next we have a lovely bra and panty set from Karin of Mrs.Weaver's Finest Unmentionables!



Karin made this bra with a gorgeous polka-dot bamboo (that you might recognize from another bra last week!!) covering a pre-formed foam cup!





She also made some super cute panties to go with the set! These are the 'Lola' panties from OhLulu - her favourites! She also did a super cool post where she tested four different panty patterns and reviewed them! Definitely go and check that out on her blog!
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Next we have a very beautiful black-cherry bra from Michelle of Michelle's Creations




Michelle made this bra from the Sewy Rebecca Pattern with black cherry duoplex and lace. She also rocking those beautiful bridge crystals again- love that bling!



Overall she thought it was a pretty good pattern (despite some instruction translation issues) and the inside seams on the cup are very nicely finished! Look at all the pretty lace on the band too! Gorgeous, don't forget to check out her post on this bra too!
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Next we have a very creative bra from David Pólrolniczak



This is David's canary yellow and black lace 'Kybele' foam cup bra. He made this spring bra with inspirations from a harness, bikini and stocking girdles!


David is a freelance lingerie designer, label: Bonnet Blue 

dpolrolniczak (at) wp (dot) pl
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Next we have two mastectomy bras from Christina!







Christina made both of these mastectomy bras! Don't they look great! I love the choice of lace :)







She calls this one her 'January blues' bra and the one above her 'February pinks' bra! so lovely!

cf_green (at) yahoo (dot) com
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Next we have this stunning set from Diana of Diana Lingerie Design








This is Diana's Triangle bra and Thong Poetsie, Diana's self-drafted bra pattern! She made this beautiful bra and panty set using silk, lace and strap elastic!





















How stunning is this! I love the black and red and the super strappy back! very very sexy! Check out Diana's post for more info about her gorgeous set!
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Next we have a bright and beautiful set from Amy of Cloth Habit!





Amy self-drafted this three piece cup and made it out of this gorgeous fuchsia lace and fabrics and findings that she dyed to match using acid dyes.























She definitely went the extra mile on this bra, adding silk channelling, a silk ribbon bow and getting fancy with her hardware! Beautiful set!















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Next we have a bra from Ginny of Ginpins!






Ginny made this pretty Marlborough bra using things that were leftover in  her stash!





How pretty! It's so nice when that works out, and you have everything you need to make a bra waiting in your fabric drawer!










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Last but not least we have this pretty bra by Kerri of Lady K's Wardrobe Unlocked



Kerri is working on a new project where she is playing with different skin tones, and what that means across the wide range of beautiful skin tones that exist! This week she has started in the darker end of skin tones, with this rich chocolate colour and muted lace on the upper cup! Very nice! t


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Wow- definitely some incredible lingerie this week! I'm so inspired by you guys!!

Now I have two announcements!

#1- I'm going away on a family vacation to California this Thursday, and I'll be there for the next two weekends!! I'm so excited! I've made my week 7 & 8 bras in advance (both cut&sew foam bras!) And I'll be posting those, along with all of your bra-makes the next two weekends! but don't be worried if I take a while to respond to your e-mails, the challenge will go on!! lol


#2 (and WAY more important!!) The amazing 'Meet the Makers' post that Karin put up on her blog, Mrs.Weavers Finest Unmentionables, this week! It was so nice to hear about all of your bra-making inspiration and how much you've been enjoying this challenge and our bra-making community! I am so happy to be hosting this challenge and to have so many amazing people join me in this challenge! Don't forget that she is doing a second Meet the Makers post! Because there are too many amazing people to cover in one post- so make sure you check back for that post coming soon! And thank again Karin for doing these posts :) I feel like it brings our bra-community closer :) 

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  and Week 5 of this challenge for more amazing bras!

On that note, I will say happy Sunday to you all! and enjoy your week of sewing lingerie, until next Sunday!! 

xo erin

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Bra-A-Week: Week 5

Hi All!

Week 5!! And the day after Valentine's Day too! (or as I prefer to call it, Single's Awareness Day/National Cake Bingeing day) But even if you're not celebrating this Valentine's Day- who doesn't love a pink/red bra! I went for the pink/ivory theme!



I LOVE this bra. It's so pretty and comfortable! And it's definitely more of a 'Sweet Valentine' to last week's 50 Shades of Grey!


I made this bra with pre-formed foam cups, covered in a very flimsy ivory knit, with pink lace draped over the bottom of the cups.


I used the same stretch lace on the band, lined with white sheer cup lining in the front (a no-stretch sheer knit) and white powernet in the back. I also used a 3X3 hook and eye in the back, and made it a straight top- so the straps are attached to the band on the inside at the back.

For the front band I did a lace 'gothic arch' style where it comes up  to a point in the front between the cups. Then of course I had to decorate with these pink bows :) so pretty!

(my bow is askew!!lol)  

From my inspiration photo!! I love when my sketches come to life!



I have to say that I've had a bit of a love/hate relationship when it comes to foam, especially pre-formed cups, because they are 'generic' and not a completely natural breast shape. But after wearing this bra for a while I have to admit my love for them.

With fabric bras I find it is always such a delicate balance to get a good fit; between too loose and wrinkling and too tight and compressing. Since I have self-supporting breasts and they don't really 'fall' into a cup or mould to the cup shape very well, you have to fit them perfectly, and even then, if I slouch, or raise my arms my breasts will shift in the cup- which can sometimes mean wrinkles, or pointedness in the cup. To avoid any of that, I would have to make the cup tight enough that I don't move- compressing the breasts, which is not particularly flattering - and also not particularly comfortable. With foam, I find I can loosen off the band a bit, and let the foam hold the shape instead of my breast- and if I raise my arms, or shift around, then the shape is there waiting for me to sit back into. Now perhaps this is a little more 'false' of a look, but in my humble opinion- that is totally acceptable- Victoria is allowed to have her secrets and so will I!!

That being said, I am working on some cut&sew foam bras in the coming weeks, that will have a more 'Erin specific' shape than a generic pre-formed cup so maybe that will be a bit better compromise!

Does anyone else have this issue? or find that foam is a better alternative for them?

I just realize that, as pretty as they are, when I go to get dressed in the morning, I never reach for my fabric underwired bras. So in the future, and in the interest of making myself a bra-wardrobe that I will love to wear on an every-day basis, you will be seeing a lot more foam (pre formed and cut&sew)! and bralettes- I'm loving my bralette!


I'm so excited to wear this one! I'm sure I'll get an order for one from my sister too!


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And here are your lovely submission!!

First we have this gorgeous set from Michelle of Michelle's Creations






She made this bra from the Pin-Up Girls 'Shelley' pattern in beige with this gorgeous lace.







She made two pair of matching panties to go with the set! so smart!!




She also used a little Hotfix to adhere these little gems to the front! how gorgeous is that! Love it! You can check out her post on this set!
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Next we have a very daring set from Kerri of Lady K's Wardrobe Unlocked 






Kerri made this super-sexy teddy and matching crotchless panties! Loving the leather-look cup! She got the inspiration from this set, and I think she nailed it!




















This definitely meets the 50 Shades of Grey Valentine's ideal! And it's really great that Kerri is all about making larger cups and fuller figure sizes- and not just in beige!
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Next we have a super cute sports bra from Jodi of Threads by Jodi








Jodi made this sport bra with black duoplex, black powernet and an orangish-red spandex for binding.




The back has a hook and eye closure (I'm sure that makes it a lot more graceful to get on and off lol!) I'm loving this colour combo- it's very winter workout! Makes me feel like I should get to the gym instead of bingeing on cake and netflix this Valentine's...
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Next we have another stunner from Karin of Mrs.Weaver's Finest Unmentionables





Karin calls this her '50 Shades of Paisley' bra! She made it with this gorgeous grey paisley remanent that she found on sale in her local fabric shop- it was fate!


I love how she added the ribbon detail across the top cup- it really brings it all together! Check out her post on her bra for more info!




And don't forget Karin is writing a 'Meet the Maker's' post on her blog, about everyone contributing this challenge! So if you would like to be a part of that, don't forget to shoot her an email at

mrsweaver (at) mrsweaversfinest (dot) com
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Next we have a very pretty Valentine's bra from Linda of Uplift Custom Bras




Linda made this bra with pink duplex and pretty pink lace with hearts. I love how it looks like the hearts are falling down the bridge- super cute for Valentine's day!

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Next we have an awesome push-up bra from Diana of Diana Lingerie Design






How cute is this! I love the design and the fabric! It's a three piece cup, with a low front and some padding in the cups for shaping to to help with the push-up effect.





This is really gorgeous! Diana did a post about this bra with all the info on her blog, and she also did a pictorial on google plus!









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Next we have a very Valentine's bra from Mary Gottelmann



Mary made this bold Valentine's bra with red spandex covered with a 4" black lace, and red spandex with non-stretch mesh for the back band (which luckily worked out to be not too tight around!) Very lovely for Valentine's! geomar99(at)gmail(dot)com 
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Next we have a very interesting bra from David Pólrolniczak




This is his 'Oriane' lace, front fastening bra with a 'V' back elastic. The lace on the back of the bra is inspired by the sea, and the lace on the front cups is inspired by the summer. What a lovely combination for this pretty bra!






David is a freelance lingerie designer, label: Bonnet Blue 

dpolrolniczak (at) wp (dot) pl
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Next we have three lovely Watsons from Joanna of Live, Laugh and Sew




Joanna has definitely been a busy bee and has gone a little Watson crazy!




I'm loving all the colour combinations and trims! They really make the bra come together!




I can definitely tell that this is a tried-and-true pattern for Joanna! Don't forget to check out her blog for more info about her bras!
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Next we have a super-sweet Valentine's bodysuit from Ginny!








Wow this bodysuit is so sweet it's giving me a toothache!  She made this with a pink with red-hearts nylon spandex, with ruffles and bows for good measure!







She said that the layers were a little slippery to sew with, but it looks like she did a fantastic job to me! Super duper cute!














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Next we have a very sexy bra from France of Bra-maker's Supply



France made this beautiful bra with black lace, a fuchsia stretch satin powerbar and back band, and all fuchsia findings! love the colour combo!




France used a basic bra-pattern that I drafted for her, and modified it into this gorgeous style!

It took a bit of work to figure out her draft (she has a larger wire and breast base, with a smaller cup depth) but once we figured out her basic pattern the sky is the limit! Yay for drafting experience!




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And last but not least we have a bra that I fit for a wonderful woman named Lindi




Lindi is a friend of France, who came in for a fitting! After I made several adjustments to her pattern, and France made this first test bra, we were all so happy when it fit perfectly! So perfectly that we attached a bow, and she wore it out of the store!! Yay for fitting success!!







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I am loving all your submissions this week!! And all the Valentine's themed makes! I hope you're all having a great Valentine's Weekend!

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  and Week 4 of this challenge for more amazing bras!

Send your bras any time of the week before the Sunday post (Monday-Saturday) and I will add them into the challenge next week!

Thanks again for all your submissions, you're all amazing!!

Until next Sunday!!

xo erin