(Black) Betty Bra

February 27, 2016

So if I thought it was appropriate to swear on my blog I would.  That is how much I love this bra.  It's safe to say this is a new favourite.

Betty Bra

I mentioned at the end of my last post that I was working on a bra using one of Erin's kits from her store, The Emerald Studio.  I purchased a black bra tulle kit and honestly can't rave about it enough.  There is plenty of fabric in the kit, buy plenty I mean I'll be able to make another bra or matching panties without worrying about running out of fabric.  To be honest I'm leaning towards the matching panties but I'm not sure what pattern just yet, more about that later.

Betty Bra

For this bra I revisited the Marlborough pattern by Orange Lingerie.  This time I made a 36C (the same size as my Boylstons) and the fit is much better than my previous attempts with this pattern. I modified the curve of the lower up slightly to remove some of the pointyness I had experienced previously and as a result I am much happier with the shape of this cup.  It's resulted in a more rounded, more modern style which I prefer.

Betty Bra

I was heavily inspired by Erin's Black Beauty Bra when choosing what to make.  I fell in love the the double straps and tried to recreate them here.  I also should have purchased this kit was a small findings kit, however I didn't know what I was making at the time.  Thankfully I already had a stash of FOE elastic on hand which was easy to substitute.  

Betty Bra


This was my first time sewing with Bra Tulle and I think I'm converted.  I was prepared for my machine to try and it it and for it to be a nightmare to sew however it was the total opposite.  It was a dream to sew, my machine loved it, I loved it.  It only postage wasn't such a killer!  I used a double layer with opposing stretch and felt incredibly well supported when I wore it.  Of course my cup size isn't large but I can't recommend it highly enough for my size.  This bra did feel quite tight when I wore it yesterday however it did loosen throughout the day so with a few more wears it should be prefect.

Betty Bra

One other thing I love about the bra tulle is the detail that appears with the double layer.  It might be my favourite detail in this bra.  I seriously love it.

As for a matching set I'm tossing up between a Watson, either completely from Bra Tulle or a bra tulle front and powernet back or a pattern with a ruched back like Ohhh Lulu's Lola.  I'm tossing up if I can modify something or just need to buy a new pattern, I'm leaning towards buying a new pattern, I think I do need to branch out from making Watsons all. the. time.

Anyway, if you're thinking about buying a bra tulle, or any other kit from Erin do it.  You will not regret it.

What new fabrics and products have you fallen in love with?


8 comments:

  1. You did such an amazing job on this bra- it's SO gorgeous!!! <3 <3

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    1. Thanks Erin! I'm pretty smitten with it :)

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  2. This is beautiful! Looks nicer than some of the bras I've purchased!

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    1. Thank you Alison, I love making bras, you can certainly create something that is nicer than ready to wear.

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  3. Beautiful! I would love to try to make a bra, but I don't think I could sew something supportive enough (think bowling balls :-/ )! This is gorgeous, I can't wait to see what you create to match.

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    1. Thanks Amy! I think you'd be surprised what you can sew, I've seen many of supportive bras on various blogs and facebook which I think are much nicer than RTW :)

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  4. It's SO pretty!! It may be the coolest version of the Marlborough bra that I've seen! And I love the look of this bra tulle, I need to try it! ;)

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    1. Thanks Sofia! I definitely think you should try bra tulle, I am in love with the stuff!

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