I made a bra! I made a freakin’ bra!
When I started sewing a handful of years ago, there were things that I never thought I would make. Undergarments were definitely one of them (along with a legit winter coat, jeans, and a swim suit). But after seeing all the amazing Watson’s around the web (like this one, this one, this one, and this one), I hopped on the Watson bandwagon and made my first Watson Bra and Bikini!
I had been eyeballing the Watson pattern by Cloth Habit for a while, but I didn’t actually buy it until I came across some lingerie sewing kits on Blackbird Fabrics. My hesitation for the pattern initially came from the fact that I had no idea how to source the types of fabrics needed… they seemed scary. Tricot lining? Power mesh? They barely seemed like words. But, when I saw the kits, I quickly snatched up two and decided I would buy the pattern. Impulse internet shopping at it’s finest!
Before starting, I was a little nervous about fit. My typical sewing project is usually a loose fitting knit garment, so this was way out of my comfort zone. Coincidentally, I went into Nordstoms a few months ago and got fitted and my measurements put me in a 30D. Which sounds ridiculous because I clearly do not have an ample bosom. But, it made sense once I realized the cup volume between a 34B, 32C, and 30D are all pretty much the same (they are all sister sizes) so, technically, I can wear any of these sizes and the only thing that changes is how snug or loose the band is. Witchcraft, I tell you. On a related note, I bought a few of these Natori bras from Nordstroms and they are pretty awesome.
To make sure I made the right size for the pattern, I measured myself according to the pattern instructions and my measurements put me in a 32C. I made View A, the longline bra, without any modifications and the fit is pretty spot on! For not having an underwire or any padding, it’s surprisingly supportive!
I constructed both the bra and undies using a combination of my serger and sewing machine and took Amy’s advice on thread selection. For the serger, I used a 4 thread overlock stitch with wooly nylon in both the upper and lower loopers. For all the top stitching and zig-zag stitching, I used Guterman Mara 150 thread which is a very fine polyester thread. I’ll definitely be using those thread types again on my next Watson.
For the undies, I made the size small and actually followed the instructions from the Watson Sew Along instead of the pattern so that both crotch seams would be enclosed in the lining. They came together pretty quick and I’m planning on making more! I made a couple changes to the fit, so I think I will make the extra small next time.
Overall, I’m really happy with my first attempt at bra making! I can’t wait to make my next Watson with my lavender and beige kit!
I’d love to know, have you jumped on the bra-making bandwagon too? Any other patterns out there that you would recommend? I’m intrigued by the Ohhh Lulu patterns…