Cloth Habit Watson (& kits coming to Blackbird!)

We’re all about lingerie this month, huh! A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I wanted to try out Cloth Habit’s new pattern, the Watson Bra. Well, immediately after writing that post, I did just that!

Watson Bra 1

I’m on a powder pink kick. It’s such a great neutral tone, not quite nude, not quite pink, not quite peach. The main fabric is a nylon/spandex 4 way stretch knit with a lovely shine to it.¬†When it’s all sewn up it almost looks like stretch satin.

I picked up the fabric and elastics for this set on a fabric shopping trip with Morgan, Nicole, Corinne and Tasia (so much fun!). Tasia and I bought the same fabric – which happens often! So don’t be surprised if this fabric makes a second appearance on the blog soon.

Watson Bra 2

I am larger in the bust area, so for me, this is a relaxed fit. It certainly doesn’t offer the same support as an underwired bra does (for me), but I love it as a lounge bra. Smaller to medium busted ladies seem to find this pattern great for everyday “outside” wear, and I have to admit I’m a little bit jealous. I would love to wear such a comfortable bra out in the wild!

Watson Bra 3

Because there are no underwires, the bra came together quickly and quite easily, save for a bit of fighting with the lycra knit. Lycra knit can be a bit tricky because it slips around, but pinning my pieces carefully and not rushing was just the ticket. I also found using my serger for most of the seams made it a little bit easier. Plus serged seams give a really nice finish on the inside.

Watson Bra 4

The bikini style panties are super simple and they fit great. I’ll adjust my next pair to have a bit more bum coverage, but aside from that, they are close to perfect!

Watson Bra 5

I love how quick & satisfying this pattern is! Amy managed to make the elusiveness of lingerie sewing more accessible. I love how thorough and beginner friendly her instructions are. It’s a great set to ease yourself into making a bra and panty set.

In fact, I love this pattern so much that I’ve decided to make kits for my shop! Want a sneak peek?

Watson Kit Coral 1(Coral & Nude Watson Kit, coming soon to my shop!)

Offering lingerie kits was definitely in the “future plans” for Blackbird. When the Watson set came out with such great success, I decided now is the time to make it happen! I love that there is so much excitement over this pattern. It’s comfortable and sexy. The bonus is that it’s a cinch to sew up – no underwires!

Watson Kit Sapphire 1(Sapphire & Black Watson Kit)

There will be four color combinations offered, including the two shown above! The main fabric I selected for the kits is a really great nylon lycra knit called milliskin. In fact, it’s one of the fabrics that Amy has used and recommends for the set.

The kits will include fabric, power mesh, tricot lining, and all of the recommended elastics and notions for the pattern. You will be able to select longline bra (3 hook closure) or regular bra (2 hook closure) at checkout. Each kit will have enough fabric for a matching bra and panty set.

They are almost ready, I’m just waiting on some bits to arrive! Sign up for my Blackbird Fabrics newsletter to get notified as soon as they are in the shop. I am aiming to have them ready by the end of December.

Phew! That’s all the excitement I can handle for today. Since I won’t be blogging until the new year, happy holidays everyone!

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45 Responses to Cloth Habit Watson (& kits coming to Blackbird!)

  1. Jill December 17, 2014 at 6:17 am #

    I think these kits might just push me over the edge to finally try bra sewing…also love your shop! Just ordered some things yesterday!

    • Caroline Amanda December 17, 2014 at 9:58 am #

      Awesome :) I’m so excited that the kits might push you to try bra sewing. Kits definitely made the process easier for me too when I was starting out. Thanks for your support!

  2. Amanda December 17, 2014 at 7:08 am #

    Kits!!! You’re awesome! I will definitely give bra making a go (finally) with a kit! :)

    • Caroline Amanda December 17, 2014 at 9:58 am #

      Woohoo thanks! I’m so excited.

  3. Angela December 17, 2014 at 7:22 am #

    I agree with Jill – a kit like this could very easily push me over the edge to try sewing a bra. I even have the pattern, but I’ve just been too busy to deal with trying to gather the various pieces. And… since I’ve been eyeing your shop to place an order, this would be a great time! I’m already on the newsletter list, so I’ll be waiting to hear that I can order.

    • Caroline Amanda December 17, 2014 at 9:59 am #

      Fantastic! I will send of a newsletter as soon as they’re ready so keep an eye out for it. So glad you’re interested! And it will be a wonderful time to pick up some fabrics too and you can save on shipping :)

  4. Claire December 17, 2014 at 7:34 am #

    You’re right. That powder pink is lovely.
    You referenced altering for more bum coverage. Where do you add the extra fabric? I made a couple test pairs of “Ladyshorts” but they did not have enough coverage and kept riding up.

    • Caroline Amanda December 17, 2014 at 10:01 am #

      Basically I would just round out the piece that covers the backside. I think the Watson undies are a slight concave shape, so I would round it out to make it convex. Hope this helps! If I blog about another version I’ll take a photo of my pattern adjustment :)

  5. Michelle December 17, 2014 at 7:44 am #

    Hmmm, a super comfortable lounge bra. I might just try the Watson at some point. Thanks for letting us know that. I can’t wait to see the kits you’re offering.

    • Caroline Amanda December 17, 2014 at 10:02 am #

      Awesome! Yes you should give it a try. Super comfortable.

  6. Julie D December 17, 2014 at 9:01 am #

    Woo-hoo! Between following your and Tasia’s journey, as well as completing my first bra through the Craftsy class, I’m so excited to have more inspiration and options!

    • Caroline Amanda December 17, 2014 at 10:03 am #

      Amazing! Thanks for following along. I’m so glad Beverly did a craftsy class, it seems to be really popular!

  7. Kaoru Marie December 17, 2014 at 9:41 am #

    Kits! Yes!! I’ve been loving all these lingerie posts from you and Tasia, so I’m glad to hear you’ll be stocking kits.

    • Caroline Amanda December 17, 2014 at 10:03 am #

      Yay! I’m super excited about it. Stay tuned, they’ll be ready soon and they are so gorgeous!

  8. Paula December 17, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    will this come in small sizes? like.. really small?? like…aa small? A little bit sad, I know! :)

    • Caroline Amanda December 17, 2014 at 10:37 am #

      Not sad! Here is the link to Amy’s pattern, she will have the size chart there so you can see if it comes in your size. I’m pretty sure I saw AA in there!
      http://shop.clothhabit.com/products/watson-bra-bikini
      Actually this pattern it ideal for small sizes, so I think you’ll like it! The kits don’t include the pattern, so you would have to purchase that from Amy separately.
      My kit will work for any size. If you are small you may even be able to get extra undies out of it, or an extra bra if you can get your hands on more rings/sliders and the closure. :)

  9. Morgan December 17, 2014 at 10:31 am #

    What a great idea! Nicole and I really appreciated your help when choosing fabrics. I’ll be waiting in eager anticipation for your kits :D.

    • Caroline Amanda December 17, 2014 at 10:39 am #

      Aw thanks Morgan :) Yes it was that trip to Dressew that made me realize, I need to do this!

  10. Sylvie December 17, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    I’m so excited for the kits!!!! I hope they don’t sell out before I get my paws on one. Or two. :)

    • Caroline Amanda December 17, 2014 at 10:50 am #

      Yay! I’m excited sooo excited too. Make sure you sign up for the newsletter if you haven’t already, that’s where I’ll announce them first!

  11. Marie December 17, 2014 at 10:54 am #

    Yeah!! That’s a really great news!! I need to make sure I am on the mailing list, I don’t want to miss those! Do you think you will have them in time for the sew-along ? Oh! and I love the color you picked

    • Caroline Amanda December 17, 2014 at 10:51 pm #

      Hi Marie! I’m hoping to have them ready on the 29th. If you order on that day, then you should be okay depending where you are located. If you’re in Canada, you’d likely have your kit by around January 7th! If you are in the US then it will be closer to the 9th or 12th. I think Amy is starting the sew-along on the 12th :)

  12. Shelley December 17, 2014 at 11:05 am #

    Kits are a fabulous idea, Caroline! I’m bigger busted as well, so I’ll probably pass on the Watson, but hey- maybe a kit for Orange Lingerie’s Marlborough? Soooo excited about this!

    • Caroline Amanda December 17, 2014 at 10:53 pm #

      Hi Shelley! Yes I am definitely thinking about doing more kits in the future! The Marlborough bra is great because the same materials can be used to make a huge variety of bras, so a kit for the Marlborough would be more of a universal type kit. So in short, it’s totally in the plans! :)

  13. Amanda December 17, 2014 at 11:08 am #

    yea for kits! I did buy some milliskin as soon as Watson came out, but sourcing all the notions (and paying shipping separately to all the shops) has been a pain. I love the milliskin though (now I just need to make time to sew it up), so hopefully some of your kits are different colors from what I’ve already accumulated. I’m always game for more!

    • Caroline Amanda December 17, 2014 at 10:54 pm #

      Awesome! I hope I didn’t pick the same colors that you already have :) Plus if this goes well, who knows! I’d love to do even more colors in the near future.

  14. Annette December 17, 2014 at 11:17 am #

    I cannot wait for the kits and the two shown, Coral and Sapphire, are gorgeous! Not sure which one I like better, so I may have to get them all!
    Anyway, maybe now I will try sewing my own bra, and even take the Craftsy Class from Bev Johnson! Thank you, and I have a few items in my cart on your site, but wanted to wait until 1. After the holidays, and 2. after the kits are available! Many thanks, Annette

    • Caroline Amanda December 17, 2014 at 10:55 pm #

      Awesome! Good idea to wait and combine shipping :) So glad you like the kits!

  15. emily marie December 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    This is such a wonderful idea, I love your finished set and the materials you’ve chosen for the kits!
    I have been wanting to make lingerie for quite a while and have been hoarding fabrics, but am finding ordering elastics and notions to be tricky. I’m just one person, but I would absolutely love it if it were an option to order a kit with just elastics and notions, too.

    • Caroline Amanda December 17, 2014 at 10:57 pm #

      That’s a great point. The fabrics are easier to source and some people might already have them in their stash, but the findings are tougher to put together and coordinate! I’ll keep this in mind for sure! Who knows :) If all goes well I would love to expand the “lingerie” section of my shop.

  16. Anne Shetty December 17, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

    Same here Amanda! You and Tasia are making me want to make my own and with a kit.. I’m kissing my excuses goodbye.. Lol! Great job! :-)

    • Caroline Amanda December 17, 2014 at 10:57 pm #

      lol yay! So glad. No more excuses! You must make a bra :)

  17. Katie December 17, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

    Totally excited about these kits! I’m sitting on a Craftsy bra making class to start once I’m done all my holiday sewing and since I’ve seen the Watson bra, I’ve been in love!

    Can’t wait to purchase!

    • Caroline Amanda December 17, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

      What a great way to pass the cold January/February months! Tasia and I took our bra class in February last year and the excitement over sewing lingerie totally cured my winter blues. So happy that you like the look of the kits!

  18. Crystal December 17, 2014 at 7:16 pm #

    Great idea!! Thanks for this ! You have a great eye for fabric so I feel like I’m In Good hands

    • Caroline Amanda December 17, 2014 at 10:59 pm #

      Thanks Crystal! I tried to put together unique and pretty color combinations and I made sure to stick with materials I know are great quality!

  19. Mae December 17, 2014 at 7:46 pm #

    So exciting! I really love the look of the longline bra but didn’t want to try and find all the little bits. I will go sign up for your newsletter now!

  20. Quinn December 17, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

    The kits sound great and the colors are lovely. Will you also be stocking the patterns, or are they online?

    Best,
    Quinn

  21. Di December 17, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

    I also have a larger bust (32F) and have been thinking about getting this pattern, but am worried about lack of support. I find it very difficult to find longline bras in my size and a style I like, so I want to make this, but want to be able to wear it out.

    Would you consider taking photos with a tshirt on and this bra and an underwire bra to see the difference in shape/support? I totally understand if you don’t want to, but I just can’t find anything out there to see how it actually looks on for bigger busted ladies and whether it would offer enough support for me to go out in. So even if you have links to anyone else that’s larger busted who’s done the pattern, that would be much appreciated!

  22. Miss Crayola Creepy December 18, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

    That is the PERFECT pink!

  23. Maddie December 19, 2014 at 5:05 am #

    I have been loving all the bra making going on Sewaholic lately. I had a selfless sewing month – making most of my holiday gifts – and was so jealous of all your makes. I can’t wait to try out Amy’s bra and I think the kits are a great idea!

  24. kriston lion December 23, 2014 at 5:03 am #

    your fabrics are so cute they are killing me! secondsies on the bra findings kits! I love using up small random scraps of fabric, but a scrap of elastic only gets me so far, you know!? :)