Watson Bras: Plum, Peach and Mint

I’m really loving the Watson Bra pattern. So much that I’ve made two more!

The first one is made from plum lycra, leftover from this set. It goes wonderfully with the Mix 30 undies I made in that blog post, too!

watson bra in plum 3

I wanted to try out the shorter band bra, to see how it compared to the longline. The first version I made was the longline and I’ve found it a little snug, but now that I’ve made more it’s likely all due to my fabric choice.

watson bra in plum 5

The shorter bra is super cute! It’s a little more comfortable since there’s nothing hugging your ribs tightly. But it doesn’t stay in place as well as the longline does. I’d imagine on larger busts, it may be even less supportive. Everything does stay in place on me, unlike other bralettes I’ve worn where they shift easily, so that’s good. It just has the slightest feeling of riding up, even though it doesn’t come close to actually doing so. I’m not busty, so there isn’t a lot of weight in the cups which might hold things in place.

watson bra in plum close-up

I love contrast trims on lingerie, they make solid-coloured fabrics more interesting. The pink bow and pink trim makes it so much prettier than if it all matched!

Again, I used my wider zigzag settings rather than following the instructions. (One day I’ll try them! I sew the elastic part on autopilot it seems and stop looking at the directions, and I have the elastic zigzag stitches set up as ‘favourites’ on my machine, so it’s easy to do the same thing over and over.) I also used metal rings and sliders for a fancier look.

watson bra in plum close-up of rings

I followed the pattern instructions to zigzag the straps on to the back band, instead of the lightning stitch we learned in the bra-making class. I quite like the effect as it matches all of the other zigzagging.

watson bra in plum 4

Front view, flat:

cloth habit watson bra in plum, front view

It was a really sunny morning, so they look very shadowy, and every indent shows along the zigzag stitching. In reality the stitching isn’t that obvious.

Back view:

cloth habit watson bra in plum, back view

On the dress form, she’s a bit hollow above her bustline. I’m fuller across the upper chest, so it doesn’t sag on me like it does on her.

watson bra in plum 2

After this version, I decided to sew the longline again but in the recommended stretch lycra fabric. This is a lovely peach lycra from Dressew, and I chose mint-coloured elastic as I thought the colours looked so pretty together!

cloth habit watson bra in peach and mint, set

The mint neckline trim is my favourite. Love it! It makes it a little less like ‘My First Bra’ if that makes sense. The peachy colour and simple style reminds me a bit of a training bra. (Training for what, exactly?)

cloth habit watson bra in peach and mint, bra

Close-up of the trim. It’s really subtle.

cloth habit watson bra in peach and mint, bra close-up

I also sewed the bikini included in the pattern and it’s fantastic. (And incredibly quick!) Underwear can be misleading when it’s not on the body. When flat, they look big, and like they might sit higher on the body. However, hips and butts are a very three-dimensional area of the body, so once the undies go up and over all of our curves they don’t end up high or big at all. I chose the medium based on my hip measurement and it’s a great fit.

cloth habit watson bra in peach and mint, panties

I added a label to the back so I don’t have to think which is the back and front when getting dressed. You can obviously tell which is which because of the cut, but if you get dressed in the dark, it’s one less thing to think about.

cloth habit watson bra in peach and mint, panties with label

It’s nearly the same colour as my plastic lady, so it doesn’t photograph well on her. But it does give you an idea what the underwear fits like and where they sit on the hips. I have the excess fabric pinned behind her, since she has no bum to fill it out but it looks like it does on my body, from the front.

cloth habit watson bra in peach and mint, set on model

I had to move her around the office a bit, and find a place where she’d stand out against the background. This filing cabinet was the best spot.

cloth habit watson bra in peach and mint, bra on model

Side view, on the mannequin:

cloth habit watson bra in peach and mint, set on model 2

I followed the pattern directions for sewing the hook closure, instead of my usual fat dense bartack, and I like it. It’s a softer result. (Will it be as strong? We’ll see!)

On both of these, I used sheer cup lining to line the band. (On the first one I fused interfacing, since I wasn’t putting a lot of effort into that version.) I much prefer the cup lining as it won’t separate from the main fabric.

cloth habit watson bra in peach and mint, bra from inside

Now that I’ve made both the longline and regular bra in the proper fabric, the longline is definitely my favourite. I love the look of it, and I like the feel of the wider band. It feels more secure than the shorter version, and it smooths out the sides of the body nicely.

I sewed all three of these on the same day, so it really is quick to make. I tried to sew similar steps of the bra and panty set at the same time, so I’m doing the same elastic step on both garments and don’t have to keep switching stitch settings.

Next, I’m going to try using powermesh for the back band. I’ve used lycra fabric so far for the entire band as I don’t need a lot of support. However I have a beautiful dusty purple lycra fabric that I can’t find a hook closure to match, so I”m going to use nude powermesh for the back band and a matching nude hook set. And I’d love to try a lace version. I have apricot stretch lace that would be so pretty in this style!

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34 Responses to Watson Bras: Plum, Peach and Mint

  1. katie January 5, 2015 at 6:19 am #

    I really want one, it looks like my dream bra! I was all set to buy a kit from Caroline’s shop but they sold out before I got a chance. Hope they’re back soon!

  2. Marie January 5, 2015 at 6:37 am #

    These look lovely! I’ve committed to bra making as my 2015 resolution so perhaps this will be a good starter project -Only I’m petite but a little busty so may need more support.

  3. Billie January 5, 2015 at 6:45 am #

    Ok, for some reason when I initially opened the page, there was no text (resolved with a refresh), which gave the page a very minimal but interesting aesthetic :)
    Both bras and the knickers look so luxurious!
    Also, happy new year!

    • Tasia January 5, 2015 at 11:39 am #

      Ha, funny! That sure would be an easy blog post to prepare, upload a bunch of photos and done, but I’m sure there would be a ton of questions! :)

  4. Kelly January 5, 2015 at 7:32 am #

    So pretty! I really hoped to sew one over the holidays but I feel a bit intimidated… hopefully soon!

  5. Bella January 5, 2015 at 7:35 am #

    These are lovely! I ordered a kit from Caroline, so I can’t wait to start on my own.

  6. Nakisha January 5, 2015 at 8:05 am #

    Beautiful! You all are seriously enticing me to get this pattern!!! Eek!

  7. May January 5, 2015 at 9:16 am #

    Tasia, these are gorgeous! So inspiring :)

  8. maddie January 5, 2015 at 10:00 am #

    I made my first Watson bra last weekend! The construction is not on par since it was my first stab at it, but I’m planning to make a lot more. Also, and I’m not sure if this was the case for you – the the strap points were too close to CF. I definitely like my straps spaced further apart.

    • Tasia January 5, 2015 at 11:38 am #

      I didn’t find that on mine, but I do have narrow shoulders. Isn’t it great to be able to adjust all parts of our garments to fit us? I also felt like the straps are so nicely centered over the middle of the cup, that to move them would affect the support and fit. I’ll look for your Watson project on your blog soon!

  9. Camilla January 5, 2015 at 10:40 am #

    Wow they look so professional.

  10. Jenny January 5, 2015 at 10:42 am #

    I am making the longline at the moment. It is only the third bra I have made and wonder about the sewing of the elastic as there are no instructions. I made my first bra on a course and we were told to make the elastic 80% of the length, plus an inch either end for ease of attachment. Then we had to mark it in quarters and attach. Do you measure your elastic or just feed it on to the fabric, easing as you go?

    • Tasia January 5, 2015 at 11:35 am #

      I do the second – feed it onto the fabric, easing as you go. In the class I took, we also learned to write down our final elastic measurements, and then use that measurement for future bras. For example, if you ended up using 29″ of elastic stretching to fit a 32C pattern, and you like how it feels, then you can use that same elastic measurement for all future bra band elastics, cutting it to fit and stretching evenly between end points. Does this make sense?

      • Jenny January 6, 2015 at 2:05 pm #

        Yes it makes perfect sense. Thanks Tasia.

  11. Christine January 5, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    lovely! I ordered about a million kits from Caroline so all the goodies are ready and on hand. can’t wait to whip some of these up!

  12. Nathalie January 5, 2015 at 12:08 pm #

    So pretty! I love the plum colour of the fabric. I realy want to try making a bra but underwires scare me. And I never wear a bralet. Maybe I will try a bikini first…

  13. Sheryl January 5, 2015 at 12:59 pm #

    I too, am busty. Now according to the pattern, you go up an inch for each cup size. My question, is the cup size pretty close to ready to wear? I’ve been measured by a bra maker and I’m quite a bit bigger cup sized than if I buy off the rack. If I needed to add to the cup, is that difficult to do according to the pattern?

    • Tasia January 5, 2015 at 1:04 pm #

      I wear the same size in RTW and this pattern, if that helps! It will vary from person to person, and also depending on how stretchy your fabric is. It’s a different fit than a non-stretchy foam cup or a non-stretch wired cup so it’s hard to compare the two. This cup is designed to stretch! The cup does have a vertical seam so it’s easy to take it in later on, but only 1/4″ seam allowance so it would be hard to let out. Lots of good thoughts on the cloth habit site as well – http://clothhabit.com/.

  14. Jennifer January 5, 2015 at 2:08 pm #

    Wow! I love how beautiful your bras and bikini pants look! I have finally decided that I really ought to try making my own bikini pants. Do you have any suggestions?

    • Tasia January 5, 2015 at 2:18 pm #

      If you like this pattern, it’s very easy to make and would be a good starting point! You do end up buying both bra and pants together, so it can seem a little steep if you’re only interested in the bottoms. Cloth Habit also has a free Ladyshorts pattern that you might like, and it’s free. http://clothhabit.com/free-pattern-rosy-ladyshorts/
      I’m guessing you were asking about a pattern, but if you wanted to know something else, just ask!

  15. Annette January 5, 2015 at 2:27 pm #

    Absolutely lovely. TFS, Annette

  16. Sue January 5, 2015 at 4:46 pm #

    I just spent the weekend making up my first Watson set and cut out a second (one longline and one short) so I will be interested to see if mine are as nice as yours.

  17. Debbie January 5, 2015 at 5:14 pm #

    Both bras and the undies are great. I love the color of the first bra.

    I’ve made the shorter bra 3 times so far. The first 2 were 32B’s, even though her sizing puts me in a 34B. Both fit very good but I thought possibly too tight in the cups so I went up to a 32C, the sister size of the 34B. Too big with the same fit problems you describe. Didn’t feel as supportive as the 32B but the worst was I felt as if I was slipping out of the bottom of the cups. It was so uncomfortably loose that I wore it for less than an hour. Good thing they sew up quick! All fabrics had 50% stretch.

    That’s a roundabout way of saying you might want to try using the same size cup and going down a band size. That got me the best fit.

    I still want to try the longline. It’s on the list!

    • Tasia January 6, 2015 at 8:29 am #

      That’s a good point, a shorter band would help. I also considered doubling up the band fabric to reduce the stretch, which might also work. Or using powermesh for the back band. The less-stretchy version I made in the doubleknit fits great so that could be it!

  18. Evie January 5, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

    These are really pretty! You’re making me keen to try out the Watson myself, and I’m generally not a fan of bralettes at all. This one just looks so comfy!

  19. Ami January 6, 2015 at 1:15 pm #

    Wow that pale peach and mint is utterly perfect! And your finishing looks unbelievable. definitely going to get this pattern now :)

  20. Elizabeth January 6, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

    That’s a really pretty bra pattern. The One of a Kind labels are really cute too, and fitting as all of our garments are just that.

  21. Jo January 6, 2015 at 9:33 pm #

    These are wonderful. I fully intend to make a bra, though I do find it quite daunting. I have ordered a kit, so I’ll probably have to go back through all your great bra posts sometime. Thanks for the link to Cloth Habit, what a great blog! Looking forward to seeing more of your gorgeous makes :)

  22. Michelle January 8, 2015 at 10:20 am #

    These are both adorable. What a great job you do sewing them. They look absolutely perfect.

    • Tasia January 8, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

      Thank you!

  23. Amy January 8, 2015 at 8:24 pm #

    Lovely, lovely, Tasia!


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