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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Front view, flat:
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.
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.
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!
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?)
Close-up of the trim. It’s really subtle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Side view, on the mannequin:
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.
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!