Watson Bra For First Time Bra Makers
I highly reccomend the Watson Bra for first time bra makers. You can familiarize yourself with the basic construction of a bra, without dealing with the scary stuff, like underwires, boning, and cup adjusting.
Here’s my first bra make ever, the Watson Bra from ClothHabit. I have lots of photos because I’m so proud, I want to show you every stitch.
If you haven’t been introduced to my dressform, meet Nips. She’s graciously agreed to be padded out for this photoshoot, so I can show you my Watson bra. You’re looking at a 34 F, which is a far cry from her B cup. She told me she feels ridiculous, but I assured her it’s all for the sake of bra making.
I made the longline version of this bra. It turned out so much better than I expected. I mean, the fabric turned into an actual bra…which is still blowing my mind.
I used a double layer of Lycra for everything; the cradle, cups, and band. As a result my bra feels like a sports bra but there’s lots of lift and separation. I’m very happy with the boob support and like the natural breast shape of the Watson Bra pattern.
While the Lycra works well for the cups and band, I will use the reccomeded powernet next time. I have a slight boob muffin on top, and the frame/cup seam rides up. My next Watson will be the 34 G/H. The bigger cups and more stabilized band should give me a perfect fit.
I didn’t read the instructions thoroughly, I was like Brazilla and just wanted to make one already. I didn’t even change my needle and you can tell by the stitches. I lightened it below so you can see my zig zags by the closure. I can do better than that.
I learned a lot making this bra. I’ll pay attention to seam allowances and stitch settings from now on, and just slow down in general.
Once I understand what fabric properties work for each part of the bra, I’ll save some money sourcing my own material. The kits are pricy, and I ruined one by cutting pattern pieces onto the wrong fabric last month. I bought everything I needed for a bra, and never sewed a stitch!Inside View
Bra making feels like a big investment at first. I’ll try to be patient once I start making more complicated bras. All the fittings and muslins will burn through supplies. I’m dreading that part; but the finish line is pretty bras that fit and don’t cost $70.
Here’s a closeup of the inside. The Watson Bra isn’t designed for underwires, but foam pad would be easy enough if you wanted extra coverage. I’m thinking about lengthening the cradle and band into a camisole. Maybe if I went up a band size? In Lycra it would act as shape wear.
I made the Watson Bikini with fold over elastic. The fit is spot on. I like the cut, too. Here’s the matching set:
I know it’s been said to death, but I don’t know why it took me so long to sew a bra. I’m ready for the big leagues now; cup fitting! Bring it on.