Watson Bra For First Time Bra Makers

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.

The Watson Bra might be the perfect pattern for bra making newbies.

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.

The Watson Bra in double layered Lycra

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.

Longline Watson Bra in double Lycra

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.

Watson Bra pattern from Cloth Habit

Fabric: Lycra from FunkiFabrics (I used a double layer for support) Straps & Hardware: Hijacked from an unloved bra Elastics: A kit from Bra-Makers Supply (See my product review here)

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.

Sewing 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.

Longline Watson Bra in Lycra

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.

Watson Bra

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.

Sewing My First Bra | The Watson Bra Pattern

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!

Watson Bra
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.

Watson Bra

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.

Watson Bikini in Lycra with fold over elastic

Watson Bikini

I made the Watson Bikini with fold over elastic. The fit is spot on. I like the cut, too. Here’s the matching set:


Watson Bra and Bikini

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.

About The Author

Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Denise/DIY Crush

    Wow, this looks so pretty and so professional too! I love the fabric! Thanks for sharing this at my craft party on Thursday! I pin all your instructional posts and share them. Hope you’ll join in again this coming Thursday!

  2. Gina

    Amy!!!! This is amazing and absolutely perfect. It looks store bought to me; so professional!!! You should be so proud!!!!

  3. Annie

    Beautiful set, and you did an amazing job on the bra!! I see you were so excited to work on this project. I will be very interested in seeing your next bra challenge!
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  4. Donna

    This is beautiful. I am not so sure I want to undertake such a project but good for you!

  5. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas

    AWESOME!! Wow, you really made a beautiful two piece set Amy! I’m definitely looking for a wirefree bra pattern. I hadn’t considered that the Watson would give enough support though. See, you get to do all the hard stuff for me, LOL. Although I know I’ll be going through the fitting stuff over several bras too.
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