watson, watson…

Well, I’ve reached that inevitable point where I’m posting photos of my bras on the internet and might even talk about fitting issues. Wooo. It’s all because of the Cloth Habit Watson Bra. I bought it mere hours after its release – it’s basically the most amazing, ideal bra I could ever imagine, especially the longline version. While I’ve made a few Jasmine bras and activewear, I still felt pretty intimidated and like such a beginner. The good thing about being a beginner, though, is that expectations are so low and visible improvement is so rapid. Add a mostly wearable bra at the end of a couple hours of work and you have a very gratifying project!

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I made this longline version as my first attempt using a white stretch lace from Fabric Mart and a nude “power mesh” from JoAnn. I haven’t felt real power mesh so I have no idea if this stuff compares, but considering how soft and airy both of these fabrics are the bra is more supportive than I expected. I underlined all of the lace pieces with the power mesh for modesty and structure, and it wasn’t actually wasn’t that hard to sew. Straps and hook/eye are salvaged from an old bra. I’m pretty pleased with this, and it’s SO pretty from the outside, but it’s not quite supportive enough for everyday wear.


For my second bra I used the regular band version with the supplex-like activewear knit I had leftover from XYT tops, along with more salvaged straps and findings, and I actually think this version is more supportive due to the elastic being right under the cups. For this version I only used two layers for the cradle, as instructed.

For next time… I think I will use two layers for the back band as well, and perhaps even for the cups. I may also experiment with sizing. You have to trust me about these sizing problems – this is one of those times where it’s very clear that my dress form and I are not built quite the same way! First, both bras are too big in the band. They only just fit on the tightest setting, and the pink one is actually still slightly big. At the same time, I will try going up a cup size for a little more coverage. I used my normal measurement and the fit is totally acceptable, but since I have the opportunity to get the fit exactly as I like it I may as well try! I’m also going to try to make the band a little more supportive by widening the regular band to accommodate 1″ elastic instead of the 1/2″ called for in the pattern. This will also create more of the longline look I love so much.

Overall, I’m very happy with this development!  There is still a ways to go before I find my perfect fit, but this is a good first step!

Not a real cat photo today, but I'm pretty thrilled with these matching cat mugs that I got for me and Dandelion's catgodmother...
Not a real cat photo today, but I’m pretty thrilled with these matching cat mugs that I got for me and Dandelion’s catgodmother!

13 thoughts on “watson, watson…

  1. Both of these versions look great! Interesting that you think the regular bra is more supportive. I’ve made one longline and just stocked up on supplies to try the regular bra.

    1. Well, it could have been the fabric I chose, the elastic, even the notions I tried. It’s not a great study 🙂 I think a long line with more structured fabric is next!

  2. Oooh, they’re both so pretty! I’ve been trying to steer clear of making bras because I really prefer the foam kind. But it’s hard when so many beautiful examples like these two keep showing up on my blog reader!!

  3. Both of these are so pretty. I really like the longline silhouette. Between this and the activewear tops, you’re making stuff I have a hard time even attempting! If you don’t mind my asking, where did you find those super cute cat mugs? I love them!

  4. They look gorgeous! I love a good longline bra, and you are tempting me with this pattern. Or perhaps I will find a vintage version . . . I think I am going to have to try undergarments this year.

    1. This bra isn’t very structured, so you may be better off with a vintage pattern since your clothes are more structured than my casual and ease-filled clothes. Longlines are so pretty. I can’t resist!

  5. I love your Watson bras, I’m totally not game enough to make a bra yet, well, considering I am now entering the world of maternity bras, I’m even more not game, but I love seeing everyone else’s pop up around the place 🙂

  6. OOh love your bras!! I want to make one so much, I’ve been searching for a RTW light weight bra but can’t find one that fits right. Good to hear that you got some of the fabric at Joanns. I’m not sure if I can commit to buying fabric for a bra online.

    1. Thank you! I don’t know that I would recommend the fabric from joann… it seems a bit too flimsy! I’m with you about buying fabric online, though, intimidating.

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