So, I made a bra! I’ll be the first to admit that it looks a little bit like a training bra, and I’m ok with it. That’s what happens when you don’t have much to fill it with. I’m lovingly calling it my I.B.T.H. (You can figure that one out for yourself, or look it up, just be careful what you search!) This is the Watson Bra and Bikini set by Cloth Habit. I bought the PDF pattern quite a while ago, and I have also picked up a few bra making and findings kits from Tailor Made Shop.
I was really surprised how easy this was to make. I used leftover fabric scraps from another project to make this as a muslin. I know that not all materials are interchangeable in bra making, but figured this would at least give me an idea of how it would fit before cutting into a more “fancy” material. I decided to get a findings kit, because it seemed easier than sourcing all the different elastics, rings and hook and eye. This one happened to be the perfect pinky peach combo that matched this print perfectly.
The only bit of trouble I ran into was lining up my elastics in the middle so they didn’t overlap at all. I think I lost a bit of the shaping there, as I didn’t accurately mark and sew to the dot. This was my fault as it is very clearly described in the instructions and the sew along. I just didn’t mark it clearly and was too afraid to rip and try again with the jersey. So mark those dots!
I had enough fabric and elastic for matching undies…pretty awesome! I need to practice a bit to get the right tension on the leg elastic. I think I pulled one slightly tighter than the other, but they still fit really well.
Now, I will be honest with you. If you happen to know me in real life, you know I’m on the smaller side of average. Well, smaller than average is probably a good way to put it. I’m just about 5″1′ and not exactly petite, but basically petite. All of this to say, I’m not very robust up top. Ok, I have very small bewbs y’all. There I said it. However, I nursed two healthy babies, and I like to run, so they work for my lifestyle. I made this Watson in a 34AA. Did you guys know that AA is smaller than A, but DD is larger than D. I know, it seems weird, but it’s true. At any rate, I’m just saying I can’t attest to how this bra works for the more well endowed, but I found it very comfortable.
I also gained a whole lot of confidence making this bra. It’s true, it’s an entry level pattern. You do not need any fancy supplies, no underwires to fuss with, but you still get a very wearable bra in the end. I don’t think this will become an everyday bra for me, because I actually prefer something with a more moulded cup. However, I do feel confident enough to try another pattern, maybe the Boylston Bra from Orange Lingerie? If you’re into Bra making and have any other tips or patterns to try out, let me know!