Blue Lace Watson

Blue Lace Watson | Grainline Studio

Garment Details
Pattern | Watson Bra
Lace | Lace Fabrics Etsy
Bra Findings | Blackbird Fabrics
Bra Strapping | Blackbird Fabrics

Blue Lace Watson | Grainline Studio
A few weeks ago it was boiling hot outside and I was trying to figure out what to wear to stand outside in the sun all day at a music fest here in Chicago. I ended up making this silk/rayon shirt but being as it was a bit sheer, I wanted something underneath it that said “yes, I know my shirt is semi-sheer” and not the opposite. Enter the long line version of the Watson Bra.

Blue Lace Watson | Grainline Studio

This is actually the second Watson I’ve made. The first was from a kit from Blackbird and although the bra turned out beautifully and it’s comfortable, I kind of hate the way it looks on me. I think the proportion of the cups hits a bit high on me and it isn’t balanced out with the shorter band. It’s just a personal preference based on what I’m used to wearing, but it’s enough that I don’t grab it from my drawer very often. While I may not be totally enthralled with the short version on myself I really love the long version!

Blue Lace Watson | Grainline Studio
If you’ve never made a bra before the Watson is a great place to start. Amy has all the information you could possibly need to make a great looking finished garment, down to the stitch lengths and widths for each separate piece of elastic.

Blue Lace Watson | Grainline Studio

I also recommend grabbing a kit if you’re new to bra making since there are so many small pieces you need to collect. I started with one of Blackbird’s full kits for my first bra, and since I’m kind of busy and don’t have a ton of time, nor the desire, to trawl websites looking for matching components, I ordered a findings kit and strapping from Caroline for this one as well. The lace I ordered from Etsy, just searched “stretch lace” and this came up in a color I liked. It’s definitely not the highest of quality, but it’s cute and it got the job done. Since I didn’t do a muslin for this pattern I didn’t want to spend a lot on lace in case it didn’t work out.

Blue Lace Watson | Grainline Studio

As I mentioned above, it’s super comfy to wear. I was worried because I’d never worn a long line bra before but I found it actually a bit more comfortable than other standard length bralette style bras. I measured according to Amy’s instructions and went off her sizing chart and I found the sizing ran pretty true to size for me which felt good since I was diving right into actual fabric. As far as how supportive it is, I don’t really know. I’m not one who typically needs too much of that stuff. I’m a pretty solid b and it worked out great for me.

Blue Lace Watson | Grainline Studio

I have a feeling at least one more of these will be entering my wardrobe before fall, and I’d also like to try another short version where I adjust the proportions of the cups a bit to not sit quite so high. I have a feeling that just a bit shorter on them and I’ll be loving it.

Blue Lace Watson | Grainline Studio

There are so many bra patterns out there right now, it’s really exciting. I currently have all the supplies for the Marlborough, I just need to find time to make it happen. Have you guys tried bra-making? What patterns have you tried? Any great places to find fabrics? Spill it!

13 replies on “Blue Lace Watson

  • Regina

    I’ve made several swimsuits in the past, but have never tried making myself a bra. I don’t know why I’m so put off by it, maybe because I’m so tiny in that area it’s like why bother; not sure! After reading your post, I think I’ll give it a try!! I am a small B, maybe even a full A! I’ve never been a full anything in that area, except when I was pregnant and then breastfeeding lol

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  • Marie

    I have the watson pattern and also LOVE the longline version. I’m very petite yet somehow quite busty at the same time so I steered clear of the shorter option having heard it was a little lacking in the support area.

    I made a first run with some seriously cheap supplies just to try it out (a little more info here http://www.stokescroftstitching.co.uk/2015/03/watson-handmade-longline-bra.html ) and I was really pleased with the outcome so definitely going to make more. Going to try stabilising the outer cup with some power mesh to up the support factor. Might work….? I’d like to try out a ‘MakeBra DL03’ from Tasia’s recent Sewaholic post too.

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  • andrea

    Nice work! Someday I’d like to make my own bras as well. Did you need to use a serger on this or the zig-zag stitch on a conventional sewing machine?

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  • SaSa

    This is such a lovely bralette, I like the colour a lot! I have made different bras but never was pleased to like them more than bought ones. Now I have made the Shelley bra three times and the fit is much better. I have experienced that I have to use bigger underwires than my cup size and have to adjust the cup pieces so it is much more confortable.

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  • Janie

    Watson is definitely high on my list to try soon. I’d like to get into sewing lingerie, but I’ve been so disappointed that so many of the patterns are so lace-focused. Obviously this isn’t a problem for anyone else in the sewing community apparently, but lace basically sets my skin on fire.

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  • emeralderin

    Really love this! I’m all about the bras that say “I know my shirt is sheer” lol. I primarily make bras and swimwear- as for patterns, I’m all about drafting my own, but I’m really hoping to come out with some patterns in the fall! As for fabrics & notions there are lots of lovely places to buy things- etsy is great. I’m planning on opening a shop for supplies asap since I know that they are really a challenge to source and make sure you have all the little components! Again great work & thanks for the post 🙂

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