In the interest of science, there are a lot of pictures of my boobs on the blog today! If that’s not your thing, just know that bra making went REALLY well and I’m super happy, and have a nice day!
Last week I shared that I was going to be trying something new every month, and January was bra making. So on Saturday I sat down with my Watson Bra pattern, my bra kit, and a lot of confusion.
I didn’t know what all the parts of my kit were! So it was a lot of figuring out what the hardware was, what the different elastics are, what is the right side and wrong side. What to do with the lace! Since the pattern isn’t a lace pattern it took me a while to figure out I should baste my lace to my power mesh before getting started sewing because the pattern didn’t say anything about lace. But! I figured it out. Clearly! Look at my bra!
So, there aren’t too many pictures of someone actually wearing the Watson Bra out in the wild. Having been a full supportive cup, underwire bra wearing girl my whole bra wearing life – 21 years at this point! – I was not sold on the idea that a soft, underwireless, long form bra like this would work for me, or that I would like it. It really helped to see Miss Heather of Closet Case Files wearing her bra. She’s got boobs and she had a pretty glowing review! Hopefully these posts of me in my bra help you, new to bra sewing in need of support boobs lady. And I mean, they’re just boobs in a bra! Who cares.
I measured myself as illustrated in the pattern. My ribcage is 31 1/2″, my fullest bust measurement, leaning over and letting them hang all over crazy was 40 1/2″, and my upper bust is 36″, giving me a 4 1/2″ difference. I ended up making a 34D because 4″ difference was a D cup and 5 was an E. I sized down!
You can’t really try it on as you go, so I just sewed it up once I figured out how all the parts worked and threw it on. I was FLOORED! It’s SO pretty, SO comfortable, my boobs feel really supported. And I really love how my boobs are just ME now – I just didn’t know I could get the boob support without having a molded cup bra.
You can see that the cups fit right under my boobs, but there is a little bit of space between where the cups meet in the center of my chest and my ribcage, and that’s probably because I sized down. For my next bra I’ll make a 34E and see if that fixes it. You can also see that my right cup elastic is a little flippy – that’s just because I sewed it poorly! I wanted the lace to line up like it is on my bustline, and I executed that well on my left cup and badly on my left cup! I’ll fix it if I ever take the bra off.
One of the best parts of this bra is how low it sits on my back. I hate how some bras, that are the wrong size!, sit so high on your back. This one is made for me, so it fits really well, and the long form body helps it stay in place across my back. It’s lovely! And I really like the long form bra. It’s so comfortable! I thought it would be irritating to have stretch across my lower ribcage, but not at all. It’s great.
Long story short: I can’t stop wearing it! Yesterday I ordered supplies to make 3 more. I’m fully converted and will probably never buy myself a bra again. Thanks internet!