A Black Watson Bra

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The Watson Bra is something that I have been wanting to make for maybe one year now, I started trying out sizes last year and I was pretty frustrated because I couldn’t figure out the right size. I did some mistakes measuring, then I figured out a size that I thought was right and made it up in „real bra fabric“. It didn’t fit at all and it was a super frustrating experience! I realized that I normally make more loose fitting garments, and bra making really pushed me out of my sewing comfort zone, especially because I have been collecting bra making supplies in Vienna and Paris, because I found it hard to find lingerie fabric in Berlin, so I was constantly worried about wasting my precious materials.

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Also, every single Watson Bra that people post on their blogs and Instagram looks perfect and amazing (even though some people report issues with finding the right size also…), that I really got a bit anxious to make mine. So after my big failure – the cups were just way too big – I decided to jump back on the horse a day later and make another one. With just the most simple elastic that I have and in my standard bra size! And it fits! Sometimes going the easy way takes time apparently… I will go up one cup size for the next one, as I could have just a liiittle bit more coverage there, and I think I will pull the elastic a bit under the arms to avoid side-boob-gaping (don’t know my lingerie sewing terminology…).The pattern instructions are clear and the construction simple enough for a first try at lingerie making. All in all, I think this might become a big success for my bra drawer this summer!

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Summer Sewing Plans

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Apart from sewing basics and replacing and/or recycling worn out garments such as leggings and t-shirts, I have some more exciting plans for this summer season:

Turia Dungarees

First are the Turia Dungarees by Pauline Alice Patterns. After seeing this image on Instagram of the designers behind horses atelier, the idea of simple black dungarees stayed in my mind. I will try the turia dungarees in black (of course), but plan on tightening the legs around the ankle, I am not really a fan of seventies fashion…

beautiful heidi & claudia #bestofbootsandpine #bootsandpine

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Watson Bra

Next up is the famous Watson Bra by Cloth Habit. After seeing it everywhere, I also want to try my luck at bra making. I already have all the supplies waiting! Some beautiful mesh and lace from Komolka Stoffe in Vienna and notions, partly recycled from old bras. I will try the long version first, as a lot of you mentioned the better support it gives. Having an uncommon bra size makes it hard to find soft cup bras without underwires, so I hope this will be a way to fix this! The plan is to make a bikini and swimsuit as well…

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Quilted Jacket

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Last for now is a self-drafted little quilted jacket. I will probably copy it directly from a quilted jacked my friend bought in a vintage shop in Budapest, and it will be black (again…) with a greyish blue lining and brass buttons.

So far the plans! We will see what happens next!