Sewing the Watson Bra

by Jessica Johannesen

This week has been full of ups and downs. The Covid19 pandemic isn’t over. I’m not even sure it is lessening. On the up side, my sister moved out and I got to finally use my spare bedroom as a studio. Which I am absolutely thrilled about.

To celebrate my new studio space I decided to finally start sewing through the patterns I own that I haven’t made. Unlike my collection of knitting patterns, I will absolutely be able to make all my sewing patterns long before I’m dead.

With the global pandemic dragging everyone down, I decided to start my sewing adventure with a bra because I want to put on a cute bra and feel sexy. I decided to try the lovely Watson Bra by Cloth Habit.

I honestly thought sewing a bra was going to be way harder than it turned out to be. Of course, I made it harder by choosing to use two layers of sheer bra tuile, but I made it through and only had to unstitch and redo one cup because I sewed it together backward. A problem I surely wouldn’t have had if I was using a fabric with a right side and a wrong side.

Whenever I think about sewing a pattern I ask Lord Google for reviews. I want to know what other people have experienced. I’m going to attempt to answer some of the questions I regularly look for in hopes of helping someone else out.

Watson Bra Pattern Review

The Bra:

  • Pattern designer: Cloth Habit
  • Bra Type: Soft cup bra (no underwires) with a short or longline bra band
  • Skill level: Beginner 
  • Size range: 30B-30I, 32A-32H, 34AA-34G, 36AA-36F, 38A-38E, 40A-40D
  • Shape range: For a wide variety of shapes
  • Time frame: A quick sew

Time Frame: My Thoughts

I cut the pattern pieces on night one and then sewed the Watson over the two following evenings after dinner. This was my first bra and I expected it to take a lot longer than it did. Now that I’ve done this once I expect the next one could be sewed in one evening, over a few hours.

The Bikini:

  • Pattern Designer: Cloth Habit
  • Bra Type: Hipster style bikini
  • Skill Level: Beginner 
  • Size Range: XS – XL
  • Time frame: A very quick sew

Bikini Briefs: My Thoughts

I love the style of these underwear, but as of the writing of this I am a plus size girl and the bikini briefs do not go up to my hip size. So I’m going to alter the pattern to fit me, but I haven’t done so yet.

Value for money 

I feel like I got my money’s worth. A simple bra pattern with a vertical seam, long and short line options with underwear. And the sizing fits me with a smaller 38B size, and my daughter who has a much larger DD chest. So I can sew for both of us with out buying extra sizes.

Clear Instructions 

I am an experienced sewer, but new to bra sewing. I feel the directions were very clearly written, understandable for beginners and the stitch setting information was included in each step. Plus there is a sew-along on the Cloth Habit website.

Accurate materials list 

The pattern lists everything you need. At no point during sewing did I feel like she should have added anything to the list.

Clear fabric recommendations 

Fabric options and stretch percentages listed. though In the spirit of full disclosure, I didn’t measure my fabric.

Is the Pattern Hackable?

I think once you get the hang of the pattern and of bra sewing, in general, it would be super easy to customize with fabric and lace overlays. If you remember to include seam allowance you could probably split the cup pattern pieces into multiple pieces for a more pieced look. But that may require some knowledge of how bra cups go together. However, since you aren’t using much fabric I wouldn’t be afraid to experiment.

Overall Rating

5 stars. A++ would sew again.

But seriously, if you are thinking of getting into bra sewing this is a super easy pattern to start with.

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