Wednesday, January 7

"It's Elementary my dear..." The Watson Bra

I have always wanted to wear those cute little "no wire" Victoria's Secret bralettes.  But lets be serious, those are like training bras, really! They are really cute, yet now support. What came along is this cute little doodad.
A pattern put out by Cloth Habit.  This thing fit me great straight off the bat.  You really have to follow the thorough "step-by-step" instructions to be successful.   
 For the panties I compared the pattern to my regular "sloper" TNT pattern Kwiksew 3238 which is actually a swimwear pattern.  From that comparison, I had to raise the back rise by one inch.  I did not change the legs or front, but next time I will just use my regular pattern.
 The straps are 1/2" rings and sliders, with elastic bra straps.  I got mine at Hancock, it was just a "replacement kit".  I bit the bullet on that because my other stock straps were 5/8", so I will have to change the bra to fit the 5/8".  If you are more blessed up top, I have found its best to use a 5/8" or 3/4" strap for support.
 The inside is not lined.  I will line mine the next time.  But, I was okay with the way it was drafted, since, for me, I consider it a casual set, especially, when using this cotton lycra.
 I use medium power net to line the back bands, which is required by the pattern.  The rest of the band, I doubled for support.
The fabric was from a kit I bought from Needle Nook fabrics.  They have wonderful sets with a wonderful array of colors.  You just tell them what you want and they will oblige.  BONUS...they are in the states..yeepee, low shipping.  The rest I always buy at Fabric Depot Company because I can dye them any color, and they have a terrific selection of cotton lycra.  All the sample sets are $2.00 and include a bundle of samples.
All-in-all this is an excellent pattern in my book.  I particularly like the long-line version.  However, next time I make I will make a few adjustments to tweak the fit based on my Bra Class from Craftsy.
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