Wednesday, 20 September 2017

The Start of an Obsession Set

I would bet that, just like me, many lingerie makers in the blogging works could trace the start of their underwear making journey back to the release of the Cloth Habit Watson pattern.

The details:
Fabric: Grey jersey from Spotlight
Pattern: The Cloth Habit Watson bra and briefs
Size: 32D in the bra, M in the briefs
Special touches and alterations: Made view B in the bra. Took in side seams of briefs by 1cm each.
Before this pattern was released, I thought lingerie making, and bra making in particular, was a specialised and rare skill that required years of study, apprenticeships, who knows what else! It seemed out of reach for the everyday seamstress. Even when bloggers such as Caroline and Novita started posting their bra makes, I felt like they must posses a specialised set of skills that us mere mortals couldn't just pick up overnight.
Then suddenly in 2014, the Watson pattern was released and took the internet by storm. Suddenly, everyone from your next door neighbour to your cat's cousin seemed to be making beautiful sets of lingerie, real bras and briefs like the ones you could find in store. It was at this stage that I began to wonder whether I, too, might have the requisite skills to whip up a pretty little set of underwear?
It took a while to build up my bravery, but a year or so ago I finally gave in and purchased the pattern, as well as some supplies from Booby Traps, and got straight to it. 
This set was the result of that venture, my first foray into sewing lingerie! It certainly isn't perfect (don't look at the top stitching at the center front!) but I was sooo proud of myself and what I'd made that I jumped straight into another set, and can now proudly call myself addicted to bra making :)
I've come a long way between this set and my latest set, but I wanted to post this as a reminder to myself of where it all started, and that sometimes you just have to jump in and give things a go. Plus, this set is super comfy, in regular rotation and still going strong! I may be wearing it right now :P


  1. Thanks so much for this. It really helps to see the bra modelled. I've been collecting bra making stuff and patterns for too long now. You have given me the push to jump in 😊. Can I ask what type of jersey you used? She specified 4 way stretch and I'd really like to use something cottony.

    1. Hi Francesca, I'm afraid I can't remember exactly what it was called, I should start taking notes on the fabric I buy! It seems like it has spandex in it as it has good recovery, and it is very soft.