Thank you all for your kind and enthusiastic response to the Watson! I’m so glad that it fills a space in your lingerie hearts.
And you guys are fast! I’ve already started seeing a few lovely versions popping up and I love seeing what you do with it. You can tag #watsonbra on Instagram, add your photo to my new Flickr group, or send me a link to your blog post.
The Watson is easy to fit and quick to make if you have any experience sewing lingerie but I know some of you are new to bra-making or would like some tips along the way. I’ll be hosting a sewalong starting January 12.
We’ll walk through making a full set, and I’ll include some easy fitting alterations. I’m also going to add a few extra tutorial “goodies”:
- How to cut and sew a version of the bra with galloon lace cups (this is not in the pattern)
- Quick and easy dyeing tutorial, for those of you interested in dyeing lingerie fabrics or elastics
I’d originally planned to do a sewalong shortly after release but it so happens that my pattern was delayed a bit. I don’t want to ram this all into a holiday month, which we all know come and go in the blink of an eye!
In the meantime, I know many of you are eager to whip this up, or want to have your fabrics ready in time of the sewalong, so tomorrow I’m going to cover everything you need to know about choosing and sourcing fabrics and notions for the Watson.
Over the next couple weeks I’ll also have a few surprises in store for you. A couple of my favorite fabric shops have offered to partner up to offer discounts and even some Watson bra kits to my readers! Here’s a little sneak peak of kits that Grey’s Fabric will be offering:
Stay tuned to the blog or my newsletter for when these become available.
That’s it for today’s newsy post but before I sign off, I really want to give a huge thanks to my friend Stephanie Press and the always lovely Heather Lou of Closet Case Files for helping me bring this pattern to life, as well as their entrepreneurial insights along the way. Steph helped me cut pattern after pattern and helped me work through sample ideas over many Thursday afternoons together. And Heather was a real comrade, pushing me toward the finish line, and listening to me kvetch about stuff like grading in Illustrator. She was the first person to ask me if I’d make a pattern for a sheer plunge bra. I’m sure most independent patternmakers feel this way but there are days when you feel like you are working in a vacuum and it just takes a few encouraging souls to keep you moving. Thanks, guys!
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Count me in!! So happy that the Watson is here. I am looking forward to participating in your sew-a-long. Looking forward to hearing more details tomorrow. Thanks!! All the best–Francesca
Amy, what an exciting time for you. I look forward to following along with the sew along – the last one was one of my favorite ever.
And I loved having you a part of it!
<3 you very much! So happy your baby is in the world!
I’m so glad that you’re doing the sew along in January. I will definitely join in!
I think I’ll definitely join in! Easy to remember when it start…. my birthday! 😉
I love the sneak peek at Grey’s kit.
Congrats on everything! I would love to purchase a kit and participate in the so along too! I need to mark my calender now.
Marking my calendar for January 12! This will be a fun sewalong!
I can’t agree more that Heather is a real comrade. She has alwayd offered me great, honest advice.
Any chance for a tutorial on adjusting it for nursing? I always look forward to a bra without underwire!
Oh, I’m so excited to join this sewalong and I can’t wait to see the kits, they look lovely!
Just bought the Watson and so excited that there will be a sewalong and yay there is gonna be kits available…perfect, I was just about to goggle bra supplies!! Thanks
Thank you so much for sharing Amy, I am doing a sew along with your bra in my bra making group as well. I hope mine come out as great as yours 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/groups/bramaking101/
can’t wait to make some steampunk ones too, wow. And wow, just can’t wait.
Oh yeah , hi amy from austin. lol
I’m excited for this! Just got my kit from Grey’s fabrics. One I get a nice fitting one under my belt I’m going to see if I can figure it how to make it a nursing bra!
what a pretty pattern! added your sew along to my social sewing calendar: http://swoodsonsays.com/sew-a-long-calendar/
Hi I am realy new in lingerie making but I would like to learn. For we can’t find nice lingerie in nice colours and I hate the panties that comes with the bra’s for its old fashioned. I would like to learn how to make a g-string that sit comfortable. And also how to make a bra that sits beautiful. I am from Phalaborwa in South Africa
Hi, I just clicked on the link to the flickr group and it seems to have been hijacked. You might want to delete some of those pics…
Thanks for letting me know, Angelune. Apparently one can spam on Flickr, too. 🙁
I love the bra but oh my goodness that looks like an amazing dress form! Where’s it from? I wonder if they sell them here in australia? I’m yet to find one I’m happy with!
Hi Ruth, the dress form is by Alvanon, from their lingerie/swim line. Alvanon are among the top range of dress forms in the world, with prices to match, but I’m very pleased with mine! This one was a prototype before they released this particular model but I negotiated with their sales staff to get one. They would probably ship anywhere in the world, since I know they have offices in several countries.
What type of dress form is that it has great boobs.
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