Completed: Starwatch Watson Lingerie Set

24 Jun

I pretty much never name my makes (if I did that, I would have looooong run out of clever names at the rate I sew haha), but every now and then, I get a hankerin’ to christen something with a silly name. Which is why this new lingerie set is called Starwatch.

Because, like, I’m gonna watch the stars and shit while I wear this. Don’t call it Stargaze, that makes way too much sense.

Starwatch Watson Bra & Bikini

Starwatch is made using the Watson & Bikini brief pattern from Cloth Habit. Every time I make or wear this pattern, I immediately start thinking of more versions to create. I know some people like a little (or a lot) of variety in their lingerie, but I feel pretty content with the two patterns I’m churning out these days – Watson for comfy happy lounge days (or starwatching lololol) and Marlborough for slightly-nicer-rack-but-still-pretty-comfy days. Actually, I’d love to throw a (non foam cup) strapless bra pattern in that arsenal. Any suggestions, my wise lingerie readers?

Starwatch Watson Bra & Bikini

This is my third iteration of this pattern, so no changes to the sizing or fit. This was also my FIRST time making Watson where I didn’t have the hand-holding to comes with buying a pre-cut kit. Eep! I love those damn kits (the two I’ve used – both with great success – are from Blackbird Fabrics and Grey’s Fabrics) and I highly recommend them if you are just getting into lingerie sewing and don’t know where to start with sourcing your fabric or supplies. It’s really nice to have someone else take the guesswork out of all that, so you can focus on the actual sewing part. I also just really love having something packaged up in a box, it just makes me so happy! That being said, you are paying a finder’s fee for someone to source those supplies – and while I don’t think the kits are necessarily expensive (depending on where you buy your bras, the kits might be cheaper. They are for me, anyway!), I also have a huuuuge ol’ stash of lingerie notions that I’ve been hoarding collecting for a few months now, and it was time to woman up and start actually using it.

Starwatch Watson & Bikini

Obviously the fabric is the ~star~ of this ensemble (u see what I did there?). That amazing sparkly goodness was a gift from my beautiful and sassy girl Lola, who brought it from me all the way from the Garment District when she was with me in Philly for Maddie’s Bra-Making class. It’s a gorgeous stretch mesh with glittery stars all over it – and yes, in case you were wondering, I have washed this thing several times and I still get glitter everywhere when I wear it. Yay, party in my pants! It has a fantastic 2 way stretch – which was a bit of a gamble with Watson, as that requires a 4 way stretch, but it thankfully worked out ok.

Starwatch Watson Bra & Bikini

Since the fabric is pretty sheer, I underlined all the pieces with a soft black power mesh, to give a little extra support and a layer of opacity. The cradle is also lined with tricot lining fabric (left over from my Blackbird kit, woohoo!). The back band is 2 layers of power mesh running in opposite directions (normally, I like one layer of power mesh – but this stuff is really lightweight and SUPER stretchy and I was concerned about the fit, so I doubled up). Everything was sewn on my regular sewing machine and the seams were finished with a 3 thread overlock.

All the notions are from my stash – I didn’t have to buy anything new to finish this bra. Yay! I honestly couldn’t tell you where any of this stuff came from – I look for lingerie elastics every time I go fabric shopping, especially in the Garment District, so there’s a good chance that most of this is from NY. I really love the tiny scalloped elastic around the bra cups, I wish I could remember where that came from because I’d totally buy more!

Starwatch Watson Bra & Bikini

Starwatch Watson Bra & Bikini

Starwatch Watson Bra & Bikini

Starwatch Watson Bra & Bikini

Starwatch Watson Bra & Bikini

To complete my Starwatch set, I also made matching panties. Not much to say about these – I underlined the star mesh at the front (again, with power net) and used a single layer of power net for the back. The cotton crotch lining came from my stash.

Starwatch Watson Bra & Bikini

Starwatch Watson Bra & Bikini

Really happy with this set, and glad I was able to put that beautiful glittery star mesh to AWESOME use! (and I still have loooots more, so maybe more glittery underwear is in my future 😉 heh)

Starwatch Watson Bra & Bikini

30 Responses to “Completed: Starwatch Watson Lingerie Set”

  1. oonaballoona June 24, 2015 at 7:54 am #

    oooooooo STARS. watsons are candy crack!! i have a bag of fabric for potential watsons that i drag out whenever i want to sew but don’t know what to sew.

    • LLADYBIRD June 25, 2015 at 6:56 am #

      That’s such a good idea! Better start rounding up my collection heh heh heh

  2. Kellys Sewing Adventures June 24, 2015 at 8:15 am #

    Howdy from Greene County, TN. Just wanted to let you know, I too am on the quest for an unlined strapless. I’m actually attempting the MakeBra DL03 for this. I’m still in the very beginning and haven’t finished the first muslin yet. I don’t have foam, though the pattern calls for it. So I used fusible fleece, fused to an old white sheet. This is of course just for the first one. I want to perfect it first before I go and remove the padding all together. In all likelihood I’ll end up making it from a non stretch ultra thin lining with stretch lace over the top when I’ve gotten the fit figured out. I was honking perhaps you could tackle the pattern too and we could work out details together?

    • Kellys Sewing Adventures June 24, 2015 at 8:17 am #

      Honking?!?! Wtf? I hate my phone. The word should be thinking. I was thinking. It sucks when you have to spellcheck the autocorrect, and forget. Ugh.

      • Beth June 24, 2015 at 1:24 pm #

        yeah….we now refer to hostas (the plant) as “hostages” due to the creativity of a friend’s phone. also, our local art gallery, Lunaria’s, came out as “lunatics” (same phone) — could be something there…. lololol BTW I love this set — maybe when I’m not such a total rookie?

        • Summerflies June 24, 2015 at 7:15 pm #

          You just gave me an incredible belly laugh 🙂 thanks!

      • LLADYBIRD June 25, 2015 at 7:01 am #

        Hahahah well at least it’s a funny autocorrect!! If it makes you feel any better, one time I was texting a friend and trying to say “That makes me so happy!” and it corrected to “That makes me so Gassy!” Capitalized and all! HAHAHA

    • LLADYBIRD June 25, 2015 at 7:00 am #

      Ooh, I do like that pattern! Only thing that confuses me is the sizing – I can’t quite wrap my head around European sizing (I can handle the metric conversion, but bra sizes confuse me haha). I think I would be a 70D but I’m not 100% because the size chart is a little vague. How does the sizing work for you vs the size you normally wear (RTW or another pattern?).

  3. Michelle June 24, 2015 at 9:42 am #

    This is both cute and sexy. Great idea to double-up on the fabric. I bet you’ll get more support and more coverage thanks to that little fix. I’m like, five years behind on sewing trends, but I will eventually get around to sewing lingerie. 😀

    • LLADYBIRD June 25, 2015 at 7:02 am #

      That just means that you’ll have plenty of information (and former mistakes!) to learn from when you’re ready to start 🙂 Sounds like the perfect plan to me haha:)

  4. Lynn June 24, 2015 at 10:19 am #

    “watch stars and shit while I wear this”. OMG, I laughed when I read this, Lauren. I am sorry, but that statement conjured images of you and an outhouse at night! Totally my warped sense if humor, but thought I’d share with you since you have a sense of humor too!

    • LLADYBIRD June 25, 2015 at 7:03 am #

      HAHAHAHAHA!!! Well, to be fair – I’d love to be able to watch the stars while I do my business. Damn! Maybe I should build an outhouse on this property hahahahahahaha 🙂

  5. rosemary June 24, 2015 at 10:56 am #

    Oooo looks great, you’ve totally inspired me, though I may start with a kit!

    • LLADYBIRD June 25, 2015 at 7:03 am #

      I always recommend the kit! Getting everything chosen and sorted for you (and in a cute little box to boot!) makes things sooo much easier when you are starting out!

  6. jendavismiller June 24, 2015 at 1:16 pm #

    Well, I can’t imagine making undies……maybe someday; those are so nice. And naming my outfits? I don’t know about that either. Now, naming our sewing machines……..that one absolutely makes sense to me (mine is Stella).

    • LLADYBIRD June 25, 2015 at 7:04 am #

      Oh yes, me too! I always name my sewing machines (and my dressform… and my truck, for that matter). I guess those seem a little more like a person to me than a garment does 🙂

  7. Indoor Kitty June 24, 2015 at 6:38 pm #

    “The thing about glitter is, if you get it on you, be prepared to have it on you forever ’cause glitter is the herpes of craft supplies.”

    Sorry. Couldn’t resist.

    • Summerflies June 24, 2015 at 7:17 pm #

      You too… belly laugh… I love “herpes of craft supplies”… love it 🙂
      I’ve got nothing to add about lingerie though.

    • LLADYBIRD June 25, 2015 at 7:05 am #


  8. Kyema June 25, 2015 at 10:27 am #

    ahh I feel so inspired to try my hand at a bra. Definitely looking into those bra kits, though I don’t ever wear bras without cups in it… maybe for lounging. Are you going to post Peru pictures? I want to see all the places you went!

    • LLADYBIRD June 26, 2015 at 7:42 am #

      I felt the same way about my bras, until I actually tried on a soft bra. They’re soooo comfy! Perfect for lounging – or you might change your mind like me and decide to wear them in public 😉 ha!

      I’m not going to do a Peru recap on this blog. This trip was 100% personal and it doesn’t really relate to sewing (I try to stay on topic with this blog, for the most part haha). Plus, I only took maybe a couple dozen photos. Some of ’em are on Instagram. OR you can come over for another lesson and I’ll give you the long 2 week run down and show you what photos I have 😉 hahaha!

  9. Kimmy Rocket June 25, 2015 at 1:29 pm #

    Beautiful – stars are the bestest! You mention using tricot for lining, and it’s not the first time I’ve seen this fabric recommended, but I’ve not found it yet here in the UK. Do you know if it’s called something different here? Or, failing that, are you able to suggest a good alternative?

    • LLADYBIRD June 26, 2015 at 7:49 am #

      Ah, I’m not really sure of the answer to either of your questions 😦 I’m not totally familiar with tricot myself, I just know that it’s a stable fabric used for lining lingerie. You could just try searching for cup lining or sheer cup lining. I get mine from Bra Maker’s Supply – they’re in Canada, but I believe they ship worldwide (or, at least to the US haha)

  10. dramaqueenseams June 25, 2015 at 4:31 pm #


  11. megthegrand July 9, 2015 at 11:03 am #

    Looooove it! All of those delightful sparkes and details! It looks fantastic 🙂

  12. Kyema Bialick August 15, 2015 at 12:31 pm #

    Sorry, I know this is an older post but I need some advice! I’m buying a bra kit and it’s for the watson bra. It’s lace and mesh…. what do I do about the panties? Do I use the mesh on them too? I feel like this is a stupid question…. but I’d feel even more stupid if I didn’t ask and I did it wrong. Obviously the kit doesn’t come with direction. 🙂

    • LLADYBIRD August 17, 2015 at 7:48 am #

      Naw, not a stupid question – I had the same question when I bought my kit! If the lace is stretchy enough, you can use it for the underwear – either the front piece (and make the back the mesh) or both front and back. If the lace is not very stretchy, you can make the whole pair of underwear out of the mesh. Hope that helps! 🙂


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