Completed: Lemon Print Watson Bra

11 Apr

Gah, I love fruit-themed novelty prints, especially when they are in a fruit that I actually like to eat (as I’ve mentioned before: pineapples, yes, cherries, not really. ha). Lemons have always been one of those things that I always gravitate toward – both in my palate (if it includes lemon – whether it’s a dish or a drink – I will definitely order it) and on my fabric. I haven’t had much luck finding lemon fabric in the past, but 2017 must be trying to make up for starting out so shitty because now I have TWO lemon yardages in my stash!

Well, now only one… but I’ll sew that one up soon, too. I promise.

Lemon Watson Bra

Anyway, here’s the first one – a beautiful lemon-print cotton knit! It’s another piece of fabric that I picked up while I was in Finch Knitting + Sewing Studio back in February. I found it creeping behind another pile of knits, and there was barely any yardage left on the bolt (maybe 1 yard, tops). This was one of those few instances where I threw the fabric in my pile without thinking twice about what I’d actually make with it. The lemon print is very similar to this Kate Spade lemon purse (that I also own, because, duh. Lemons), except that the fabric includes splashes of turquoise, whereas the purse only has bits of green. I didn’t think it was possible to improve on the Kate Spade print, but I acknowledge now that I stand corrected.

Anyway, I spent some time (aka about 10 minutes of thinking and 2 minutes of googling) deciding what to make with my fabric, and I decided on…. a cardigan! 🙂 This knit is a thicker cotton interlock knit – it’s not really the weight that I like my tshirts to be, and the print is too summery to make into a sweatshirt. I thought the cardigan would be a lovely way to wear this print throughout the summer, especially since those things are mandatory here as people really love abusing the a/c. I cut my cardigan pieces, fused my interfacing, and got ready to assemble everything.

Lemon Watson Bra

If you’re sitting here thinking, “Bitch, that’s not a cardigan,” YES I KNOW. I ended up having a grand epiphany somewhere around the time that I was pressing under the seam allowances of the pockets. I was feeling sad that I didn’t have more than scraps of the lemon print left over (generally, I am pleased when I buy exactly enough fabric, but this particular case was a time for mourning and self-reflection), and suddenly wondered if I could squeeze a pair of panties out of the leftovers. I pulled the pieces out of my scrap bin – and, nope, the scraps were too small. But you know what? Bras don’t use big pieces of fabric…

Lemon Watson Bra

Obviously, I stopped everything I was doing and immediately started making a bra instead.

Lemon Watson Bra

I used the Watson Bra & Bikini pattern from Cloth Habit, as it’s designed to be made with stretch knits. Due to my fabric restraints, I could only squeeze out the short-framed version – which I like better, anyway, as I think the longline would be too much. I made my regular size, which is a 30D.

Lemon Watson Bra

Lemon Watson Bra

For the notions, I raided the hell out of my stash. For some reason, I have all these coordinating yellow notions – powermesh, strapping, picot elastic – even though I look terrible in yellow. The hook and eye and rings and sliders were harvested from an old bra, and I made the turquoise bow with a scrap of ribbon. I used cream-colored thread to topstitch because I didn’t want it to compete with all the lemons.

Lemon Watson Bra

Lemon Watson Bra

Lemon Watson Bra

The entire bra is lined with lightweight yellow powermesh. Lining is not totally necessary with this pattern (I have made unlined versions before), but I wasn’t sure what the recovery was like on this knit, since it’s 100% cotton. So I added the powermesh as another layer of support. As you can see, I serged the inside seams with turquoise serger thread – it seemed like a good idea at the time, but I’m not really crazy at the effect. Rather than being a cute tie-in with the outside turquoise, it kind of just looks like I didn’t have matching thread. Oh well, whatever, inside of the bra.

My last short frame Watson bra isn’t exactly the most supportive thing I own – it’s fine for it’s purposes (TBH, I don’t need a lot of support and have lately just not been wearing a bra at all LOL FREEEEEEDOM), but I didn’t want the same thing to happen with this bra. The main problem with the coral bra is that the bridge is too stretchy – so it doesn’t hold the cups in place. For this bra, I used sheer cup lining (from my stash, but Tailor Made Shop sells it!) on the bridge – and then covered it with the powermesh – to keep that area completely stable. Powermesh isn’t stable enough on it’s own – not even with two layers of stretch going in opposite directions (which was the case with the coral bra), but the sheer cup lining definitely worked an this bra is much more supportive!

FYI, I sewed the entire bra on my sewing machine – other than the serged parts, which was just to finish the edges (so they look nice, they’re not exactly going to unravel). I used a straight stitch for construction, and a zigzag for attaching the elastic. I have done this with all my other knit bras, and even my swimsuits, and haven’t had any issues with the stitches breaking. Definitely use a ballpoint needle, though!

Watson Panties

And, if you were curious… I did find a way to squeeze out some matching underwear hahaha!

Watson Panties<

My scraps were way too tiny to cut even the front piece out (even before I cut out the bra pieces), so I chopped up my pattern and added some ~style lines~ to incorporate a little bit of the print in an otherwise plain pair. FYI, this is the matching panty pattern that comes with the Watson set. The yellow fabric is actually merino wool – yeah, I know, merino seems like it might be weird for underwear, but I totally googled that shit and Smartwool definitely sells merino underwear soooo if it’s good enough for Smartwool, I reckon it’s also good enough for me + my butt!

The crotch lining is organic cotton from my stash, and the elastics are also from my stash. I experimented with using turquoise elastic on this pair – it’s pretty cute!

Then I went crazy and made a bunch of other pairs of panties:

Watson Panties

Used a bamboo jersey for this one.

Watson Panties

Cotton interlock, leftover from this dress.

Watson Panties

More merino (I will be honest – I went on a huge merino kick at this point and now I have a full set of long underwear for next winter haha). I believe this merino is originally from The Fabric Store – it’s the lighter weight.

Watson Panties

Rayon knit – a leftover from this top (that stretch lace at the top is also from Finch!)

I seriously do not care to make underwear, but it’s kind of a necessary evil – anything I buy in shops just doesn’t fit right, gives me perma-wedgie pretty much all day and it’s very uncomfortable. After assessing my underwear drawer, I realized that I need the elastic around the legs to keep my underwear in place – that’s the only kind that doesn’t ride up on me. It’s been increasingly difficult to find RTW undies that have this, which means I gotta make them. I made several pairs because I wanted to see how the fabrics wear over the course of the day, and if they bag and stretch out. So far, the cotton interlock, rayon knit, and merino wool are the best – but they are all pretty dang comfortable.

Watson Set

And now I have 2 pairs of undies that match my new bra 😀

Lemon Watson Bra

That’s all for now! Next (aka when I take the photos), I’ll show you the cardigan I also made with this fabric!

41 Responses to “Completed: Lemon Print Watson Bra”

  1. FabricHoarder April 11, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

    These are really beautiful! I’ve got as far as ordering a bra pattern and the supplies, and even reading the instructions….soon, I’ll go wild and actually sew it 🙂

    • LLADYBIRD April 12, 2017 at 8:38 am #

      Do it! You’ll be mad at yourself for putting it off so long, it’s actually really fun and not difficult at all 🙂

  2. Kath April 11, 2017 at 1:01 pm #

    OMG! This is my favourite post ever! And I’ve read most of them. Can’t wait to see the cardigan, but these undies and bra are just so friggin’ adorable.

  3. Alison April 11, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

    “Bitch, that’s not a cardigan”–thanks for the laugh!

    Ugh, I am so fed up with my RTW underwear, but I only just started sewing and am not ready for underwear yet.

    • LLADYBIRD April 12, 2017 at 8:38 am #

      I wasn’t either, but eventually comfort won out haha. You’ll be up for it someday!

  4. Deborah Penner April 11, 2017 at 1:24 pm #

    As I have said before: I have no interest in sewing a bra myself (having made a few bikini swim tops in my day), but I certainly enjoy seeing what you do to make your bras. Lovely work!

  5. Claire April 11, 2017 at 1:25 pm #

    That single yard of fabric led to a lot of finished products! Sewing is the best.

    • LLADYBIRD April 12, 2017 at 8:39 am #

      Really!! I love when that happens, make me feel like a crazy wizard haha

  6. Naia April 11, 2017 at 2:48 pm #

    Love the lemons! If you like yellow but don’t like it near your skin, underthings are perfect. I have been rocking wool panties made from The Fabric Store scraps. They are my favorites and not just for winter. The wool helps regulate body temperature more efficiently than cotton and doesn’t get soggy when you sweat. Most of my workout tops are merino; I hate the feel of even higher end poly. I wear Ibex wool bras all year around, I would love to make some thing similar but have never seen merino with a high enough lycra content.

    • LLADYBIRD April 12, 2017 at 8:40 am #

      I know what you mean about poly! Even the really expensive stuff still just makes me feel all clammy – I sweat a lot, and I live in a very hot and humid area, so it’s really just a terrible combination! I love the way merino regulates my body temperate (and that it doesn’t have to be washed as often – well, clothes I mean! I always wash my underwear after every wear, hahahaha). I am excited to try my merino long underwear when winter comes around again.

  7. Hilde April 11, 2017 at 3:18 pm #

    Love these! Lemons are so pretty!

  8. Becky Thompson April 11, 2017 at 3:52 pm #

    Girl, you are rockin’ those skivvies! I LOVE them! That bra is awesome. I’m more of a lime girl myself but I’d totally wear that!

    • LLADYBIRD April 12, 2017 at 8:41 am #

      ARGH I love limes too! But I think lemons are prettier (don’t tell the limes I said that haha) 🙂

  9. liz-o-matic April 11, 2017 at 5:09 pm #

    Hooray! You took the undies sewing plunge….x5!! Love that lemon bra too. PS I am addicted to the bamboo jersey from mood! I spend WAY too much money on it, but it makes fabulous t-shirts (and underwear!) 🙂

    • LLADYBIRD April 12, 2017 at 8:42 am #

      Yes! And I have 3 more pairs cut out – I’m aiming for 15-20 pairs, I think that’s a good number (I will get there eventually haha). That bamboo jersey is AMAZING. It regulates my body temperates so well and doesn’t bag out between washes. And it’s SO wide! Totally worth the expense, I think.

  10. Elizabeth H April 11, 2017 at 5:44 pm #

    I love the bra, the lemon fabric is darling. Love your panties too. Love everything you sew!

  11. yoursewinstyle April 12, 2017 at 2:45 am #

    Great post on the Watson as it’s on my radar as a necessity too as I’m going bra- less all too often for the ‘freedom’ feeling!

    • LLADYBIRD April 12, 2017 at 8:42 am #

      High five for feeling free! hahah!

  12. Lisa Poblenz (patternandbranch) April 12, 2017 at 5:56 am #

    These look awesome!!! I need to try the whole underwear thing again. Maybe this summer… Yours are super cute and inspiring.

    • LLADYBIRD April 12, 2017 at 8:43 am #

      Undies are not my favorite thing to sew, but they are one of my favorite things to wear! You should definitely try it 😀

  13. Jane April 12, 2017 at 12:06 pm #

    Goals! I find myself saving little scraps of knit for future underwear makes.

  14. Tomasa April 12, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

    Your lemon undies are just so cute and adorable. Love them! I don’t think I will ever attempt making a bra. I am a 30H so I am not even going there. Someday I will try the bottoms.

  15. nursebeansews April 13, 2017 at 5:07 am #

    Love all of these! The lemon fabric is amazing-love the bits of turquoise! And you are inspiring me to get out there and make some undies. 😊

  16. frugalcontentment April 14, 2017 at 2:40 am #

    Amazing! I always think bras look so difficult, the yellow is very refreshing. x

  17. WolfChild Designs April 16, 2017 at 12:14 pm #

    “If you’re sitting here thinking, “Bitch, that’s not a cardigan,” YES I KNOW.” LOL That is so what I was thinking! LOL I laughed for a minute when I read that. I really love your creativity here. This is a great example of making small pieces work for you. Sometimes we don’t realize how little fabric we actually need for things. I really love the creative use of “style lines” to get the scrapes in the matching panties!

  18. Clara Griffith April 16, 2017 at 10:47 pm #

    That print looks delicious! The whole time I read this I was just thinking “GET ON MY BODY NOW!” I am so envious, I’ll have to try that pattern for sure.

  19. Renee April 18, 2017 at 9:22 am #

    Just beautiful, I can’t wait to make my first pair of underwear!

  20. Kat April 24, 2017 at 5:55 am #

    That bra looks so pretty! You could have told me it was from somewhere like Anthropologie and I would have believed you. 🙂

    Lemons keep following me around the internet: Maybe it’s a sign, haha

  21. ekraterfield May 26, 2017 at 6:14 pm #

    I was able to resist for a few weeks but last night in a moment of weakness I bought a yard of this fabric destined to become a my very own lemon bra …. I hope you don’t mind 🙂

    • LLADYBIRD May 27, 2017 at 10:43 am #

      Of course I don’t mind! We are gonna be bra twins haha 😀

  22. Dana June 4, 2018 at 10:54 am #

    i need this brah!!!! So i went on a rant about how mens underwear comes in variaties of fun and quircky print and bras and panty are always either plain or created to look sexy. I really wosh there were some more fun options such as lemons or watermelon, pineapples, palmtrees, avocados, you name it but unfortunatly there aren’t and if there are than they vome in limited sizes so bot every woman can wear witch is quite upsetting. I made a bet with my friend but mistly for myself to find a cute quirky dort bra, underwear and sock matching set. No luck so far almost but again sizing issues. I don’t know if anyone relates to this probably not but whatever.

    • Dana June 4, 2018 at 10:55 am #

      Also what im saying is you should sell this stuff!


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