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Bramaking Babysteps

July 16, 2015

There’s a little something I’ve had tucked away for a special treat. Now that my wonderful, but also stressful conference is done and I’ve been eliminated from the Super Online Sewing Match, I think now is the time to pull it out!
Red Knits_Watson Bra KitIt seems like everyone in the sewing blogosphere has already rehashed their reasons for giving bramaking a try ad nauseum, and my reasons aren’t much different. I finally got around to figuring out my proper bra size last fall, and once I learned how pricey my size is–not to mention how difficult to find in brick-and-mortar stores–making my own bras suddenly became a much more attractive idea.

I’ve decided to start with the Watson bra for a few reasons. I’m feeling a bit nervous about getting a good fit on handmade bras given my full on the bottom shape, and I hope that a soft bra style might be a little easier to fit than a structured underwire. This is a little silly, but I also have some airplane travel coming up, and I live in fear of getting patted down by TSA agents. I have a cheapy non-underwire bra that I wear when flying, and I absolutely hate it! I love the longline style of the Watson, and I’m hoping it offers enough support for me, at least when I’m just hanging out at home or sitting in an airport.

For a little more hand holding, I’m going to begin with this milliskin kit from Grey’s Fabrics, purchased during a sale last winter. I also purchased some fabric and trims for a second bra in pink last time I was in Minnesota, so hopefully it won’t take much more sourcing to get what I need for a second bra.

Since it’s Lingerie Sewing Month for the Sewcialists, I bet there are other first-timers out there. Anyone else finally jumping into bramaking this month?

6 Comments leave one →
  1. megret1979 permalink
    July 16, 2015 10:41 pm

    I just bought this exact kit from Grey’s a few weeks ago and was going to try to make it in honor of the Sewcialist theme, too! The longline version is so pretty…

    • July 18, 2015 1:57 pm

      Yay! Bramaking twinsies!

      When I pulled out the kit to finally use it, I noticed that it doesn’t actually include the tricot lining listed in the pattern’s materials. Do you have a plan? I was going to self-line and hope for some additional stability from the extra layer, but I am a bit annoyed.

  2. July 17, 2015 9:27 am

    My husband got me the Bra Making class from Craftsy for Christmas….unfortunately, I have yet to find the time (or money) to actually buy a kit and sit down and make it 😦

    • July 18, 2015 7:40 pm

      Oh, I have that class too! And my husband got me the kit for Christmas. It will be my next step in bramaking provided these Watsons work out all right.

  3. July 17, 2015 10:04 pm

    Cool, are you going to dye the elastic to match?

    • July 18, 2015 7:41 pm

      I actually like the contrast on this one, so I’m leaving it as is. I also think I’ll put off dying as long as possible because I don’t have the space to store dedicated pots, etc. right now.

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