A Lacey Watson Bra Set

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Popping in for a quick post to share the latest addition to my lingerie wardrobe. I’ve sewn up another long line Watson bra, this time in some lovely cream lace, with some matching high-waisted panties.

I’ve had the lace hanging around my place for over a year before I knew what to do with it. It was bought during one of those indulgent Garment District shopping trips that end in a flurry of lovely fabrics with no end goal in mind. I’m sure every home sewer can relate.  I can spend hours just strolling row after row, looking for inspiration for that next project. Honestly, the Garment District may be my favorite thing about living in NY.

Sidenote: There’s a blog dedicated to this neighborhood that I’ve found very helpful to navigate the dozens of stores to find whatever you’re looking for. Definitely check out Shop the Garment District blog.

This lace was picked up a couple of years go at Spandex House or Spandex World. It has been too long for me to remember and I often mix up the two. If you’re ever in NY, you should definitely check out both if you’re looking for fabrics for lingerie or activewear. The selection is really great. As for lingerie fabrics, you want to make sure that you don’t go for a lace that’s super stretchy or fine. That will just lead to a bra that lasts about one wash and all  of your hard work in the garbage. Ask me how I know…

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When the Watson pattern was first released, I knew this lace would be perfect to make the delicate and comfortable type of lingerie that I love. I wanted to keep that romantic, vintage feel so I decided to sew up a pair of high-waisted panties to match. I went for MakeBra’s hipster pattern after seeing a couple of really beautiful versions over at VeryPurplePerson. Her fuchsia bra set is to die for. You should check out her lingerie sets in general. I love how playful they are and they definitely make me want to get a little more adventurous with my pieces. Maybe some matching bra and panties in a fanciful ice cream cone print is in order? My fangirl tangent aside, the Makebra hipster pattern provides great coverage, especially for those of us with a little extra in back. 😉 It’s also free and that’s always a plus in my book.

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On this lace Watson, I decided on some hot pink elastics to contrast the delicate lace. It needed a bit of spice to keep it youthful. I’m really digging the look of neon on cream.

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I lined the cups in some white 15 denier tricot for a little additional support and lined the bridge in sheer stabilized tricot that I ordered from Fabric Depot over in Texas. I’m impressed with this stabilizer and it provides a great amount of structure. I may have cut the band too small since this is the first Watson that I made with a truly non-stretch frame. My last version was made of just red stretch mesh and the fit was more flexible. Next time around I’ll be sure to add some width (maybe half an inch) to the band to keep it from digging into my sides. I will say that the stabilizer works great in my other underwire bras, so it’s definitely a keeper.

Full set

I’m super happy with how sweet this look and I’m a sucker for matching bra and panties. I won’t be satisfied until my drawers are full of romantic, lacey things and maybe not even then. I’m officially obsessed. Would a lingerie closet be too much?

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