I know what you're thinking? Another bra? Really, Carolyn?
I know, I know. I have a sickness, although I'd like to justify this obsession by saying that I'm going to be spending many days a week in scrubs this next quarter and I figured that a couple nice, comfy soft bras would be perfect for those long days. But comfy bras don't have to be ugly, right? In fact, they can be covered with lace and just as lovely as can be.
Like this one.
The bra is the longline version of the Watson bra pattern. This is my second attempt at this version because me first one ended up huuuge, because I printed out the PDF pattern wrong and didn't realize it until it was all sewn up. Not one of my finest moments. This bra fortunately has a happier ending.
The lace is from the Arte Craft etsy store and the entire bra is lined in nude stretch mesh from JoAnn Fabrics. On a side note, I've also purchased white stretch mesh from JoAnn Fabrics and it dyes beautifully, making me really excited about all the future color possibilities. The trims and bra straps are dyed with ecru Jacquard Acid dye and while beige may not be the most exciting color to dye things, I'm happy with how they came out. I used a 3/8" plush back picot elastic for the underarms and 3/4" plush back elastic for the band. I didn't realize how huge it would be when I ordered it and I was pretty hesitant to use it, but it actually feels really nice on the band. Also, I added some clear elastic to help support the lace front of the cup. It was a bit of a pain to sew on, but lining it with Wonder Tape first made sewing it on, well, wonderful. All the lace and mesh pieces were basted together with a basting spray before being sewn together and the sewing process was easy peasy.
As for the undies, I finally got around to trying out the Watson undies pattern and I'm really glad that I did. The pattern makes it really easy to incorporate lace into the pattern which I think makes the final product extra pretty. The rest of the undies are made with the same stretch mesh as the bra and the crotch is lined with a scrap of pink cotton which I think looks really lovely behind the nude mesh. I used the same 3/8" plus back picot elastic for the waist and this picot elastic for the legs. On a side note, I'm in love with this picot elastic. It's held up great on every project that I've used it on and it takes dye fabulously. It is definitely my picot elastic of choice!