Here is the first in what will be an on-going series of mini reviews.
Because no two people are built the same, patterns (and particularly very close fitting patterns like bras) that work well for some don't work so well for others. So these reviews aren't going to be based on 'what an amazing/or not so amazing fit such and such a pattern is.' These reviews are going to be more like box tickers. So if you find yourself reading through, and the pattern I'm discussing is 'ticking your boxes' then you'll know you may want to explore it further.
It's easy to make a matching set with the Watson. Both a bra and bikini brief are included in this pattern and both require approx. a 75% stretch, knit fabric. This pattern is a great place to start as a beginner!
- Pattern designer: Cloth Habit
- Bra type: Soft cup bra (no underwires) with a short or longline bra band
- Skill level: Beginner
- Size range: 30B-30I, 32A-32H, 34AA-34G, 36AA-36F, 38A-38E, 40A-40D
- Shape range: For a wide variety of shapes
- Time frame: A quick sew
- Pattern Designer: Cloth Habit
- Bra Type: Hipster style bikini
- Skill Level: Beginner
- Size Range: XS - XL
- Time frame: A very quick sew
Value for money
Not a bad price - 'basic' bra style but it does include briefs
Very clearly written, understandable for beginners and the stitch setting information is a useful guideline plus there is additional information on the Cloth Habit website
Accurate materials list
Accurate without being excessive, quantities are based only on the larger sizes. For both bra and bikini combined, the recommended main fabric quantity is .5m however, I think if you measure in the smaller half of the sizes then you could cut both out of a fat quarter / 75cm x 50cm.
Clear fabric recommendations
Fabric options and stretch percentages listed
Matching set potential
With both bra and bikini patterns included and both using the same fabric, it's very easy to make a matching set
Overlays could be used but there are minimal pattern pieces so not many style changes can be made without pattern manipulation
Invisible panty line
Nah, I have quite a few Watson briefs and have to be careful what outfit I choose to wear with them. The leg lines are finished the whole way around with elastic so do cut in - not in a way that is uncomfortable just in a way that shows through outer layers.