This was fun guys. It was so much fun I made two.
As comfortable as us Scandi’s are flashing bare skin (in the sauna mind you), the lacy/racy nature of these prevented me from modelling them myself. So you’re going to have to take my word for it when I say that they fit sooooo well.
I bought two bra making kits from Merckwaerdigh after hearing about the shop from Malin (Oh My Green Darling). They didn’t have quite what I wanted available in the Etsy shop, but after I emailed through a request, Margreet was more than happy to email me photo’s of the stock from which I could pick and choose. The lace is so soft and easy to work with, and all the elastics were all long enough. The rings and sliders she includes are plastic, so in case you have your heart set on metal – purchase elsewhere.
For my black lace kit I went for view B, since the scalloped lace wasn’t wide enough for view A’s cradle (non-sewers reading this – just give up, this post is not for you…). Because I used the lace for the cradle in combination with quite a firm powernet for the lining, it was borderline too snug around the rib cage. But after a day wearing it, it’s perfect.
My white kit came with a gorgeous white lace and a white, slightly striped lycra fabric, which I decided to use for the cradle and band pieces. The combination looks.. a little bit weird. But I like weird. And the lycra feels like a second skin.
I think I prefer the black one of the two, mainly because I think the model fits my shape better. But I’m sure I’ll wear them both to death.
Since my scalloped lace only had two-way stretch Amy kindly suggested I go up a cup size when making these (I asked a question on her blog which she answered super promptly), which was definitely the right decision. I could have gone up a band size for the black one, and down for the white one (the stretch differed that much), but all in all it doesn’t matter too much.
Also, if you’re thinking about making version A and only have a 2-row hook and eye – despair not. I was in the same situation and decided to go for it – and it works. No wonkyness – just a slightly different look in the back.
I bought the Secrets of Sewing Lingerie recently, and after making these I definitely feel more confident biting into the patterns in there.
Finally – the name. When naming her pattern, Amy was inspired by Elementary and Lucy Lui’s role in it. I am a big Sherlock Holmes fan, whether it’s the books and short stories (read all of them a few years ago – it took me a while..) or a TV show. I love that they took some liberty in Elementary and turned John into Joan. And her style/clothes are s.p.o.t. o.n…
- Watson bra pattern: £9.70
- Bra fabric kits x 2: £17.5 + £5 delivery