Seamwork’s Florence Lounge Bra

Disclaimer: there is swearing in this post.

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I sort of knew going into this project that it might fail horribly. I have huge boobs, after all, and the phrase “lounge bra” as Seamwork calls it doesn’t really fit with huge boobs, even if my measurements are within the pattern’s specifications. I wanted to try it out, though, because I had some scraps lying around and it doesn’t hurt to try things and watch them fail. It’s all a learning experience.

I really like the idea of Florence, I do. I also have a major crush on the model, Sierra McKenzie. Most of her stuff is nsfw, fyi, btw. So google her carefully or don’t, whatever. πŸ˜‰ Anyone else giggle when they say they are googling someone or is that just me? It sounds oddly dirty.

Anyway…..

I was pretty excited for the lingerie issue of Seamwork and the two patterns. The Geneva knickers are also really cute, but I had a good pattern already. Florence, however, took me in. I want a lounge bra: something to wear at home or to bed and feel supported but not restrained. Florence isn’t really that unless you do major changes for larger cup sizes.

In the larger sizes, the cup increases length-wise, as well as in the width. It’s a significant increase length-wise. Based on the line drawing, I wouldn’t have thought that it would be such a long cup, but in the larger sizes it is very long.

The instructions have very little information in them as well as an odd instruction or two that made me question the process all together.

First off, there is no instruction on stretch percentage. The fabric is simply listed as 6″ stretch lace, but there is no guidance given in terms of stretch percentage. I have four stretch laces in my stash that vary from 20% – 150% stretch. That’s quite a difference. Not all stretch lace is considered equal, either; some can be higher quality than others and have perfect recovery while others have shit recovery. I decided that my lace was either too stretch or not stretchy enough and figured for my first Florence I wouldn’t risk using any of it and instead went with a spandex that had a good stretch/body to it. You saw it before with my gold Moneta.

Second, there is a far easier method to creating the adjustable straps than the one listed in the instructions. Here is the easierΒ method via Madalynne. I was taught this way in my bra class and the method in the instructions, which is here, kind of makes my head spin. You can still attach the extra bit of elastic to the other side of bra ring after or before, but why go through the trouble of sewing the slider bit around other bits of elastic, when you can make a much neater bar tack without all that crap in the way?

Third, I find it very unlikely that they tested this for the larger sizes.

Fourth, I think the band runs really large. So test your fit before you put the elastic in. In comparing the Geneva knickers to my pattern, I also see those run rather large….and there might possibly be an overall issue in both patterns and how they are graded up.

Of course, I know I am not a typical size in my chest, but I doubt this works for larger bust sizes (1X-3X). That’s the problem with lounge bras, I guess, they cater to small busted women, which is great…for small busted women.

I guess I have a problem with creating a pattern for a certain size when it won’t work without proper guidance on stretch percentage or possibly reinforcing with powernet or etc.

If you want the Florence to work for you and you have a large bust like me, be prepared to do a ton of shit to make it work.

Things you might want to do to make the Florence work for a larger bust:

1. Line it with powernet.

2. Add in a closure at the back so that you don’t have to stretch it over your head, because the powernet won’t be as stretchy as the lace.

3. Extend the bridge length slightly so that the cup is more supported underneath.

4. Shorten the cup length, if you have to. I would have to, because I have short shoulders (wait, is that a thing…. I dunno how to describe it…) and the bra cup extended to the back….

5. Drink lots of wine.

6. Repeat #5 until you forget what you are doing.

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*please drink responsibly*

I think I will just get a sports bra pattern from Pin-Up Girls and toss this in the garbage. The nice thing is that I didn’t use much new material for it. No big loss there. πŸ™‚

Honestly, I am glad for fuck-ups like this, because they help me learn. I learned more about sewing with spandex and using elastic in lingerie. It was a nice learning experience even if the pattern didn’t work out for me. πŸ™‚

Here is a picture of my Florence. I literally got to a point when I didn’t care about creating a perfect finished product….so the sewing isn’t great, because I just used it as an opportunity to try new stitches and play with elastic methods…

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TL:DR Review

  • Pattern:Β Seamwork’s Florence lounge bra
  • Pros:Β Great for small busts….maybe? Not for large boobs…
  • Cons:Β Errything. Too much to put here.
  • Make again?:Β NOPE.
  • Rating:Β white-star-black-mdwhite-star-black-mdwhite-star-black-mdwhite-star-black-mdwhite-star-black-md o/5 stars
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23 thoughts on “Seamwork’s Florence Lounge Bra

  1. Oh, I do love a good honest review! I’m totally fascinated by the Watson lounge bra, and hoping to sew it up soon… but even with my medium-sized bewbs, I’m not convinced it will work. I really just want something to wear while I do yoga at home, or when I’m taking out the garbage and might run into a neighbour. Surely that is possible, right? I hope you have better luck with another pattern! Have you tried any of the other Seamwork patterns?

    • I really love the look of the Watson bra. I’m really far outside the size range, but I’d live to draft something similar. I think people are more successful with the Watson bra and its support.
      I’m planning on sewing up the clutch bag pattern from Seamwork. πŸ™‚ I might try the Aberdeen top, too. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ it’s so pretty on the model, but her chest defies gravity so I was pretty sure it wouldn’t work for me, but I wanted to learn for myself. πŸ™‚

  2. I loved this review so much. Well said. I was really intrigued by the whole concept of the lounge bra, but now I must admit that I haven’t been doing much lounging in my own stretch-lacey bra.

    • Thanks, Donna. I think I like the concept of it, but I’m not sure it really works in actuality. I think I’d only be able to lounge in it. No getting up or doing anything at all. πŸ˜‰

  3. Andie, Thank you so much for this honest review. I had some success making a lounge bra out of Gertie’s camisole pattern from Butterick (6031). She did a tutorial on her website for turning the camisole in to a lounge bra, and since I had already adjusted the bust from making the camisole, I went ahead and tried it. It worked out pretty well.

  4. I’ve been wanting to make a Florence – thanks for the honest review. I have small boobs, like really small, so maybe I would like. I any case, I’m glad my tutorial helped!

    • Thanks, Maddie. πŸ™‚ I think it would work for you, but I think it’s so similar in shape to the Watson and the Watson seems to be better drafted. So, I say stick with the Watson. πŸ™‚ I was intrigued by the fact that, unlike the Watson, Florence comes in my size. Too bad it didn’t work at all for me.

  5. Yeah, it seems like it’s not worth the trouble AT ALL! I tend to think these “lounge bras” are meant for women with smaller chests. They don’t seem like they’d do much in the way of support. I’d probably rather go bra-less myself! πŸ™‚

    Also, Sierra McKenzie! SWOON!! I just love her!

    • Totally agree. I think I am better off trying out a sport’s bra pattern and then I get the benefit of finally owning a sport’s bra that fits!

      OMG, she is so gorgeous! I am so glad someone else understands my crush. ;D

  6. Oh dear…I still want to try this pattern, but I will most definately aproach it as an experiment with really cheap fabric…

    • I think you are up for the challenge! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I’d love to hear that you worked out the fitting issues, because I think you can. I just wasn’t feeling it. πŸ˜‰

  7. I’m glad to read your review because I have a couple of bras kits waiting have been torn between Florence and Watson. I think I’ll give Watson a try first after reading your review. I’m a little skeptical of lounge bras too, but I am kind of into the natural look lately… After losing a good chunk of weight, my boobs aren’t as big as they used to be, but they’re still DD, although they have definitely gotten droopier.

    • Definitely go with the Watson! I here that one is far better for the larger sizes and better drafted, especially in larger sizes. I can’t wait to see yours! I’m slightly lingerie obsessed lately. πŸ˜‰

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  9. I made a Florence using two knit fabrics with good recovery (couldn’t find wide enough stretch lace locally) and had to take it in *majorly* in the band and at the centre front to get any kind of support (so it now resembles a bralette).
    The final version works as a sleep bra, but I wouldn’t use it for lounging around the house (not enough support).
    Still it’s the first bra I made, so I’m pretty pumped about that πŸ™‚

    • Sorry for the delay in replying. I’m glad your Florence bra worked out and became your first bra! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I do think the pattern can work with heavy modifications. I’m glad you persevered and have a sleep bra. πŸ˜€

  10. Thank you so much for this review! (Also, yay, another Sierra fan!) I’ve been looking at the florence and the watson, and was falling more for the florence because of the styling – it seemed more vintagey to me. But looks like I’ll be giving the watson a try! πŸ˜† I’m not looking for a lounge bra, I’m looking for an every day no underwire bralette kinda thing, which for an 18H isnt something shops have heard of, let alone sell haha

    • You’re welcome! I think the Watson would definitely work better. I hear it is much better in terms of suggested materials and construction. I would also suggest checking out the Sweet Sixteen bralette, Alison or Kerri Sports bra at Bra Maker’s Supply. I’ve not tried either, but I trust Beverly’s drafting and they both come in larger sizes. I also hear good things about the Jalie soft bras (3131 comes to mind first), but again I haven’t tried it out. I want to try drafting my own for wearing around the house. πŸ™‚

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