Saturday, October 20, 2012

End Of The Week Sewing


Usually when I complete a project mid week, I like to have a smaller project to finish the week.  Well, this week my end of week project was underwear.  You may be wondering what my early in the week project was?  Well, you will just have to wait a few more days until I can get a decent photograph.  This week has been rather busy because of the start of a new term and new routines to get used to.  Also, I spent a day with my youngest cheering him on at his primary school athletic sports.

My first attempt at underwear, I wrote about here.  I was not particularly happy with the fit.  They reminded me somewhat of those dreadful leotards with the high cut legs that everyone wore to the gym in the 1980's.  I shouldn't have been surprised really, because this pattern was, after all, a relic from the 1980's.  Carolyn suggested that I use a swimwear pattern.  Genius, I thought....why had I not thought of that before.  I had just the pattern in my stash already, McCall's 5400.  I have already used it to make a replacement for my ailing bikini pants so was happy with the fit.


 
The only change I made to the pattern was to use knicker elastic instead of swimwear elastic.   These were super easy to make.  I used some nylon Lycra lingerie fabric that I picked up on the sale table at Fabric Vision for $8 per metre.  By my reckoning I think I can get about 8 pairs for my metre of fabric.  For the gusset, I cut up an old cotton Lycra tee shirt from the discarded clothing bag.  I stitched the elastic to the nylon Lycra  right sides together with a straight stitch close to the picket edge and then flipped the elastic over and three step zig zagged from the right side....simple!  As you can see from the photo, though, the elastic needed to be a little tighter so next time I think I will reduce the elastic by 10% so it gathers slightly.  There will definitely be more of these, but first, I need to buy more elastic.
 

4 comments:

  1. Cute! and thanks for the shout-out :)
    The method of attaching the elastic in my bra pattern KwikSew3300 is a good one... first lay the lingerie elastic to the RS with the straight edge aligning the raw edge of fabric and the picot edge away from the edge, stitch close to the picot edge using a narrow zig-zag stitch. Then trim the fabric away close to the zig-zag stitching, turn under the elastic and triple zig-zag from the right side to finish.

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    1. Sounds like our methods are similar but I do like the idea if trimming back the fabric. It would look neater.

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  2. I love making undies, so quick and satisfying. I think I'll give Carolyn's method a try next time. I'm curious about your other project, what have you been up to?

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    1. Aaah, it is a long weekend here, hence the procrastinating. Hopefully I can get a photo this morning before the promised rain arrives.

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