Friday, April 10, 2009

Under Where? Under There!

(Angie and Carolyn, the pattern is Kwik Sew 2908. I really like this pattern in general but if you decide to buy this one and make it, please read my review on PR as I have made a few key changes which involve some pattern alterations and construction changes.)

I've had no sewing time this week until this afternoon and tonight so the panties are still in progress. I hope to finish them all tomorrow. Above are 10 pairs with crotch pieces and lining sewn, trimmed and turned. I got a wild hair this afternoon and cut 2 more pairs. My panty drawer will be overflowing! And I still have a lot of big scraps for future pairs.

After I do the burrito thing (see my review link above for a link to the KS Beautiful Lingerie book instructions) to enclose all seams, I quickly zigzag the sides of the crotch to hold the two layers in place. I find this fast extra step really helps when applying the elastic in this area as there are no layers shifting. The extra thread is not even noticeable and most of it usually gets trimmed away anyway. For the natural (breathable) fabrics, I'm using self-fabric for the crotch lining. For the synthetic fabrics, I'm using white cotton interlock.

Tomorrow morning I'll start applying the elastic. That's 10 waists and 20 leg openings, or 30 applications. I'm NOT looking forward to that part, but it goes a lot faster once I get started and am in the groove. The elastic below came from Sew Sassy, which has a great selection, great prices, and fast delivery.

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The new car has over 500 more miles on it since I brought it home a week ago and I've only been 4 places. I've had a little help from my sons, who have decided they like what they're calling "our car." DH has yet to even try it out. Angie, your comment is so funny. Maybe it is "your" car.

Kristy, you left a comment asking what about the dog hair from Chili in my fabric closet. I have three dogs. Dog hair is a fact of life around here. That's what vacuums and lint rollers are for, right? Besides, I'm a big softie when it comes to my poochies so they pretty much have run of the house, including bins of fleece in the fabric closet. LOL!


  1. Ugh, elastic application is not my favorite either. My girls' panties have been waiting for 3 whole weeks now. Just for elastic. Working on that now. Thought I had 3 left, but I just remembered I have at least 2 more on top of that. Off to work..

  2. I love that you have underwear to match your outerwear! How cool is that? This makes me want to get back to lingerie sewing, which I haven't done in a long time.

  3. What a great way to use up left over fabric. They look great.

  4. I would love to hear the details of how you apply the elastic.

    I am trying to sew more knits. I just bought a Brother coverstitch machine. I had it for about 3 months and just pulled it out last week and actually hemmed something with it.

  5. Actually, it sounds like a lot of fun to turn out lots of knickers in cute colors, and when you're in your groove it just gets done! I put this pattern in my online shopping basket, it would be cute to have some panties that match my tops. Or at least a project that turns out since I lost weight (due to stress)! It's nice of your pooches to unwittingly give their seal of approval in the sewing room.

  6. Oh and thanks for the photo of zz'ing the two layers together, it makes a lot of sense to do it that way. I agree with your review, an enclosed seam and no elastic bumps is far superior! BTW 'pinch' is the word verification for this comment--reverse psychology here.

  7. Apparently I offended you on PR and I would like to apologize. I don't know how to do that privately or I would. Or I will do it publicly on PR if you want, but they locked the thread and I'd have to start a new one.

    Anyway, my sincere apologies for offending you. You had put it out there, so I guess I thought you were ok with it being discussed. My mistake and I won't make the same mistake again.

    I will have my comments regarding you removed.

    Linscee on PR.

  8. In my house, cat hair is a condiment. Fabric takes on a whole new dimension around here. (And, btw, what you merely suggested on the PR thread, I would have done without thinking twice.)

  9. Those are so pretty. I have about decided that I am going to have to figure out how to make my own panties. I tired Hanes no-ride-up and, well, they ride up on me.

  10. Around here, if a dog or cat hair shows up in a muffin or other form of food, I just remind whoever--it's just more protein!


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