Everyone has that one draw. The one that they dread anyone opening because Pandora’s box has nothing looks like a box of chocolates in comparison . It usually contains an array of objects that don’t go anywhere else but, for some unfathomable reason, aren’t chucked away without remorse. Old tags, balls of string, recipes, a tiny deck of cards, plastic forks, soap shaped like a golf ball (the last one might just be me…).
It hit me a few days ago that I actually posses two of those draws.
Let’s take a peek at my undies draws’ most ridiculous items:
- a black & gold corset I remember wearing on a date almost 10 years ago
- oh so many spanxy undergarments that I’d always wear under skirts and dresses (but now I value comfort more because I’m partial to good blood circulation)
- meters and meters of tights, varying in thickness and colour. Won’t know if they have runs or hole till I pick em’, I’m in a rush to get out the door and then have to go change
- too many balls of socks. Running socks, fuzzy socks, knackered socks that won’t ever be darned, comfy socks, weird-feeling sock I won’t wear unless I should have done my laundry a few weeks earlier
- bras in different shapes, sizes and states of disarray. Like most females on this planet I end up rotating between 3 that are decent and comfy
a family of hamsters that appear to be taking advantage of the nice weather and are barbecuing in their back garden made of never-worn stockings
I swear, my undies draw would give that minimalist Japanese lady who advocates talking to your shoes at the end of a hard day a heart attack.
Worse still, quantity does not go hand in hand with quality. I’ve never been a frilly underwear type of girl. A few year ago, on seeing me hang up my underwear to dry, my best friend suggested I should maybe quit with the bright cartoony cotton knickers. I listened. Partly. I now favour black or grey cotton, no lace in sight.
In the spirit of making what I wear and wearing what I make, I decided to update my knicker status. I took a few pairs of my favourites in order to see how they are sewn together. That started feeling a bit weird pretty quickly…
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at my pants!
Here’s what I used:
- a pattern for your knickers. There are plenty free ones online but I’ll be tracing my most comfy ones, taking into account that they may have stretched a tad
- fabric: T-shirt cotton (which I used but, frankly, doesn’t have enough elasticity to be comfy ). Next time I will try cotton with a blend of elastane or other stretchy mix, or jersey
- lace elastic, picot edge elastic
I started with preparing 3 pattern pieces, the front and the back cut on the fold and 2 crotch pieces.
You can use your overlocker/serger, but I used a zigzag stitch, 2.5 in width and 2 in length and that worked very well. Plus I do like the finish look.
I cut out all my pieces, adding a 1cm seam allowance. I always mark the wrong side with an X when I’m using plain fabric. I’m not saying I have a habit of mixing up the right and wrong sides when not using patterned fabric, but I’m not saying I don’t.
I put the back piece between 2 crotch pieces and sewed it up. I then placed the front piece after I rolled down the front and back.
Voila! The crotch seams are hidden. I proceeded to sewing up both side seams.
At this point I tried said knickers on and realised just how little pull 100% T-shirt cotton really has. The size seems decent enough but you really need underpants that will stretch in all directions when you skydive, dance the tango or, if you’re like me, sit on your couch watching Netflix.
I proceeded to attaching the picot edge elastic. I cut it so it’s a tad smaller than the circumference of the waist, then pinned it on the wrong side so the scalloped edge is facing down I pulled on the elastic as I zigzag my way around and that’s when another issue arose – T-shirt cotton really likes to roll. Not a biggie but something to keep an eye out on. I did the same around the leg opening.
I flipped the elastic and zigzag top-stitched around all the edges.
And there you have it! Here’s me modelling the knickers:
Only kidding, I wouldn’t do that to you. Haven’t we had a tough enough past year without me inflicting more uncomfortable and disturbing weirdness???
I’ll be making more of these and will keep you updated now that talking my knickers seems to be my thing. I have a bunch of jersey scraps that I think will work much better, like the pink + Mickey and the hot pink cupcake fabric. It just hit me I’ll have that any 5-year-old would love. Something to ponder…
Till next time,