Many months ago I read a Curvy Sewing Collective article, their website is wonderful CSC is one of my favourite sites for inspiration and assistance, especially as a curvy lady. The piece detailed how one of their members had made her own pants or knickers to me; this inspired me to add knickers to my ‘need to sew list’.
Immediately I shot off full of enthusiasm and purchased stretch lace and a pattern, I know its what us sewers do; however there is stopped, until yesterday.
As mentioned before I am a Mother, Wife and Daughter. I work 4 days a week, my work is full on, carrying a lot of responsibility therefore finding time and energy for essential sewing can have its challenges let alone making knickers, however Sunday afternoon was mine.
I had some scraps of lovely jersey spot left from making pyjamas, the fabric is from myfabrics and ideal for this job, I had earmarked this scrap to line a make up bag for my friends birthday, unfortunately it matched perfectly with the stretch lace I had already purchased so sorry Marina no contest the knickers won.
The pattern is 3 pieces all cut on the fold so in seconds I was ready to start sewing, very little marking required either. The construction was very simple however now I have read http://verypurpleperson.com/2013/01/tutorial-sewing-panties, I would have attached the gusset as advised to make the gusset neater. The stretch lace went on a treat, I used a three step zig zag stitch to attach the lace, again advised on the wonderful tutorial. I have never sewed lace and stopped and contemplated; do I use that awful walking foot, should I change the tension, however my desire to get the knickers finished and tried on was too great and after all, it was a free scrap so I just blasted on.
I would say from start to finish the whole process took no longer than 20 minutes and was a perfect joyful experience.
When choosing what size and adjustments to make to the pattern I grabbed my favourite pair of well loved knickers and soon realised the pattern was true to my M&S sizing, well done Butterick! I did think I would end up hacking the pattern but no, perfect.
So to review; the pattern is spot on, 3 pattern pieces is a breeze, construction is 5 small seams plus fitting the lace / elastic. You don’t need to use an over locker in fact the three step zig zag on my standard machine gave a better result. The only slight fiddly part was trimming the seams and to be honest, only you and the sewing fairy would know if you didn’t do this. Fit is fantastic, the quality of the jersey is great. I have made a pair of really good quality knickers for the cost of the lace about £1, I used almost 1 meter, I know I went mad.
Going forward I have found another 4 pieces of jersey in my scrap bin now promoted to knickers. I have trawled the web, eBay have a great selection of reasonably priced lace trim and picot elastic in various colours, this has brought the cost down to 50pence a pair and whilst this justifies making knickers in my mind REALLY the best part about the whole thing is I loved making them, especially off the back of making a boiled wool coat that needed skill and patience; the fit is fabulous, like the comment made by the contributor on Curvy Sewing Collective I can see I will only wear RTW knickers if they are the last in the draw.