I’ve changed my mind about bra and knicker making – woman’s prerogative, and I’m sticking to it!
The cat even made an unexpected visit to the sewing room to support and encourage me.
The good thing about making bras and knickers (sorry, but I really can’t bring myself to use the term ‘panties’) is that they take up so little fabric that it’s a productive way of using scraps. Actually, that’s not technically accurate – my knickers need A LOT of fabric!
The pattern I’m using also has only a few grain lines and when working with stretch fabrics does it really matter ? The pattern pieces can be placed in all directions to make them fit the fabric scraps. Excellent.
Why have I had this change of heart?
Well, when I calmed down after the first attempt and rationally analysed my methods, approach and results, I came up with a few (perhaps hard learned) lessons.
With stretch fabric left over from the French house dress, I set to work with a pragmatic approach. I read the instruction manual that came with the new machine and discovered what foot C was for. Overlocking!
Whoppee, the fabric no longer gets trapped in the dog feed and it sews up just fine.
I made two pairs of matching knickers, alternating the fabric.
Lesson learned from knicker sewing – don’t stretch the elastic too tight when sewing. Doesn’t matter what size they look like – for proper usage they need to be able to go up further than the knees!
Anyway, I test drove the black and lace set yesterday and it was surprisingly comfortable, secure and smooth. This version has no padding or wires and I thought it would be a little ‘unsupportive’ of my newly discovered Ds but no, just the opposite. OK, I wasn’t running a marathon or anything but I kept checking all day to see if the bra was still there – I could hardly feel it at all.
Wired is the next challenge.
Is it weird to wear this under the French house dress? Too matchy-matchy?