#SewPantyParty GIVEAWAY!


Hi All!

I thought I would add an extra boost of panty sewing inspiration to our #SewPantyParty with a Giveaway!!!

This panty kit giveaway will include: Half a meter of coral bamboo, 2.5 meters of latte fold over elastic & a bow! Perfect for making yourself a gorgeous pair of panties!

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6 Tips to Make Your Panties Look & Feel RTW


Hi All,

This week, since we’re all in the midst of sewing up a storm for the #SewPantyParty, I thought I’d throw out some of my favourite tips for sewing up undies, and specifically tips I use to make my undies look and feel the most RTW. So let’s jump in!

 

I think this tip seems the most obvious, but I also think it’s the most important. You can have the exact same pattern make it up in one fabric and love it, and then make it up in a different fabric and completely hate it. What I like to do is look at the underwear in my drawer that I already love. What is the fabric like? How stretchy is it? How soft is it? What kind of elastics did they use?

And it’s different for different styles of panties too- for example- I love a great, soft, super stretchy bamboo fabric for a boyshort or bikini- it’s so comfy and body clinging- but I’m not as big of a fan if I’m making a thong- it stretches out a little too much in the crotch length and you have to make sure that your gusset lining is a little more stable.

Next is elastics. I find that the majority of underwear uses a softer style of elastic, or even stretch lace as elastic, but it does vary from style to style. If you want a cheekier style- definitely go with something softer like a lace elastic so it won’t cut into you. But if you want something really hugging to hold the panty under the cheek- you might need something with a little more snap! It all depends on your style and preferences!

 

This one again might seem obvious, but it’s very important! I find that there’s nothing that feels less RTW than a loose seam allowances in your underwear. There are lots of ways that you can finish your seams too! If you’re using a serger like I usually do- it’s a super simple one step process and all your interior seams are overlocked. If you’re not using a serger, I find that for short seams – like the side seams on a bikini- a straight stitch with row of top stitching is great. If it’s a longer seam like the centre back seam- you can always finish it with a zig-zag stitch, or even topstitch it to the side with a zig-zag stitch. Whatever works best for the fabric you’re using and the machines that you have!

 

This is another nice RTW technique. When you’re making your gusset or ‘crotch lining’ you can make all of your seams enclosed – so all of your seam allowances are between the lining and the outer fabric.

I find that there are three types of gussets in underwear- ones that are completely enclosed front and back, ones that are half enclosed (usually at the back), and then ones that are not enclosed at all (usually on a boyshort style)- and it will really depend on the type of undies you make. For a fully enclosed gusset- you will need a style of panty where you can cut the outer layer of your gusset as a separate piece from the front and back of your panty – usually a brief, and then when you sew it- you can sandwich the back and front pieces in between the layers of your gusset, so that all the seams are enclosed. Or if you have a solid front piece that extends all the way back to the back piece, then you can enclose the back of the gusset, and finish the top edge of your gusset with a serge or zig-zag stitch.

This style of finishing is nice and smooth and looks great on the inside of the panty.- If this was unclear at all, let me know, I can do a tutorial on this 🙂

 

Another simple one. I find that when I’m making a bra I will spend as long as it takes to get the perfect mirror, but when I go to make the panties it’s a little more ‘how fast can I make these’. But, when it comes to having that gorgeous high-end look- it really makes a huge difference. And I find for myself it’s not even that it’s a glaringly bad look when lace is not mirrored – it looks ‘fine’ – but when it matches – it’s just glorious 🙂

 

When your panties match your bra it instantly elevates both. But you might find, like me, that it can be a bit challenging to make a matching set when you almost exclusively use non-stretch materials for your bras. But there is a solution to this- and my favourite solution is to add a centre front panel with your non-stretch fabric. Generally speaking, panties don’t need to stretch very much right at the centre front (especially in a briefs style). It’s really around the sides, and in the back where your body does most of the moving and shaking. The front stays pretty static at all times. So it’s the perfect place to add a couple seam lines, and pop in a centre front panel with your matching bra fabric! I did this for my Chartreuse & Black Set, for my Emerald Set and on my Lily of the Valley.

 

Simple bow, extra straps, keyhole & cut outs, garter straps, lace, binding, jewels. Whatever your style there are so many things that you can do to add that little extra! For me, I like to keep it fairly simple, and pick one thing to add- maybe it’s a strap detail, or maybe some bows. It’s also nice to have a couple pair of panties per bra, and some of them might be just simple all-black, and then others can have more embellishments -think your Monday pair and your Friday pair ;). My favourite place to look for inspiration is my lingerie board on Pinterest- so many amazing ideas!

 

And those are my top tips for making your panties look & feel RTW!

What are your top tips for making panties?

Were there any tips you wanted me to expand on or do a tutorial on?

How do you like to embellish your undies?

Talk to me in the comments!!

 

xo

erin

Sew Panty Party!


Hi All!

It’s getting to that point again where I look in my drawers and realize that my underwear collection is looking a little sad. If you’re anything like me, then you’re super happy and eager to make yourself a new bra, but then completely lose motivation when it comes to making the panties to go with it.

I was in this same situation last May, so I dedicated that month to panties, and I thought it was about time to do that again, but this time I thought I’d make it more of a party!

Join me for the Sew Panty Party!! 

It’s going to be a pretty simple and inclusive thing- All you have to do to join is to sew yourself some panties this March! And if you like, you can share them on instagram with the hastag #sewpantyparty or on whatever platform you love most! And of course, send them in for the round-up at the end of the month!

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[ Bra News ] February


Hi All!

Another month of bra news! How is time passing so fast?? And February has been an amazing month in bra making! So let’s just jump right into it!

First we have some pattern news, the big pattern release this month (that you’ve all been loving and making!) is the Harriet from Cloth Habit. It has beautiful seamlines, and really inclusive sizing! definitely worth checking out

To go along with that, our lingerie star from last month, Rachel of Maker Style, put out a podcast with Amy of Cloth Habit to talk all things bras

Rachel also put out this post on keeping your lingerie elastics organized– which is super helpful for your sewing space.

One of the first makers and lovers of the Harriet was Novita of VeryPurplePerson, who also did a cool comparison between her Merckwaerdigh and Cloth Habit patterns, which is worth checking out if you’re a drafting nerd like me!

Seamwork did an interview this month with a new lingerie designer – turned pattern maker Sophie Hines, who released one of her geometric inspired designs to the sewing world this month!

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Exposing the Unders: Pink Gingham Sweetheart


 

Hi All!

 

I’m searching back in my archives again this week to expose the unders on an old favourite- my pink gingham suit from the first year of Bra-A-Week, Week 23. This time I thought I would pick a swimsuit because I feel the start of swimwear fever coming on (I know I have it already!) And the best place to start is definitely with this one, because it’s pretty iconic for me- I still have lots of my profile pictures out there with this suit!

A lot of my swimwear is very bra-like, especially this one, it’s really no different from going through like the other bras so let’s jump right into the unders of this suit!

 

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