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Date: 8/17/12 2:06 PM

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Making panties using the leftover fabric from the knit tops I've been tackling ....

I'm wondering if panties might be the perfect project for practicing knit techniques. Once you get your pattern to fit, you can wear your mistakes (well maybe not on date night but you get my drift right?)

I'm thinking maybe I could try binding the front waist (or banding with elastic inserted) and doing the traditional panty sewing for the rest. I need to practice binding a lot!

I've owned the Kwik Sew Lingerie book for years but the thought of making panties just wore me out. I had no idea who easy it was to serge elastic onto fabric. Watching it gather is pure delight! I bought a bunch of lingerie elastic at Mary Jo's on a trip and I'm so glad I did!

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Date: 8/17/12 3:59 PM

Isn't this fun?? I just finished sewing some to the inside of sweater sleeves so I can keep the sleeves up (or should I say, "serging"?) It's great to work with. I use it sometimes on my panties, but also like the finished turned over look too; for some reason it makes my panties look like they are TOL.

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Date: 8/18/12 1:11 AM

You reminded me about the two pair of UFO panties I have on my sewing table, waiting patiently for me to get around to sewing on the leg elastic. One pair is burgandy stretch lace with black elastic and the other is purple with matching elastic. That is all I have left to do, but everything else seems to be taking priority. I'll have to work on that tomorrow. I also have to decide which mini wardrobe I'm going to concentrate on first; the comfy clothes wardrobe or the activewear wardrobe. Decisions, decisions.....

In answer to your question, panties can be a way to learn the techniques for sewing knits. You can make all the mistakes you need to in order to learn, but nobody will ever see them. However, I wouldn't suggest making a pair of stretch lace panties as a form of practice. They are very fiddly and take some getting use to. Welcome to the World of Knits. I hope you learn to love to sew with them as I have.

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