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Message Board > Creative Sewing > Granny knicker alert! ( Moderated by Lynnelle)

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It can be cost effective to sew your own underwear.
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Date: 1/26/14 1:53 AM

Well, its only a few days, and then I am back at work for the year, and after having to spend yesterday pulling up my knickers , I figured it was time to make some more.

This is my TNT knickers pattern, drafted off a pair of favourites sometime last year. Fabric is cotton/elastane (10%) and stretch lace.



And for those that don't think its economical to make underwear .... There are 6 pairs there, taking 2 metres of fabric, plus about 12 metres of lace. An outlay of about $50. 6 pairs of that particular style, would set me back $100. So for me its a substantial saving, and I can be sure they will last longer and not discolour as fast as the RTW ones.

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Date: 1/26/14 1:57 AM

Aw, these are too pretty to be granny pants!

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Date: 1/26/14 3:38 AM

Great panties! I totally agree, making your own is the way to go. You can probably use large scraps or recycle an old t-shirt and reduce the cost even more. I made some not very granny panties a while back and haven't looked back. Mine ended up around $3-5 each.

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Date: 1/26/14 5:00 AM

Datcat, where are you getting the lining fabric from? is it local?

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Date: 1/26/14 5:24 AM

My granny-ish panties cost about $1/pair at Target. No way I could make them for that. Even if the materials were free, my time is worth more. I could work one extra hour and buy dozens of pairs. If I couldn't find comfortable ones, maybe I'd make my own.

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Date: 1/26/14 6:32 AM

Tracy ..... no I didn't get the cotton/elastane locally. I sourced that one from ebay. Theres a few different sellers but I think I got this one from Joelles Fabric Clearance Warehouse. She has good prices, and her descriptions are accurate. The lace I got from Lincraft, as it helps to be able to feel the lace, to know its not scratchy.

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Date: 1/26/14 6:37 AM

If I couldn't find comfortable ones, maybe I'd make my own.[QUOTE]

MaiaB ..... that is precisely why I make my own. I don't particularly want to wear cottontails, and this particular style is made by jockey, in bamboo jersey, in my size, and can cost up to $18-20 a pair. And because they have no spandex, they stretch out in a short period of time. As a plus sized person, there is nothing worse that underwear that creeps up your backside, isn't wide enough across the crotch, or has to be so tight to stay put, that gives a major VPL. In addition, I have abdominal scars that make bikini briefs impossible, so this design works well, and saves me money in the process.

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Date: 1/26/14 8:03 AM

I make my own too. They are granny knickers too, utterly unglamorous but *so* comfortable. I am a non-standard shape and it is impossible to buy knickers that really fit. My pattern is based on a Bonds style that fit quite well, then I modified the pattern to get them just right.

I save leftover bits of suitable knits and use them to make knickers, which reduces the cost. The RTW ones cost $10 so I save money doing this. But the main reason for doing it is comfort.

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Date: 1/26/14 8:58 AM

These are lovely. I wish I could make my own. I have a Kwik Sew pattern I want to try. I love the Jockey Hipster briefs. For some reason they come to just the right height on me(just to the belly button). But the cost is high(almost $10.00 a pair). I get them on line when they put them on super deals for around $3.99. If I could wear them as is, it would be great, but when I get them home, I have to cut small pieces of t-shirt knit and fold it over the top and bottom of each seam allowance, because they hurt my skin. And I have to stitch down the crotch. What is with that????? I've seen other brands where the crotch front isn't stitched down.

Also, I love the Tactel the Jockey are made with. I don't know were to find something similar on a bolt. They Model is nice too, almost like a soft knit. Any suggestions where this can be found?

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Date: 1/26/14 9:59 AM

I do make my own bloomersI wear thin cotton pantslips under dresses and skirts in the summer. They're hard to find, and the one time I found cotton ones, they were $20 for knee length. So it's that rare item that not only isn't easy to find for sale, but that I can actually make for less than retail.

For winter, long underwear are cheaper and easy to find.

I'm sure I couldn't do any better than Hanes at making underwear for my lumpy caboose. Compared to the panties of my youth, my current style look like giant tarps.

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