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Posted on: 1/3/03 4:12 AM
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Whenever I make something out of a nice soft knit, I save the scraps to make underwear. Most underwear patterns take very little fabric and sometimes I have enough to squeeze on a set. Learn how to make these and you can save lots of money! I first practiced on old t-shirts till I got my pattern to fit just right. Now I refuse to buy any undies, and I don't get wedgies anymore. :)

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marsha said... (2/2/03 1:16 PM) Reply
My 13 yo likes to make boy cut panties out of her old concert tshirts etc, strategically placing the logos on her backside. She uses the patterns from her ks lingerie book.
adele said... (1/15/03 0:30 AM) Reply
when sewing my panties and tops I utilize a favorite piece of commercial underwear for my pattern .
Lorna C. Newman said... (1/7/03 10:17 PM) Reply
If memory serves, I think that Taunton Press released a book on sewing lingerie and had instructions about sewing undies in it. I found it at my local library. I, too have knits in my remnant pile, but they are reserved for sewing for my 19 month old and 4 year old. I often have just enough for sleeves or a yoke to coordinate with other pieces. Colourblocking made easy. What a great way to use up the stash ... note to self: use this during the new contest!
Peggy L said... (1/7/03 5:25 PM) Reply
Dale - great idea! I was shopping with my 20 yo DD before Christmas and was appalled at the price of the underwear she was buying - and we were at Walmart!!! I made the comment that I had scraps of fabric bigger at home. I bought a KS pattern a few days later but haven't had time to make any yet. I'll review it when I get some sewing time.
JuliaL said... (1/6/03 10:29 PM) Reply
I have to admit that when I first read this I got a mental image of underwear made out of the black-with-metallic-gold knit I'm working with at the moment...very lumpy and scratchy! Once I finished my chuckle (always welcome), I started to think about a thin jersey wadder in my closet--I may need to look into elastic...
Deepika said... (1/4/03 6:15 PM) Reply
note to self: feature this link in the newsletter. Thanks Linda.
Dale C said... (1/4/03 6:09 PM) Reply
LindaP, thanks for the link. I'll check that out. That's a good idea for those heavier knits...
LindaP said... (1/4/03 8:21 AM) Reply
Thanks Dale for the great tip. Another thing I do with 1/2 yard + scraps of knits is make caps for cancer patients. I make myself do them while the machines are still threaded with the right color. It only takes 15-20 minutes per cap. I had planned to donate them to a cancer center when I got a big pile but word has spread and friends ask for them for other friends now as needed. Here's the link for directions if anyone else is interested.
Dale C said... (1/4/03 5:15 AM) Reply
Actually Deepika, I used the bikini bottom from the Kwik Sew activewear book and redesigned it till I got several different styles that I like. Then I got an old favorite bra that I copied and made another pattern from that. I did try an elan pattern once and it was okay. Not as good as mine though. :)
Deepika said... (1/3/03 8:58 PM) Reply
This is a great tip Dale. Do you have any favorite pattern?
Maria Hatfield said... (1/3/03 11:40 AM) Reply
lol,,, Dale your so crazy girl ! i just cut out a panty pattern a couple of nights ago. i was trying to talk my daughter into making it first. at first she thought i was nuts for suggesting it. but i told her if she learned how to make her own panties and bra's she could make some pretty ones. (coming from someone that hasnt even tried it yet.) Thanks for the tip on keeping your scraps around for this.
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