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Making Underwear--good idea, or too difficult?
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RedhairedMayfair
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Date: 1/29/05 9:14 PM

Hmmmm...I really want to make my own undergarments, as weird as it may sound (I'm tired of buying the same stuff over and over!) but I don't have much experience working with elastic. I have some really great fabric that I've bought (sorta stretchy, good weight) but need advice on elastic types for this type of project. The patterns I've found aren't very good...I'm thinking of trying my own pattern (I've done this with other more simple projects). Is this going to be too difficult for someone with not much experience?

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Date: 1/29/05 10:39 PM

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Date: 1/30/05 10:34 AM

I have found making lingerie to be one of the most satisfying things to sew. It's usually quick, fits (once you get the pattern right), and you can make things quite inexpensively. The nightgowns from powerdry are fantastic for those of us 50 and I'm not sure you could even find them elsewhere! I took both lingerie classes and there are a lot of good techniques for elastic there. I make slips from charmeuse (silk and poly) I love. Last night I had some cotton-lycra scraps and made a Jan Bones sports bra I'm wearing today! I'd certainly give it a try.

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Date: 1/30/05 11:20 AM

I have to admit I laughed when I first saw people here reviewing patterns for lingerie. But then I tried it myself, and I'm hooked.
-Small pieces of fabric (scraps really), so if you have to toss it out and start again......no great loss.
-Opportunities for improved fit and comfort
-Cheap cheap cheap. I have sewn underpants, bras, ad children's bathing suits for a small fraction of what it would cost RTW.
Give it a try! We're all here to help and encourage!!

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Date: 1/30/05 11:52 AM

There's nothing like starting your day and your whole outfit with a great fitting pair of undies. Go for it! You're not weird. The Kwik Sew Beautiful Lingerie book has both patterns and nicely illustrated instructions, which includes applying lingerie elastic.

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Date: 1/30/05 1:04 PM

Thank you all for such quick responses! (and I will definitely continue to familiarize myself with the options this site has to offer...) And thanks for the pattern suggestions, too. Maybe, eventually, I might even have the courage to try a bra? It sounds like I might be able to avoid the boring retail RTWs afterall!!

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Date: 1/30/05 2:21 PM

Sew News has a big article this month on making undies.

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Date: 2/5/05 10:51 PM

The March 2005 Sew News has an article on how to make panties out of old T-shirts. That would be a relatively cheap way to start sewing underwear, and you get to feel virtuous for recycling while doing it!

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Date: 2/6/05 9:08 AM

I told my sister that I was going to attempt making undies and she thought it was the funniest thing she'd ever heard. After looking at the reviews here, I was inspired, though, and went out and bought KS 3167. (I bought it before Deepika started selling KS- I promise, my next KS buy will be here! ). I'll let you know how they turn out.

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Date: 2/7/05 10:43 PM

I never thought about making underthings before. But, after seeing the posts and pattern reviews here, I want to give it a try too!

Connie

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