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Everyone deserves Pretty Knickers

By Susan | Comments: 23 | April 29, 2014

Everywhere I look I’m seeing sewers from all over the world making knickers and bras and all kinds of lovely underthings. In the comments on all these lovely creations are so many sewists who say they want to try but they think it’s too hard or that they don’t have the right machinery or fabrics or trims or a myriad of other problems.

Knickers are not hard and they don’t take any fancy kind of machinery. You can make them using a regular machine with a straight stitch and a zig zag using normal elastic. So in the spirit of encouragement, I’m announcing Everyone deserves Pretty Knickers Week


Throughout the whole week we will be encouraging sewers to take the plunge and just try making one pair of knickers. Any style, any fabric any pattern that you like. Make what will suit you and what you want. It’s a few weeks away so you have some time to look around, choose a style and a pattern and find some fabric.

So if you’d like to take the challenge, add your name to the comments here and grab a  button for your blog. Follow us on instagram to see as many makes as we can find to regram, tag your makes with #everyonedeservesprettyknickers.

I cannot wait to see what you all create.


Cut and paste the code below to add the pretty knicker lady to the sidebar of your blog

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We will be featuring round ups of supplies over the next few weeks to help you find everything you need for the week, so keep checking back for more information.


  • sewlittletime
    April 29, 2014

    great idea! i’ll be in. hopefully i’ll have some pairs made from my me made may pledge by them and may have a go at another pattern!

    • Susan Goodwin
      April 29, 2014

      Fantastic news! can’t wait to see what you can come up with?

  • Jodi
    April 30, 2014

    I really hope I can join in! And I look forward to all the informational posts.

    • Susan Goodwin
      April 30, 2014

      so glad you might be able to join in, you will love making them!

  • Amy Beeton
    April 30, 2014

    I have made 4 pairs of homemade knickers and they are superior in every way to anything I have bought in a shop and much comfier, so sign me up, I need more home made frilly’s!

    • Susan Goodwin
      April 30, 2014

      How wonderful you have already made some, aren’t they so much better than what you can buy ready made? Plus added bonus of being able to use your own choice of fabric!

  • Cheryl
    May 1, 2014

    I’m in! Can’t wait to have new knickers, and made by me!!

    • Susan Goodwin
      May 1, 2014

      Knickers made by you will be amazing! It’s such a wonderful feeling of accomplishment to add yet another article of clothing to what you can make.

  • Leila
    May 15, 2014

    Oh yeah! I’m so in!

  • Stephanie
    May 15, 2014

    What a fun idea! I love the word ‘knickers’ too (sorry, lame American over here). Linked up your event here:

    • Susan Goodwin
      May 16, 2014

      With so many different words for underwear it was hard to choose but knickers just seem so fun!

      Your calendar is amazing, I’ve been looking for where you find out about all the sewalongs and now I know.Thanks

  • Meris
    May 16, 2014

    I get married on June 9, so this seems like an apropos sew-a-long. I’ll learn new skills and get to surprise my partner with something that isn’t Hanes. Win-win. Count me in!

  • Helen
    May 16, 2014

    I’m in! Sounds like a perfect way to use up some of those smaller pieces of fabric in my stash.

    • Susan Goodwin
      May 16, 2014

      It is perfect for that! and all those pretty trims you save for “one day” well this is that day!

  • Pips Splatt
    May 17, 2014

    Eek! will start sourcing fabrics today. What a wonderful idea. So sick of my daggy bonds which are comfortable yes, but pretty not so much.

    • Susan Goodwin
      May 17, 2014

      Now you can have comfy and pretty! I personally prefer nice lightweight cottons and lawns but the patterns will work in polyesters, silks, satins, cottons. As long as they are nice and soft and not too bulky, you will be ok.

  • Beth
    May 28, 2014

    I’ve been wanting to make knickers for a while and then when I saw this mentioned in your instagram feed I knew I had to join! I think I have some elastic in my stash. I’m really excited!

    • Susan Goodwin
      May 29, 2014

      it’s going to be a great week with lots of pretty knickers to show for it!

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