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What you need to make some Knickers

By Susan | Comments: 4 | April 30, 2014

I am so happy with the response to our “Everyone deserves Pretty Knickers” challenge. It’s so exciting to think that everyone will soon have pretty knickers that they made themselves.

To help you get ready for the big week, here is a run down of all the Measure Twice Cut Once patterns and what you need for each one. This way you can raid your stash for your supplies or head on out to buy what you need, am sure you can all stand the drudgery of more fabric shopping, lol.

TheCharlotteKnickers

The Charlotte Knickers

Fabric: Cotton wovens such as voile, cambric, lawn, quilting cottons. Also silks and satins.
Gusset: Cotton Jersey
Unsuitable for fabrics with bulk or stiffness such as denim or cord.
Trim: Thread, 6mm width elastic (does not need to be lingerie elastic). Because the elastic is turned under and topstitched down, this pattern is perfect for regular 6mm elastic as you can’t see the fancy lingerie elastic anyway!

TheGeorgianaKnickerThe Georgiana Knickers

Fabric: Cotton wovens such as voile, cambric, lawn, quilting cottons. Also silks and satins.
Gusset: Cotton Jersey
Unsuitable for fabrics with bulk or stiffness such as denim or cord.
Trim: Thread, 6mm width elastic (does not need to be lingerie elastic). This is photographed with a rolled hem, it can be made like that or it can be turned under and top stitched like The Charlotte Knickers. So even without an overlocker/serger you can create this style.

TheJaneKnickersThe Jane Knickers

Fabric: Cotton wovens such as voile, cambric, lawn, quilting cottons. Also silks and satins.
Unsuitable for fabrics with bulk or stiffness such as denim or cord.
Trim: Thread, 6mm width elastic (does not need to be lingerie elastic). The top edge does not need to be lingerie elastic, but it looks really cute if you can use it. This is a great one to practice or learn using how to stretch the lingerie elastic while top stitching and still keep the decorative edge peaking up above the top of the fold.

The-Mary-Knickers-CoverThe Mary Knickers

Fabric: Knits such as jerseys, cotton lycra/spandex, super lightweight double knits. Highly recommended to have a high cotton content and lycra/spandex content is nice but not essential.
Gusset: Cotton Jersey
Unsuitable for fabrics woven fabrics.
Trims: 6mm width elastic (does not need to be lingerie elastic), thread

The-Lizzie-Knickers-CoverThe Lizzie Knickers

Fabric: Cotton wovens such as voile, cambric, lawn, quilting cottons, silks and satins.
Gusset: Cotton Jersey
Unsuitable for fabrics with high degree of stretch, bulk or stiffness such as swim lycra, denim or cord.
Trims: Thread, 6mm width elastic (does not need to be lingerie elastic). Due to the elastic side “strings” on this style a nice soft elastic or a proper lingerie elastic certainly makes it a lot more comfortable. See if you can source some if this is your preferred style?

The-Lydia-KnickersThe Lydia Knickers

Fabric: Cotton wovens such as voile, cambric, lawn, quilting cottons. Also silks and satins.
Gusset: Cotton Jersey
Unsuitable for fabrics with bulk or stiffness such as denim or cord.
Trim: Thread, 6mm width elastic (does not need to be lingerie elastic). This is photographed with a rolled hem, it can be made like that or it can be turned under and top stitched like The Charlotte Knickers. So even without an overlocker/serger you can create this style. If you are going to top stitch the elastic down be sure to choose a soft elastic as you don’t want to create a firm centre back as this can be uncomfortable on this style.

Tomorrow we will be covering suppliers of elastic and we have plenty more posts coming up on how you can create knickers to suit your style. Start gathering up your supplies and don’t forget to pop your name down on the announcement post, and grab a sidebar button so we can keep an eye out for your beautiful makes.

4 Comments

  • Pips Splatt
    May 17, 2014

    So excited to have found your patterns! I’m going to have a go in the next week or so to coincide with me made may. I love the cut of your patterns. Pips x

    • Susan Goodwin
      May 17, 2014

      I’m so glad you found us too! Give them a try, it’s far easier than you think. Just in case you have any problems you can always drop us a message and we can help out

  • marybeth
    September 10, 2014

    Hi, love the knickers! I am trying the “free patern” and would like to make the mary knickers also. Do i need a surger to make these? I just have an old kendmore sewing machine. I would also like to try the tanks in a jersey knit would this work also? Thanks so much!

    Marybeth

    • Susan Goodwin
      September 11, 2014

      So glad you like the knickers, you don’t need a serger, the instructions include information for using a regular machine and a serger so you can follow along on the non serger version.

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