Everyone Deserves Pretty Knickers – Sewalong Part 2

I do hope everyone has been enjoying “Everyone Deserves Pretty Knickers” week. It’s so fun already and we have so much more to come. Don’t forget to tag your in progress work with #everyonedeservesprettyknickers if you are sharing on instagram or twitter so we can see your beautiful makes.

Yesterday we cut out our knickers and added the gusset. So now your knickers should look like this.

step-8

Now it’s time to sew the side seams. With right sides together match at the side seams and pin in place.

pins

Using a straight stitch sew a 1cm seam.

seam

Finish raw edge using overlocker/serger or zig zag stitch.

overlock

Your knickers should now look much more knicker shaped.

new shape

A few people have emailed saying “don’t go to elastic yet! I haven’t found what I need”. So here is a bit about types of elastic that is suitable.

elasticLeft to right

6mm regular elastic- super easy to find and possible the cheapest option.

10mm wide knicker elastic. It has a scallop edge and one side is lovely and soft for next to your skin.

Scallop edge elastic, bigger decorative edge and smaller amount of elastic to topstitch on. Some of the trims can look like this but lack any stretch so check the stretch before buying.

Measure the waist circumference, ideally your elastic length should be 2/3rds the  full circumference. Before you cut, wrap the elastic around you and see if the 2/3rd measurement suits you. If you would like it roomier than go for a longer length of elastic. If you are unsure stick with the 2/3rds measurement.

Measure the leg circumference, ideally your elastic length should be 2/3rds the  full circumference. Before you cut, wrap the elastic around you and see if the 2/3rd measurement suits you. If you would like it roomier than go for a longer length of elastic. If you are unsure stick with the 2/3rds measurement.

To allow those who haven’t yet found the right elastic one extra day we will leave it there, and tomorrow we will cover attaching the elastic and top stitching it down.

If you have any questions feel free to pop them in the comments so I can help you out.

Leave a Reply