Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Knew Knickers..

Well, heres something new for me.. Knickers.. I came across a blog that had the coolest knickers on them, she'd made them herself. Awesome idea I thought, especially since we are so limited here in town, the warehouse is about our limit. 
I bought Mccalls 5651 pattern, and went through my stash to find a nice comfy fabric. This was the result! Oh and this was before I wore them. lol

Review below.

I'd like the back to be a bit more boxy, more like the shape of the front. Oh, well there's an idea! 
Excuse the grotty ironing board cover.. It is past its use by date lol. I want a new one but they get grubby so quickly

A good example below about the crotch lining application. They have you zig zag around the whole crotch piece. So you've got a zig zag going across your knickers, it looks tacky, I won't do it next time.
I used a 3 step zig zag to attach the picot elastic.

Pattern Description:
Womens Underwear
Pattern Sizing:
XS-L. I made size Large in view B

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Not Really! But I did make a few changes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Simple instructions. But I would've changed how they attach the crotch lining.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I dislike the way they attach the crotch lining. It seems a bit messy. Otherwise it's a very nice pattern. I like where they sit. But I will change the shape of the rear to be a bit more square across, right now they just look like undies that are too small for my bum. I much prefer the short hot pants style, so will alter it slightly to give that effect.

Fabric Used:
Rayon/Lyrca blend. Ohh I love that.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Making size large, I thought I'd maybe have to add a bit on, as I am usually a size XL or so. The large looked massive when I lay the pieces out, so didn't add any on. I stitched them up, and ended up taking them in at the side seam by 1". So 4" all around? 

They also leave the leg edges unfinshed? I thought it looked rather messy, so I did my first go of attaching some picot elastic around the legs, and also did that around the waist instead of a lace waistband like they show. They look much nicer now.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Will definitely sew them again, with my alteration to make them more hot pant style.
Very comfy knickers. They feel comfy on and not like they are riding up in any places they should.

I wore them while I went for a walk this morning, and they were fabulously comfy, no slipping down or KUB's (knickers up bum)

1 comment:

  1. Cute! I love the fabric you used! It's fun sewing them, eh? There's so many variations you can do and details you can add. And there's nothing quite like wearing your own pants! :D