My apologies for not writing more these past couple of months! I had this post typed out explaining a temporary sabbatical until the new year, but alas… Time evaded me. I spent most of November and December doing a lot of holiday sewing and handmade present creations… In addition to packing on some pounds. ;P
I’m in the midst of some new year’s cleaning, so before things die down even more quietly on my end, I wanted to share a small project I had been working on a few weeks back: handmade lingerie! (This post is super late, I know. I posted these on Instagram awhile ago, eeeeeeeep.)
As some of you know, I enjoy sewing. While I’ve sewn things for my home, I like to hand-sew with felt or embroider. For those of you who follow me on my primary Instagram account or old, sorely outdated blog, you’ve seen some of my work. I figured that since I’m undertaking some handmade sewing relevant to lingerie, I’ll post some of my projects here!
First up, a pair of knickers using OhhhLulu’s Jane pattern. :)
Surprisingly, this pattern was pretty simple, even though I found the directions incredibly difficult to understand while perusing them; however, while actually doing the sewing, the directions magically made sense. I do wish that they were a bit more detailed and with better photographs, though. The pattern was not very hard, but the skills needed (like fussing about with elastics) makes it a bit more difficult. I really like this pattern because it uses woven fabrics cut on a bias, so if you aren’t familiar sewing with knits or have a machine that eats knits for breakfast, this is for you!
This is the first time I’ve sewn lingerie elastic, and it was mostly a success. :) Some of the stitching got pretty messy, but it looks good… enough!
I purchased the fabric from Hobby Lobby, and the lingerie elastic from Sew Sassy. I used the #E712 Narrow Pico Edge Lingerie Elastic in Boysenberry, which I recommend. (Quick note: the narrow lingerie elastic that they sell is honestly kind of crappy. It’s stretchy, but I would definitely not recommend purchasing this to sew lingerie with. It’s stretchy, but it doesn’t offer much support. In fact, I bought so much that I think I may make cat toys out of them or use them to wrap presents/gifts — anything but garment sewing.)
The bow was taken from a ribbon in my stash that came from a wrapped gift I’m guessing. In this case, hoarding really worked out for me since this came together as a nice match!
Next time, I think I’ll try sewing the elastic in the round. It might not be “right,” but I think it may be easier and provide a nicer finish – also, quicker since it took me hours to get the elastic sewn on correctly!
Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, and here’s to a prosperous 2015! As always, I’m incredibly thankful to all my readers who continue to read this little blog. xx
All items in this post were purchased by me, including the pattern. Ohhhlulu did not ask me to write a review. None of the links used are affiliate links.