(to the tune of Breaking The Law)
Months ago, I won an Ohhh Lulu pattern giveaway, over at A Stitching Odyssey. I was over the moon as I’m a HUGE fan of Ohhh Lulu, and the thought of creating my own gorgeous underwear is a happy one. Being the procrastinator I am, and being more than a bit apprehensive about sewing with elastic, it hasn’t happened until now.
First up I made some more Betty high-waisted knickers. The fabric is a viscose/cotton jersey from Tissu Fabrics, and is really very soft and lovely. It’s leftover from my Hemlock. The elastics are from Merckwaerdigh, I bought them ages ago thinking I would attempt this sooner.
I’ve made these before, in jersey so I’ve nailed the sizing, they fit perfect, although my elastic application still needs lots of practice. The seams are sewn with a zig zag, and overlocked to finish. No matter how hard I try, I always seem to get wavy elastic. Steaming does help it regain it’s shape, but never fully. I’d love to know if anyone has any tips or tricks. I always measure out the elastic and make sure not to overstretch it, but I rarely get it perfect.
As for the bra (the Bambi soft bra pattern), I wasn’t so successful. I made this three times, and it still isn’t much cop. I kept making really stupid mistakes with the band elastic, and then I trimmed the back band pieces and didn’t think about the seam allowance on the edges. It was a total mess until the third time, when it all went well. By then I was running out of fabric, and used this silk/cotton mix for the lining. Once I applied the back closure and messed up the straps, the fit was totally off. It’s way too small, and I’m hardly a busty girl. I have a bra from Ohhh Lulu, and I should have checked that first. Its a medium, whereas this is an extra small. The straps really confused me, no matter how many store-bought bras I looked at, I just couldn’t work it out. By this point, I was pretty sure it wasn’t going to fit, and just botched them on and figured I could always re-do them if need be.
Need did not be.
I’m glad I’ve given this a go and been moderately successful. It gives me hope for my next attempt. I’m desperate to sew my own lingerie, but really need to get some practice in. Does anyone else sew their own, or have any top tips for sewing with elastic?