Saturday, January 14, 2012
Kwik Sew 2908
Over the last couple of days I made 7 pairs of underwear and I have two more pairs cut out. I wore a pair today and I think they are the first pair in my life that are adjustment proof. No tugging whatsoever. I love them. I am completely certain I will never buy panties again. It will be especially interesting to see how long they last.
I used Kwik Sew 2908, I made 6 pairs of briefs and 1 bikini, I haven't tried the bikini on yet, but I can't see any reason why they wouldn't fit as well as the briefs. Like everyone else who reviewed these on Sewing Pattern Review , I found the crotch section to be quite wide, I compensated by making the seam allowance wider and then tapering it to the normal 1/4 inch seam allowance. The fabric I used varied quite a bit in stretchability, they were all stretchier than specified by Kwik Sew and yet they all fit fine. When you sew them the elastic gets quite stretched out, and I was a little concerned, cause they really didn't look right, but after a wash and dry they look perfect. I used a short zig zag stitch for attaching the elastic and then I turned the raw edge to the inside and used the coverstitch to finish. I didn't do a perfect job, but I am not going to show you and no one else will ever know either 8-). One good thing about using the cover stitch machine is that I got to used some of my new (to me) thrift store serger thread.
All in all, I highly recommend sewing your own underwear.
Edited January 17, 2012
I used two types of elastic in my panties, and I have found that the lingerie elastic with a picot edge doesn't work so well with a slightly heavier fabric. The lingerie elastic was fine in a light weight poly type blend but not so much with a heavier cotton knit. I would suggest using the heavier swimwear elastic for more of an everyday pantie and the picot edge for a finer fabric. I hope that's clear.