12 March 2013

Knickers!



There comes a point in every sewing blogger's posting career when they publish a picture of their unmentionables online. To be honest, I'm surprised it took me this long. Here they are, my first pair of handmade frillies. Oooooooh aren't they lurrrrvely? Yes, I'm asking if you like my knickers. (Rude.)

This is a buttery soft Liberty tana lawn, gifted by Sewbox - check it out, they have quite a few lovely Liberty prints at reduced prices. I've cut out another Mathilde Blouse in this fabric and made these knickers from what was left over. The pattern actually came as part of a sewing kit that I bought from Liberty itself one day when I was feeling so blue I needed an indulgence to cheer myself up. It was a cute kit, but the fabric that came with it was too small for even the smallest pattern size! So I used this instead and am delighted with the result.





I'm now brimming full of ideas for future smalls, including ribbon ties, cut out backs, lace panels... Plus I've got my eye on Mrs Depew's French knickers pattern. I can see this becoming an obsession. I've got undies on the brain, I tell you!

[Soundtrack: 'All Night Long' by Mary Jane Girls]

47 comments:

  1. They look absolutely gorgeous. I bet your Mathilde looks amazing too in that fabric.

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  2. These are lovely! I've been wanting to try making some, but my last effort was a disaster. DId you use a pattern? And where does one find pretty elastic?

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    1. Yes, the pattern that came in the kit. I got the elastic at Kleins in Soho, a specialist trimmings shop, but you can usually find trimmed elastic in many haberdasheries.

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  3. These are awesome! Love the fabric!

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  4. Sooooo cute! I am rather fancying making myself some knickers as part of my big Handmade Wardrobe project - just not modelling them. I LOVE the Liberty print - great idea :)

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  5. Tilly, I have been waiting too long to type this - I love your pants!

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    1. And I've been waiting too long to hear that, Karen!

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  6. Ooh these are so cute!! I love your idea to use leftover Liberty fabric - I know better than to toss big pieces of precious scraps, but then I never quite know what to do with them afterwards!

    I can't wait to see your Liberty Mathilde blouse!!

    xo ~ Amanda

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  7. Adorable! I love that fabric!!

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  8. So pretty. With this recent trend, I feel that at last I can shout "KNICKERS!" at the top of my lungs and not get looks from people thinking I sound like Father Jack...

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    1. I suspect you might still get some funny looks!!

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  9. I think your undies are especially adorable! I haven't wandered down this road yet, but I feel like I will someday soon. :-D

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  10. They are so pretty, I absolutely love them (is that weird?).
    And I'm a bit jealous that you get to go to Liberty when you need to be cheered up...

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    1. Ha! Yes, I'm lucky that it's very near my office, so I forget it holds mythical status for a lot of people.

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  11. I've made quite a few pairs of undies, but I can't wrap my mind around making them with a woven. How much too big did you have to make your pattern to accomplish this? Or did you have a pattern for wovens?

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    1. The pattern I used was for wovens, you gather it into the elastic. You could try Maddy's pattern?

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  12. Oooh lovely knickers Tilly! Did you have to cut the Liberty fabric on the bias or on the grain? I've got some Liberty lawn scraps which would be perfect for knickers if there's enough. I like the fact that buying a knicker making kit when you're feeling blue can cheer you up! x

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    1. I cut it on the grain. The stretch comes in the gathered edges. x

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  13. These are so cute! That print is so pretty!

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  14. Welcome to the world of sewing lingerie, where elastics reign! I love your knickers and I love the print even more.

    You now have a blouse and undie that match. Cool!

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    1. Ooh I hadn't thought about it like that... will definitely be wearing them together, even if I'm the only one who knows!!

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  15. I've been dying to make my own but I haven't taken the plunge yet...these came out great!

    Cat
    catgotdressed.blogspot.com

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  16. Oh, so pretty! What a great way to use up special fabric scraps.

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  17. Very cute knickers.
    Are you using woven fabric and if so which pattern. I have some woven mesh fabric wish would be cute knickers.

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  18. There must be something in the air. My friend is making knickers and I am about to tackle my first bra pattern. Pretty fabric choice.

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  19. These are brilliant! I agree with everyone else, your fabric choice was perfect, and so playful :) I'm a big fan of sewing underthings out of fabrics you might not think to use. My favorite panties are made from red plaid flannel! And thanks so much for mentioning my pattern, I just got the paper versions back from the printer for those without printers at home :)

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  20. These are super rad! Seeing all the fab Liberty underwears happening are making me think that foundation garment sewing may not be as terrifying as it first appears... Though all that elastic and dainty pieces...

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    1. It's a lot easier than it looks! Particularly if you use cotton. Plus it's super duper quick.

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  21. So cute! I love the black lace! I'd love to give making my own a try.



    chloexx

    ps. so weird commenting on someones pants!

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  22. Liberty Lawn underwear. I swoon...

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  23. I need to make me some knickers. I am tired with the very unpractical ones that the lingerie stores have. I need to take things into my own hands. They only cover half my bum! Like, just no good. No good at all.

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    1. Haha I know exactly what you mean! Luckily the pattern I used is generous in the booty area.

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  24. Love them! I have plans of making myself some lingerie-- I already have the fabrics and laces even! - Just need to do it!!!

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  25. I've never made any!!! What's wrong with me? I love your underwear! Never thought I'd say that to another woman...lol!

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  26. Ha! These are super cute! I love making dainties, although I've always used knits. I too am curious what pattern you used for these? Wondering if I could get a woven to make the right shape to fit my bum . . . ? Yeah, this comment is getting weird!

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  27. Oh my goodness, your Liberty lawn knickers are deliciously extravagant and look fantastic!! :)

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  28. I really want to try making panties.

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  29. These are very pretty! If you need some vintage purple lingerie lace... (I never thought I'd be writing that sentence after commenting on someone's knickers) I got some in a vintage trim pack a few years ago. I have yet find a use for it and you're welcome to it.

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  30. So so pretty! I LOVE that Liberty print- so 1930s/1940s looking to me! :)

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  31. These knickers are just gorgeous!
    Violet x

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  32. My mother in law has a book from the 40s called the Encylopedia of Needlecraft, it has a pattern for knickers in there, and recommends the length of 8 and a half inches below the hip line. These look a lot prettier!

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  33. The print is adorable! and you did a fantastic job!!

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  34. What is this fabric made of? Cotton? I'm in NZ and wanting to know what to buy

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  35. Hello Tilly, Lovely to see my knicker making kit pattern made up by you! I make the Flo-Jo Knicker Making Kit and sell to Liberty's. We do do a Liberty Tana Lawn one too. The knickers can be cut on the bias too. Happy stitching! Delia @ Flo-Jo Boutique xx

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  36. We've returned the write up! Delia @ Flo-Jo Boutique
    http://flo-jo-boutique.blogspot.co.uk/

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  37. Hey Tilly! How did you finish off the side seams? My efforts just look messy...even with an over locker :-(

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