Lingerie Class

I guess you can be expecting more lingerie sewing from me in the future – I had my class last night and am very motivated!


Actually, my class turned into a private lesson as the other person who signed up did not show. So, Anne (of Needle Nook Fabrics) asked what I wanted to learn – the first thing that I wanted to try was fold over elastic. I had never attempted using it before since I had read about so many people having trouble with it. We went to work on constructing a pair of underwear (from Kwik Sew 3301) and let me say, FOE is very, simple – basically you’re applying the elastic to your fabric like a sandwich, all in one application. I have enough fabric and elastic left over to make another pair – this time I’ll be trying out the alternate view. I really like how FOE gives a nice clean edge to your undies and looks so ready-to-wear! From taking this class, I also realized where I had gone ‘wrong’ in previous pantie construction – I unconsciously was stretching the fabric and elastic at the same time, getting a wavier finish. As you can tell from a ‘zoom’ in on the leg elastic, it’s very smooth – no waves!
We also went went over a bunch of techniques and finishes. I may rethink what pattern that I want to use for Wednesday’s class since I would like to incorporate several of my new tricks!
I also wanted to mention that BurdaStyle is officially in Beta testing. If you haven’t made you way over there yet, be sure to register (it’s free). While you’re there, check out their ‘pattern database’ – you’ll be able to download 15 Burda patterns, FREE!

13 thoughts on “Lingerie Class

  1. Maureen

    Hi Stacy,
    I read your blog every day . Its great.
    Thanks for the tip on the Burda site. I downloaded a top pattern and am planning to make it soon.
    Maureen

  2. Tara Miller

    Free Patterns! say no more. Oh i meant to reply back to you yesterday. Thank you for your help i really appriciate it. I am excited to get started but realized last night that i had bought the wrong size in the pattern. No biggie because i received the Joann 40% off coupon in e-mail today. Thanks again it is so nice of you.

  3. Anonymous

    Wow Stacy! Those look very RTW. I have thought of making my own undies many times but was afraid that 1) they would look terrible, 2) I haven

  4. Tuesday

    Okay, love the panties! The stitching looks perfect. Great job.
    I’m seriously jealous…I need to sign up for a few classes, I just can’t find any that appeal to me :/.
    Thanks for the link to Burda, I registered and downloaded a few dress, a coat and a few shirts ;).
    As if I’ll get around to making them ;). Oh, I finally used my $20 GC to fabric.com :P. 2 1/2 yards of 9 wale white Cord for a gored skirt pattern I’m thinking up 😛 Not tooooo exciting, but, it’s the zone I was in while I was looking around there this morning ROFL.
    Talk to you soon 😀

  5. Amy

    The panties look great! So exactly what were you doing wrong when you were “Unconsiously” stretch both fabrics? Where you only to be stretching the FOE? I’m trying to perfect the FOE elastic technique too, so any hints you have learned will be so helpful!!
    Can’t wait to see more!
    Amy

  6. Karine

    So I was the magazine store this week-end when I saw February’s Sew News was out. I saw your article on the shelf bra but I recall you said that you had two articles in it and if so, I couldn’t fine the second one. Sadly my tatas’s need a bit more support than a shelf bra can provide. Anyhoo, congrats on being published!

  7. Karine

    So I was at the magazine store this week-end when I saw February’s Sew News was out. I perused your article on the shelf bra but I recall you said that you had two articles in it and if so, I couldn’t fine the second one. Sadly my tatas’s need a bit more support than a shelf bra can provide. Anyhoo, congrats on being published!

  8. stacy

    I think what I was doing when I was working with elastic is not just stretching the elastic to fit the marks, but also the fabric with it. Also, since my machine is not flush with the table, the excess fabric was pulling down on it some too. Basically, what Anne told me to do, was to get the elastic started, then pull on the elastic to meet the first 1/4 mark, pinch it, and then grasp it 1/2 way between my pinch and the presserfoot. Also make sure that your right hand is holding the elastic and fabric in place while keeping your left hand infront of the presserfoot ‘pushing’ the material into the fold of the elastic.
    Karine – I just had the one article in this issue….. but there may be more in the future 🙂

  9. Kate

    Hi Stacy
    Thanks for the tip on the Burdastyle page- I will definately be looking it up.
    I have read your blog for a while but have never commented until now.Just had to say how nice it is to see things being made up that are stylish and up-to -date, keep up the fantastic job!

  10. zaneta

    They look great! The finish is really professional. Do you use your standard sewing machine when you attached the elastic? it looks like straight stitches in the picture. They really look RTW quality. What width elastic did you use? Hmm..hang on is the FOE like the bikini bottoms or am I just getting myself confused..

  11. stacy

    Believe it or not, I used my machine for the entire panty! No serger at all! For the seams, I used the mock serged edge and for the elastic, just a small zigzag – it seems to blend nicely into the elastic.
    I’m not sure if fold over elastic comes in different widths, I’m sure it does. Mine may have been 3/4 inch wide before it is folded over? I’ll check today when I go back.

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