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!