Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Kwik Sew 3167

I have a big project that I will be starting soon. I can't reveal all yet, but I'm pretty sure you are going to love it. I know I'm really excited about it! Anyway, if blogging is a little light for a couple of weeks, you know why. Sort of.

In other news, I made panties!
Why haven't I done this before?? This was the easiest thing ever. Both pair took under a half hour and that includes tracing the pattern, making alterations, cutting and sewing. And they are awesome. The pattern I used is Kwik Sew 3167, which includes several different panty styles as well as a camisole, which could even double as a light bra for the young, perky and less endowed. I chose the simplest of the panties, which is sewn from wide stretch lace, so there are no edges to finish and no elastic to apply.
The edges of the stretch lace become the waist and leg openings, which is pretty as well as easy. These panties fit like boy shorts, with a low cut leg opening in front and a sassy rear view. I won't be modeling them for you, as this isn't that sort of blog, but I assure you, the hubby is pleased. And so am I! These things are so smooth under clothing, without binding or pinching anywhere! VPL is a thing of the past. Based on my measurements, I made a size M, then altered the crotch curve, scooping it out just the way I would a pair of close fitting pants. The fit is amazing. I am never buying panties again. Did I mention that I got my lace from Sew Sassy (love that site!) for 2.49 a yard, and it takes 1 1/2 yards to make a pair of panties. That brings my cost to about 3.50 per pair, since I used scrap knit for the crotch lining. Seriously, comparable panties at VS are 12.50!! Sewing is awesome.

12 comments:

  1. I've been loving your knits and now panties - lovely - this is the style I wear all the time to work. Congratulations! I'm inspired!!!

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  2. Ooh, these look lovely. I actually have had this pattern, and the fabric, sitting in my room for nearly 8 years. I should make them soon if they are comfy.

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  3. I really could do with making some , plus they are fast and easy. These are quite expensive too in our shops.

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  4. Wow! I've made swimsuits, back when I was a decade or 2 younger and used to go to the beach, but never "unmentionables." Amazing how easy they were!

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  5. I am so glad you reviewed these! This very pattern and a piece of black stretch lace has been sitting on my sewing table for longer than I care to admit! Love the style, yours are so pretty. Love your description of the sassy back.

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  6. These are very cute! I, too, am inspired. I used to like the VS cotton panties but they redesigned them with some kind of lacy elastic edging that I find uncomfortable.... Kwik Sew 3881 looks promising!

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  7. I made some similar panties recently (tanga panties from Burdastyle) and love them. I am with you that they are easy to make and I love wearing them (for all the same reasons!) Your lace is very pretty.

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  8. These look so great! I have a Kwik Sew pantie pattern, but have been too unsure of myself to try it out. Motivated now!

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  9. Quick sew, inexpensive, and looks fabulous = a definite winning pattern! They look great!

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  10. Isn't it a great feeling when you know that you have the talent and motivation to beat the system and just make it yourself? You save money and get the satisfaction that your clothes aren't made in some sweatshop ... well any sweatshop besides your own that is hehehe

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  11. My hubby keeps asking me to sew something of the sort. Now I can and must...thanks for putting it out there.

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