I decided it was time to make some more. Something to do with the fact that I didn't keep up with the laundry last week and had to resort to wearing ill-fitting shop-boughts at the weekend : (
My pattern is based on a pair by Pants to Poverty, but I have tweaked the shape to improve the fit so I reckon I could call these "self-drafted" now!
All of my elastic came from the English Couture Company. They have a minimum order value of £10 so I "stocked up" last year and have only now got round to comparing the different types.
From top to bottom:
14mm wide Ruby Satin FOE
18mm wide Fuschia Satin Fold-Over Elastic (known as FOE in American books and blogs)
Plush-backed Plum picot-edge elastic
Stretch lace in Rust, 4cm wide
I also have some narrow (7mm) navy plush-backed elastic and some 1cm navy matt FOE: I haven't tried either of these yet.
My preference is for the wider (18mm) version as it was much easier to handle. I used the "Universal Stitch" on my Bernina machine and it spanned the 14mm FOE a bit too closely to the edges.
Remember, the tape is folded over, so is half the stated width in use. Those 2mm made all the difference!
My latest knickers were made using leftover cotton jersey from my self-drafted top. The purple picot-edge elastic is a good colour match so I thought I'd try it out.
It resulted in a much plainer garment, which I felt the need to tart up a bit with ric rac "go faster stripes" down the side seams!
This elastic has a velvety backing, so is great for lingerie. I have seen it sold to make reusable cloth nappies too.
Once it is sewn on, you can trim your main fabric down to the edge of your stitching for neatness, and the elastic forms the top edge of the garment, like a waistband.
My next experiment is due to be the stretch lace... but I can't quite get over the colour! I am trying to convince myself that combining purple and orange is very 70's retro chic... but it might just be BAD!
I am also hesitating over the width of this lace. When it is used on shop-bought knickers, they seem to cut back the fabric behind the lace to avoid too many bulky layers in your important little places, and the result is a very uncomfortable gusset. Maybe not.
I still have plenty of the purple plush but I will have to think of another embellishment as I have used all my lilac ric rac! Maybe a dash of red ric rac - why not?!