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kaffrin
« on: January 25, 2004 01:57:57 AM »

yes, i'm a brit. that's why i say knickers, and probably confused the hell out of some of you :p

but in my experimentation in the last few weeks of not being at uni yet and being really bored, i made these:

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they're made from printed jersey which isn't particularly stretchy, so they look mahoosive until you put them on.

the print is of little cartoon dogs saying stuff like 'woof woof' (as dogs do) and 'sniff sniff', which my other half crudely pointed out was kinda appropriate for knickers...

i'm planning to make a cute little matching cami top for them.  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2004 04:52:28 AM »

off the topic, but i'm a wanna-be brit.  i like saying things like, "gotta take the lift up to the loo and snatch my jumper-left it on top of the loo rolls!"
it's probably amusing to only me-true brits are like, so?...and americans are like, what?   Roll Eyes i just like saying loo rolls Grin
oh, and the kniskers are hilarious and adorable.  as if i needed another reason to covet a sewing machine.
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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2004 12:56:09 PM »

WOW! those are awesome! how did you make them? did you follow a pattern? they are beau-ti-ful! Grin
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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2004 01:06:48 PM »

aw super cute! where did you buy the fabric? i'm on a constant search for funky fabrics here in the uk...

oh, and firefly... 'loo rolls' is quite a posh thing to say y'know!! i call them 'bog rolls'... but then, that's me  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2004 01:15:41 PM »

thanks for clarifying for me, debzy.  now i can alternate between the 2 and crack myself up twice as much.   Grin am i a bloody nut or what? Roll Eyes
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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2004 02:00:25 PM »

Cute knickers! Did you use a pattern or were they as simple to make as they look?


Oh and firefly, you amused me and I am a brit. Although I may have been more amused by you being an american being amused by saying those words.. yes.
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« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2004 04:57:11 PM »

thank you Smiley

i drew up the pattern myself, with the help of one of my old uni books 'metric pattern cutting'. it was pretty simple - front part, back part, gusset, gusset lining.

and i bought my fabric from leeds market. they also had similar prints with ballerinas, horses and dinosaurs, which i'm hoarding.
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« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2004 09:19:09 PM »

Wow cute!  I used the t-shirt underwear pattern on www.getcrafty.com a while back and I've made maybe 6-8 pairs and I LOVE them.  It took a while to get the pattern adjusted to my liking but it was so worth it.  One of my favorite pairs is made from a casino t-shirt -- they say "Your Sure Bet For Fun!!" right across the butt :)

Is that stretch lace I see?  Hmm that'd be easier than threading elastic through casings.

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« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2004 05:56:19 AM »

Those are so cute!  I am very impressed, great job: )
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« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2004 01:03:19 PM »

pretty simple - front part, back part, gusset, gusset lining.
Shocked  sudden flash of insight on why Jeff on Coupling likes the word 'gusset'
-non brit who likes brit shows
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« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2004 01:06:28 PM »

Question for the group -

I purchased some stretchy nylon with a cute pinup girl print.  Does that material work well for knickers (aka undies)?

Thanks,
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« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2004 01:44:42 PM »

morgan - i can't see why it wouldn't work... just make sure you cut the pattern pieces out so that the stretch goes across the pants... also you'll probably want to use cotton for the gusset  Smiley

kaffrin - i love leeds market!! are your fabrics from the outdoor or indoor?

firefly - if you want any more funny words, just let me know! we have some of the best slang up north  Wink
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« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2004 01:44:59 PM »

Should work!  Use a scrap of cotton knit to line the crotch-part.  And, make a test-pair out of similar material if you're not certain of your pattern.

Good luck!

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« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2004 04:10:23 PM »

kaffrin - i love leeds market!! are your fabrics from the outdoor or indoor?

they're from the indoor market - that stall run by the family, that also does foam. they know me now! they were most disappointed when i dyed my hair brown from being pink  Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: January 27, 2004 11:51:16 AM »

i know which one you mean - i've bought fabric from them before!! they were always super-helpful. i didn't know it was a family run stall though.

i've never seen printed jersey there before ... maybe i'm not looking hard enough  Smiley i'll be sure to ask next time !!

have you been to that little haby stall, near the florists? they sell some really cheap bits, like bag handles and magnet fasteners. love it!  Grin
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« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2004 05:27:33 PM »

soooo cute!  I've never had enough guts to make undies before, but those are so cute...  now I know what I'll have to make over spring break!
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« Reply #16 on: February 01, 2004 03:40:57 PM »

I have attempted to make a few and they come out fine i just have a problem with the ass part I just cant seem to get that part of the pattern right
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« Reply #17 on: February 01, 2004 06:18:21 PM »

I have attempted to make a few and they come out fine i just have a problem with the ass part I just cant seem to get that part of the pattern right

Yeah I had that problem too, with my first few pairs.  I was using the getcrafty pattern, and everything was right except the back was just kind of... funny.  Then I realized I had to make the crotch bit about an inch and half shorter --  now they fit just fine.

Keep trying!  Mess with your pattern. Compare to a store-bought pair that fits right.

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« Reply #18 on: February 01, 2004 06:33:18 PM »

Have any of you tried taking apart a comfortable pair of store bought ones and using it as a pattern?  I was wondering if it would work if the fabric was a different type.  That is assuming that the fabric stretch is about the same.   Messing around with patterns has never been my strong suit.

Brit question:  Ok, I understand that you call your pharmacists (the people who give you prescription drugs) chemists instead, right?  What do you call the scientists that work with chemicals then?  Are they chemists too?  It's been bugging me for a bit. Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: February 02, 2004 03:08:42 PM »

Brit question:  Ok, I understand that you call your pharmacists (the people who give you prescription drugs) chemists instead, right?  What do you call the scientists that work with chemicals then?  Are they chemists too?  It's been bugging me for a bit. Smiley

round my way, we call the actual building 'the chemists', but the guy who gives you your drugs is a pharmacist. and if you have a larger shop with just a little dispensary in it we call the little bit a pharmacy.

like, we would say 'i'm off to the chemists' if we were going to the place, but if we wanted to ask the guy something we'd say 'i'd better ask the pharmacist' and if we were in a huge shop looking for the little chemisty bit we'd say 'where is your pharmacy?'

and we call the guys who work with chemicals chemists too.

but the beauty of living in england is that 20 miles down the road, everyone speaks totally differently, and different words mean different things.
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« Reply #20 on: February 02, 2004 03:39:05 PM »

Ok so actually it is the drug store building that is called the chemists, not the pharmacist person.  And of course a chemistry scientist is still a chemist. Smiley  Isn't the language thing odd?  It's kinda like soda, pop and cola over here.  You ask for a pop in the western states and they look at you like you are nuts.  In my home state, pop is what you call anything that is a carbonated drink. "You want a Coke?" "Yes, a pop would be great."  Smiley  Thanks for  clearing that up!  
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« Reply #21 on: February 03, 2004 11:49:28 AM »

the whole pharmacy/chemist thing is the same here in liverpool too  Smiley

and coke... i know some places (scotland is one i think) call cans of drink 'minerals'... wheras here that would kinda mean water... Huh
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« Reply #22 on: February 03, 2004 12:57:46 PM »

Damn, I miss markets-- kaffrin's Leeds market sounds awesome (American, studied in London, English mother).

I've made 2 pairs of the getcrafty pants/knickers/underwear, and had 1 out of 2 come out well.  I really dislike the 3-times sewing the openings (although that did make them sturdy and flat), so I'm eager to try some stretch lace.  I did try sewing flat elastic right onto the edge of the fabric (around waist, leg openings) and it came out all lettuce-edged, not smooth and flat-- I hate that.

Anyways, here are pics of my good pair:
http://www.nolke.com/images/index.php?album=susan%2Fprojects%2Ftee_pants/

Does anyone have suggestions on combatting lettuce-edge, or ways to get around the thrice-sewn openings?

--susan.
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« Reply #23 on: February 03, 2004 02:01:45 PM »

I, too, hated sewing around those edges three times.  So I only did it for my first pair :)  After that, I just pressed down the raw edges, folded them over again, and stitched once.  I also found it best to trim the crotch-lining piece so that NONE of its edges get folded over (things get thick and nasty).  I make it so its edges just get caught under the actual casing, if you see what I mean.  I also got my pattern fitted well enough so I don't usually need elastic in the legs at all, which is a real time-saver.  Hate threading those little bitty safety pins through casings :) And if I do need it, I usually put it just in the BACK of the legs... I leave little gaps in the casing-stitching at the side seam and the middle of the crotch, and shove the elastic in and stitch its ends down.

As for taking apart a pair of good store-bought undies to make a pattern... I've never been willing to sacrifice one of those rare, perfectly fitting pairs, heheh.  I'd rather just keep fiddling with the ones I make.  I've got enough nasty old t-shirts to mess with :)  But I think it would work.  You'd at least get an idea of the proper shape of the pieces, which is half the battle.  Then you could judge the stretchiness of your new cloth and decide if you needed to add or subtract a little from your pattern.  Give it a go!

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« Reply #24 on: February 14, 2004 09:23:56 AM »

I CAN SEE YOUR KNICKERS!!! Those are adorable and I would consider making my own underwear if I had the notion....
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