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Topic: Tutorial ~ make panties from old tshirts (or any jersey fabric, really).  (Read 4051 times)
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« on: April 03, 2012 06:53:48 AM »



I've had a few dozen of these cut out and waiting to be sewn for literally years now and recently a friend asked me how to make panties so I thought, hmm, putting together a tutorial might knock a few of these out of the stash, lol.

I've run this by some other crafters and it seems to be comprehensive but please let me know if something isn't clear. It will be helpful if you've got a bit of experience with sewing as well as pattern drafting or at least the courage to experiment. Have fun, the worst that can happen is that they don't fit and you've got to tweak your pattern Smiley.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftylittlemonkey/sets/72157629363357624/

And for the left over tshirt bits so you don't waste anything, make tshirt yarn!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/craftylittlemonkey/sets/72157629340379468/


Here's a finished pair I made for my sister, they are a few years old in this picture and have held up great to regular use and washing. As durable as a tshirt in fact Cheesy!

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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2012 07:23:59 AM »

They are great! I want to make some!
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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2012 07:28:41 AM »

Great tutuorial!  I'm currently trying to potty train my two year old daughter and I think I may have to sew her a bunch of cute panties now to encourage her!  Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2012 07:32:39 AM »

Awesome! You can use some of her clothes that she's outgrown, that's super fun.
Perhaps you know but I will mention it anyhow, when you're recycling old clothes it's important to place the pattern pieces up and down, never sideways. That means the panties go up and down in the same direction as the shirt or whatever did. Otherwise the stretch will be off and they won't fit right (though I confess I cut some of my pieces placed sideways, I did judge the stretch first though).
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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2012 10:23:28 AM »

I absolutely LOVE this idea and your tutorial is sooooo easy to follow and understand! I'm a relative sewing newbie, but I think I can do this!!! Thanks for the great tute and an awesome new way to recycle the billions of T-shirts my kids seem to go through (I only need so many rugs, LOL)!!
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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2012 03:58:44 PM »

Great idea!
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« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2012 09:43:53 AM »

I like the way you've mixed fabrics for your panties. I'll have to try this. Thus far, the only fabric mixing I've done on mine is to use a different color for the crotch lining--orange to coordinate with some orange lettering on the butt of one pair and black to look snazzy with some turquoise panties.
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« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2012 03:16:43 PM »

I need to do this LOL
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« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2012 04:01:56 PM »

Love these!  I really like the fabric mixing too.  Never seen that done before but it makes them extra cute.

Where do you like to buy your fold-over elastic?  I'm guessing you have to order it online?
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« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2012 04:26:28 PM »

I bought it at a fabric supply place actually. I big industrial one in a town where there are lots of fashion houses though, not like a FabricLand or Joann's. I'd look for it online. I have to say though, it really is a pain to pin and sew, regular elastic is so much easier and looks just fine.
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