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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:

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


« 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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