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« on: June 18, 2010 04:43:11 PM »

I hope this is in the right spot! Let me know if it's not....

I destroyed a couple pairs of lacey panties that I didn't like to scavenge the lace and elastic. After much seam ripping, my grand experiment began.... Really, it is rather embarassing how long it took me to make something so simple, but I console myself by knowing that I was playing with several different styles and materials. This is also the first time I was using a lot of elasticy things that were somewhat unstable as fabric. The result: 

Ta da!

I will make it tighter and use longer bits of lace next time (and there WILL be a next time). I love that it is a 'reversible garter', or would have been if my sewing machine wasn't throwing a fit.... I don't think my bf will mind, and I am happy with my practice garter. I had planned on embellishing it, but don't want to make it non-reversible. I like options.

Other lessons:
1. sewing the lace directly to elastic as you pull it does not make the lace gather tightly enough to make a pretty garter.

2. sewing piping (from panty fabric) to slip the elastic into isn't worth the trouble and doesn't look as cool as you think it will.

3. commercially made garters that lay the lace flat are made that way because it is WAY easier than making it awesome.

4. replicating commercial garters is super easy, but why bother?

5. awesome boyfriends are very supportive of experimental garter-making.

Thanks for looking and I love comments!
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2010 06:06:19 PM »

Learning experiences are always good.  =)  Your garter is cute--what method did you finally wind up using?
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2010 07:43:55 PM »

Ha! Thanks! My garter recepie:

Take two strips of lace that are several inches longer than the circumfrence of your thigh (where you want to wear the garter) and lay them on top of each other.

Stitch them together the long way on the 'almost midline, but slightly to the left'. Then lay your elastic as close to this seam as you can. I left my elastic uncut until the final sizing.

Carefully stitch a seam on the 'almost midline, but slightly to the right' to fully enclose the elastic. Pinning the elastic to the top of the lace helped. This wound up being mutch easier for me than stitching the casing and then trying to work the elastic through afterwards because the stretch lace didn't slide very nicely.

Now you can experiment with bunching up the lace and how tight you want the elastic to be. When you've decided, just cut the elastic to size, stitch the elastic ends, and hand stitch the short ends of the lace together. Embellish as you like. Hope this helped! Let me know if it is unclear and I will clarify as best I can.
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