In the kit are some instructions, knicker elastic, a “fat quarter” of fabric, some cotton jersey fabric for the gusset and a knicker-making kit label – perfect for a first make.
What I wasn’t expecting was how big the knicker pattern pieces were – I must admit I had a bit of a “is my bum really that big” moment!
The pattern pieces are laid on the bias as there is more stretch to the fabric.
The gusset is cut from some stretchy jersey / T-shirt type fabric.
When it came to stitching the gusset I deviated from the instructions a little. I placed the gusset on top of the knicker back (rather than front) so the raw edge was enclosed in the main seam.
It went something like this. Can you see the three fabric layers?
The gusset is flipped over…
Does anyone know why you leave one end of the gusset open?
The trickiest part for me was working out how much to stretch / pull the elastic by when you sewing it on. Once the knicker elastic had been attached to the top, I cut the remainder in half to make sure I had enough for each side.
The last step was to sew up the side seams.
The beauty of making your own Knickers is that you can customize them to match your mood. Vintage them up or get a little bit naughty. With Valentine’s day on the horizon you could always stitch in a cheeky message for someone special to find!
Now for a matching bra!