The other day I was chatting with a friend of a friend who, after finding out that I had made the dress I was wearing and the clothes the kids were wearing as well, began asking me all about my sewing. They wanted to know I got into it, how much do I sew, etc. etc. etc...I began to think about it and realized that probably about a third (give or take) of my own wardrobe and of each of the kid's wardrobes as well are handmade by me. I mentioned this to them and then giggled and said, "everything but underwear! I don't think I'll ever make those!"
As it turns out...Annika's new English pattern shop just so happens to have a wonderful pattern for boy undies/tank and one for girl undies/tank/cami...and wouldn't you know it...I did it, I couldn't resist giving undies a try after all!
I've heard so many times how much folks like making undies because they are a quick sew and because they are great scrap busters, which is partly why, in the end, I was no longer able to resist giving them a try!
I will say I might be hooked, for a couple of reasons...first, I hate throwing away those little bits of knit fabrics that are really too small for another tee. Instead I often hold onto those scraps for pockets or for the kids to use, but now...undies! Second, I hate having to buy a pack of five or more undies for the kiddos and not even being sure that they will fit, now if I make them...I know they fit!
That being said, initially, for this round I wasn't so sure about the sizing, etc. and so I only made one pair each. Not the speediest of plans. While sewing underwear is quicker than some other sews, there is a lot of elastic, etc. which takes a bit more time than some other things. I would definitely suggest going through and making one big "bulk" make once you've got your sizing settled.
That's what I plan to do after my success with these!
For Violet I used the decorative elastic method of hemming for both the underwear and the cami and I love how sweet they look...
Of course I didn't have enough of the same decorative elastic, but that's okay...right? I also didn't have enough of either of my knit scraps, so instead I made the fronts floral and the backs striped...and I couldn't be happier with the way they turned out!
This method of hemming was actually quite simple and despite not having a serger, they turned out quite nicely!
Not to mention just the right size and comfort level around the waist and legs! As for the cami...this is our first foray into the cami world...not that it's quite a necessity, but there are occasions where it seems like a little extra layer underneath a top or dress might be appropriate. I was worried at first that Violet would frown at me and think it uncomfortable to wear, but she is really pleased with it...
While I love this Leah Duncan fabric and think that these two make a sweet and pretty little set, I think, perhaps, next I ought to make something a little more plain Jane for the cami at least so that the pattern doesn't show through...
For Henry, two things...first I didn't read instructions all the way through before cutting and therefore didn't add the seam allowances as I was cutting, oops! Also, while this fox fabric is adorable...
it's not the stretchiest of knits...So, while he insisted that these fit and he doesn't mind the they are a bit on the snug side...I will surely make the appropriate changes for the next time! That being said...they are pretty stinking cute undies!
For Henry's I simply used foldover elastic with a soft back (from Joann) for the waistband and I used some scraps of terry backed wickaway lycra for the knit binding method for the leg hems. This method worked out quite nicely as well, the perfect amount of stretch, recovery and comfort!
So, lesson learned I suppose...never say never in the sewing world...there's always something else that you'll want to try! Even undies!
And, if you're thinking you might just be ready to sew up some undies too...head on over to Annika's new shop ... the boy undies/tank and girl undies/tank/cami are just two of the 17 patterns available (you can see my two Bethioua kids tees here).
Check out all of the patterns...and bonus, this week she is having a fabulous store opening discount, the more patterns you buy, the more discount you get…
10% when buying one pattern with code buy1save10naehconnection
20% when buying two with code buy2save20naehconnection
30% when buying three or more with coupon code buy3ormoresave30naehconnection
or buy all 17 patterns get 50% off
All codes are valid until midnight on Sunday (CET).
So hop over to the shop and take a look…