My latest batch of underwear is the cutest, but sadly, a bit tight. Because I, with my 6 years of sewing experience, completely disregarded the 70% stretch requirement of Jalie 2568. Underwear is small, can 50% stretch really be so different than 70%? Yes, the difference is slightly uncomfortably tight underwear.
I’m not getting discouraged. I happen to have a degree in mathematics, and I am using my impressive math skills to expand the Jalie pattern to accommodate 50% stretch fabrics. Wish me luck. Has anybody else successfully converted a pattern in this way?
Also, check out my Instagram feed @plaid_thursdays, though currently it doesn’t have much sewing, just vacation and decluttering pics.
Sewing underwear is super fun; the small investment of time and fabric is liberating. It’s like sewing for kids, but they’re for me.
Not that it’s been all perfection. Instead of picot elastic I used fold-over elastic, and I forgot to trim the 3/8″ seam allowance, leaving these all a bit wide in the crotch. But it has given me a chance to work out some kinks using my new raw finish 2-fold binding attachment for my Janome Coverpro.
These are all Jalie 2568, with a few minor tweaks. Unfortunately, none of these match the fit of my original pair, but they are wearable and cute. Perhaps the next round will be perfect.
Like many others, I recently read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. For weeks following, I considered gathering all my clothing to weed out any pieces that don’t spark joy. I don’t actually have a lot of clothing, but still, I really struggled because I don’t own any joyful underwear. After much pondering, I had the revelation that I could go without underwear. Great, problem solved…until I realized I don’t own any pants I truly love. Since then, I have given up on “Kon-Mari”ing my life, but I have been re-thinking about my sewing.
For my kids, I sew smarter. They need shorts, I make them shorts. They need hats, I make them hats. For myself, I don’t know what the fuck I have been sewing. There is nothing I’ve sewn for myself that I actually wear, except T-shirts. And now, I can add underwear to the list.
This pair does not spark joy. I wear them, they are super comfortable, but I cringe a little every time I pull them out of my drawer. A little too eighties for me.
I have mixed feelings about this pair. They are made without elastic, and they are perfectly functional, but somehow I don’t feel supported. I had no idea that my butt needed support, but it does.
This pair was just not right for my butt. I probably needed a size larger, but even so, they were so far up my butt, I decided a larger size would not solve the problem.
And finally some underwear that spark joy! They are super comfortable and fit really nicely. I wish I was brave enough to model these because they make my butt look good. I first noticed right after boot camp one day, and thought it was due to all the squats and leg lifts. Sadly the butt perkiness is only noticeable in this Jalie pair. I like to think its a combination of underwear and leg lifts. And bonus, they come with kid sizes. Adeline’s butt is perfectly adorable in her pair. Matching mother-daughter underwear isn’t weird, right?