Virtual Tour Bendigo Woollen Mills

I’ve said it many times but I am a big fan of Bendigo Woollen Mills yarn. I have the company listed on my favourites page. In 2019 on my trip to Victoria I even planned my hotel stay near the railway station in Melbourne that I could do a day trip to Bendigo from. I buy all my cotton yarn from there and if I’m making a wool blanket for a gift it is only Bendigo wool that I use. When recently I saw that there was a special virtual tour of the mills happening I had to jump online and join the tour.

At the time the tour happened NSW was in the biggest Covid lockdowns we’ve had during the pandemic. Dependent on where you lived in NSW some LGA’s (local government areas) even have nighttime curfews, I’m in one of those LGA’s but it isn’t too bad. For something a little different for their members the Knitter’s Guild NSW organised a virtual tour with Bendigo Woollen Mills. On the Mill’s website they have a mini tour of the mills with some photos and explaining the process but our tour was a real behind the scenes tour. An actual tour of the mill is very rare as it is working factory with a lot of people and machinery they can’t walk people through it.

Photo Courtesy of Bendigo Woollen Mills
Photo Courtesy of Bendigo Woollen Mills

Even though at the time regional Victoria where the mills are located were also in lockdown the mill was still able to continue manufacturing yarn and processing online shopping orders, they couldn’t however open the onsite shop. By chance the staff were having a rare Saturday off in the actual factory so the machinery wasn’t working however that meant we got a real up close look at it all with our tour guide explaining the process and answering questions we had. With all the machines running it would be too noisy. Our tour guide took us from the back of the factory and walked through the different stages from when they first have the yarn in bales ready to start the blending process, the different stages of how they yarn is formed into strands, how the strands are plied together into hanks, the dying process of the hanks and finally how the yarn formed into the iconic balls we know and love complete with the information tickets placed in them. It really was fascinating seeing the entire process. I like seeing the process of how things are made.

If you are on the mills mailing list you regularly receive shade cards with a little sample of each yarn and the colours. You can also request a shade card from their website if you don’t get one. Our tour guide showed how the shade cards were put together. Again this was very interesting. To be honest I had never thought about how the cards were put together but it gave you a new perspective on the amount of time that goes into making each one.

After we were shown the process of how the balls of yarn were made we then got a look at the warehouse where all the yarn is kept until it is shipped out to customers or for sale in the onsite shop. The staff packing orders were working that day and we got to see the process of how each order is packaged up. This might not sound interesting but it was as again it is something I had never thought of. I just hit checkout on my online order then stalk the mailbox waiting for my squishy delivery to arrive. Computers do print out mailing labels and invoices but the orders themselves are all hand picked and sealed into the packaging ready to be posted out. Around 600 orders a day are processed! That is a crazy amount of orders and a lot of yarn as face it you never just buy one ball of yarn in your order.

The factory shop has “the bargain room” which is a section at the back on the main shop. Some items are listed on the website but the majority aren’t. It was interesting to get an insight as to what items were sent to the back room. It might be a limited edition yarn they don’t have large quantities of left or perhaps a dye lot that didn’t turn out the correct colour so they create a new shade with it. There isn’t enough to list on the main website, considering how many customers they have who might see it and want some so instead it is sent to the bargain room.

I keep repeating the word interesting but it really was seeing behind the scenes. I think everyone on the tour suddenly had a new appreciation and respect on how much work it look to have the squishy balls of yarn into our hands. I know I certainly did. A big Thank You to the Knitter’s Guide NSW for organising the tour.

Cassiy

Scrunchies

I’m late to the scrunchies sewing party. I was an 80’s child who loved a scrunchie. I can’t remember when they went out of fashion. I’m trying to think back if I wore them in my teens but my 90’s hair fashion isn’t something that I am remembering much. Scrunchies have been on my mental “To Sew” list for a few years now and finally I have gotten around to them. If you look on Youtube there are heaps and heaps of tutorials on how to sew them.

After watching a few clips on Youtube I finally jumped in and made the above scrunchies. I used the I guess traditional method of sewing a long tube of fabric and once the elastic was inside overlapping the short ends (with raw edges tucked in) and sewing across them. It is very simple method and I can see why it is popular. For these I used leftover fabrics from a bag I had made with each fabric. The stars scrunchie is pieced as I didn’t have enough fabric. My first attempt of it was too narrow so I made it again piecing more fabrics to make it wider. Instead of wasting my first attempt I kept it for me. With my undercut I don’t have a lot of hair to put up in a pony tail but it turns out I can wear a narrow scrunchie.

After watching yet more Youtube tutorials I came across a clip by DIY Today’s Sewing and Embroidery which is a slightly different method in making them. In this method you first join your short ends to create like a giant band then you fold the band to join the long edges in a continuous tube. It is kind of a hard method to describe so I do urge you to watch the clip as it will all make sense when you visually see it. On the Sew Everything Blog Samina also came across this clip and described it as the Burrito method. I’m now referring to it as that method too. Watch the clip, to me it was like sewing magic.

I had leftover fabric from my charity bags with the intention of making scrunchies so I tried out the Burrito method. This may not happen to everyone but on my first one it did feel a little weird. I think I was nervous that I would sew over the fabric tucked inside by accident and not be able to shift the fabric along. Once I got a feel for the technique it was like sewing magic and before my eyes this continuous tube appeared. In the clip it has you machine sew the opening gap closed, I did mine by hand. I like hand sewing so the majority of the time I slip stitched my opening gaps closed. I had enough fabric for 5 scrunchies so 2 of these were given to a friend who is currently home schooling her daughters during the Sydney lockdown, I thought the “teacher” could give the kids a reward for a hard day at school.

Late to the party but now that I have arrived I do feel a bit Oprah like “You get a scrunchie! and You get a scrunchie!” Scrunchies are a great way to use up small strips of fabric. If your strips aren’t wide enough you can always piece them. For my scrunchie I pieced 2 strips which were each 1″ wide which made a narrow scrunchie. For the elastic I used 1/4″ wide elastic. I seem to have a lot of this in my stash so it good to use it up as not a lot of projects call for it.

Cassiy

Mending – Melbourne Tote Bag

Last year I made my Melbourne Tote Bag with fabrics I purchased from my 2019 visit to Victoria. Unfortunately I recently snagged the edge of the front pocket on a door latch and ripped it. I’m constantly getting things caught on door latches as I limp into things so I’m surprised this hasn’t happened earlier. Before the rip got any worse I repaired it.

The easy option would have been to repair the rip as is. The zipper pocket hangs behind the front patch pocket and I didn’t want my repair job to go over the top of that. I decided to fully remove the lining bag first so I could I access the inside of the outer bag. It meant unpicking all the top stitching around the edge of the bag and then unpicking the seam joining the 2 bags but it made mending the bag easier overall as I was able to fold back the zipper pocket and get a neater finish to the bag. It actually took me a while to figure out where to start unpicking the joining seam as I couldn’t find where I had hand sewn my turning gap closed. Luckily in the blog post I wrote about making the bag I mentioned how I constructed it and I found my tiny hand stitches.

My habit of keeping all the offcuts of fabrics I have sewn with since we moved paid off as I was able to find the fabric used to make the bag. I pinned a double layer of the fabric behind the tear and from the front hand stitched over the rip. I wanted to reinforce the area behind it so that the rip wouldn’t hopefully get any bigger as the bag got used. I considered reinforcing the top edge of the other side of the pocket but knowing how I carry the bag the risk of that edge getting caught is low so I didn’t bother.

Instead of just leaving the mending visible I decided I wanted to cover it up. I have nothing against visible mending but this time I wanted it covered. Really it was just an excuse for me to add hearts to my bag. Using my Sizzix Big Shot machine I cut 4 hearts out. I wanted hearts on both sides of the pocket and thought a double layer would give extra strength to the area.

I didn’t want to lose too much width from the pocket so I placed the hearts on an angle over the edge of the pocket. I didn’t measure I just placed the first one over the repair site and tried to do the same on the other side. From the back you can see where the hearts are more clearly and the reinforcement fabric. Before appliqueing the hearts on I tested a couple of stitches on scrap fabric. My first thought was to use the applique stitch on my machine but I also tried a satin stitch. The applique stitch was less noticeable so that is what I went with. I did shorten the stitch length slightly to bring the stitches closer together.

For the thread instead of a dark blue like I originally used on the bag I used a medium grey which blends in with the fabric and isn’t highly noticeable. Once the applique was done I then ironed the top edge of both the outer and lining bags and reassembled the bag. I’m really happy with this. I love the hearts on the front now. It looks like they are meant to be part of the bag and not just a patch up.

Did I learn anything from this project?
Absolutely. Even though sometimes it takes longer to do things the outcome is worth it in the end. Before starting a project stop and think about all the steps involved particularly if you aren’t following a pattern. Don’t be afraid to try different colour threads, the obvious colour might not actually be the best option. Lastly it is better to fix a small sewing repair straight away before it gets any bigger or becomes unrepairable. I want to use the things that I make for as long as possible. Small repairs prolongs the life of the item.

Cassiy

Magnetic Wrist Pin Holder

When I was sorting through all my craft tools in 2019 I discovered that over the years I’d gotten so many tools and gadgets. I’m guilty of being swept up in the moment and sometimes the sales pitch at the time of purchase making me believe that I needed said item in front of me. After giving so many items away now I’m only buying tools if I really need them. No impulse buys only items I’ve contemplated for some time. One item I’ve considered for some time is a magnetic wrist pin holder. I have a wrist pin cushion already which I sometimes use but I wanted a magnetic one. The Clover Pin N Stow is the one I decided upon.

Why do you need a magnetic one when you already have a wrist pin cushion?
My pin cushion is handy if I only have a couple of regular pins but if I have a larger needle such as the one I use to thread in my overlocker (serger) tails my pin cushion is too difficult to get the needle into. A magnetic one holds the needle easier and more securely. I can also use it in my yarn crafts. My darning needles and cable needle are metal so they will stick to the magnetic disc. I can either have the holder on my wrist or on the table next to me knowing my needle is safe between uses thanks to the magnet. If I’m honest I will use it more for my yarn crafts. At knitting shops you can buy a similar product but I think it is more expensive than this was.

Between uses it lives on my craft noticeboard i.e. The side of my fridge. I wanted to keep it in an accessible spot that I can easily reach when I want to use it. I didn’t want it to be a gadget that lives on my craft trolley that other things get put on top of or have it sit on a bookcase. From previous experience I know if I can’t easily find the item at the time I want to use it then I tend to never use the item in future and it just becomes craft clutter.

Cassiy

Cedar Dolman Top – Jersey Knit Version

The Cedar Dolman Top by Cashmerette patterns is a top I had made previously twice before. Looking back through the blog I now realise I hadn’t actually shown my 2nd one which I made at the start of 2020 so I will show that one at some point.

You can make the Cedar in either woven or knit fabric. I had only ever made it out of wovens but wanted to try it in a knit. I have an Art Gallery knit in my stash which I would like to make it in one day but before I used my “good” fabric I wanted to try it out to see if I liked it in a knit. I was originally going to make it in a grey fabric but to be perfectly honest I had blue thread in my overlocker which I was too lazy to change and I wanted to get this made to tick off a theme on my sewing bingo card so I found a blue knit fabric thinking that will do. I have no idea where I got this fabric from or how long I’ve had it in my stash. It is a jersey knit fabric so it is very light and floaty.

The size I made I believe is 18 which is the same size as the previous ones I made in the woven. I did do a few modifications to the pattern which were

♡ Front piece cut on the fold
♡ Added 4.5″ to the bottom instead of adding on the bottom band
♡ Brought in the shoulders 0.5″ each side
♡ Added 1″ to the sleeves so I could just fold them back to hem
♡ Drafted a neckband once the shoulders were sewn instead of making the facing

The neckband, add length to the bottom and cutting on the fold I had done previously. I think a seam done my front would annoy me. Adding the extra length meant less sewing without the need to add the bottom band and as with the sleeves I was able to just fold over the edge to hem it. With the neckline I’m not sure if bringing it in made much difference. It was a nice exercise to try though. When you are wearing it the neckline does looks a little baggy but I’m not worried. I’m also finding the hem is flipping up a bit due to the lightness of the fabric. Once again this isn’t causing an issue wearing it but next time I sew with light weight knits I might use knit interfacing in the hems to keep them down.

Once the top was finished I was actually surprised at how much I liked it. I love the colour. It is really comfortable. I can see myself wearing this a lot. At the moment I only have 1 top that isn’t what I call a “work” top or music band top so this addition to my wardrobe will get a lot of wear. Since making it in July I have worn it a lot both at home and on the weekends. I can see myself making more of this pattern now in knits.

Cassiy

M6338 Charity Bags

If you have followed the blog for a while you know I always talk about my charity bags. Each year I donate 3 bags of items to Share The Dignity for their “It’s In The Bag” campaign. The bags are distributed to local organisations supporting women in need. The bags contain items that most of us take for granted such as toiletries, essential items and a few little extra treats if you can. Each year I make the bags that I fill.

As with any sewer I have a large fabric stash. To make the bags I normally pick a fabric/s which are large enough to make 3 bags. This year in my stash I found a denim fabric that had almost puff paint texture to it. Thinking back now I think I was originally going to use this fabric last year but I forgot and used other fabrics. Vaguely remembering at the time I purchased the fabric I got about 4-5 metres. I had enough fabric this year to make the entire bag (inside, outside, tops, handles, drawstring) from the same fabric. In previous years I’ve combined fabrics to make them.

The pattern I use each year is McCalls M6338 view D. The pattern is actually designed as a picnic bag but I found it to be a really nice size drawstring bag which holds a lot. It is really simple to make which is perfect for batch sewing which I do when making the bags. Even though the pattern indicates it to be a picnic bag really a bag is a bag and it can be used for anything.

Over the years the amount of extra detail I add to the bags has changed as I have learnt new sewing skills or thought of different ideas. I started with making just the basic shell of the bag, than one year I made the drawstrings instead of using ribbon ties. Last year I added a front pocket. This year I attempted to make an enclosed zipper pocket in the lining fabric. I turned the pockets through and the opening gap looked great until I realised that I had made the opening gap a little too wide and it didn’t fit the zippers I had. It was only just a fraction too big. I didn’t want to waste the pockets so I continued making the pocket bags and just had them as open internal pockets within the lining fabric.

The fabric has a puff paint like texture to it. It looks really nice. It is a little hard to press so that you don’t melt it. Making these I had to use a pressing cloth so not to ruin the fabric or my iron. The ironing process did take longer as I had to keep moving my pressing cloth along. I also had to make the drawstring ties differently than normal. My normal way is to take a strip of fabric and press it into quarters the same as when you are making binding. I tried doing it this way but it was too hard moving the pressing cloth and trying to get in close when you are pressing the strip into about ¾” wide strip so you could then stitch it together. Instead I pinned the fabric right sides together and stitched it to form a tube which I turned out, folded it in half and stitched it together to form the ties. It did take longer but the finished looks ok and it worked so that’s all that matters.

I’m really happy with this years bags. It was good to use up a large piece of fabric from my stash. I had the chance to make bags which I enjoy. I used my sewing skills in a practical way. I cut out all the pattern pieces for these on boxing day 2020. In the coming months I’ll start searching my stash for fabrics for next years bag and might make it a tradition that I cut the bags out between Xmas and New Year. It was nice to get the bags finished earlier in the year this year so starting my prep over the Xmas break sounds good like a good idea.

Cassiy

2021 Toiletry Bags

In my book review post on How To Sew Sustainably I mentioned a project that I was motivated to make after reading the book, the project I made was 3 toiletry bags.

I have made toiletry bags in the past using the same pattern so that part isn’t new but I hadn’t planned on making these ones until I read the book. The book talks a lot about using up supplies you already own. I try and “shop my stash” when I can however I don’t always look at my stash and think what can I make from it? I started thinking of the fabrics I had in my stash and ways I could use it up in particular offcuts from previous projects. If it is a uniform shape like a square of rectangle that is easy to use up as it just fabric but what about the odd shape offcuts you get from cutting out a garment. I’ve mentioned this year I have made a lot pants so I have offcuts from cutting those out. Since the fabric had already been prewashed and was ready to go it made sense to try and use it up. Looking in my fabric stash I found an offcut of ripstop nylon so I decided to make toiletry bags having the outer bags in cotton sateen (offcuts from pants) and nylon on the inside. I restocked my zipper stash late last year and I found 3 zippers to match.

The XL StitchNSew communal toiletry bag

The pattern I used was the large boxed corner version of the Essential Wristlet by Dog Under My Desk patterns. It is my favourite zipper pouch pattern. Over the years I have pattern hacked it and played around with sizing. On my previous toiletry bags I had enlarged the pattern to 150% which is a great size as it holds a lot but can be a little large. This time I enlarged the pattern to 125%, I refer to the 150% as XL so I’m calling this the L+ size . The pattern is a digital pattern so instead of printing it out at 100% I changed the print settings. If you are photocopying it from a book or paper pattern you can adjust the size on the photocopier. With changing the pattern size you will need to change the length of your zipper but that is easily done by referring to the zipper placement in the instructions and adjusting the length to fit. Another reason for making the new smaller size was that the pattern pieces fitted the fabric I had without having to piece together fabrics.

Although this size is smaller than my previous bags it still holds a lot. It easily holds full size bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash plus room for things like hairbrushes or other bottles of liquids. As the inside is nylon it can also be used as a wet bag to hold for example a damp facecloth or wet swimming costume.

These bags will be added to our Charity Bags this year. I really like them for so many reasons. These bags got me thinking of ways to use up my fabric offcuts, they challenged me to look at my stash and think how can I use it instead of it just sitting on a shelf. They are a practical item which make a nice little addition to the charity bags. I enjoyed trying out a new pattern size. Even just the choice of fabrics, combing fabrics from things I have made for myself in an item for a complete stranger who will never know the story behind it but I do. I have more nylon in my stash so I plan on making another set next year. I’m happy for fabric to sit on a shelf if I know how I’m going to use it.

Cassiy

Another Batch Of Mop Up Towels

I have mentioned mop on towels on the blog before. They are small towels that we use to mop things up with our feet. Due to the mobility issues we both have we can’t bend over and clean up a spill on the ground with paper towels like you would normally do. We grab a towel and use our feet, it is a lot easier to pick up a towel off the ground than paper towels.

Last year I made some baby burp cloths for a gift using some new unused towels. I had offcuts from cutting out the shapes which sat on a shelf within in my cutting table for months waiting for me to make the mop up towels. One day I got sick of them taking up space and dived into make them. Depending on what part of the original towel the offcut had come from some had bound edges already so mostly the only raw edge was the edge that I used to join them together. I had 6 pieces which I paired up to make 3 towels. I used the overlocker to join them together. When I hang these on the clothes line now I struggle to even see where the join is from the top side of the towel.

These were super quick to make and a very practical project. We use them to mop up spills but also to cover the tiles if we think water might be splashed when we are doing a task. These will last us years.

Cassiy

Glove Sewing Attempt

This was an idea I had that kind of worked but not really but it was worth the try and I did learn from it.

My hands get very dry in winter, at their worse my knuckles split in bleed. I can’t put mosituriser on during the day as I don’t like greasy hands. At night before bed I cover the back of my hands with cream and wear cotton gloves. The gloves I use I have gotten from my personal trainer over the years who buys them from the hardware shop. At the gym I wear them under boxing gloves but they tend to be a bit short for my hands. I thought why not make my own gloves to fit my hands by drafting my own pattern based on my hand.

In my scrap stash I found a bamboo cotton knit mix. I thought it would be soft on my hands and comfortable to sleep in. To make a pattern I photocopied my hands than enlarged the print out by 25% thinking that would be large enough. I traced out the hand image onto trace and toile so that I could I pin that to my fabric as a pattern piece.

I knew sewing the curves between the fingers would be tricky. I placed 2 layers of the fabric on my cutting table, pinned my pattern piece to the fabric and traced around the pattern. The only texta I had was a permanent black marker. Instead of cutting the hands individually out I took the 2 layers of fabric directly to the sewing machine and stitched around the hand shape and then cut out each hand. The fabric only had a 2 way stretch and on my first attempt I got the stretch direction wrong and I couldn’t get my hands inside them.

On my 2nd attempt I enlarged the photocopy by 50% and traced out new pattern pieces. I made them exactly the same except this time I put them with the stretch direction. Although a little long in the fingers I could get them over my hand but they were very snug around the palm and wrist. I couldn’t turn them right way out with the seam on the inside as they didn’t fit that way. When I tried them out with cream on my hands I discovered because they were so snug some of the cream I placed near my knuckles got pulled down to the end of the gloves so I had to put more cream on than normal to ensure some stayed in place. They are semi functional but feel better than the gloves I used to use.

I mentioned this was a learning project. I learnt that is very hard to draft a pattern from a 2 dimensional photocopy. I thought by just enlarging it enough would accommodate seam allowance and width of your hand but it doesn’t. The fabric needs to be taken into account. It is important to have the stretch direction the right way. The drape of the fabric is also important. Maybe a better way of making the pattern was to place my hand between the layers of fabric and pin around it to get the shape and see how the fabric fits around the hand.

Cassiy

Undies Attempt 2

It was way back in 2018 that I first attempted sewing undies. I still have the pair but I never wear them. I used fold over elastic on them and initially thought they were comfortable enough to wear but after a couple of times I realised I didn’t like them. They were too tight and the elastic irritated me. Back in January of this year the Rubyjam Fabrics Facebook group ran an undies sew-along where in a series of videos they made a pair of undies. At the time I watched the videos thinking I really should make them again this year. Prior to making these I went back and watched the videos again to refresh myself on how to do them and listen for any tips they had. By chance they made one of the patterns I tested out.

Over the years I have downloaded and purchased numerous undies patterns. There are a heaps of free ones online if you don’t wish to buy them. Undie patterns tend to be very similar but they are slightly different in the size, shape, fabrics and methods of construction. Finding the undie pattern that is right for you is like finding gold. I have scars on my hips and groin so didn’t know which pattern or style would be best for me as I didn’t know how my skin would feel in them. My biggest worry was that the seams would irritate my scars if done on the overlocker (serger)

For my 2nd attempt I decided to test out 3 patterns

Bunzies by Stitch Upon A Time
Scrundlewear 2.0 by Stitch Upon A Time
Quicker Knickers by Little Finch Sewing Patterns

The Stich Upon A Time patterns are purchased patterns, they tend to have a bit of a cult following. Scrundlewear is better known as Scrundies. The Little Finch Patterns was a free pattern which I think may no longer be available as I couldn’t find a link for it. Each pattern has various styles within that you choose depending on how high/low cut you want the leg holes and how high you want the waist to sit. You also have the option of using bands or elastic for the waist and leg openings. I was going to try the Kwik Sew pattern again that I tried the first time but I really wasn’t happy with how wide they were in the hip area even though I picked the bikinni style. For the fabrics admittedly I should have used the same for all 3 but I was quickly raiding my knit scrap box and found 2 cotton lycra fabrics and one cotton jersey knit fabrics. Cotton lycra has more hold to it, jersey is a little less structured. You can make undies in either fabrics.

When making a new undie pattern for the first time sizing can be an issue. If you go by your measurements you could end up with a pair that are very big so you may need to go down a size or 2. In the sew-along they suggested using your store brought RTW (ready to wear) undies folded in half as a guide to picking your size, you will need to take into consideration seam allowance. I took my measurements than held up my RTW undies to pick a size.
My measurements which were
Waist 42″
Low Waist 44″ (about 3″ below belly button)
Hips 45″

Some people can make undies look nice in a photograph, I never can. Undies are full of curves and are stretchy, they don’t sit flat. After making them I tried each one out including wearing them with cloth pads and my verdicts are below.

Bunzies – Booty with knit waistband band and leg bands
My measurements said I should make size XL but I ended up selecting size M. I used cotton lycra. I’m happy with the fit of these. They aren’t too wide in the hip area on the sides. I can’t feel the seams at all. They were a tiny bit tight the first time I wore them and overnight the seams did leave a marking on my skin. The 2nd time I wore them I had no issues so I think the fabric just needed to be washed a couple of times. Even though the crotch is wider than RTW undies the cloth pad had no problem fitting around snapping closed. Initially I thought the bands would annoy me as they are wide but again I had no issues. I had never worn undies with a band at the top but I found these very comfortable. The first wear I did think they rode up a little around the butt but the 2nd time I don’t think they did.

Scrundies – Brief with knit waistband band and leg bands
My measurements again said size XL but I made size M. I used cotton lycra. Like with the Bunzies I was worried about the bands and hip area. Once again I had no issues with the bands. They are wider in the hip but not uncomfortable wide. I couldn’t feel the seams at all and they left no marks overnight. With the cloth pad the bands just kind of scrunched in a bit when I snapped the pad closed (as did the Bunzies) but these did it a little more. The bottom area didn’t ride up at all.

Quicker Knickers – Foxy (bikini style)
My measurements said size 18 based on my hip but I made size 14. I just the jersey knit on these. They were comfortable but were more loose fitting. I think it was to do with the fabric not having the same recovery you get with cotton lycra. I wasn’t in fear of them falling down or anything. They left no markings on my skin. I had no issues sleeping in them. The cloth pad fitted the same as the others in the bands scrunched in a bit but with all 3 it never made it feel bulky. The width of the hip area was more inline with my RTW undies.

After testing out all 3 I think I need to make a few more before I finding my golden pattern and go crazy making all the undies. In all 3 the size I made was different to what the instructions said. The foxy’s I would like to make in a cotton lycra in the same size. The Bunzies I would like to try the full coverage version which has more coverage over the butt. The scrundies I was pretty much happy with that pair but I might make them in a cotton jersey to see if there is a difference. None of them irritated my scars even though they were all wider in the hip than my RTW ones.

My intention long term is to never buy RTW undies again and one of the reasons for trying them again is that my RTW ones are starting to become unwearable. Undies are a great scrap busting project providing
a) You have the right type of knit fabric
b) Your pattern pieces fit your scraps size
It is seeming that I have a preference for cotton lycra for my undies. My knit fabrics box is mostly jersey scraps, I struggled to fit my pattern pieces on the cotton lycra scraps that I had as the scraps weren’t big enough to cut a front or back on the fold or even for the bands. I do have cotton lycra in my stash but I haven’t made a project with it yet so I don’t want to cut out a pair of undies from it first. On the Love To Sew podcast they mention having your favourite undie pattern on standby so when you cut out a project you can cut out a pair of undies as the same time from the scraps. Long term that’s how I want to make my undies. In terms of undies I am pretty boring and tend to go for neutral colours such as black, white, grey and cream. I am going to have to buy white and grey cotton lycra as I have none in my stash so once I settle on a style/s I can replace my RTW ones. Providing you can’t see them through the fabric I’m wearing I don’t care what colour or prints are on my undies. I do draw the line at Sesame Street though, I can wear a Sesame Street skirt but I can’t wear the undies.

I’m happy with attempt 2 of sewing undies. I have 3 functional pair of undies that will get worn. Attaching the knit bands was a good exercise as many of you who sew already know this but there is such thing as over pinning knit bands. Normally with bands I pin less than every inch but on these I only put in 8 pins per band and was able to stretch the bands and make them fit better. To be honest I never followed the instructions which were provided in each pattern but they were all done in the same way. Each pair has 3 seams (back of the undies and the 2 sides) In all 3 the lining piece in the crotch was left open at the front end. After the 3 seams are done the waistband and then the 2 leg bands (which holding the lining piece in place) are attached. I repeated the same step on each pair at the same time. They are a quick project.

As mentioned all my fabrics came from my scraps box. Making these my inner 2 year old was screaming “My Undies Match My Skirt!” as I went to bed wearing my heart ones “My Undies Match My Top!” No matter how old you are some days you do still get excited over your undies.

Cassiy