Ask CRAFT: Sewing Undies

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Lori writes in:

I’m a relatively experienced crafter and seamstress, but no matter how I try, I can’t seem to get a bra and panties just right. I’d like to make a non-wire bra and a “flutter-kini” or boyshorts.

Tight-fitting garments made from stretchy fabrics are some of the most difficult things to sew. Pick yourself up the book Patternmaking for Fashion Design and skip to the swimwear section. It’s got great fundamental industry-level knowledge about measuring the body and creating a pattern, plus in-depth explanations for sewing with knits. If you want to get started right away, find a pair of panties that fit how you want, then take them apart with a seam ripper. Trace the pieces onto paper to make your pattern. Note the way the grain of the fabric runs, and make sure you keep that consistent when you cut out your pieces. Grain and bias are paramount to your success. I don’t have any first-hand experience with any lingerie design books, but maybe some of our readers can suggest some!

Please keep us posted and share the results!

Pictured above is the cami and panty set by Amy Karol, made from an old t-shirt.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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