Scrundlewear Sew & Show + Pattern Review

Scrundlewear Pattern Review

The Scrundlewear pattern is designed by Stitch Upon A Time.
There are briefs or boyshorts variations; with 4 different waistband options, 2 different leg band options, 3 trim options, faux fly, and a lace or ribbon bow. You can make more than 16 different underwear with this one pattern!  The sizing goes from women’s XS-XXXL.

Scrundlewear in Azrec print Lycra from Funki Fabrics

I’m showing the XS size on my size 6 dressform. She would wear a size small according to the pattern measurements; but I used spandex from Funki Fabrics so there’s plenty of give. (In fact, the 2 pairs you see in this post fit size tween girls size 14 and 16.) This is a womens pattern but it will definitely work for older or plus sized girls.



Women's Boyshorts Panties Sewing Pattern: Scrundlewear

All of my friends are asking for some. Yup, I’m that girl who drops her jeans in your living room screaming, “Look at my panties! Aren’t they cute?!! I MAAADE them!” Scary, but true.

Scrundlewear by Stitch Upon A Time : pdf women's panties pattern size XSto XXXL

Anyways, I love this pattern because they feel like granny panties. I said it; I like grannies. I can’t stand a rolling waistband or buttcheeks hanging out anywhere. Who made the rule that comfy underwear has to be frumpy? Now I have a go-to pattern for pretty undies, with peace of mind that my butt will be properly secured.

Awesome women's panties sewing pattern: Scrundlewear from Stitch Upon A Time

Pattern: Scrundlewear from Stitch Upon A Time on Etsy

Details: boyshorts option with foldover elastic, jersey knit lining

Fabric: paint splatter and Aztec stripe  spandex from Funki Fabrics

Don’t miss 3 Things To Know Before Sewing With Lycra for some tips and helpful links.

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Jalie 3355 Girls Hoodie

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas! Bella has a new sweatshirt in heavy rotation, so I had to show you and tell you my news. This is Jalie 3355 in sweatshirt knit from Girl Charlee. I used studded leather trim around the kangaroo pouch.

Jalie 3355, girls hoodie in floral fabric

I made 4 or 5 of these sweatshirts in December. I’m going to be moving away from the city and to a farm pretty soon, so I’m sewing every project like it might be my last.

Jalie 3355, girls size 12 hoodie sweatshirt

Not my last project ever…but I’ll have to pack up the sewing machine at some point. Our house is sold and closes February 1st. We are setting up a closing date on the farm as we speak. I’m hoping for a matching closing date at both places. I’d sure love not having to live in a hotel. However, I’m prepared for any sacrifice we have to make for this blessing. I’ve never been so excited and scared!

Jalie 3355, women's and girls hoodie & sweatshirt sewing pattern

I’m losing a bedroom and gaining a bathroom. I’m getting a huge living room (sunroom!) which will be nice because we have family and friends over a lot.  Hubby says he will carve me out some sort of dedicated sewing space, somehow. I’ll run my construction business out of a nook in the dining room. We have to make it work without any renovations or additions, because we plan to build a new home out there within a couple years. It will be tough on Mr. Fix It because he loves projects. But I’m putting a strict zero budget on anything cosmetic.

Jalie 3355 | SewsNBows

I am vowing to be content no matter what, because the real thing we are gaining is not the house (or the dream house later). It’s 16 acres of freedom; where my daughter can play outside. No traffic or crime. And a good school.

Jalie 3355, hooded sweatshirt sewing pattern

All the paperwork, inspections, and miscellaneous stuff has kept me away from the internet. Tell me; do you have any big news or plans for the New Year? Or maybe a sewing resolution? I haven’t gotten to catch up with many of you this month and I’m dying to hear how everyone is doing;)

Jalie 3355 has been added to the Tween PDF Pattern MasterList!


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3 Things To Know Before Sewing With Lycra

I didn’t want to reinvent the wheel and write a whole post about how to sew with Lycra. But it seems like some of you are still nervous; so here are the most important things that I’ve learned.

3 Things To Know Before Sewing With Lycra

3 Things To Know Before Sewing With Lycra| SewsNBows

Select Suitable Patterns

Read the suggested fabrics. If your pattern is not designed for 4 way stretch, be prepared to size down or add negative ease.

Mccalls 6275 leggings are designed specifically for 2 way stretch knits, such as or stretch lace or jersey. Patterns designed for 4 way stretch fabric (like Lycra) would have a lot more negative ease; meaning that they run smaller to account for all that stretchiness. I made these leggings a size smaller but kept the length in order to get a nice, fitted legging.

I’m working on a list of patterns that work great with Lycra, watch for that soon!

McCalls 6275: Girls Leggings in a Lycra from Funki Fabrics

Know your Machine & What Tools You Need

My first sewing machine would not sew Lycra. Maybe it would’ve, but I wasn’t going to get down on my knees and beg. (My first attempt at sewing Lycra was a witch costume. I ended up gluing it. No lie.) My current sewing machine loves Lycra. I don’t need any special  attachments ; I sew it just as easily as any knit fabric. I’d say Lycra is easier than lightweight jersey any day of the week.

Some machines may work better with a walking foot or special needle plate. The only way to know is to experiment. Don’t run out and buy every attachment you think you need. Find some old bike shorts or something and mess around with them. Get comfortable. Learn what stitches work best, and for Pete’s sake use the right needle. It really makes all the difference in the world. Here is a quick post with some basics for sewing with Lycra: Sewing Spandex Tips on Craftsy.

Want more comprehensive tips? Read Serger Pepper’s 30 Best Tips For Sewing Knits With A Serger & Sewing Machine . Irene at Serger Pepper loves using her serger for Lycra, but shys away from twin needles. My serger doesn’t hold tension real well, so I don’t use it as a main construction method, ever. I love the hell outta my double needles though! Experiment to find what works best for you and your equipment.

3 Things To Know Before Sewing With Lycra

Choose Fabric Wisely

I’m fairly new to sewing with Lycra. Experience with knits has made me more confident. I can tell you that my sewing machine upgrade this year has also made a world of difference; although I’m not using anything super fancy or expensive. But one of my biggest lessons has been to use quality fabric.

The different fibers and chemical processes used to make spandex mean endless variations in quality, weight, and durability. If you are shopping in store; read the fiber content. I like a nylon or polyester content for sturdier garments. I’m not super knowledgeable about weight and fiber content, so I use my judgement. If I can hold the fabric a few inches from my face and see through it, I’ll pass. If it doesn’t bounce right back into shape after stretching, it’s not for me. The really cheap stuff in the costume section is barely suitable for costumes; and it is a PAIN to sew with.

If you don’t feel like guessing, I recommend ordering from FunkiFabrics. They produce quality fabric for garments that will last. It’s designed and printed on site in the UK. This stuff is suitable for daily clothing, and tough enough for dance and swimwear. Plus, there is more variety than anywhere else online.


I love how the colors pop on these leggings I made. FunkiFabrics designs some wild prints that make me want to knock off the entire Black Milk clothing line.


Kids are getting in on the action too. Justice is carrying really wild spandex leggings. But if you sew you can make your own:)

Diy Spandex Leggings , knock off Black Milk and Justice and make your own!

Click the image below to shop FunkiFabrics!


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Free Pattern Hack: Rosy Ladyshorts for Tweens

A hack on the free Rosy Ladyshorts pattern: It’s so easy to modify this popular women’s panties pattern for your tween girls!

Rosy Ladyshorts: A free pattern from Cloth Habit; modified for tween girls! How to modify this women's panties pattern into age appropriate boy shorts for your tween girl!

In my Top 12 Kids Underwear Patterns post, I shared my favorite kids underwear patterns, plus 12 free underwear patterns. Rosy Ladyshorts are on my free pattern list. Although they are designed for women, it’s an easy hack to make age appropriate panties for tweens and teens.

Rosy Ladyshorts in Lycra from Funki Fabrics

Im using a size 6 women’s dressform, so this body is curvier than most tween bodies. It’s bigger than the intended recipient, so there is some stress on the seams. Ignore that, please :)

Rosy Ladyshorts Pattern Hack

Head over to Cloth Habit to download your free panties pattern. This is a damn sexy pattern, but we’re going to tame them into something our daughters can wear. No heart attacks.

I wanted to try 100% Lycra for panties. It’s super stretchy and snug, and developing girls can be difficult to fit. When FunkiFabrics asked if I’d like to show you guys some fabric, I told them I had just the project in mind! In fact, I’ll be showing you more projects and fun prints from Funki Fabrics after Christmas. You will LOVE this stuff- click to shop Funki Fabrics.

Rosy Ladyshorts call for 3/4″ to 1″ elastic lace. I’m using fold over elastic because it comes in fun prints that girls like. And because I really like fold over elastic.

Tribal print panties: Lycra from Funki Fabrics

I sewed a mockup because f.o.e. doesn’t add any width like the lace would. I knew I’d end up with a very narrow crotch, and I needed to see how much seam allowance to add.

(Random footnote: I hate the word crotch.)

Women's panties made with free pattern from Cloth Habit: Rosy Ladyshorts

Above, Rosy Ladyshorts with fold over elastic & no adjustments. Very cheeky!

Adding booty coverage to a cheeky panties pattern

This is the adjustment I made for fold over elastic. This adds butt coverage as well. If your child is blessed in the booty department; add 1″-2″ inches at the center back, straighten out the curve a bit toward the back, and taper down to 1/2″ at the crotch. (Ew, that horrible word again!)

Rosy Ladyshorts (modified) in Funki Fabrics Lycra

Here are my Rosy Ladyshorts with the adjustments. This is the size 0, which will fit a girls as small as a size 10/12. Below us a side by side comparison of Rosy Ladyshorts with and without my adjustments.

Side by side comparison: panties pattern modified for full coverage

Lycra is great for dresses, tops, swimwear, dance and gymnastics gear, leggings, underwear, and more. I love the prints I recieved; the stretch and recovery is insane. Plus, it’s printed when you order! You can set up an account at Funki Fabrics and save your favorites. Which is your favorite print, and what would you make?

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Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress by Girl Charlee

A while back, I got to test the first ever Girl Charlee sewing pattern, the  Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress! It took me a while to write about it, with trying to sell the house and all. But here it is!

Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress pattern from Girl Charlee | SewsNBows

It can be made with knit or woven fabric. The neckline and sleeves are finished with elastic thread shirring and a rolled hem.

Shirring can be a little tricky on a Brother sewing machine. I have some tips and links about halfway through this post: Primrose Dress | Shirring With a Brother.

Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress pattern from Girl Charlee | SewsNBows

I made the dress version in woven fabric, size 4. I was super happy with the fun print I recieved, courtesy of Girl Charlee.

The new peach skin fabric is light and drapey without being sheer or delicate. It’s not fuzzy like a peach at all! Maybe a smooth nectarine? This stuff is perfect for lightweight dresses and sews up like a dream.

Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress pattern from Girl Charlee | SewsNBows

(I had a little fabric left and made a pair of cute sleep shorts. I won’t show them on the blog because I’m growing out my leg hair for extra warmth this winter.)

Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress pattern from Girl Charlee | SewsNBows

Unrelated but sort of not: I found an article about buying knit fabric online. In the past, I’ve ordered fabric that didn’t work for the project I had in mind. It’s frustrating! This post has good tips about what to look for. Understanding fabric weight, stretch percentage, and fiber content is the key to not buying crappy knits online. Read: Different Types of Knits EXPLAINED at It’s Always Autumn.

Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dresspattern from Girl Charlee | SewsNBows

If you missed the tester roundup post, click here. You can purchase the Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress pattern (and peach skin fabric!) at Girl Charlee.

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