Sewing Panty Elastic

I’ve been practicing sewing panty elastic, and I can see lots of improvement!

Improving My Technique: Sewing Panty Elastic

A while back, I slapped together some undies, mostly just to use up fabric scraps. As I was sewing that last batch, I came across this post at Emerald Erin: 3 Ways To Sew Panty Elastic. I decided to slow down and try each technique for my next round. So here’s the more carefully sewn, but not yet perfect set of Scrundlewear panties.

Sewing Panty Elastic (Scrundlewear Pattern)

I made this pair first. I’ve brightened the photos so you can see stitches better. I changed my machine settings to a wider stitch, which looks a little nicer I think. I didn’t get close enough to my picot lace edge though.

Sewing Panty Elastic

For the next pair, I changed my speed settings to reeeaally slow.

Sewing Panty Elastic

I added this cute side seam detail:

Panty Elastic: Side Seam Picot Lace Detail

And I got a lot closer to the edge of the lace, where it just peeks out. Should the zig zag stitches be closer to the edge of the fabric? Because that would be a really WIDE stitch…

Sewing Panty Elastic (leg opening)

Sewing Panty Elastic: joining seams

I’m not satisfied with my elastic joint at the waistband here.

Sewing Panty Elastic

My fold-over elastic joints look awesome though. You can’t even see them, I’m so happy!

Sewing Panty Elastic: Fold Over Elastic

In store bought panties, the stitches aren’t so short. These have tons of stretch, so I’m not sure if it’s wrong. What do you guys think? I still have lots to learn about sewing panty elastic.

Sewing Panty Elastic

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

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Scraptastic Scrundlewear

Last week I worked on some scrap-busting Scrundlewear. I wanted to sew but not commit to any big projects, so I cut about a dozen pairs for a young lady who was in need of underwear replenishment.

Scrundlewear: perfect stash busting project

While I was sewing mindlessly, I came across this post about sewing panty elastic at Emerald Erin. My fold over elastic question has been answered! I finally learned how to get a good, clean elastic finish on the waist bands and leg openings.

The pictures today are pre- f.o.e sewing revelation.

Scrundlewear: Stashbusting Panties

See the where the leg elastic joins at the sice seams? Using Erin’s technique looks so much better. Here I hid the waistband joint with a bow, but the elastic bulk bothered me so much I had to hand stitch it down later.

Scrap tactic Scrundies: Scrundlewear are perfect for scrapbusting

Now I’m all undie-judgy. These underwear are very “homemade” looking. I was trying stuff with my coverstitch- looks terrible but I learned what not to do.

Scrundlewear pattern for panties

I really don’t “knit pick” kids pants, but I plan to make nice lingerie soon. Time to hone my skills, and I might as well practice on my remaining pile of fresh cut Scrundlewear.

American Fighter t-shirt panties for toddler

This pair is my favorite. I got Bella an American Fighter shirt once and she outgrew the length immediately. I haven’t been able to shell out big bucks for a kids tee since.

Toddler panties from an American Fighter T-Shirt

It couldn’t cut a pair big enough for anyone but my niece. Her pattern is the Classic Panties from Peekaboo patterns. (*affiliate link.)

My daughter outgrew this pattern and moved up to women’s, but they were her favorite in kids sizes. In fact she made me audition a few patterns to make sure they were as comfortable as PAB Classic Panties.

 

Sewing panties

These panties all have self fabric lining. I didn’t have any white jersey. This can make your undies look homemade , but maybe it would look cool in contrasting colors and prints. What do you think, yay or nay?

I didn’t know I had so much to say about simple kids underwear! The whole point of this post is: Yay, I learned some new stuff and future panty sewing will be awesome. Do you have a favorite underwear sewing pattern?

The panties shown are made with the Scrundlewear pattern from Stitch Upon A Time in size XS, using the boy shorts variation. The last pair is PAB Classic panties in size 5/6 with a cinched-in waist and f.o.e.

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Bra Making Supplies From Porcelynne

I’ve been meaning to show you my big shopping haul: bra making supplies from Porcelynne.

Porcelynne: Where To Shop For Bra Making Supplies

Its frustrating trying to source everything for bra making. As a newbie who’s killing bras every week, I’m also budget conscience. I found this shop a few weeks ago and I’m really impressed with prices and quality. The owner, Jennifer; is a designer and teacher with an awesome resume. Her customer service is sooo good, too. I know because I emailed about a dozen times before I ordered. Not only did I get the help I needed, but the response was fast.

Bra Making Supplies From Porcelynne

  • The shop stocks bra fabric, tools, dye, notions and bra findings, corset supplies, rivets, studs, lace, elastic, books, classes, patterns, and more.
  • Porcelynne has a free pattern for a basic bra, size 30A – 40F.
  • There are several PDF pattern downloads available for purchase, including bras with larger cup sizes up to J. See all patterns here.
  • The patterns correspond with Jennifer’s books, and do not include instructions. (I want the books!)
  • There’s no minimum order amount, so you can order findings for one bra or buy in bulk.
  • Your order is signed off on 3 times; when it’s pulled, checked, and shipped.

 

Buying Bra Making Supplies at Porcelynne

I got all of this for less than $200. Boom.

This is what I ordered. There was more, but I’ve got into it quite a bit already. I bought lots of strapping, lace, and bra hooks in white. I can dye them to match whatever I’m working on.

My total price for everything was $230.49. Shipping was estimated at $32, but it ended up quite a bit less. I was promptly refunded the difference.

Here are some of the supplies I bought.

Strap elastic purchased at Porcelynne

Strap elastic and decorative stretch lace.

Plush lingerie elastic from Porcelynne

The wider strapping costs between $4.50- $5.50 for 5 yards. The 5/8″ strapping was $2.50 for 5 yards. They were all the really nice plush kind, and dye wonderfully. The decorative elastics were $1.50 for 5 yards.

Decorative lingerie elastic

I got some elastic in bulk…

Buy White Lingerie Elastic In Bulk, & Dye It For Your Projects

The large roll on the left is imperfect. There’s a small tear about every yard or so. It cost $12. The roll on the right has some slight discoloration. It’s perfect for dying, and it costed $9. The product listings had descriptions of the flaws, and I was happy to buy a lifetime supply at pennies on the dollar.

Underwires for bra making

Underwires, $15 for 10 pairs. (I like the label on the baggie:) These are strong, metal underwires with coated tips.

Bra making supplies, rings and sliders

These gold rings and sliders were $8.50 for 10 pairs. The black metal rings and and sliders were $2.50 (5/8″) and $2.25 (1/2″) for sets of 10.

Sheer center lingerie elastic

Some cool lingerie elastic with a sheer center- 5 yards for $1.75

Lingerie supplies: stretch piping

I didn’t know stretch piping existed; but here it is for $1.50 per 5 yards.

Bra Making Supplies: Hook and Eyes

I bought hook and eyes with 3 rows for $5 per set of 5, or a dollar each. They take dye well, but it takes longer to absorb color than the straps and picot elastic.

Bra Making Supplies: Underwire channeling

5 yards of plush underwire channeling for $9. I don’t know much about casing, but the inside fabric is super strong, and the outside is super soft.

Sewing Supplies: hip curve and pattern hooks

And some tools that aren’t really bra related; but I needed some pattern hooks and a hip curve!

Not shown but included in total cost: a yard each of black and white power mesh, $9.75 per yard. Some synthetic dye, some waistband type elastics for casings, and 2 PDF bra patterns.

Bra making supplies from Porcelynne ship fast from southern California. Check it out!

P.S. I’d love to see if any of you more experienced bra makers have used any of Jennifer’s patterns. There are a couple patterns that I see over and over online… I don’t like one and can’t fit the other. So the pattern I linked above may be my next bra-make. I’ll have to wait until the mood strikes:)

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My Fabric Designs + Watson Bra

I made a Watson bra and bikini brief set with my own print from My Fabric Designs!

Watson Bra with Matching Panties

I named this print Manta Tejida. I love that I can order this design in so many different apparel fabrics. It coordinates with several other prints in my collection, too. 

You can see my entire collection of fabric here. I’ll tell you about my inspiration for these prints in a future post. 

Watson Bra & Bikini Briefs Set

This is my second Watson Bra. (3rd bra-make, ever.) It’s is a size 30 A, and a perfect fit for its recipient.

Watson Bra

I used performance knit from My Fabric Designs. It works great for this particular bra. It’s soft but has enough body to do its job. It has 2-way stretch, so it wouldn’t offer much support for the larger cup sizes.

Watson Bra, zig zag topstitching

Look at these perfect stitches…much better than my first Watson.

Watson Bra pattern, stitch detail

I dyed the elastic and trimmings with iDye Poly. (Check out how it compares to Rit’s synthetic dye in my previous post.) There’s just a touch of sky blue in the fabric. Can you see it?

Watson Bra in Manta Tejida by Amy Mayen

I modified the Watson Bikini briefs to showcase a coordinating fabric. I moved the side seams towards the front so a little of the back fabric would show. You can see this print here.

Modified Watson Bikini

I used the rest of the blue elastic lace for the leg holes. I love how it extends up the front! I wish I had more- but I had to finish the waist with pink foldover elastic.

Note to self: always dye more elastic than what you think you need.

Foldover elastic waistband, Watson Bikini pattern (modified)

Speaking of foldover elastic: do any of you know a nicer way to finish it off? It dawned on me after sewing that I could’ve started my FOE in the center front, then covered the seam with a bow.

Watson Bra & Panties Set

Here’s the set together. I won this bra-battle, but the war continues. My next make will be more complicated, so I’m working on not-bras while I prepare myself.

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The Best Synthetic Dye For Lingerie Elastics

Have you tried dying your own elastics for lingerie sewing? Are you wondering what’s the best synthetic dye to use? I tried 2 popular brands to compare results. This post is not sponsored by either brand, all opinions are my own. Read on!

Synthetic Fabric Dye Comparison

Let’s take a look at each brand, and see which is the best synthetic dye.

What's the best synthetic fabric dye?

iDye Poly

From the Jacquard Products site:

“iDye Poly is for synthetic fibers such as polyester and nylon. It even works on some plastics—buttons, frisbee discs, 3D printed objects, dolls and more! The dye comes in a dissolvable packet, so there are never any messy powders to handle: simply drop the packet in a pot of water, add your fabric and bring to a boil! iDye Poly may also be used for sublimation printing techniques and to dye the polyester threads that are used to sew commercially manufactured garments.”

  • Price range is from $3-$7 dollars, depending where you shop.

 

  • There are 16 synthetic dye colors to choose from.

 

  • iDye Poly comes in a lightweight cardboard container, and includes a liquid and a powder. You heat water on the stove and add the ingredients. There aren’t comprehensive instructions, other than how long to “cook” and what temperature. I wasn’t sure when the color intensifier was supposed to be added. There is a forum but I didn’t look at it until I began writing this post. I also didn’t know the packet was dissolvable. Oops.

 

  • One packet will dye 2-3 pounds of fabric.

 

 

Comparing Synthetic Dyes

Rit’s DyeMore

From the Rit Studios site:

“We’ve developed a new dye, Rit DyeMore, that dyes synthetics. This means polyester, polyester blends, acetate and acrylic are now all dyeable with Rit. And while nylon has always been a material Rit could dye, it dyes to even richer shades with DyeMore.”

  • Price range is from $5-$8 dollars.

 

  • There are currently 12 synthetic dye colors to choose from.

 

  • Rit’s DyeMore formula comes in a plastic container. It’s a thick liquid. You add it to water and “cook” your project. There are thorough instructions, although it’s pretty easy. (Pour the dye into to the water, use more or less for different results.)

 

  • One bottle of Rit will dye up to 2 lbs of fabric.

 

What’s The Best Synthetic Dye For Lingerie Elastics?

What's the best synthetic dye for lingerie elastics?

The price range is comparable for each brand of synthetic dye. I used the colors shown in the product images- turquoise iDye Poly and super pink Rit. I used the entire packet of turquoise in a smaller pan, and a few teaspoons of Rit dye in a larger pot. The results aren’t scientific, obviously, but the iDye Poly was used in a much more concentrated dose.

In each pot of dye, I colored a set of bra straps, hook and eye, underwire casing, and decorative elastic. (Enough for one bra each color.) In both brands, the hook and eye and casing took longer to absorb the dye.

What's the best synthetic dye for lingerie sewing?

I found the Rit easier to use and had better instructions. The iDye Poly had almost no instructions, and an extra step adding the liquid packet. (I’m referring to instructions on/in the package, not website content.)

Synthetic Dye Comparison: Rit DyeMore vs. iDye Poly

The Rit Dye also had a brighter, even color with no splotches. I wish I took better pictures, but the turquoise had lighter and darker spots. This could be due to using a smaller pot or improper use. If I’ll barely crack a cookbook to make dinner, it’s doubtful I’ll be doing much online research to cook bras. So even if I did it wrong, I still like Rit better.

The Rit dye came out a deep fucshia; very close to the color on the bottle. The iDye Poly “turquoise” is nowhere near torquoise…but more of a light blue. The package shows a brighter blue that isn’t turquoise either.

The iDye Poly is only good for one use because it has a dissolvable packet. Rit’s plastic bottle good is for many uses and stores easily. I only used a very small amount of Rit. I’ll probably never dye several pounds of fabric, so that makes Rit a better price for me.

Rit DyeMore is the best synthetic dye across the board. Share this post to spread the word:)

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