Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Girl Charlee UK & Europe: Tutorial Tuesday Knickers & Vest Top

Knickers & Vest
My sewing teacher, Bernie actually inspired me to have a go at making some knickers. She made a bra and knickers set using our stars and dots on cream embroidered eyelet cotton jersey - 
I must admit, I have really enjoyed this project! After looking at a few different ideas, I decided to use a free pattern for a knickers and vest combo, designed by the lovely Zoe Edwards of So Zo What Do You Know.  This is a free downloadable pattern (just buy Zoe a coffee if you like them!) and really simple to make. 
We have so many fabrics that are perfect for this and I really enjoyed rummaging through my old stash of stretch lace and knicker elastic (I knew it would come in handy one day!). I’m normally all about the stripes but decided to go wild and add a bit of floral into my life! I pretty much followed Zoe’s very clear instructions to the letter, but made a few little changes on the trims. I was so pleased with the end result, that I made two sets!
For the white daisies on blue cotton spandex knickers, I used a bright red knicker elastic.
For the vest, instead of the flat elastic, I decided to add a red trim, using our true red cotton spandex
I simply cut long thin strips (3cm wide), folded them in half width ways and zig zagged them to the edges. I folded the edges in for the straps and used a twin needle to finish it.
For the taupe floral dot on navy blue single spandex, I used a lovely soft cotton stretch lace for the knicker legs. 
I used the same to make the edging and straps for the vest. I also used a wide stretch lace zig zagged straight across the top of my knickers. This was instead of using any knicker elastic, so was nice and easy!
You can make these from a variety of our fabrics - Cotton Lycra, Nylon Spandex or Cotton Jersey (but bear in mind the Cotton Jersey may have slightly less stretch), there are lots of lovely prints you can choose from, some of my favourites below- 
For more ideas, patterns and tutorials, follow Girl Charlee's board on Pinterest.
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Happy Sewing!
~ Jen & The Girl Charlee Team

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