When you already have too much to do… what should you do? Do more! 🙂 That sounds about right doesn’t it?
Well call me crazy but I decided to jump in and try filming a YouTube video tutorial. This is my first “film” (I use that term VERY loosely) so please forgive the awkwardness! What is it about? Well I think the title of this blog post gave it away… but it is a DIY underwear tutorial for the free Be Bashful Bikini pattern which you can download when you subscribe to this blog. I made it for anyone who would like some extra help or maybe this is you first time sewing underwear and you would like a “live” demonstration or maybe you’re just really into watching sewing videos.
Extra bonus is – you get to meet my sewing companion aka cat co-worker – Howard. He is the sweetest and loves hanging around the sewing machine.
Now what are you waiting for?! Depending on what time it is (who I am to judge though) pour yourself a glass of wine and head on over! 🙂
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Oh YEAH – Have you noticed it’s Valentine’s Day? Happy Valentine’s Day my lovelies! 😉
The Be Bashful Bikini was just released a little over a week ago and it had a great response! As you may already know, Be Bashful is a free underwear pattern available if you subscribe to this blog. For those of you who may be dabbling into lingerie for the first time using this underwear pattern I wanted to create a step-by-step photo tutorial to help you sew up Be Bashful.
Here we go! 🙂
Step 1: Sandwich the Bikini Back between the two lining pieces at the crotch. Make sure the right side of main fabric lining is facing the right side of the Bikini Back and the right side of the interior lining fabric is facing the wrong side of the Bikini Back.Use a zigzag stitch or overlock to sew the three pieces together.
Step 2: Match the right side of the Bikini Front with the right side of the main lining piece at the crotch seam.Twist the interior lining piece so the right side lines up with the wrong side of the Bikini Front at the crotch seam.Pin in place then sew. Your underwear will have a clean seam on the front and the back once you untwist.
Step 3: Pin the right sides of the front and back side seams together then stitch.
Step 4:Measure the waistband opening and the leg openings then subtract 2” from each.Cut your elastic based on these measurements.You will have three pieces of elastic.
Step 5: Overlap the raw edges of the waistband elastic by about 1/2” then stitch.Repeat this on the elastic for each leg opening.
Step 6: Divide the waistband four ways and mark each with a pin.Line up the seam of the waistband with either side seam of the bikini; keep right sides together and the scallop edges of the elastic towards the body of the garment.Stretch the elastic so that the pins match at both side seams and center front and center back.Pin then use a zigzag stitch while making sure to stretch the elastic to match the length of the fabric as you sew.Repeat for both leg openings.
Step 7:Flip the elastic to the wrong side of the fabric so the scallop edge now points away from the body of the garment. Next, zigzag stitch around the perimeter of the waistband and both leg openings on the right side.
Step 8:Finish and trim off any excess threads.
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I’ve been sewing on and off for quite sometime. A little over 10 years now to be exact. I always felt I was a bit held back with it especially when studying for higher education. I didn’t have as much time or spare funds to pursue it more regularly as I was a student then an independent adult trying to figure it all out. I always knew I wanted sewing and pattern design to play a large role in my life I just had to go out there and make it happen. It’s taken me longer than I’d like to admit to get myself to a point where I feel comfortable releasing my own design to share with the world but as they say there is no time like the present. Now I could keep waiting and waiting and waiting for the right time but I’ve decided to make this the right time. As another big thank you for all who have taken time to read my blog or to comment on my posts here or on Instagram I truly am grateful as your time is valuable and taking a few minutes to communicate with me really means so much to me. So thank you for all those who have supported my teeny little sewing corner on the net. Whether you read this blog or not I still am grateful for you and all the people that make this such a wonderful community. 🙂
Now I will not take too much more of your time so without further ado I want to announce the official release of the Be Bashful Bikini pattern!
What is Be Bashful?A pair of beautiful panties that feature a bikini cut, low-rise waistline with semi bottom coverage. They are sexy with just the right amount of modesty to wear as a comfortable everyday pair of underwear. Plus, they are FREE when you subscribe to this blog!
Who is Be Bashful for? For anyone who wants a pair of undies that have support and ease but still make you feel like you have a sexy secret. 😉
Why do you want it? You want Be Bashful because it’s okay for your lingerie to be a little timid and not show itself off but when they are ready you don’t mind if someone takes a little peek! 😉
Where is it and How do you get it? It’s right here! Just subscribe to Sewing Unaffiliated and a link will be emailed to you to download. When you subscribe you will not only get a free pattern but updates on the latest pattern releases too! Your privacy is important to me and I will not share your information with anyone. Enter your email in the side bar under “SUBSCRIBE VIA EMAIL” and click “FOLLOW” if you cannot wait any longer to download your Be Bashful panties!
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Hey All! I had the opportunity to share a post on sewing up your own underwear by copying a pair of RTW undies and using leftover fabric in your stash for Sewalicious.co.uk. I’m sharing the post here on my blog but don’t hesitate to head over to their site and check it out! 🙂
I’m very excited to share my first guest post for the Sewalicious blog!We are going to do things a little differently and blog about a really fun idea to downsize holiday fabric waste.
As sewist you all know what it’s like to have several pieces of fabric leftover that just aren’t big enough to do anything with.Well this won’t work for every piece of fabric but it might for those stretchy knit fabrics.
Today I’m going to give you a step by step guide on how to take that leftover fabric and create a cute pair of knickers using your RTW knickers as a copy. (You can use one of the many underwear patterns available online as well – many are free!).
Step One: Find yourself some stretchy knit fabric and if you have some picot elastic even better!Mine is from Tailor Made Shop.
Step Two:Dig through your drawers for your favorite pair of undies (of course not just favorite – make sure you still like how they fit!)Try to use fabric that has similar stretch to these for a good fit.
Step Three:Take out your tracing paper and a pencil.I use a roll of medical paper and sometimes kraft paper but any paper will suffice.Place your knickers down with pattern weights of your liking and trace your underwear.Make sure to trace the front, back and lining.Be sure to trace the front and back piece by separating them at the seam.My seam is in the back so that will be where I draw a horizontal line to match both sides of the back pattern piece. My front pattern and lining pattern are one piece but I will draw a line on the pattern piece to indicate where the lining begins so I can also use the lining area as my guide to cut out a lining piece of fabric.
Step Four:Once completed remove your undies from the tracing paper and smooth out your traced lines with a marker or pen then add seam allowance. 1/4”-3/8” should suffice on all sides – remember you’re adding elastic to the waistband and leg openings so your seam allowance depends on the width of your elastic.I’m using 3/8” wide picot elastic.
Step Five:Cut out your new pattern and lay out your fabric.Place your pattern pieces on the fabric following the direction of most stretch (I’m cutting on the bias) then cut.
Step Six:Measure the length of the waistband and leg openings to determine how much elastic you need for both then cut. You will have three strips of elastic.
Step Seven: Time to sew! Using an overcast stitch sew the raw edge of the narrow side of the lining.Take the front piece, the back piece and the lining and sandwich the front piece between the two with the wrong side of the front piece facing the wrong side of the lining piece.Sew the three pieces together using a zigzag stitch then overcast stitch the edge.Press the seam toward the back piece then using a zigzag stitch, sew the seam allowance to the back piece.
Step Eight: Flip the front piece and lining piece so that the wrong sides are facing each other then baste the lining edge to the front edges.Using a zigzag stitch, with the right sides of the front and back pieces facing each other sew the side seams.
Step Nine:Sew your elastic to the leg openings and waistband.For picot elastic, line up the straight edge of the elastic with the right side edge of the leg opening.Make sure the smooth side of the elastic is facing the fabric and the soft side is facing you.Sew using a zigzag stitch.Flip the elastic inside so just the picot edge is showing and sew in place using a zigzag stitch.Repeat for the other leg opening and the waistband.
Step Ten: Flip your knickers right side out, press and enjoy!
Viola!Now you have a pair of holiday knickers! ☺
If you like this idea head over to my Pinterest page and “Pin It” to your favorite “Sewing” Board!