Has 2016 been pants for you?
It has for me… starting in August, when I decided that I really needed to investigate making my own underwear. I experimented with using fabric from old t-shirts and relied on the limited functionality of my trusty old sewing machine… and I had some success. However, subsequent testing revealed that the zig-zag stich (the only stretchy one I could do on my machine) was not robust enough and that we wear our t-shirts until they are in such a state that they are not up to the job!
So, if I wanted to make my own pants (that’s UK pants, not US ones) I was going to have to have a rethink. And then Mr Snail offered to buy me an overlocker for my birthday (which actually isn’t until Monday). To avoid the madness of Christmas deliveries, this amazing machine was ordered and delivered ages ago and I was allowed to have it straight away. I have to confess that it was all rather intimidating…
I decided that I needed plenty of time to get to grips with it and so it was only today that I finally got round to having a go.
My initial trials produced nice neat sample seams:
And so I bit the bullet and cut out a pair of Scrundlewear briefs from some of the organic cotton jersey fabric I bought for the purpose and had a go. I’m still getting used to the overlocker, but now at the end of the afternoon, I have a pair completed and ready to wear and I’m very pleased with myself…
It was all my own work too, since my assistant this afternoon did not contribute much:
So, assuming they are more robust than my last attempt, there’s going to be lots more sewing so that 2017 will be another pants year!