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Re: How to Make Your Own Undies

You can use any new, type/size DISPOSABLE vacuum bag. For larger size undies, use larger bags. I buy them from a local thrift store. They're usually packaged in lots, from 3-6 bags
(ea. single/vacuum bag holds about 3-6 bags) ranging from large canister to small stick bags. Use the bags for other projects too!

Re: How to Make Your Own Undies

I've made my underwear from soft fabrics/knits/etc. When you sew your own, you can fit elastic comfortably so it doesn't cut into your skin like the store-bought do.
I use vacuum cleaner bags for panty patterns. The cloth-like paper is strong, won't tear easily/lasts forever! Just cut the top/bottom (folded "hems")off. Rip/cut off the cardboard collar. Cut off the glued parts/flatten out the bag. Remove any uneven edges. Should be enough for Front/Back/Crotch pieces. If not repeat with another bag. If you have to peice just join with clear tape. To store, fold pieces together, put in ziploc bag, write a name/pattern design # on the front! :)

Re: Embroidery Term of the Week: Topping

You mentioned saran wrap. Could it be used as a stabilizer, cut away, and the smaller pieces removed with tweezers? Trying to economize, very low budget.

Re: How to Create a Peasant Top from a Funky Thrift Store Muumuu

Measuring elastic: 'e.g. if the circumference of your wrist is 6 inches, cut two lengths of elastic that each measure 7 inches in length'.

Most tell you to measure 3/4 of your width, then add or subtract #". So confusing.

This is the best instruction I've seen regarding measuring elastic. So simple, no guessing involved. Thanks!

Re: What sewing technique do you want to learn?

To NubianGoddess:

Did your client have wide upper arms(biceps)? Perhaps the you could have made smaller seams in the lining....it might make more room when she puts it on...so the dress wouldn't be so tight?

Re: What sewing technique do you want to learn?

I would love to have a professional "Judy". I once found a used store mannequin (hard/very heavy, gold molded plastic?, headless, only torso/hips/part of the upper arms). I think it was a table model for a department store. . that's when I discovered the difference between flat and 3D design. It opened a whole new world for me. Sadly, I no longer have it, but the insight I learned from using it was invaluable.