This is the lovely new Amerson Undies free pattern from Madalynne. Now, aren’t they gorgeous? I found myself very pleasantly surprised with this make. Attaching elastic to a fragile silk/cotton lawn? I was bound to foul up. Plus, there’s always the fit. We all know how important a well-fitting pair of pants are. I’d kind of resigned myself to failure, but…
Guys, these undies rock!
They are uber-flattering, comfie and cool. Plus look at the ickle ribbon and button! (I recommend attaching something to the front of your undies, just so that you can work out which way to put your pants on in the morning.)
The fabric was a gift from Huggie Does Homespun – thanks, Huggie! The pattern came for free. The only thing I had to buy here was the knicker elastic. The little ribbon bow was liberated from an old pair of M&S finest cotton knickers, which I also hacked into to create the diamond-shaped pieces of jersey for the crotch lining. Even your shabby old knickers can be refashioned, people!
Madalynne has supplied this pattern for free, asking in return only that people give her constructive feedback. So here’s my constructive feedback:
- Please, oh please, I will love you for EVAH if you mark Centre Front and Centre Back seam lines on the pattern pieces. The first instruction tells us to sew CF and CB seams together, except I didn’t know which these were – and promptly overlocked all seams together in completely the wrong order. Fortunately, I was able to rescue my work and start again. Pattern Designers Of The World – please assume that all Sewists are at least half as dim as me!
- I’d also suggest that the instructions for stitching on the elastic are more comprehensive. There’s a bit of assumed knowledge about making sure the elastic is equally distributed.
- There have already been a few comments about the range of sizes. I sewed the largest size and they fit like a dream. These undies are probably pretty easy to grade up or down, but it would still be nice to see a more varied range of body size acknowledged in the pattern itself.
- Labelling of sizes are from extra small to extra large. I’d suggest finding another way of labelling. Am I extra large? Define extra large! Numbers are so much less … judgemental. At least in the world of sewing patterns where numbers are so much more … random! (I gave up a long time ago trying to judge myself on what pattern number I am.)
These are cute, cute, cute. I’ve always been extremely cynical about sewing underwear. Yeah, yeah, I used to think. I’ll pay M&S for my five pairs to a pack, thanks. But these have totally swayed me. Ideal for using up scraps, crying out for personal embellishment, you can be confident of your natural fibres in these undies, and they will be a dream to wear in hotter climates. They’re not for wearing beneath tight-fitting layers, but that’s why we invest in seam free knickers.
If, on the other hand, you’re looking for something a bit more fun, this pattern could give Agent Provocateur a run for its money. Has anyone made these in silk? I’d love to make a pair in silk…