Sunday, February 12, 2012

Beware, Navel-Gazers

my bellybutton is covered. (By some awesome little shorts)

 Possible captions: I know not what I do.

I stopped by a fabric store on the way to my parents' house, and found a slinky little number. It was satiny, it was drapey, and the print was playing with my mind.

 Possibly designed by Rorschach himself

I had extra time after buying the goods, so I stopped by a thrift store to look at patterns. I decided to kidnap this one and 12 of its closest friends for 10(!) cents apiece.

I liked it because of the tap pants, or French knickers as the pattern likes to call them. Because, you know, how often do you get to say "knickers" stateside? Fun word.

Unfortunately, when I came home and started cutting out said French knickers, the Rorschach fabric was severely misbehaving. It wiggled so much that the task of "accurate cutting and marking" became about as achievable as "carve scale model of internet". Things didn't get any easier when I tried to press the hem. It took 3 episodes of Star Trek to press and sew those down by hand. By the time I got to the gusset, I was sick of it. So, I went to the dollar store and bought my new hero.

You are my shining starch

I sprayed that stuff down and made it stiff as a board. I re-cut my gusset, pressed my waistband in half, and ranted to myself about why they wouldn't mention that in the instructions somewhere. You know, like right next to "Suggested Fabrics: lightweight silks and satins" how about, "but starch the crap out of them first or you'll be doomed"

  This is the kind of picture I get when I ask for "no clutter in the background"

I lengthened the leg a few inches to make it less underwear and more sleepwear. Though, I might wear them over tights in the spring if I'm feeling adventurous. I also took out a few inches from center front and back when the pieces grew from being cut on the bias (starch would have saved me). When I was nearly done, I tried them on and decided the back needed some serious re-shaping to get rid of weird poofage. Diaper shorts just aren't sexy, friends.

In retrospect, I should have added more fabric to the inner thigh than the outer thigh. Next time, folks.

Have a great day!

-Hannah Jean

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  1. Looking good I must say! Some things could've been better perhaps, but the fabric is amaaaazing and really suits you!

  2. Nice pictures! And Billy photo-bombed!

    1. He always does! And my dad doesn't have great camera-aim.

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    1. This was my first time using it sewing, but I think I'm in love!


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