So diving straight back in where yesterday left off todays post covers attaching the waistband, hemming your knickers with and without lace and (with reservations, you’ll see why) how to do a hand made button-hole as well showing a thread-loop. (By the way any picture will open full size in a separate window when clicked) More
09 Sep 2012 21 Comments
in 1940's, How To, It's in the Details, lingerie, Sew-along, sewing, Vintage Lingerie Tags: 1940's, French knickers, how to sew vintage style french knickers, Making vintage style lingerie, sewing lingerie
27 Aug 2012 24 Comments
Over the weekend of September 8 & 9 I’ll be hosting the first ever VeraVenus sew-along on making 1940′s style french knickers! More
14 Aug 2012 39 Comments
DIY French Knicker Draft ….
10 page ( don’t panic, it’s because of pics and largish print ) PDF takes you through the drafting process… no diploma in pattern-making needed.
Includes information on fitting and a brief sewing guide.
A couple of weeks ago when some nice weather arrived I decided I had Absolutely Nothing To Wear
and fixated on making 3 new skirts as the solution. Of course couldn’t find my custom skirt block anywhere so did a quickie draft and after I’d made a 30′s, a40′s and a 50′s style skirt…
14 Mar 2012 5 Comments
…for now anyway.
A few months back a friend very generously lent me these gorgeous pleated silk knickers to photograph for my reference files. Going by period illustrations and saucy photographs of the time I would date them as from 1925-1930. (clicking on any pictures will open a large version)
Think of the ironing. Though I imagine the woman who originally bought these hand-made silk undies from the House of Wenger in Philadelphia in the 20′s had someone to do it for her…. More
14 Mar 2012 12 Comments
100 SewVeraVenus blog followers as of today, a nice round number
Thank you all so very much for your interest in SewVeravenus!
So to celebrate I thought I’d put up the super-easy version of my ‘Grannie Pannies‘ the big-knickers that I was making patterns for a couple of months back.
A printable-cut-it-out-and-stick-it-together-with-tape pattern.
(UK size 10/12 , that’s hips 36′ to 39″, but easily grade-able to bigger/smaller sizes by following the Threads Magazine grading advice.
The pattern can be downloaded from the VVPatterns & Tutorials page.
Fabrics: one or two way stretch jerseys, stretch silk, stretch lace, cotton lycra…
Have at it- cut ‘em out, stretch-stitch together…. zig-zag stitch some elastic at the waist and legs and presto your very own big-yet-ever-so-sexy-knickers.
Bridget Jones eat your heart out.
04 Feb 2012 86 Comments
This morning I faced the fact that I had to just stop making samples, doing fittings, planning, thinking, what-if-ing (aka procrastinating) and just get this give-away (first blogged about here) going.
So here’s the deal: More
12 Sep 2011 35 Comments
in 1930's, DIY, Free pattern, How To, patternmaking, Vintage Lingerie, vintage reproductions Tags: 1930's lingerie, free pattern, how to draft vintage French Knickers, how to sew vintage style french knickers
Just what it says on the tin: how to draft and make knickers like these.
A few weeks ago while digging in a scrap bag for a bit of fabric to trial a 1940′s bra pattern I’ve been working on (more on that later) I unearthed a very fragile and disintegrating pair of 1930′s black chiffon French Knickers …. I don’t think they’ve seen the light of day for 25 years and it’s anyone’s guess why I ever stuffed them in that bag in the first place as I usually keep study pieces in a more accessible place. However, a timely rediscovery as they’re simple to draft and make, so perfect for this ‘long time a comin’ post .
The style I’m demonstrating has a flat waist and is based on a full circle pattern and cut without any side seams. There is a left side opening finished with a straight grain continuous placket and the waist is finished with either a bias or straight grain binding. Inserting the crutch gusset is the trickiest part if you’ve never inserted a pointed piece into a slash opening .
As the style is full and fluted making them in very soft thin fabrics like silk georgette, lightest weight crêpe de chine or cotton batiste or lawn will work best.
I used a silk mousseline (satin faced chiffon) for this first green sample and the apricot fabric in the pdf pictures is a light weight c. de c.
Theres a 5 page PDF *How To* with all pattern drafting and sewing instructions.
I’ve included some helpful (I hope) pictures incase my text isn’t clear enough.
Have a read through the PDF and if you are inspired just download it and have a go.
I’d really love to know if you make a pair
About the bra in the photo above: More