Category Archives: Lingerie

House of Wenger, 3-sided Italian Stitch and a final word on knickers…

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)

Silk pleats!

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…. Continue reading House of Wenger, 3-sided Italian Stitch and a final word on knickers…

Celebrating 100 SewVeraVenus followers with a free big-knicker pattern….

Woohoo!

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.

“Granny-pannies” or when french knickers just won’t do.

1950's style viscose and nylon lace

Spent yesterday trying to drown my head-cold in Beechams Cold & Flu blackcurrant (tastes like medicinal Kool-Aid yummmm) and ignoring how vile I felt by trying out 3 new knicker drafts Ive been developing based on the bottom half of the Dorothy Lamour inspired swimsuit pattern I made this last summer … success! and 4 new pairs of “granny-pannies”; three pairs in a lovely soft pink viscose jersey and daisy lace from Ditto fabrics (they don’t sponsor me – it’s just a great fabric shop close to home) and one in a stretch silk satin from my stash.

I think high-waisted 1950’s style pants are great for occasions where French knickers are too airy …

Stretch silk satin

And yes, I totally agree that it would have been nice if I’d changed the bobbin to pink…

Continue reading “Granny-pannies” or when french knickers just won’t do.

A “How To Draft and Make 1930’s Style Circular French Knickers” post.

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 🙂

p.s.

About the bra in the photo above: Continue reading A “How To Draft and Make 1930’s Style Circular French Knickers” post.

Some progress is better than none.

black kimono with hand appliqed lade edges

So while waiting for those lingerie patterns I ordered for a friend from So Vintage patterns (I accidentally had them sent to New Mexico instead of England… don’t ask) I finally got working on this kimono again to get me in the mood and to get my hand-sewing back up to speed. The lace has been hand whipped on both sleeves now, the side seams have been french-seamed and lace has been basted in place all around the front edges. That will definitely take more than a couple of evenings to sew on… but Rome wasn’t built in a day, or even in a year-  which is the length of time this kimono has been in-work.

Some progress is better than none and it’s getting there!

hand-whipped lace on sleeve