Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Big Girl Panties

Hoo-Wee!  These are some big girl panties!

I'm trying out Kwik Sew 2100 and I can say I am certainly not a size 7. And what is up with that crotch width? This is one crazy-ass pattern!

As you can tell, I'm on my way back to the drawing board. Crazy-ness, I tell ya.

Happy Sewing!


  1. I did exactly what you did when I used this pattern. I tried them on after basting them together and used a fabric marking pen to draw in where I wanted the panties to be. My alterations looked a lot like yours. I then transferred the markings to the pattern. When I made the second pair they were so much better. By the time I got to the third pair, they were perfect. I think this was easier for me than continuing to try different patterns until I found one that was shaped the way I liked it. If these basically fit you (right amount of fabric in the seat and stomach area), you might want to consider trying this pattern again with your alterations. If the basic fit isn't right, then I would agree that you need to look for another pattern.

  2. I don't know why but it seems that all KS panty patterns have incredibly wide crotches. I have 2908 and it is the same. Other than than I like them.

  3. Oy! Tell me about it! I still think men design women's "unmentionables" just to keep us miserable. I've noticed crotch width seems to vary as with all other styles: wide, narrow, then wide again. Currently I think the little narrow crotch and band-less bras are just a way to save fabric. My suggestion would be to take a pair that fit well and make a pattern from them. The pattern making is actually quite simple. Getting a smooth hem around the legs with the elastic distributed in the correct places is the hardest part.

    Sorry to read about your fabric store closing. My friend lives outside of Swift Current. When she was in Moose Jaw around 2000 there were two stores - Fanny's and Fabricland. The one had fabric that looked like it had been shelved since the dark days of economic downturn of the 80's. Even where I am in BC, there is now only one store plus a new quilting shop = not much for an area that covers 100,000 people. With the cheap imports, not nearly as many people sew... if they know how! I'm trying to return to it because the quality of what I can afford has gone so far downhill I refuse to buy into it. I don't have money to spend to look like I crawled out of a dumpster. A friend is going to help me fit some basics and then I will also make my own patterns.

    My idea WAS to use the fabric I have or get rid of it... however, my current problem is I keep coming home with more because the big sales are on.

    Your red denim slacks were well done. I like the way you finished the inside. Good work! I've been reading from a great website - Fashion-Incubator. It's geared mainly to tailored items but there's tons of tips on general sewing - not short cut tips but the tips that count when it comes to designer, high end clothing. There's one on collars that's exceptionally good. IMO, it's always worth the time to do things right; do some basting or fit a sleeve, etc. It makes for much less ironing too, if you do things right to begin with and not have to rely on the iron to get rid of what are usually pattern mistakes or shortcuts.

    Cheers and happy sewing gal. Say hello to the prairies for me.

    Sewing Canary from Pattern Review


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