I’m a relative newcomer to L’Oiseau Fabrics. I was delighted with the quality of the material and uniqueness of designs, and when you buy little treasures of material, you don’t want to waste anything! I always save usable leftovers and since I do a lot of sewing for my grandchildren, I can nearly always find something to make with them.
My little granddaughter is nearing potty training and will need lots of panties. I have a pattern from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop that is a quick, easy sew and a size 18 months hardly uses any material at all. I’ve already made her panties in this size, so I know these will fit.
Scraps, cutting mat, ruler, rotary cutter and pattern in hand, I head for the dining room table and in less than half an hour have pieces cut for 5 pairs of panties. Each panty consists of a main piece, a liner (optional) and lengths of matching knit for waistband and leg bands. I will do the entire construction with just my serger and my coverstitch machine although the whole project can be done with just a sewing machine.
I start with a beautiful digital print of foxes and birds. Once the liner is stitched place with the coverstitcher, the sides are serged up and I’m ready for the bands. I quarter the bands with pins and match up with quartering on the waist and leg holes, then serge in place.
I finish the serging by weaving the tail into the stitching line with a large needle.
Then comes the topstitching. This isn’t necessary and a lot of people skip it, but I like the finished look of topstitching. It also keeps the seams flat to the panty and is probably more comfortable. A zig zag stitch on a sewing machine will serve just as well.
News Flash! My 20-month old granddaughter decided today that she didn’t need to wear diapers anymore and proceeded to prove it. As a reward, she was given the choice of panties to wear on her first day as a big girl - and guess which ones she chose!