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Apparently a ticket to Panty Land is one-way only. I am obsessed! I can't stop! After we chatted yesterday, I finished the black and pink pair I started.
Then I thought it would be fun to mix it up with some polka dot cotton jersey.
Today I tried something completely different: silk taffeta for the center front panel!
(I'm pretty sure these are my masterpiece, by the way.) The Betty Pattern says you can use wovens cut on the bias for the center panels. I used this taffeta for the center only, and didn't have to make any fitting changes. The back is all sheer!
Sadly, I think the sex appeal may be lost on Jeff. When I showed him, he said, "Wow, those are some tall granny panties." I'm trying to train him to say "pin-up panties" rather than "granny panties." I'm not feeling optimistic about my success in that arena.
What's interesting is how much the fit changes with different fabrics. Super stretchy ones (like the polka dot jersey) result in a super-high fit. Firmer fabrics give you a (relatively) lower waist.
Anyway! I'm dying to make a matching bra for the red and black pair. Can't you just see it?
I also tried adapting my muslin into a hipster-height panty. I just took about 4" off the waistline. It worked well, but they're just not as saucy as the others! Of course, they need a few bows still.
P.S. I should mention that the majority of my stretch fabrics are from Spandex World. They seem to have a comprehensive online ordering system. The elastics are from Sew Sassy, and the ribbons are from my stash.