Tuesday, April 10, 2012

a cautionary tale

I am sure you have all experienced (maybe not you Australians) the discomfort of having a sock slip down inside your boot, the feeling of helplessness while the sock creeps lower and lower, and begins bunching up in the toe, making it all you can think about while you are on the bus or whatever.

I had a similar experience today with a different garment. Underwear. It was an interesting and unpleasant sensation. They were made from a piece of crushed velour (I have been going through the stash and if it is a knit, it is being turned into underwear). I made the mistake of cutting them in one piece so the nap went down in the front and up in the back. Don't do this. Really.  Every movement ratcheted the panties lower and lower on my butt, and the fabric somehow began to pool up in the front (I don't wear low rise jeans and the fabric was still  pooled above the waist). They got so low on my butt that the only thing keeping them on the back of my body at all was the fact that they had leg holes and my legs were in them. Of course I was at work and it didn't seem right somehow to stick my hand down the back of my jeans to try to yank them back into place. Eventually I did. It didn't help. They would immediately return to their inevitable trip down my butt. I think they were trying to do somersaults.  It really was quite funny, but where is the fun if you can't share with someone, and this definitely falls under TMI for people at work.

I bet you think these are just an innocent pair of panties. Wrong.
They are an instrument of torture.


Moral of the story is "if you make underwear out of fabric with a nap, DO NOT cut the fabric in one piece and make sure the nap goes down in front and back".

25 comments:

  1. Just when I was realizing that my undie stash is getting low enough that something MUST be done, my inordinate fear of underwear-making has received another dose of feed, keeping it alive.

    Thanks for making me continue to do too much laundry.

    Oh, and thanks for the (out loud) laughs too - I can always count on you!

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    1. You are welcome for the laugh. I am not a good enough sewist to educate but I aim to amuse.

      I cannot believe that you, who made that gorgeous intricate beautiful Koos coat, are afraid of a pair of panties, with 3 pattern pieces and three pieces of elastic!

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    2. I know. Is it Freudian, do you think?

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    3. I was a little intimidated the first time, I will admit. They are so easy and so much more comfortable than store bought, it is unlikely I will ever buy them again.

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  2. Oh, dear! Fortunately, I don't think the few remaining scraps of the only stretch velvet I've ever had in stash are large enough even for under-wear.

    Which I will give in and make myself, one of these days...

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    1. If/when you do, you just might end up making them for the girls as well, so be careful. Although you would be able to use really small pieces of fabric, hmm.

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  3. Ahahaha, this is totally the kind of thing I would do and have to learn the hard way!

    I love the idea of velour panties, but in real life I fear they'd be too bulky. Perhaps you could keep them at home for romantic holiday prospects? They do look rather festive with the red trim.

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    1. They are a little bulky, but okay with jeans. One of the first pairs I made was out of velour (they worked out okay), and they are a little warmer on your parts when it is cold. These are in the garbage already, no way I am keeping them. The age I am, I just might forget and go through this a second time. 8-))

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  4. HA! So I started reading this just as someone phoned me, poor timing to hold in the giggles.

    I actually have made panties from stretch crushed velour whatever that Fabricland ends up selling off on their buy one get a ridiculous amount free sales. They are from the thong pattern from Kwik Sew 3166, I figured it was fabric I didn't mind wasting if it didn't work. I find them a shade bulky as Andi mentions, but I think it is augmented by the fit of the panties themselves. I figured they would end up being romantic panties, but I do wear them from time to time. I didn't realize the disaster I averted. I am fairly certain the nap goes down on the front, not sure at all at the back. I'll have to check.

    Fantastic post, I enjoyed that.

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    1. I think I got this stuff at good ole Fabricland as well. I wonder if there is enough fabric on the back of a thong to create the ratcheting effect?

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    2. maybe not, but if it did... man that would be nasty >_<

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  5. I guess you never thought of just taking them off and going commando? Okay, that's a bit of a personal question but since you're already oversharing... ;-)

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    1. Honestly, it never occurred to me. If I wasn't wearing jeans that day it might have been an option, but I hate wearing jeans without underwear (there I go, oversharing again 8->)

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  6. and that was meant to be a funny comment - not snarky.

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    1. It didn't come across as snarky to me. 8-)

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    2. And you say that like being snarky is a bad thing! Snark is good.

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    3. Only if the snark doesn't hurt someone's feelings. I'm very much a people-pleaser.

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  7. Oh, I'm so sorry to laugh at your pain... but LOLZ!!!! I read this to my daughter and we both roared. Thank you so much for the biggest funny of my day! And the for the important fabric placement tip... duly noted.
    Alongside the topic, but years ago I made a velveteen skirt, and foolishly thinking to save fabric laid the front and back pieces on opposite naps. Didn't occur to me at the time of cutting, but once the skirt was made up it bugged me every. single. time. I wore it. In sunlight, the opposite naps looked real obvious too. I dutifully wore it for several years, but was quite relieved when it got saggy and baggy and I could in all good conscience toss it out. I'm super conscious of the nap now!

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    1. I am just glad it was only panties and not something with more fabric and time involved. Glad you enjoyed the post, if I didn't want to be laughed at I wouldn't have written this.

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  8. That might just be what saved me from a similar fate.

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  9. Ok actually Australians never wear underwear - I believe they are coming our way in the next couple of years but havent made it yet so this would NEVER occur to us. However AUstralians do wear boots - everytime I wear my gumboots my socks migrate southwards so I can start to understand your situation.

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  10. I was all dolled up for a big meeting a few months ago and wearing a me-made frock and feeling very swell about it until about half way to the parking garage my tights rolled down my body and then thighs until I was doing a serious Mikado mince to the car- luckilly my boots stopped the full descent, but I JUST KNEW everyone could tell..

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    1. Oh, the things we do to ourselves. Thank goodness you were wearing boots! Too funny.

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  11. What the heck happened to my comment? I swear I posted one. :(

    Anywho, I never would've considered making a velvet pair of panties, but if I will carry your cautionary tale with me on all attempts in the future (and chuckle a little because your story is hilarious!). I have enough problems with my gotch sliding down without help from the fabric!

    They are awfully cute looking though. I hope you have enough fabric to repair/make a new pair!

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  12. I am laughing so hard that it is a good thing I am not wearing nappy panties right now! Or, depending on the flavor of English you speak, maybe it's too bad!

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