Knicker making at the HANDMAKER'S FACTORY

Live in Melbourne?

Free on the 14th or 31st of July?

Always wanted to take a class in knicker making?

Well you're in luck!  I'm going to be running a couple of workshops on these very days at the Handmaker's Factory.

This beautiful creative space is run by the very talented Nichola Prested and includes workshops in screen printing, knitting techniques, stamp making, weaving, macrame and a whole lot more.   

Information about and bookings for the SEW YOUR OWN KNICKERS workshops can be found right here.


HOW TO quilt fabric using batting

A new pattern I'm working on called the HOOD HAT can be lined with either faux fur or a quilted fabric.  Options for quilted fabrics are limited so I made my own, here's how I did it.

You're going to make a fabric sandwich so you'll need the outer fabric, some wadding or batting and then some backing fabric. 
I opted for batting in 100% bamboo which I sourced from Lincraft.

1. Press your outer fabric and then mark your stitching lines using chalk.  I'm using a simple diagonal grid pattern with lines 5cm apart.
Smaller pieces are easier to handle so I worked out how I was going to cut out my pattern pieces first and then cut the outer fabric into suitable shapes.

2. Layer your pressed, crinkle free backing fabric down first, followed by the batting and then with the right side facing up, the outer fabric.  Make very sure that all the layers are flat.  Using safety pins, pin all the layers together at regular intervals.

 3. With the outer fabric facing up stitch through all layers following the chalk lines marked onto your fabric.  For my HOOD HAT I'm using heavy top stitching thread and a HOW TO can be found right here.

4.  Complete all the stitching in one direction first and once you're finished switch and do the rest.  Importantly you need to check that the backing and outer fabrics are flat as you sew.

5. Give your completed sandwich a press and you're ready to cut out your pattern piece.

6. Treat your quilted fabric as one and cut and stitch together as normal.

My completed HOOD HAT lining...


Day 29. All my pretty knickers

Day 29.

I did say knicker making was some of the best fun a girl can have with her sewing machine...


I've decided to take a little journal writing holiday for a couple of months but even though I'm putting my feet up, sewing patterns and GIFT SHOP items will be shipped as normal.  

Undies, knickers, panties, briefs...bottoms up!


Day 28. new pattern BRALETTE

 Day 28.

The BRALETTE made up in a woven Liberty print classic called Toria.  The sewing pattern is now available from my Etsy shop in sizes 8-12 and is suitable for A & B cup sizes. 

The BRALETTE is worn together with a matching LOWRIDER designed to sit low on the hip but with full bottom coverage.

The bra strap elastic, hook and eye closure, sliders and rings all came from Bra Makers a brilliant on-line resource, lingerie and underbust elastic from Lindcraft in Malvern and the fabric was found at Tessuti in Melbourne.


Day 27. HOW TO attach adjustable bra hooks

Day 27.

A little detour for a couple of days into the wonderful world of bra making.  To complement the LITTLE 'GIRLS' TRIANGLE BRA a new soft cup bra pattern called the BRALETTE has just been released.  Once again it's designed for smaller women with A and B cup busts.

If you're making bras you'll need to know how to attach the adjustable bra hooks at the back.

1.  First It's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the bra hook.  Lay it down so the parts are facing in the direction they will be in when it's on the body.  For a reference pull out one of your existing bras and take a look.


This is what it looks like from the wrong side.


2. I always attach the hooks last, that way I can fit my bra onto the body and check that the underbust measurement is correct.  Starting with the left side run a line of stitching 5mm from the edge and trim away the excess elastic

3. Open up the two layers on the left hand side and insert the end of your bra in between. Pin in place and then using a zig-zag stitch secure in place, I like to go back and forth a few times.

4. Prepare the right hand side in the same way as the left, trimming away the excess elastic and running a line of stitching 5mm from the edge.

Keeping the right side hooks flat pin evenly to the end of your bra and using a zig-zag stitch secure in place.

5. Flip the bra to the wrong side and fold the end of the hook attachment along it's fold line so it encases the end of the bra completely.  Slip stitch in place and you're all done.

Hopefully you end up with something that looks like this.

I purchased my hooks, rings and bra strap elastic from an online store called Bra Makers.  The narrow knicker elastic and underbust elastic came from Lindcraft in Malvern.