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Add a retro finish to your favourite knickers
I've been working on a new bloomer shape but instead of knicker elastic I've been using bias binding threaded with elastic. It gives the knicker a cute retro look, here's how you do it....

Posted by Pamela C. from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia • Published See Pamela C.'s 7 projects »
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  • How to make a pair of panties. How To An Alternative To Knicker Elastic - Step 1
    Step 1

    First, stitch the knicker front and back together at the crotch and side seams and then neaten. With right sides together stitch the bias binding (I've been using a soft satin bias 11mm wide) around one leg opening. Stitch just to the right of the fold rather than right on the fold.

  • How to make a pair of panties. How To An Alternative To Knicker Elastic - Step 2
    Step 2

    When you've almost stitched the binding the entire way around stop leaving a gap of about 5cm so you can make a join in your bias binding.

  • How to make a pair of panties. How To An Alternative To Knicker Elastic - Step 3
    Step 3

    With right sides together make a join in your binding. Check its correct by pinning first.

  • How to make a pair of panties. How To An Alternative To Knicker Elastic - Step 4
    Step 4

    Trim away the excess binding, press the seam open and pin in place.

  • How to make a pair of panties. How To An Alternative To Knicker Elastic - Step 5
    Step 5

    Stitch this section to the leg opening as before.

  • How to make a pair of panties. How To An Alternative To Knicker Elastic - Step 6
    Step 6

    Flip the bias binding to the wrong side, press and then stitch along the free edge leaving a small opening to insert the elastic.

  • How to make a pair of panties. How To An Alternative To Knicker Elastic - Step 7
    Step 7

    Repeat steps 1 - 6 for the other leg and waist.

  • How to make a pair of panties. How To An Alternative To Knicker Elastic - Step 8
    Step 8

    Give the knicker a good press.

  • How to make a pair of panties. How To An Alternative To Knicker Elastic - Step 9
    Step 9

    Thread elastic through the openings you've left using a small safety pin. Take care not to twist the elastic. The amount you need will depend on your size, a general rule is the total circumference of the opening x .66 Once confirmed overlap the elastic by a couple of cm's and using a zig-zag stitch, stitch back and forth a few times on the overlapped section. Using a straight stitch, stitch the opening in the bias binding closed....and voilà!

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