Would you believe I have never sewn a pair of knickers up until now? These are actually knickers-as-swimwear commissioned by my daughter but they may have made me change my mind about the future of sewing underwear. They were easier than I thought.
The pattern is Jalie 2572 which I thought it had gone out of print but it is still for sale on the Jalie website
Like I said, the pattern was made up out of shiny black dance lycra from Spotlight as retro style bikini bottoms for my daughter. The gusset was lined with swimsuit mesh and the waist and legs finished with elastic that I zig-zagged on, then folded over to the inside and then zig zagged again. She wanted the tummy panel and all and was very happy with them. There's nothing new under the sun ;)
Back (excuse the wrinkles, my lycra got sat on before it was made up!)
Regarding the sizing I measured in the flat and then compared a 'proper' swimsuit bottom then traced off the appropriate size but added 5/8" at the side seams for ease because control briefs are designed for squeeze not ease! I also added 5/8" along the top at the waist for turning down the elastic.
The pattern came together easily and the leg line which looked a bit odd when I was tracing it off works like a dream. It's a modest (read 'retro') snug but surprisingly comfortable leg line.
Needless to say they'd be fabulous as control briefs and the next time I need some in black (I've got some RTW ones in nude) I'll use this pattern.
The shaping shorts that are also in the pattern look like they could be lengthened to be used as thigh shapers under skirts.
Quite a nifty pattern really.
Edited to add: The pattern consists of Control Briefs, Shaping shorts and a Waist Clincher thing that looks like a back support!
It does not include the bra or the little exercise top (I wish it did!)
That's all for now,