Don't you love it when you have one of those light bulb moments! So today I have been making underwear using Jalie 3242 (see my previous post...today). Then I thought about the pile of shirts that my daughter has outgrown; those soft comfy shirts that have been washed over and over and over. Why not turn those into underwear? You have to make sure though that whatever shirt you use, it has a good amount of stretch in BOTH directions, otherwise, your underwear is going to be too tight.
Below you'll see a pic of various shirts I pulled out to recycle, the bunny pj top being one of them. That shirt was too small to use for a pair of underwear completely, so I cut out the applique and zigzagged it onto white fabric. It was my daughter's idea to cut the bottom scalloped edge of the shirt off to use as a trim on top of the underwear--love that idea! Even though the "hop bunny applique" was stretchy too, it did compromise a little of the stretch. I'm still in the learning curve with these undies, but I'm enjoying experimenting. I'm really focusing on budgeting costs with sewing, so I am continuing to look around through the piles of clothes that get tossed to the side once outgrown. There has got to be other uses that I haven't thought of yet! LOL
I really want to experiment with little scrappy fabrics on undies that are small enough to not compromise stretch but make it fun to wear.
It feels so good to recycle and get more mileage out of clothing.
thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley