1930′s style circular French Knickers: a ‘how-to’ draft & make .

by Jeanne

in 1930s,Lingerie,Vintage Sewing

This is what I spent my summer holiday doing: catching up on two personal projects I’ve been trying to finish for ages… lol, a proper “busman’s’ holiday”.
I’ve put up a pdf here that you can download and follow to draft and sew knickers like these to your own measurements. Based on a complete circle they are a very simple construction.
I made the sample in the photos from a metre of  silk mousseline and another pair in an apricot coloured crepe de chine.
A very soft cotton lawn or cotton batiste could probably work well too, though I haven’t tried either of those fabrics for myself.
Whatever the fabric it does need to be soft and have a good drape on the bias or they will be very sticky-out-y. They are a very airy cut as it is!
The bra is something else I patterned and made during my at-home-hol. It’s based on a 1940′s bra in my collection.
Been trying to get around to doing that for ages too. Now working on a couple of size grades.
That will be a give-away in the nearish future too.
You can read more at my blog and if you make a pair I’d really love to know :)


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A.J.A. September 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm

These are just lovely!

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Christine September 12, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Gorgeous creation!

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Emma September 13, 2011 at 12:09 am

They are absolutely lovely… and that bra is really something else – wow!!

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Laura Nash September 13, 2011 at 11:31 pm

Very Lovely! Thanks for the tutorial, and would love to know about the bra…

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VeraVenus September 14, 2011 at 8:35 am

I'll definitely leave a post here on Sew Retro when a bra pattern and tutorial is ready!

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Wren September 16, 2011 at 11:11 am

i would be interested in the pattern because I hate the heavily padded bras now!

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