Vintage Sewing

French knickers.

September 14, 2011
I found this book just over a month ago, at a Quilt and Craft Fair of all places. I had been looking for a book purely dedicated to sewing lingerie, undergarments and pajamas. The book comes complete with paper patterns for all the garments illustrated in the book. The instructions are clear and there are a number of garments that you are encouraged to make out of thrifted things (like vintage table cloths and doilies!).
Here is my first creation from the book, these french knickers…

I had purchased this lace some time ago on Etsy, and it finally arrived. The lace is a cream and light green 6.5″ wide stretch lace. I used the french knickers pattern supplied in the book and the result was great. The only change I am going to make is to adjust the shape of the crotch piece, but other than that the pattern was perfect!
And I think they go splendidly with the 1920’s chemise-inspired top I made a while back using this tutorial.

Thanks for reading,
Sam xox

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