SPANDEX FABRIC FOR LINGERIE
Let's Make Panties from Spandex. It what's happening in the retail under garment industry as seen in better department stores in all intimate apparel. Fear not ......now you can make all your lingerie with the look of satin and the comfort of Spandex and Lycra®. You're gonna love how they feel!
Notes from MISS SASSY: We have several fabrics that are suited for sewing panties as they have enough stretch to go around the body and good recovery. Do not pre-wash your fabric. Wash after the garment has been assembled. Use a stretch needle in a conventional machine. A polyester matching thread is acceptable. You also can use a serger with regular serger thread. Wooly lock is a stretch serger thread. Use this in the lower loopers of your serger.
The width of these fabrics allows you to make a gazillion panties out of one yard which is very inexpensive.
ELASTICS: The difficulty in finding matching lingerie elastic when sewing panties puts all of us in dilemma. When matching elastic is available, you can use the one-step method of sewing the elastic directly on the fabric. When matching elastic is not available, an alternate application of applying elastic, that will help you achieve a beautiful finished opening for your project, is called the two-step method. In the two-step method, the elastic is sewn to the inside of the panties, with enough of a fabric allowance to fold the fabric over and cover the elastic. The fabric is then sewn to encase the elastic. Since the elastic doesn't show, its color is not a factor. The two-step method can be used for both the leg and waist.
For the leg we do have 3/8" elastic that will match some of these fabrics. You also might use 3/8" picot edge plush elastic. For the two-step method, besides our regular lingerie elastics and plush elastic, an alternative is our 1/4" or 3/8" swimsuit elastic or the 3/8" rubber elastic.
Another method is to use our 5/8"foldover elastic when a matching or blending color is available. Use the full width for the waistline of your panties. Apply the elastic for the leg openings like you would a bias tape. Using the guide line of the indention on the elastic, stitch on the backside of the opening with a zig zag stitch. Then fold over the elastic to the front encasing the opening. Zig zag the edge on the front side and you have an exact color match with your waist and leg elastic.
Don't forget you can make a bra from this fabric to match your panties, How divine.