Some September preparations

September has arrived, and as a preparation for a month wearing me- mades, I decided to make some underthings for myself. After quarreling with my sewing machine for a while, and then clean it, and then quarrel a bit more, I almost got the tension right for sewing zig-zag on knits. Almost. And it still will not sew proper zig-zag stitches on silk. So I have followed Karen’s excellent idea, and gotten myself a piggy bank, where I, sooner or later, will have enough money to by myself a new, or more likely, old, sewing machine.

Anyhoo: Here are the new additions to my wardrobe:

They are made of me and my darling´s old stretchy tee´s, and elastics I´ve had in my stash for a while just for this purpose (which means Stash Bustin´!). I bought the elastics from an Etsy shop called Mary, Not Martha, and in addition to elastics, she´s got the most gorgeous lacework and appliqués. You should go take a look! 🙂

I loosely used Zoe´s excellent tutorial when I made these, and traced off an old pair of favorites. Next up is using a three piece pattern I´ve traced off from another pair. It´s gonna be fantastic with some lovely embellishments!

The final preparation I did was to make a two piece set, a camisole and some pants. I used the same cream white silk/lycra blend that I used to line the Lemon Sorbetto with, and some pretty lace I bought when I was visiting my parents in my hometown. The camisole is already in heavy rotation, as it is perfect to wear underneath blouses and sweaters. I can see that the pants will become very useful when I start to wear my woolen trousers again.

So there you have it, my prep work for September. Let the games begin! 🙂


  1. Roobeedoo on 01/09/2011 at 12:00

    Yes the piggy bank idea is such a great on isn’t it? I am putting aside the money I used to spend on shop-bought coffee every morning – I am amazed how much I save!

  2. Steph on 01/09/2011 at 16:16

    How did the re-use of tees go? I have a little stack of them and some fold-over elastic…

    • Sølvi on 01/09/2011 at 16:39

      The more stretch there is in the tee, the better it is. So some of my tee´s with more spandex works better than my man´s 100% cotton t-shirts. It´s really all about negative ease, which isn´t my area of expertise…:-) But so far, so good. I´ll report back when they get more wear!

  3. Mary on 01/09/2011 at 17:37

    ” But so far, so good. I´ll report back when they get more wear!” Please…because my foray into making panties resulted in my drawers falling down…into my long pants. I am a curvy petite and most panties stay right where they are placed. 🙂

  4. Alessa on 01/09/2011 at 20:41

    The cami is so pretty! I’ve been meaning to make some undies for ages but I always think of something different to sew before I manage…

  5. Debbie on 02/09/2011 at 10:04

    I too have had underwear on my to-do list for ages. I have trouble finding stretchy tees. I like the cami. x

  6. Scruffybadger on 04/09/2011 at 09:55

    How exciting I love your range of colours and what a pretty camisole. I’ve made undies and have not found the end result always satisfactory once worn! Im having fun looking at my mistakes though!

  7. […] elasticMiss Dibs took sewing with stretch lace to a whole new levelAnd recently Solvi showcased recycled t-shirts -> undergarments including a camisole! But I wonder, was it as easy as that?  Because for me it has not been […]

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.