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What do you do when you have pile of fabric remnants you just don’t want to part with? Make panties! Panties, knickers…call them what you will…they’re quick, fun little things to make which is why I got excited when I saw the new pattern collection from Measure Twice/Cut Once. Here’s the new Longbourn Collection.

Several completely different looks which is really refreshing! I bought the Lizzie and the Lydia patterns to try out. After that, I contacted Susan- the power behind Measure Twice/Cut Once and asked if I could host a giveaway and she was kind enough to say yes! Woot!

These are the patterns I bought- yup, bought them (disclosure: these patterns were not given to me in exchange for doing this giveaway)- I just thought they were so cute!

Here’s the pair I made. I cut a size bigger for the waist than the hip and the length because I was in between sizes. I think I stretched my elastic a wee bit too much but the fit is still great. For the next pair, I won’t pull the elastic so tight and I might cut the elastic a little bit larger. I don’t like my panties to cut into me.

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I also have another pair cut out and ready to make, I love these so much! #meowIMG_20140402_153344928

This is the Lizzie pattern. Fuller coverage in the back but tiny in the front. What can I say, I like tiny knickers. Below you can see how I graded from one size to another.



Nice encased seams!

The fabric I used is the same silk charmeuse I used for my Inara costume. I bought the ruffly elastic at JoAnn and I like the Firestar look I’m getting. I guess you could also go Iron Man…


I also like how these patterns are cut on the bias, meaning that I can use all my light weight wovens! Yay! That said, I did make my Lydia’s with a knit. I just didn’t cut them on the bias- I cut them with the stripe going the way I wanted it to go. Another thing included in the pattern is a design sheet so you can draw out ideas. So much fun! Several ideas are also included in the pattern so you can play around.

I’m glad I went for the larger waist because these two patterns are low on the hip. The instructions are clear and easy to read. I have made panties before so a lot of this wasn’t new to me. Anyone can make panties!! If you’re nervous, just ask questions. I know Susan is more than willing to help out; as am I and all the sewcialists on Twitter.

Let’s get to the exciting part! The giveaway.

How to enter: Go to the Measure Twice/Cut Once shop and, in the comments, tell me which style you like best or if there is a style that you want but isn’t there. Dream big!!

What can you win: A (1) PDF copy of the knickers pattern of your choice.

Last day to enter: Sunday, April 13th- noon, Eastern time.

Winner announced: Monday, April 14th

I’m gonna go back to making more tiny panties! Have a great weekend! Hope you get some sewing in!!