Friday, February 5, 2010

Part 1 - Making Panty Purses. The Beginning

Today I'm working on making a batch of 5 Panty Purses. I'm doing them up like an assembly line, step by step.

Step1: PLASTIC CANVAS: Make up a template. Take the panty purse pattern and trace it onto a sheet of plastic canvas. Cut it out.

Step 2: WORKING WITH FABRIC A: Take the newly made template and lay it over a section of over part of the design on the right side of the fabric. Trace the template, but add 1/4 inch below the crotch area to make a seam line. Repeat this 4 more times, centering each one identically on the fabric design as you did to the first one. Cut all 5 out. Put aside. This will be the front of the panties.

Step 3. WORKING WITH FABRIC B: Make 5 panty pieces in the solid green fabric. Be sure to include the 1/4 inch for the seam allowance in the crotch area. Use a strip of fabric about 10 long by the width of the fabric. Turn the template sideways so you can get 5 panty pieces from the strip. This will be the back of the panties.

Step 4. WORKING WITH FABRIC C: Making 5 interfacing and 5 panty liners out of a light pink fabric: Use a second matching solid color of fabric about 12 inches by the fabric width, 42 to 45 inches. Preferably the same background color you used for Fabric A. Fold it in half to 6 inches by the fabric width. Using the template, trace 4 Panty Purses across the width of the fabric. You don't have to add additional for a seam in the crotch area because you folded the fabric in half, thus doing away with that seam. Cut them out.

Step 5. REPEATING: Repeat Step 4 with two more strips of fabric. You will need a total of ten panty pieces. Five will be for the pants lining and five will be for the pants interfacing.

Step 6. ASSEMBLING: Take one of the panty pieces made out of Fabric A and and one of the panty pieces made from Fabric B and sew them together at the crotch.

Step 7. REPEATING: Step 6 with the other 4 remaining pieces of Fabrics A & Fabrics B.

Step 8. PINNING: Pin one of the pink interfacing pieces that was made from Fabric C to the back of the piece made from Fabrics A & B.

Step 9: REPEATING: Repeat Step 8 to the other 4 matching pieces.

Step 10: RICK RACK: Adding the rick rack: Sew rick rack around the curves legs section of the panties about one inch in from the edges of the fabric. Do this to all 5 pieces that were sewn together with Fabrics A and Fabrics B, using different colored rick rack on each piece.

Step 11: MAKING SQUARES: Cut out 5 small squares from Fabric A in different areas of the fabric design.

Step 12: PREPARING SQUARES: Turn the edges under 1/4 of in inch on the fabric squares that you made in step 11. Either pin or iron the edges under.

Step 13: PLACING THE SQUARES: Center the small fabric squares from Fabric A on the green half of the pants made from Fabric B. Pin in place.

Step 14: SEWING THE SQUARES: Sew the small squares on the green Fabric B in place with a standard running stitch.

Step 15: BREAK TIME: Stop and take a break. We will pick up and continue with making the panty purses later on today or tomorrow. What you can do while taking the break is to get your ZIPPERS ready. Match them up to the 5 different colors of rick rack that you used. I used green, yellow, brown, light pink and a medium pink. All of which match Fabric A.

NOTE: If the fabric that you are working with isn't too thin, you can skip the interfacing and make your panty purse just 2 layers thick instead of the 3 layers thick as we did here.  An exception to that rule is if you going to use your panty purse as your main purse, and want the extra thickness to give the panty purse the extra body weight.  If just going to use your panty to put into a larger purse, with filling it up with some personal items you don't want seen when opening up the larger purse, just the two layers of fabric will do.  Your option, of course.

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