Saturday, April 4, 2009

Jalie 2568 - Underwear

Well, here's Jalie 2568. I'm showing you the tamer version. This is the hipster version. Some of you will be shocked I'm showing my underwear online but it's less flashy than this swimsuit picture and less risqué than this coat photo.

This shows how the bikini version is cut. That one I am not putting online. It's a bit racier.

I didn't use elastic on the leg openings. That's where I get VPL if I'm going to get it. Instead, I bartacked all the seams so that it doesn't come apart. I did a test pair first. This pair has been worn twice and washed twice. The edges are not fraying and they look fine. Here I'm highlighting the bar tacks I used to keep the crotch lining in place. To do the bar tacks on this thin knit I used mt three-step zigzag stitch and set the width at 5.0 and the length at 0mm. That way, I'm just sewing a little line. It's easier to do than a "real" bar tack where you use your zigzag stitch.

The inside. The stretch elastic is from Seams Like Home.

Another bar tack.

Here's the full review from
Pattern Description:
Camisole with lace-trimmed rounded square front neckline. The scoop back neckline and armholes are finished with picot edge elastic. Hipster (A) with lace-trimmed waistband and hemmed leg openings (no elastic). Leg openings can be finished with picot edge elastic for better support. Bikini (B) with lace-trimmed waistband and picot elastic at leg openings. Both panties are offered with a choice of high or low waistline. Brazilian hipster (C) designed for wide stretch lace and available in adult sizes only.
I made both views B and C. I made the low-waisted underwear and added no elastic to the leg openings.
Pattern Sizing:
2T to Women's 22. I made the size R.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, these look just like the model photos and the line drawings. I used really wide elastic on the hipster pair.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were fine. They are underwear and I have made a few pairs before so it was easy to do without the instructions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the fit of these underwear. In the gallery photo, I am wearing the hipster version with the wide (3") lace. The bikini version is a bit more flashy. I drew lines on the original version to show you. The only thing that bothers me is that the seam were the front and back meet seems to be a little far back. Next time, I'll move that seam forward about 3/4" of an inch.
Fabric Used:
This is a very think cotton/lycra knit with a lot of four-way stretch. It's a gray-green color which doesn't photograh very well.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I decided not to use elastic in the leg openings. If I'm going to have VPL, it's because of the elastic in the leg openings. I made a pair yesterday and wore them to see if it would be okay. I washed them to make sure the fabric would not fray. They are the most comfortable underwear I've ever worn. I'll be making lots more of these. On all the seams, I used my three-step zigzag set at zero length to make the bartacks. I didn't want any of those serger seams to come undone. I made sure that the serger tail was folded up in the seam when I bartacked it. I added 1 1/4" stretch lace to two pairs and 3" lace on the hipster pair.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will sew this again. I love it!
I was motivated by the Panty/Underwear Sew Along on this thread.


gwensews said...

Lingerie sewing seems to be making a comeback. It's fun, isn't it? I made undies "way back when" with Stretch and Sew. Your panties without elastic in the legs--we called them "tap pants".

Hilary Baumann said...

I made a pair of undies only a few days ago. I've gotten so sick of the liners in the store bought undies stretching and bunching funny so I made a two layer cotton pair from an old tshirt. I like the hipsters you did and may give that a shot too at some point.

I'll probably post on my blog after I've completed a few more pairs and worn them for awhile to see how I like them over time.

Unknown said...

Can I call you "Rocketgirl"? I thought you were bound and determined to make jeans today? Regardless, great underwear, you make me braver to try new things, so thanks. Love, Mrs. Type A

Sue said...


Mommymita said...

They are pretty and look comfy too

I'm curious about your fabric sources. Do you sew all your own clothes? Even your performance and exercise gear?

I'm finally back at it and in need of some running pants/shorts/shirts and all. Please tell me you have a good source for that type of sewing - Thanks

Paulette said...

Ok, now I have to buy this pattern too...I kept looking at it at Seams Like Home but decided against it. Thanks a lot for helping me spend my money! :)

poplin said...

Okay... now I have two Jalie patterns I want to get. Give me a third, Dawn, and I'll get the free shipping from PR!

Oh, yeah... the new Jalie jeans...

angie.a said...

Great panties! (literally something I never thought I'd be saying to a friend on a blog. HEE!!)

I want to give it a go too after reading the sewalong, but my bum won't be modeling them. ;)

stacysews said...

I have always LOVED this underwear pattern! I really like what you did with them, I'm going to have to give it a try myself.... I think it's time to make a few pairs!

Noile said...

Hmmm . . . I like Kristine's comment -- you and Rocketboy are the cutting edge in "dainties" reviews! How do you manage to look both adorably wholesome AND amazingly sexy?

I'd kill for those abs -- well, to be honest, I'd KILL, but I wouldn't EXERCISE.

It never occurred to me to just leave the edges unfinished. Do they ride up at all? I love the minimalist look of the edges vs. the extravagant-looking wide lace.

Julia said...

Wow with a bode like that why not model undies? They look comfy!

LornaJay said...

Clever idea to leave the leg elastic off - I too get VPL there. How do they stay in place if you've got tight trous on, though?

judy said...

Very pretty panties! It makes me want to try some except for the fact that they absolutely will not look like that on me! :o

Bunny said...

You have so inspired me! I went to my undies drawer, pulled out a couple of cotton knit wonders, and CUT OFF THE LEG ELASTIC! I am liberated. I am free. I am flying on the No VPL express!!! Thank you, Dawn!

Alex said...

Great job! I've been wondering about this pattern myself, nice to see that they come out so well.

Congrats as well, I think you were the 600th person!

Robyn said...

I had never thought of making underwear until I spent a short time working with a patternmaker and she was working on a line of lingerie. I had to sew the samples and never realized underwear could be so easy.

Anonymous said...

Props for being brave about posting photos that actually show the fit. And what a fit they are - my 16 year old daughter and friends gave you the 'woo hoo', which is praise indeed. Susan

Anonymous said...

I've made this pattern in both versions as well and really like them both. On the hipster I did turn under at the leg but didn't look very nice. Next time i'll leave it raw as you did. They are indeed, one of my most comfy pair. Thanks for posting the pictures. It's very helpful. I won't post mine as it would take up your entire screen. HA HA

Kat said...

Oh, these are so cute! It's funny how some people have issues with underwear photos but not with swimsuit ones. However, it's just the connotation. I have no problem posing in handmade bathing suits and underwear, but my main issues are my teenage daughters and the fact that my blog is out there with my friends, including my male friends. My daughters would be mortified if my underwear pics were seen by their friends or DD#1's boyfriend. And to tell the truth, I don't want DD#1's boyfriend seeing me in lacy undies either LOL. And for my male friends? Best to keep covered up ;) . I want them looking at me, not thinking about what's underneath. Well, not thinking about "stuff" anymore than they usually do. Just last week when I was dressed in my miniskirt and cute top, I found I could still turn the head of a late teen/early 20-something and I thought, "Eww! I'm old enough to be your mother!!!" So no, I don't want to give more thoughts to my 40-ish male friends :) . Best left to DH.

I gotta ask...your hubby doesn't mind? My DH is proud of my figure, but very protective. But he wouldn't like it if I posted a pic of me in my underwear, even faceless.

KellysSewing said...

Hi Dawn, Great panties, where do you get that 3" stretch lace?