Anybody browsing the sewing related blogosphere will have seen this post by Tasia, and quite a few responses to it in other blogs. Her analogy about cake (basic, every-day wardrobe items) vs. icing (lovely but not so everyday dresses) in sewing is very much to the point of the dilemma a lot of sewists seem to face.
For me, this question never really arose. Maybe I’m just boring, but I believe I’m not in either category, really. You might argue I’m a cake sewist, as I’m utterly uninterested in sewing things I can’t wear on a very regular basis. The VPLL1912 project is the only exception, really, and that has a rather practical reason, too – more about that some other time.
But I actually think I’m even more basic than that – I might be the cucumber sandwich of the sewing world.
The first thing I sewed after my long hiatus was a pair of pajama pants. Because I needed them. Then came a couple of tops, and eventually some trousers.
Today, I made a few of the ultimate sandwich items – they’re needed, but they’re certainly nothing to show off or brag about.
Yes, ladies and gents, I made some unmentionables. I have made them before, and I particularly like to re-purpose old T-shirts, but occasionally I just buy a meter or so of some either pretty or cheap-ish t-shirt jersey to use. I also quite enjoy trawling ebay for pretty stretchy edgings.
What do you think, is it silly to make your own panties?
Update: because some ppl have asked for the pattern – here’s the one I used for the shown panties. I have also made them myself by copying an existing pair.