Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Back 2 Basics - Drafting Your Skivvies

It's Tuesday, and time to chat about the basics
we've seemed to ignore as life has progressed.
Let's challenge ourselves to incorporate some of the basics
back into our daily living.

Today's basic is all about...

Drafting Your Skivvies

So yesterday we discussed drafting some lacy boyshorts by using a pair you already own. Today, we'll draft our own according to our own curves. I almost hesitate to use the word 'crotch' on my blog for fear I'll show up on some weird Google search. ;o) Here's what you'll need to draft your skivvies:

1. Pencil
2. Paper
3. Flexible Measuring Tape
4. Tinfoil
5. Yep, you read that right...tinfoil.

  • Decide how high you want your skivvies to sit on your hips. Measure around your hips from that point, and write the measurement in the top corner of your paper.

  • It sometimes helps to wrap the stretch lace around your hips to get a visual idea.

  • Take a long piece (about 24" or 60cm) of tinfoil and scrunch the width into 1-2 inches. It will look like a tinfoil snake.
Learning Your Curve
  • Place the tip of the tinfoil an inch under your belly button.

  • Push tinfoil through your legs and wrap up to your back at the waistline. Huh? It will look like this...

  • Make a bend in the tinfoil at your front and back waistline.

  • Shape the foil to the curves of your body.

  • CAREFULLY remove the tinfoil. You don't want to distort the curves you've copied.

  • Your foil should look something like this...
  • Place tinfoil on paper and trace the curves from a little left of the center to the back waist mark.

Let's draw our pattern!

  • Your pattern will include: (1) Crotch Width (2) Crotch Curve (3) Hip Width / 4 - 1" (4) Fold Line that = Width of Stretch Lace.


  • Crotch Width - The standard is about 2½" (6cm).

  • Crotch Curve - Use your tinfoil tracing.

  • Hip Width - Divide your measurement by 4 and subtract 1. If you think this will make your boyshorts feel too tight around your hips, you may omit the subtraction. If you feel it's too loose, then subtract 2.

  • Fold Line - Whatever the width of your stretch lace is will determine the width of your fold line. If your pattern is shorter in fold line width than your stretch lace, line up your pattern at the bottom lace edge and carry the curve line to the top lace edge.
Are you going to give this a try?
If you do not have access to stretch lace,
you can always use a jersey knit.

I purchase my stretch lace from
Mary Jo's in Gastonia, NC
You may call them (1.800.627.9567)
or order online at http://www.maryjos.com/

Anyone care to have a Skivvies Sew-Along?

Leave me a comment or email me with your questions.

 Happy Sewing!

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