“Made in the USA” undies for athletes
Fabric: Red Tee-shirt Jersey, two extra large white tee-shirts with graphics
Pattern: McCalls 6128 and Sarah’s Panty Tutorial “How to sew underwear”
Notions: lingerie elastic
Time to complete: quick and easy! In a few hours I had half a dozen new pair!
First worn:July 24 for photoshoot and everyday since then.
Wear again? Yes, over and over again.
Total price:Two tees were 75 cents, and the rest was from stash.
At first, I couldn’t imagine what I might do for the Olympic challenge. I was stomped until my new lingerie patterns arrived and I deciced that some undergarments (made in America) were overdo. For those who haven’t kept up with all the Olympic news, there was quite a bit of hubbub over the fact that our uniforms for the American team were designed by Ralph Loren, but like everything else, made in another country! Heaven forbid! Give a few American gals a chance to get in on the sewing! That’s what I say. So, I’ve designed a few styles especially for our team and sent a twitter message to them to check out the Sew Weekly and get a glimpse of what they could have had.
The red racerback top was super easy. I cut the two pieces out of red tee-shirt material and serged the sides together. Then I serged the neck and arms, pressed over about 1/2 inch, placed red lace on top, and zigzagged it with the regular machine. I cut a size 14 and tapered to a size 16 from the waist to the bottom. I also shortenedd the pattern at the shortening/lengthening guide just above the hip. After examining the pattern pieces for the panties, I decided that they weren’t going to fit my bottom as nicely as some of my RTW panties, so I went on an internet search. I found Sarah Seitz tutorial. She has you take an existing RTW pair and cut them apart to use as a pattern. I followed it exactly, but I chose to put the elastic on once the sides were sewn, instead of before. I practiced on a few stretchy scraps from my stash and was very pleased with the outcome. Later, I went to the thrift store and found two brand new oversized men’s tee-shirts with the appropriate Americana graphic for the Olympic Collection. I proudly wear the Gold Medal for these Made in America Undergarments.
I used some red ribbing around the leg openings on this pair of panties. I folded it in half, sewed the ends together, and serged it to the panties.
And finally, the whole collection for 2012! American themed, 100% cotton, upcycled, locally designed and sewed in America!
Oh, and just in case you’re not a fan of the Americana theme, I also made some green tiger panties!