It was so awesome hosting my first lingerie class at SEWN this past Saturday. Most of the students signed up within a few days of the class starting, so I was pleasantly surprised to have a full class of eager seamstresses. I began our 3-hour class by showing Brittany, Rachel, Louisa and Natasha how to take their measurements and trace a commercial pattern. Then I asked each student to choose their fabrics and elastics from my stash, and we played around with altering the designs. Students customized their panties by adding panels, making it a little more cheeky, or turning the high waist style into a brief. I loved seeing my students think like designers!
After hacking the patterns to reflect their design ideas, I showed each student how to lay out the stretch fabric and cut panties out of it. Then we all conquered any fears of using the serger by sewing samples and getting comfortable handling such a fast, amazing machine (I absolutely adore my serger). Once the panties were all sewn together, each student sewed their elastic into the waistband and legholes.
At the end of the class, each student tried on their creations (over their pants) and got to take them home. I hope they felt super beautiful and sexy in their handmade lingerie. I'm so happy that we had our first lingerie class at SEWN! I definitely learned a lot and am eager to offer more lingerie classes to my students.