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Saucy Knickers- Vera Venus

Added Nov 11, 2011

by jennyrecorder

Perth, Australia






I had been looking for a pattern for French Knickers and found one at sewveravenus.com. This amazing seamstress makes vintage-style clothing from original patterns. Anyway, these are an adaptation of her 1930s Circular French Knickers. I am nowhere near the skill level of VV and I found them quite fiddly in places, you will see my reinforcement of the gusset peak with bias binding as I really botched that bit! I really love these knickers, but would instead trust the pattern and not my instincts next time I make a pair, these (believe it or not) are a little brief!!!
I didn’t hem the legs, but used a multi-stitch zig-zag which left a slightly frayed edge which I quite like and then sewed on ribbon as a finishing touch, the bias-cut of the fabric made this bit surprisingly trouble-free.

Material Notes

Sheer woven cotton voile, cotton bias binding, polyester thread, lingerie elastic and silk ribbon.




Garment Type
Chiffon, Cotton, Polyester, Satin, Silk

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    Jan 20, 2012, 02.28 PMby VeraVenus

    I’m happy you tried out the pattern and liked it! Those slashed gussets are always fiddly…no way around that but it gets easier the more you do. If there’s any advice I could give on making them up just ask :)

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    Nov 11, 2011, 02.41 PMby blmfld

    what a lovely pair of knickers how hard were they to make??? i think they look great!! i used a rolled hem the bottom of my little shorties that i made.

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      Nov 11, 2011, 10.33 PMby jennyrecorder

      Drafting the pattern was interesting! Not difficult, just fiddly at times. I don’t have a rolled hem foot (yet) so went exploring my machine manual and ended up with the zig-zag. Next time I use it, i will go a little over the fabric edge which will deal with the fraying:) I think they took about two hours to make all up which isn’t too bad for a first attempt.

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