Here is the photo tutorial for the Children's Knickers Pattern that comes as a freebie when signing up to the Nellie Joans newsletter.
This knickers pattern was designed for comfort and coverage.
For the pattern description, important things to note, material requirements and sizing, please refer to pages 1 and 2 of the booklet.
This tutorial supports the written information on pages 3-5 'Method of Construction.' It also covers some alternative methods not explained in the written instructions - these are shown in the grey fabric.
This pattern is designed for a lingerie elastic finish, placed on top of the fabric edge.
If you are using an alternative type of elastic you can find tutorials for those here:
(More will be added to this list as the tutorials are created.)
Cut the pattern pieces out of the fabric, placing them all on the fold and paying attention to the 'direction of greatest stretch' arrows. You should have 1 x front piece, 1 x back piece and 2 x crotch pieces.
Crotch Seams ~ 'Burrito Method':
Mark the centre point of the crotch seams on both the front and back pieces and on both ends of both crotch pieces. I recommend doing this with a pin or fabric marker rather than clipping into the seams.
The back crotch seam will be sewn first. Place one of the crotch pieces (this will end up as the inside crotch piece) down on the table with the right side up and the back crotch seam at the 12'0'clock position. Place the back piece on top of this with the right side up and matching crotch seam centre points. Place the other crotch piece right side down, matching the centre point with the other two pieces.
Line up the three edges and pin.
Sew with a 6mm seam allowance. You can use an overlocker to sew this seam or a regular machine set to a very slight zig-zag stitch.
When overlocking, I like to move my first pin parallel to the seam edge so that I can keep all the layers together at the start of the seam and not worry about this pin getting caught in the overlocker blade.
Alternatively, here is the seam sewn on a standard sewing machine. You want a narrow zig-zag stitch to allow the seam to have a slight give. Try a setting of 2.5 long x 1.5 wide, test it out on a scrap of fabric first. If you have it then you can also use a lightning stitch, (shown below) setting 3.5 long x 1 wide.
Place these three pieces back on the table facing the same way up as before and with the seam again in the 12'o'clock position.
Take the top crotch piece and extend the free (front) end up so this piece lays flat over the sewn seam.
Take the front piece and lay it right side down on top of this crotch piece, matching up the front crotch seams and centre notches.
Starting at the waist edge of the front piece, start rolling this up into a tube, it will end up laying around the halfway point of the crotch piece.
Repeat for the back piece so that it is rolled up and sitting alongside the front piece tube.
This will expose the underneath crotch piece. Take the free end of this piece and fold it up and over the rolled front and back pieces so that the front crotch seam meets the other two front crotch seams.
Line up the centre notches and pin these three layers together.
You should end up with the two crotch pieces encapsulating the front and back pieces. Sew this seam with a 6mm seam allowance.
To untwist your 'burrito' feed one side of the two rolled pieces through the tube made from the crotch pieces and out the other side.
If you open out the layers you should have the front, crotch and back all sewn together with enclosed seams.
Press and then trim any thread tails.
Lay the back and front pieces together, right sides facing, matching up the side seams. Pin in pace. I like to pin so that I can sew both seams in the same direction, i.e. top to bottom.
Sew with a 6mm seam allowance (12mm if you are making the petite variation of Size A.)
Press the seam towards the back and trim any thread tails.
You'll need one length of elastic for the waist and 2 x lengths for the legs. The suggested lengths can be found on the sizing table and each length includes an additional 2cm for the seam allowance in sewing them into a loop. However, I recommend that you try the knickers on the child first and then test the elastic length against them. As elastics vary in stretch you may find you need slightly more or less than the suggested amount.
For Lingerie Lace Trim: (There is an additional blog post covering alternative elastic types.)
Fold the elastic pieces right side in with the short ends matching to create a loop.
Sew with a 1cm seam allowance. Tip: If you are finding it difficult to backstitch the elastic, lift the presser foot, spin the elastic around 180 degrees so that you can now sew forward over the previous stitches, locking them in place.
I also find it easier to sew the three pieces of elastic in a chain. It's quicker and uses less thread.
Trim the thread tails and finger press the seam allowance open.
Quarter mark the waist circumference by placing the side seams together and marking the centre points of the front and back pieces. Quarter mark the waistband elastic in the same way.
Place the waistband elastic loop on top of the waist of the knickers, wrong side of the elastic against the right side of the fabric. I'd recommend placing the seam of the elastic at the centre back quarter point and matching up all the quarter marks from there.
The elastic sections will be slightly smaller than the fabric sections. The decorative edge of the elastic should match the cut edge of the fabric.
To sew the elastic, set your machine to a zig-zag stitch. I prefer a stitch that is 3 long x 4 wide but this varies from machine to machine and personal preference. You want to avoid too tight a stitch as this changes the structure of the elastic and is more likely to result in a wavy elastic.
You want to sew nearer the inner edge of the elastic, putting just enough tension on the fabric to stretch the elastic to an equal length. Don't overstretch the fabric itself.
As some knit fabrics have a tendency to roll, keep checking this and the positioning of your elastic as you sew.
Sew on the full loop of the elastic, backstitching when you get to the overlap.
Quarter mark the leg holes by starting at the side seam, fold the leg hole edge together to find the centre point, mark this and then put the side seam and centre point together to find the halfway points between these. Quarter mark the leg hole elastic.
Sew these on using the same method as the waistband. I find it easier to turn the knickers inside out so the leg hole sits above the part where I am sewing. Otherwise the small leg hole doesn't fit over the arm of my machine. You are still sewing from the right side with this method.
From the inside of the knickers, trim away the very edge of the fabric where it lies beyond your zig-zag stitches, being careful not to cut the elastic. Do this for the waist and leg holes. Also trim any thread tails.
Find the centre point of the front of the knickers and hand sew on a bow or other decoration. This helps children determine front from back.
Congratulations! You've finished. I'd love to see your makes so be sure to tag me @nelliejoans #nelliejoans #nelliejoans201