Ma’s out, pa’s out, let’s talk rude:
Pee! Poo! Belly! Bum! Drawers!
This was one of my mum’s favourite ‘naughty’ rhymes when she was a kid. I know, right?
Anyway, I finished my victorian open drawers tonight. They are from the Laughing Moon pattern, and were very easy and straightforward. 1 piece for each leg, some binding, a waistband and the tape/ribbon to tie.
I used an old cotton sheet, very well washed, soft and nice to touch. I haven’t taken great care over these, I’m not into re-enactment or historical accuracy, I just wanted the practicality of some appropriate drawers to wear under my corset.
I shortened them quite a lot- I’m only 5’3″ and these allow for them being almost ankle length. My finished drawers are just below the knee. I had to do some maths to decide on the measurements, as I wanted to keep the pintuck detail around the legs.
There are 5 3/16″ pintucks around each leg, plus a narrow hem, and you sew all of this first. Oh dear. My pintucking accuracy is shocking, truly awful, even though I drew the lines with a ruler and pre-pressed the folds, they are all over the place. I’m just a slob, what can I say?
I console myself with the knowledge that anyone who is ferreting about close enough to see the mess I made will be easily distracted by a swift expolitation of the advantages of divided drawers.
Fortunately, it really doesn’t matter, all the wife noticed was pretty pintucks, and amidst the divided leg hilarity, no more was said …
Having joined the ‘inner leg seams’ (I flatfelled them for tidiness, and to reclaim my sewing credentials after pintuckgate) you bind the open edges. To be honest, I could just have turned a narrow hem, but I was feeling obedient.
Then both legs are gathered and attached to the waistband [two options, I chose the slightly shaped one], with a teensy overlap at centre front. Modesty, I laugh at you!
I found some off-white twill ribbon with a slight pink thread running through it, and it happened to be the right length, so it got picked. My design skills are highly honed.
And that was that. Only a couple of stupid messes (if I ignore the pintucks) like sewing the binding on seam side out, blah blah.
I think I’ll be very happy in my new divided life, and will probably need more than one pair.