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At The Makehouse: Make Your Own Bamboo Underwear!

I see London, I see France, I can see your underpants!

A while ago I made some cotton and bamboo fabric boxers for my boyfriend, and now I have a pair of undies for myself! The Makehouse offers a few different types of underwear workshops, and most recently I attended the Bamboo Underwear workshop. It was a wonderful evening of sewing taught by Jenny where in the three-hour workshop you create and take home your own pair of cotton bamboo fabric undies! Similar to the boxer workshop, Jenny has all of the pattern pieces pre-cut on a variety of fabrics for when the workshop starts. As I was sifting through the fabric for my undies, I found a piece in the same octopus pattern as the boxers I made for my boyfriend. It was kismet, so now my boyfriend and I have hilariously wonderful matching underwear.

Once your colourway was chosen, it was straight to the serger. First, we serged up the sides. Next, we attached the gusset in a similar manner to the boxers, where we fastened the two layers of the gusset on either side of the bottom edge of the front underwear piece.

That was serged together. Then, we rolled up the underwear into a burrito (like with the boxers) so that we could attach the gusset layers to the bottom edge of the back underwear piece.

Next, we measured the elastic and pinned it in quarters to the waist first, and then the legs. This ensured that you don’t mistake the waistband for the leg elastic and accidentally sew it in the wrong spot. That would create some real funky underwear! And probably not the most comfortable.

When pinning and sewing the elastic, it is important to make sure that the soft side of the elastic is facing upward and being sewn onto the outside of the underwear. Once it is attached, the elastic edge is folded over so that only a decorative edge is showing, and the soft side of the elastic will be on the inside of the underwear. After the underwear is all serged and sewed together, it helped that we gave it a good steam with an iron to relax the elastic and even out the stretch in the fabric.

The women’s style underwear sewed up much faster than the boxers, mostly because there are less pieces to put together. I found that the majority of the workshop was spent on pinning and attaching the elastic and on finishing techniques for the undies.

My octo-undies are super comfy and so fun. I love that I now have my own custom underwear that are fit to my body. I see a lot of underwear creating in my future, and it is an especially fun project for the cold of winter when you don’t necessarily want to go outside all the time.

Jenny often has Bamboo Underwear and Bamboo Boxers workshops happening at The Makehouse. Get your winter project season started by taking a class! Handmade undies are also a great gift for the holidays. Jenny and her team create a variety of fits and colours that are available to purchase at the shop as well.

Undies for everyone!

xx Cady

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Hello St. John’s!

Anna Templeton Centre

Jenny Ambrose is delighted to return to St. John’s this summer to bring some of her most popular workshops to the fine folks of Newfoundland! All the workshops will take place at the Anna Templeton Centre located at 278 Duckworth Street between August 10-13th, 2016.

You can book online by following the link below, or call the centre at  (709) 739-7623.

http://www.annatempletoncenter.com/adult-classes/

Lovely Bamboo Leggings & The Cutest Knickers

Lovely Bamboo Leggings & The Cutest Knickers

Date: Wednesday August 10, 2016 (6-9pm)

This class is a special opportunity to learn how to sew your very own, best fitting, leggings from the very lovely Jenny Ambrose.  Jenny will guide you through the steps – from choosing the size and colour of your project to learning how to construct your garment using the serger, and how to apply the elastics with a sewing machine and hem with the coverstitch machine.  There are even options to trim your legs with stretch lace, binding or lingerie elastic.  Or, forgo the leggings and make yourself the cutest best fitting knickers. It could be the best three hours of your life as the class size is small; you will get plenty of instructor attention, complete one pair of leggings, and leave with the pattern and skills to make additional pairs.  Basics sewing skills are recommended.

A list of available colours in bamboo knit will be emailed to participants prior to the workshop.
Please note: this class is limited to six participants

Fee: $70 (includes HST & supplies)

You Got This! Sew Your Own Swimwear

You Got This! Sew Your Own Swimwear

Date: August 11 & 12th, 2016 (6-9pm)

According to Jenny, sewing swimwear is not as hard as people fear, and she will show you how to sew your ideal suit with confidence.  In two three-hour classes you will go step by step through the process as you sew your very own best fitting swim suit.  Sign up and Jenny wil make you a believer.

Swimsuit styles will be discussed with each participant prior to the workshop so you will know how much fabric to purchase for your project. Select colours of swimsuit fabric can be pre-ordered from Jenny at least 2 weeks before the workshop @ $12p/m. Please inquire about availability by email jenny@themakehouse.ca.

Please note: this class is limited to six participants.

Fee: $120 (includes HST, pattern & elastics)

Sensational Knits – Summer Dress

Sensational Knits – Summer Dress

Date: Saturday August 13th, 2016 (10 am – 3 pm – with lunch break)

Join Jenny Ambrose as she shares with you the skills and secrets to using soft stretch cottons or bamboo to make your best fitting and most comfortable summer dress.  It will be so awesome that you will wear your dress all year round with your lovely bamboo leggings.

In this one-day workshop Jenny will guide you step by step through the process of sewing the dress.  You’ll choose your fabric and size; learn how to construct your garment using the serger, how to hem with the coverstitch machine, and how to make adjustments so that the dress fits and falls perfectly.  Small class size ensures lots of instructor attention.  Basic sewing skills are recommended.

Dress styles will be discussed with each participant prior to the workshop so you will know how much fabric to purchase for your project. Bamboo fabrics can be pre-ordered from Jenny at least 2 weeks before the workshop for @ $21p/m. Please inquire about availability by email jenny@themakehouse.ca.