This weekend I attended a knicker making workshop led by Laura Stanford, hosted at my local sewing heaven The Sewing Cafe.

I had been looking at blogs by other sewists making pants and was very tempted by the idea when I caught sight of a tweet by Laura advertising her workshop locally. I signed up immediately, and I’m glad that I did.

It was a lovely morning. As we (there were 4 of us on my workshop) arrived we were made welcome with a cup of tea and got a chance to pick our fabric. I went for a fine cotton print of pink peacock feathers. 2015-05-16 11.10.40

As soon as we were ready Laura got us started, letting each of us progress at our own rate, talking us through each step as we got to it.

Fantastic tip number one: using a highlighter pen, mark the size line you will be cutting on the paper pattern. This simple tip made cutting out the pattern a whole lot easier and is something I will definitely do at home. Laura patiently talked us through construction, working out the maths to get the right amount of elastic, the best way to ensure an even distribution of the elastic and the tricky business of bringing the whole thing together. She couldn’t have been more helpful, and I was really pleased with the result. Theylook gorgeous and, I can now report, are very comfortable to wear (although I’ll spare you having to see that!)2015-05-16 13.05.50

You can see Laura’s blog of the workshop here.

You can see all of the workshops on offer at the Sewing Cafe here.