- Jalie bases the lace width on your measurements. The higher the size, the wider the lace. Oh Thank goodness someone took that into account!
- The pattern for the lace tangas (known as Brazillian hipsters) comes with 3 other patterns: High/low waisted hipster, high/low waisted bikini, and a camisole. WIN! That's value for the money. Plus, the Canadian to US exchange rate is in US favor at the moment. Lucky me!
- I'd read about challenges with the lining / crotch seaming on other Tanga patterns. I didn't want to have to reinvent a pattern. I know that when I choose a Jalie pattern, it will be one that will work. I may need to tweak the fit, but the designs are always solid and dependable. They are worth the investment and I will use them over and over again. That is a high & long term value for my money.
For the lining, I just used a cotton rayon printed black on one side and white on the other that I had in my stash. I didn't want white to show through, so I put the black side toward the seams and made the white side the one which would be closest to my body.
- 10 min to print and piece the PDF for the brazillian hipsters
- 10 min to lay out your lace and align any scallops or edges plus find a scrap for the lining
- 10 min to cut (go rotary or go home!)
- 15 min to sew the lace seams
- 10 min to mark & sew the lining.
Just some rough numbers. It would be a good project for a career woman and also a mommy who wants to feel pretty, but hasn't much time between kids and/or work.
Some may look at this and say, Why does a panty like this cost so much?
- Lace is expensive in general. Per yard it can often run into the $20 range
- One must know what one is doing to make the lace behave and the stitching to work out. It's not something for most beginners.
- You're paying for the time to construct, package, ship, rent/overhead on the shop, market, sell, etc.