In my shopping bag: Knicker Elastic

Two weeks ago I would have said that ‘knicker elastic’ was surely a basic thing which would be easy to buy. I naively went shopping with the vague ambition of buying some ‘fabric and stuff’ to make a pair of pants, without really researching what I might need. I think I assumed I would reach the store and there would be packs labelled specifically ‘knicker elastic’. As is blatantly obvious, I was wrong.

The first store I visited (a general craft store to be fair) did have elastic, but only white bands. Not being sure what type I would really need to make my knickers and being unwilling to go check my current pair in the loos, I hedged my bets and bought elastic shim (still no idea what this is for or why I thought it would be a good option) and also bought this white band.


On returning home I used this elastic to make my first disastrous pair which you can see in an earlier post. Upon inspecting my knicker drawer I realised most used a fancier elastic with a frilly edge. Ok, I thought, maybe this is proper knicker elastic. I probably need a proper sewing shop.

So I dutifully went to my local specialist shop to be faced with the same wall of boring plain white and black elastics. I asked the assistant for help and although she seemed a bit confused by my request, we did eventually find a solitary metre of what I was looking for on a roll at the back.

 This worked much better for my next pair of knickers but still left me with the problem of where to buy more.

Enter my old friend eBay. Searching knicker elastic did not illicit many results but decorative and lingerie elastic gave me enough results to realise that I was actually looking for ‘picot’ elastic. And then I went on an elastic shopping spree.

This should really keep me going for a while but I would like to find a range of more unusual colours and decorative patterns so if anyone does know a good source, please do let me know!