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.
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.