Pamela's Patterns - Smoothing Shapewear #118

Modern shapewear doesn't have to be torturous - that is, if you make your own! Clothing will fit better, hang better, look better - and you'll still be able to breathe and be comfortable. Reducing shapewear squishes body "fluff" to a new location, but Smoothing Shapewear will do just what it says - make you look smoother. The secret? Pamela's Power Panels! Finally - you can have shapewear that is simple to fit and inexpensive to make.

Underbust Cami: What makes this cami special? You can wear your own well-fitting bra! It doesn't change your bra size or shape, but will smooth out the fluff on your back and the scallops on your sides and tummy.

Suggested Fabrics and Notions:

  • 2/3 yard 60" wide, medium weight (at least 5.5 oz) nylon lycra
  • 5/8 yard 54"-60" wide, medium weight power net
  • 1 3/4 yard 3/8"-5/8" wide, picot edge (plain or felt back) elastic

Hollywood Undies:

The high waist and generous leg openings prevent the skin denting causted by elastic. The undies are created from 4 shaped panels, guaranteed to make you look smooth - and they won't ride up. Add power panels just where you need the extra support - front, back, sides or on every panel!

Suggested Fabrics and Notions:

  • 1/2 yard 60" wide, medium weight (at least 5.5 oz) nylon lycra
  • 1/2 yard 54"-60" wide, medium weight power net
  • 6"x6" scrap cotton/blend knit for the crotch liner
  • 2 3/4 yard 3/8"-5/8" wide, picot edge (plain or felt back) elastic
  • *Everyday Undies - use any knit fabric or stretch lace

The Hollywood Slip:

We've all tried them - the body shaping slips that, after a short time, bunch around your waist - ugh! The bottom portion of this slip is made from tricot slip fabric that will stay where it's supposed to - under your clothing! And you'll still get the control you need in the waist, tummy, and high hip areas.

Suggested Fabrics and Notions:

  • 1/3 yard 60" wide, medium weight (at least 5.5 oz) nylon lycra
  • 1/3 yard 54"-60" wide, medium weight power net
  • 1/2 yard 60" wide, nylon tricot
  • 1 1/4 yard 3/8"-5/8" wide, picot edge (plain or felt back) elastic
  • 1 1/2 yard 1"-3" wide, stretch lace (optional)
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Fabric Care:

Cotton Fabric Care: Cotton comes in many patterns and colors and is used for everything. Cotton has a tendency to wrinkle very easily, so cotton/polyester blends are popular. Cotton is machine washed and tumble dried at high temperature.

Linen Fabric Care: Use a gentle wash cycle and avoid using bleach to protect linens. White linens should be dried in sun to help them keep their whiteness. Linen creases easily and that’s why it needs firm pressing when ironed, or it can be dry cleaned.

Polyester Fabric Care: Polyester is a synthetic fiber that is relatively easy to care for. It is strong, durable, machine-washable and tumble-dryable. Iron with moderate temperature. Some polyester fabrics are dry-clean only.

Rayon Description and Care: Rayon is cellulose fiber, and its fabric is soft and tender and absorbs well. Rayon can be either machine-washed or dry cleaned depending on the finishing stages of its manufacturing.

Nylon Care: Is generally machine-washable and tumble dried at low temperature. Use softener at the final washing rinse cycle. Remove nylon from the dryer as soon as the cycle is over to prevent from wrinkling.

Silk Fabric Care: Some silk fabrics can only be dry cleaned. Only silk pre-shrunk by washing is washable. Hand-wash silk items in lukewarm water with mild detergent. Do not chlorine bleach. Fabric Mart will always suggest Dry cleaning Silk.

Acrylic Fabric Care: Acrylic fiber is a synthetic fiber that is relatively easy to care for. Machine wash acrylic fabric using warm water. Softener may be added during the final rinse cycle. Dry using low temperature; remove as soon as the drying is done.

Acetate Care, Description: Acetate is a synthetic fiber with a shiny, silky appearance. It doesn’t absorb moisture and is usually dry clean only. Acetate fabric is used a lot in the apparel industry for clothing lining and knitted clothing. Acetate knits can be handwashed in warm water with mild soap or detergent and should be laid flat to dry. Fabric Mart will always suggest Dry cleaning acetate.

Wool Fabric Care: Wool fibers will discard wrinkles and return to their original shape if you let wool garments rest between wearing. Brush the surface of wool garments to remove dust and soil. Clean delicate wool fabrics with a damp sponge to remove the stains and dust. Fabric Mart will always suggest Dry cleaning Wools.

Lyocell / Tencel: Lyocell can be either hand washed or machine washed and tumble dried successfully but some fabrics are most durable when dry-cleaned.

Spandex and Lycra: Hand wash or gentle machine wash in lukewarm water. Do not chlorine bleach, use only non-chlorine on garments that contain spandex. Dry at low temperatures and iron quickly at low temperature.

Common Terms:

To test a fabric's sheerness, we hold the fabric out over our hands. If we can see the color of our fingers through the fabric, we list it as Semi-Sheer. If we can only see the shadow of our fingers, or we can see light through it, we list this fabric as Translucent. When our hands can be seen clearly through the fabric, the fabric will be listed as Sheer. And if when held up we are unable to see anything at all, this fabric will be listed as Opaque. The stool shot in the additional images of a fabric is usually a good way to see the fabrics sheerness.

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