I am not pulling any punches on this as I have a real bugbear about knickers, a bugbear that has grown to fairly large proportions as I have got older (sort of keeping pace with the size of my derriere). Ever since about age 13 when things like the size of one's 'gusset' became really important I have been disappointed with the choice of underwear available in the shops.
Since when was this sexy? If a woman isn't comfortable how can she be sexy? She can pretend to be sexy but that is something completely different! Perhaps for a bit of foreplay in the bedroom (and to you men who disagree.... you were told to go to the kitchen!!) but realistically who wears these all day? Normal women have BOTTOMS and curvey bits and I am very proud of mine but I do like to feel a little flutter of fabric around them rather than the sting of cheesewire stuck up my crotch!
There are one or two slight improvements on the thong....
but even here the amount of 'gusset' is miniscule and the end result is not terribly comfortable. The only other choices seem to be very boring or very 'granny-ish' or simply too 'warm', those of us who have suffered with Thrush will instantly know what I mean.
The Victorian ladies wore split leg drawers. These were incredibly practical when wearing a corset and very healthy, allowing areas prone to be sweaty plenty of free flowing air. Unfortunately today's fashions do not sit well with the wearing of split leg drawers. This 20's flapper would be just as comfortable as her Victorian mother in her roomy bloomers but this is also a little bulky by modern standards.
The ideal would be the old 30's and 40's French Knickers, or cami knickers as they were often called. I searched everywhere to buy decent french knickers, ones with a bit of a flare to them, which I think is very flattering when you are curvy to start with. Alas I could not find any that would suit - and yes I probably could have found something if I was willing to pay wads of dosh for them, but I simply wanted every-day wearable french knickers.
Courtesy of the lovely ladies at Frilly Bits I have found the answer to my prayers!! I am going to make them myself. I was a bit sceptical of how well it would turn out because I havent done a 'trouser block' at pattern cutting class yet. And I was worried that the gusset bit would prove difficult. But I dutifully followed the instructions for Claire's Stepins and made a pattern, and then sewed a toile out of some white muslin. Here they are:
They look the part certainly but did they fit?
Well almost, but not the fault of the Frilly Bits team I assure you, a little tweak here and there to accommodate my own personal curves and a little extra flare at the hem will suffice to provide me with the perfect pair of knickers! Hurrah!!!
Now I am on the search for oddments of silk and satin and lacey edgings and applique embroidery... now that IS SEXY. If any gentlemen have actually read this post and learned something then all will be forgiven, even if I didnt get a cup of tea after all!