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What Causes Wedgies and How To Fix

What Causes Wedgies and How To Fix

If you count yourself as one of many women who won’t wear a thong, for reasons like you don’t like having a thin piece of fabric between your butt cheeks all day long, you’re not alone ;) But what’s the point of wearing “regular” underwear if it gives you a wedgie all day long? Isn’t that pretty much a thong?

There are several causes of wedgies. It could mean something is too small – when fitting pants, a clear indication that the rise, or crotch length, needs to be increased is if the seam starts to creep into your butt. A wedgie can also mean something is too big – if there’s too much fabric and not enough space/length, the fabric is going to bunch up. Wedgies can also be caused by the type of fabric, sewing, or the shape of the pattern. In today’s blog post + video, I will discuss each cause and ways to fix.

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Size: First, make sure you’re wearing the right size. It may sound silly to include this in the list of causes, but just double check your measurements. It’s easy to assume that they haven’t changed since your last project or when you last measured. I also suggest taking your measurements throughout the month to know when/if you fluctuate.

Fabric: In comparison to cotton undies, synthetic fabrics tend to bunch less since they have more inherent stretch and better recovery. This allows the fabric to move and flex with the movement of your body. It’s also important to note that the spandex and recovery in synthetic fabrics will fade over time. So if your underwear didn’t used to give you a wedgie, but it does now, it could be that they’re old.

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Elastic: When sewing elastic to the waistline and leg opening, did you stretch it slightly? I don’t stretch the elastic while sewing, but I do add slight tension since the act of sewing it will stretch it out. This allows there to be some resistance, which holds the fabric firmly against your body. If the fabric is too loose, or if the elastic was stretched out, the fabric will slide around and definitely cause a wedgie. If you don’t like the feeling of elastic around your leg, you could only add tension around the butt area – from side seam to the crotch/gusset seam.

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Pattern: If you chose the correct size, are using the right fabric and added the right amount of tension when sewing the elastic, there are 2 pattern changes you can do. The first is adding a slight curve to the back panty panel/pattern piece. The other is to curve the crotch/gusset seam. Both of these are shown in video.

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