What better way to start than from the bottom. Literally! I’m going to be reviewing some scrundies. And let me just say, I love that they’re called scrundies. I should go into detail why I don’t like the word panties someday, but I’m not going to now. For some reason, it just sounds icky in my head. And I haven’t called something icky for at least ten years, so that’s how you know. Let’s just agree that *scranties* doesn’t sound good for a reason. And underwear and its denominations are gender neutral so I’m all for it. Woo!
The scrundies pattern was created by Stitch Upon a Time (purchase here, nonaffiliate), designed to be some of the most comfortable underwear ever. This intrigued me right away, as I have never ever found any comfortable underwear. Ever. This is due to my body type though, as it’s unconventional, and can be hard to specialize for. I am a plus size person, wearing a 3x – 4x pant size depending on the brand (around a 24/26). So when I found out that the pattern naturally runs up to a 24/26, I was so surprised. Kudos to SUaT for that.
However, I will not be reviewing the standard pattern today. I inquired with the lovely seamstress, Mindy, over at Prairie Valley Cloth to make a custom version of the scrundies 3x pattern with a wider waist band and a taller height to the panels (as suggested by Min).
Edit: Prairie Valley Cloth = PVC Stitches
These two images were given in the listing for the design I chose. Of course, I got galaxy print, for two reasons actually.
- I prefer dark colors for my undies. I don’t know why, but I do.
- I’m addicted to galaxy and nebula printed anything. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t at least like galaxy type prints, it’s just such an amazing concept to make into a fabric print.
Seriously, look at this blue galaxy wetbag I got last summer from Nic and Elli. It’s just beautiful. And gorgeous. And amazing. *Sigh*.
Oh yeah, scrundies review, I got lost in the nebula. Alrighty! Back on track!
The underwear that I’ve been the most successful with have the wide waist band, but they roll down underneath my stomach because the front panel doesn’t have enough coverage for my “apron”, as one may call it. The standard scrundies pattern does have wider bands than normal underwear, but I requested an even wider version than that at the waist. I decided to just go for it, for the highest possible probability for success. In application, however, I don’t know if it was necessary. I’m still glad I asked for it, but wow, the coverage on these is amazing. They land three or four inches above my belly button and match my pant’s waistband.
Another custom change I made to the listing was to request solid black bands. I do love the look of the printed bands and I think they would look great on a pair of solid or simpler patterned scrundies, but I wanted the print to be front and center.
^^ This photo made me realize that I can make the joke that my ass is out of this world, which is awesome in itself 😂
Something that I’ve noticed that I love about scrundies is the serging details on the inside. I love it. Most undies that I’ve tried have simple z stitches and they pop out so so easily if you attempt to stretch them at all. The basis of scrundies as an elastic free underwear is that they’re made out of different stretching materials that happen to be ideal for most underwear formats.
I decided to go with a poly lycra for my scrundies because I need a stretch to them. For plus size bodies, poly lycra’s the recommended material for the body of the scrundies. That’s because materials like cotton lycra will stretch out and never go back into shape. For people without particularly substantial bellies or bums, a cotton based scrundie is fine, though. I find that poly lycra feels a lot like a thin swimsuit material, and is super comfy.
For those who may have concerns over using polyester materials for undies, the gusset is lined with what I assume is a cotton, in a lovely coordinating purple color. Oh, and I thought the width of the gusset was going to annoy me, but no. The feeling is so comfortable, and gives me so much coverage both in the crotch and around my upper thigh (which is what, ultimately, I’m looking for in my undies).
I’m not prudish, that’s obvious enough, so coverage isn’t based in a need for the most covering of garments possible. Coverage gives me the most comfort. I’m not used to standard underwear, in fact, for a long time I wore bike shorts in place of undies underneath my clothes because I simply couldn’t find something that fit me properly that didn’t annoy me! Everything either rolled or tucked or just fell off! These are snug, but not constricting, and give me some semblance of shape underneath my clothes. These are a breath of fresh air for me, as well as my self esteem in terms of clothing.
Update // So, I finally tried these out with cloth pads (this post being written about three weeks ago now) and I am amazed. While I know that it’s probably just due to having properly fitting undies, they’ve kind of revolutionized my opinions on cloth pads. I, naturally, am normally an internal protection person. Usually a cup. Well, over the past few (almost four) years, only a cup, and some interlabial pads. But recently I’ve been getting more into cloth pads, from the fabrics, to the logistics, blah blah blah, and I love supporting small businesses in general so it’s a win win win. But I hadn’t been able to effectively use them because I didn’t have proper undies. Let me tell you: it has been a revelation. They are kept in place, don’t slide up and down the gusset, and I can finally wear them confidently, knowing that they won’t move. No checking every half hour to fix bunching, or anything like that. I was sad the days that I had to switch off to use my cup when my scrundies were in the wash. I will say, I’m comfortable with a wider gusset and using the wider gusset snaps on pads. I think that’s also part of why they work so well with this application. If you have to have a teeny tiny gusset whilst wearing your pads, scrundies may not be ideal, but I’m sure you could make them work. //
I cannot thank Min over at PVC West enough for what she made for me, they are awesome and well customized to what I requested. The serging and sewing is impeccable, by the way, but I knew it would be so it didn’t even come up in my mind! I’ll definitely be buying more pairs later! After all, it’s not like I can stay away from fabric prints like Walking Dead and Popcorn. So cute! 😊
(Taken lovingly from the PVC Facebook group! As I suggest with all of these sewing etc. small businesses, I totally recommend joining their private group. I personally get a big kick out of seeing all of the orders going out in the PVC West group, and what other people are buying. Go do it! ❤)