Free Multi-size pattern to make your own undies

Undies, underwear, unmentionables, pants, panties, knickers, bloomers, drawers, briefs, etc.  Whatever you call them, we all need them and wear them – but not many of us have ever tried to sew our own – until NOW !  And I've made a free pattern so you can all make your own to show off.

So Sew Easy - free undies pattern

Spurred on by my success with the Sewing with Knits course, I've been itching to try some new stretch fabrics.  You know me, always trying to run before I can walk.  So I bought some rather nice stretch lace which has a finished edge on both sides and I had a go at making my own.

So Sew Easy - free pants tutorial

It took a while to get it right, but I've made a pattern which you can use too – and it's in size extra small through to large.

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Download your free undies pattern

UPDATE - Oct 2014.  The pattern has now been updated from hand-drawn to digital and is available with the pattern and instructions as a single PDF file to make downloading and printing easy, especially from mobile devices.  Please refer to the downloaded instructions for how to assemble the new digital pattern.


So Sew Easy - sew your own undiesAll of the sizes are on the same pattern.  Take a look at the following size chart to see which size you need.  These are based on a hip measurement around the hip bones, so if your widest part is lower, around the bottom or thighs, use the higher hip bone measurement for this chart.

  • Extra small – hips 32-34
  • Small – 35-37
  • Medium – 38-40
  • Large – 41-43

Sizing will also depend on the amount of stretch in your lace, and whether you tend to prefer a looser or snugger fit.  A lace that stretches more will not feel as tight as one that stretches less.

So Sew Easy - free underwear pattern

Once you have your pattern pieces, save them carefully because coming soon is a full tutorial for how to use the pattern pieces and sew your own undies.

I'm pleased to say these are comfy, don't show under slim fitting clothes because there is no bulky seams at the top and leg, and have an official thumbs up approval from my husband.  They are a hit.



Full tutorial coming soon.  Until then, go take a look for some nice stretch lace you like, in about a 4-6 inch width.  If you aren't sure where to order – check out the BIG Fabric Shops Directory.

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Update –  

Part 2  – making up your pattern

Part 3  – making your undies

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45 Responses to Free Multi-size pattern to make your own undies

  1. Vix Parsons says:

    Firstly thank you I absolutely adore this pattern and now make all my own underwear. A friend of mine has asked me to make her a pair. Shes a beautiful size 20 lady. looking up a rough measurement guide I see that the pattern even on the largest guide is too small. how could I scale this up so that I can make some for her without messing up your wonderful pattern? any advice and help you could give would be greatly appreciated thank you once again for this fabulous pattern.
    Peace and love

    • Vix Parsons says:

      Just seen your making pattern page i think i should be able to make them from that. Thank you.
      Peace and love

      • Vix Parsons says:

        Nope i can’t figure it out. I need to make it so they hit a 53″ hip measurement.

        • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

          Hi Vix, thanks for your comments. I’m thinking of making an update of the pattern to include larger sizes. We have had a few people requesting this. It may take a couple of weeks. Thanks for your patience.

          • Vix Parsons says:

            Awesome thank you so much it would be greatly appreciated. I adore this pattern. Peace and love

  2. Tina V says:

    These look wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing. I am looking forward to making several…

  3. Beeta says:

    Hi Deby, thanks for sharing your pattern. I’m a starter and I would like to try these out by making my own together with my kids undies. well, i’m from Kiribati and undies here are very expensive. thank you so much, but I am having problems with printing out your patterns. SOS please. thanks

    • If you would send me an email explaining what your printing problem is with the pattern pieces I’ll be happy to try to help. Go through it step by step, tell me what you are doing, what program and settings you are using and then at what point it goes wrong. Hopefully I’ll be able to track down the problem.

  4. Mary says:

    Good Day
    I have just discovered your page and I am really excited to make these panties for my daughter. I also got a blank page and do not have Kaspersky. Please could I ask you to e mail me the pattern. Thank you

    • Please download the pattern from my designer account on Craftsy Mary. You can find all of the patterns you want here –

      • John E Cormier says:

        Excellent pattern design and instructions Deb, Thank you. I’ve been custom measuring and drawing for each person/size, and it can be tedious and waste pattern material. Having the multi-size sheet to trace is just stellar.

        So to my point for comment- as to the mysterious blank page:
        This. pdf file requires not just a viewer (like Adobe’s free viewer only), but the ability to spool to cache and printer; so in addition to their security and firewall issues, I would recommend a reliable .pdf program, such as Adobe, and to open the downloaded file through that viewer rather than view on-screen.

        Hope this helps!


  5. Dee says:

    I love the look of the panties but get a blank page when trying to download the pattern. Please send the pattern.

    • Hi Dee, this is usually a problem with Kapersky Internet Security which blocks certain types of link redirects. To correct – With Kaspersky, you can go to Protection >> Firewall >> Filtration system, and disable the “Banner Ad Blocker” feature to resolve the issue. If that doesn’t work, do let me know.

  6. penny m roberts hyde says:

    Just for your info: after multiple tries to get thru craftsy tonight, it kept saying my cart was empty, but I came back to this page and entered for the download again. don’t know what happened, but it worked! Thanks so much. I cannot wait to make!

    • Deby Coles says:

      Glad you got there in the end. Sometimes Craftsy can be a little bit buggy, but its still the most reliable place for me to host the patterns for download. I get nearly 40,000 pattern downloads a month and all that would crash my little site!

  7. Virginia says:


    I have been having problems with downloading the pattern, I keep getting the blank page like some of the others. Would you please send me the pattern also?

  8. ~Whitewolf says:

    Hi Deby, I just subbed to you. This pattern looks stellar! I just got some delicious stretch lace on my last trip to Joanne’s, I’ll have enough for a few pairs after I get my tops done. Thanks so much.

    • Deby Coles says:

      You are very welcome – it’s funny to see that there aren’t a lot of comments on this post compared to some others, but month after month this is my most downloaded pattern – I think lots of people are sewing undies in secret! Good luck, and thanks for leaving a comment. Deb

  9. Yail says:

    Hello Deby,
    I too have been trying to download this pattern for a month now and have been getting a blank page…please send it to me too!! 🙂 Thanks in advance

  10. Danita Courtney says:

    Dear Deby
    I cannot seem to print your pattern. I am really not sure why, but I get an empty page. So sad! ;-( I was so hoping to make your adorable undies for myself. I am an average seamstress but need to start sewing for ME!!! I thought this would be a great start! I even found some lovely lace on one your recommended sites. Is there any way you can send me the pattern directly? I may not have an updated browser for your drop box (that’s what my husband says! He’s the computer geek!)
    Please let me know or you could send me general dimensions and I could TRY that?
    Very sincerely,
    P.S. I love your about page. Very inspiring, and familiar to my own life adjustments and joys!!

  11. Angela says:

    Do you have a plus size pattern? Those of us who are larger than a large like pretty panties, too! 🙂

    • Deby Coles says:

      Hi Angela and thanks for stopping by. This is pretty straight forward and I think you could simply increase the pattern by a percentage and see how that worked out. So if a large fits a certain hip size, and your hip size is 10% larger, then try increasing the pattern size by 10% and see how that worked out. As we change in size, our bodies tend to change in shape too, especially around the hips and behind, so you might not get a perfect fit right away, but these are so quick to make up that you can hopefully adjust for a better fit and then make another pair! Do try on a nice wide lace as this will give you more of a fitting area in case you need to adjust more at the waist than the thigh and vice versa. Good luck and do drop me a picture of your finished undies!

  12. Julie says:

    did I miss the detail about yardage? Or do I just measure my hips and go from there? Darling pattern, by the way, and thanks for your generosity!

  13. krystie says:

    Underwear are so expensive – like $7 a pair! I would love to make my own instead!

  14. Maureen R. says:

    These are really cute. Can you link the instructions?

  15. Geni M says:

    Hi Deby! I just wanted you to know that I linked your pantie pattern and intstructions to my blog today. I love these panties! I promptly made 5 of them in less than an hour. 🙂 Thanks!

  16. JillStraw says:

    thanks for sharing your pattern!! i can’t wait to try making my own… they are adorable!

  17. marigoldsloft says:

    Super cute Craft,
    Thanks for sharing on Tutorial Thursdays.
    I hope to see you again this week for some more amazing fun 🙂

  18. GREAT idea Chelsea – I linked up a couple of mine.

  19. Katie B. of says:

    Wow, they’re so pretty! I’ve been wanting pretty panties for a while. Mine are, er, utilitarian. Will have to give this a try! If you haven’t already, I’d love if you’d come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.

  20. Tiffany says:

    These are beautiful! Can’t wait to try some of them! Found you through “Catch a Glimpse Thursday!”

  21. monicaswift says:

    These look so cute, I’ve been wanting to make undies for the kids, but I never really thought of making them for me….until now!

  22. MammaNene says:

    You are the Queen of free patterns 🙂
    I have to give it a try, if you say they’re not so hard to sew…
    Thanks for sharing!

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