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.
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.
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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.
All 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.
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.
Part 2 – making up your pattern
Part 3 – making your undies