Sew your own lace underwear – tutorial and free pattern

So Sew Easy - sew your own lacey undiesIf you have already visited my previous posts then you are all ready and set to start sewing you own underwear.  Not got the free panties pattern yet?

Download the pattern from this post – Free Multi-size pattern to make your own undies

And take a look here for how to put your pattern together (important) – Making up the pattern

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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.

Once you are all set, you will need the following materials:

  • Stretch lace with a finished edge on both sides – recommended 4 to 6.5 inches wide with a good amount of stretch  (recommended suppliers Deb's Lace and Trims and Sew Sassy)
  • Matching regular thread
  • Piece of cotton jersey – new or recycled
  • Sewing machine
  • Recommended – Overcasting foot

Overcasting foorAn overcasting foot is recommended for sewing with stretch lace to get a really nice narrow finished seam and edge inside.  Along with the special stitch on your sewing machine, you will get an all-in-one stitch, which sews the seam, allows for stretch and neatens the raw edges all in one go.  If you don't have the overcasting stitch or the overcasting foot, you can just use a regular foot and a zig-zag stitch sewing close to the edge, or a triple stretch stitch if your machine has one.

Let's get started…

1.  Lay your lace out flat with the right side facing up.  Place your pattern on the top, lining up the long bottom edge of the pattern with one edge of your lace.  You might just peak the edge of the lace a fraction out from under the pattern so you can see it is flat and straight.  Cut one piece.

So Sew Easy - sew your own undies, free pattern


So Sew Easy - make your own undies

2.  Take your cut piece and lay it face down on the remaining lace so that both right sides are together. If you have a large pattern repeat or a distinctive pattern in your lace, you might try to mirror the pattern so the finished undies look symmetrical   Use the first lace piece you have cut as a pattern to cut the piece for the other side.  By placing the fabric right sides together, you make sure that you have two mirror pieces.


3.  Use the small liner pattern piece to cut a piece of cotton jersey.

So Sew Easy - sew your own undies - free pattern

4.  Match your lace piece right sides together and pin the two pieces along the curved seams.  Match the edge of the lace carefully and then sew, overcast or serge along the two curved seams using a stitch that will stretch.  (Stretch overcasting, triple stretch or zig-zag stitch.)  Do this for both sides.

So Sew Easy - sew your own undies - free pattern

5.  Keep your fabric right sides together and match up the two squared ends, matching the center seams and lace edges carefully.  Sew along this seam.

So Sew Easy - make your own undies

So Sew Easy - make your own undies

6.  You can now turn your undies the right side out and try them on for fit.  If you find them a little loose, you can sew again just inside the existing seams and then trim away any excess.

7.  Now pin the cotton liner over the center of the 4-way seam in the crotch.  The lining piece is slightly more curved at the front edge, flatter at the back.  In case you can't recognise the front and back of your undies, the back will have a longer seam from the center because it has to go over your rounder part (your bum) at the back.  I like to use plenty of pins to hold it in place.



8.  Sewing along each long edge with a zig-zag or a triple zig zag stitch.  Sewing the front and back seams are optional.


9.  Trim any threads and your are done.  Parade around the house in your new undies with pride!

I got all over excited and made several pairs.  Here are a few photos of my undies.

So Sew Easy - make your own undies

So Sew Easy - make your own undiesSew your own lace undies - So Sew Easy

And to finish – a view of my new undies and the view from my sewing room window.  What else does a person need to be inspired every day.

So Sew Easy - make your own undies


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Authored by: Deby at So Sew Easy

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86 Responses to Sew your own lace underwear – tutorial and free pattern

  1. Vasanti Pereira says:

    Thanks for the pattern. I would love to sew them, could you please tell me how much material would I need for the large size?


    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      For best results please print the pattern and lay it on a fabric the same width than the one you are planning to buy. That would give you the best yardage for your money.

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  3. Sara says:

    Thank you so much for such a fantastic and easy pattern! I have already made several pair! It’s so satisfying to be able to make something that is quick, easy, practical, comfortable, cheap, AND sexy! One question…if I have some stretch lace that is 3″, is there a way I should modify the XS pattern so that the “v” in the front doesn’t dip quite so low? (I don’t mind the back being more thong-ish, but would like the front to be a little higher.) Thanks!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Sara, the answer to your question requires a different pattern altogether. I will publish one with a super sexi triangle in the front, I am just waiting for the mannequin to arrive to be able to drape it properly. Stay tuned.

      • Sara says:

        Lovely! Thanks for responding…I will absolutely keep an eye out for that new pattern! Love the work you gals do here…thanks for sharing your passion w/ the rest of the world!

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  5. Rennie !! says:

    Thank you for the pattern! I’ve already made one in a lovely rust colored stretch lace. If i wanted to alter the pattern to make it less “cheeky”, would I decrease the curviness of the butt-end curve? Thanks again!

  6. Andrea says:

    Thank so much for sharing this pattern. I went out & bought 3 different laces yesterday & I made one up. They are so so cute, I even put a little bow at the front with 2 different colour ribbons. I have 2 more to make today & I am going to teach my neighbour how to make them, she said that it looked so cute. My future daughter in law is going to love these tomorrow for her birthday. I have made knickers in the past but these are so easy & sexy. I also found a tutorial on line on how to make little bows buy using a fork. So that might help your viewers to add that little extra touch.

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  11. REV says:

    The pattern looks nice, but the printing itself is problem. With no scalling, it prints way too big for me, so it’s hard to get it right. Maybe you could add some line into the pattern with exact measurements? Like: “This line should be 5 cm long”, so it would be easier to check, if it is printed alright?

  12. Kalen says:

    I want to love these very much. My bestie and I agree that they are the sexiest and most uncomfortable underwear we own. 🙁

  13. Stephanie Chaplain says:

    I’m an older woman and would love to introduce the panties into my wardrobe. W h at I would like to know is do they ride up very much? I have a rather full rear lol

    • Diane Cullum says:

      I find with shorts and pants that are tighter fitting like jeans, they stay right where I put them. I still wear full panties with dresses if I’m not wearing tights or hose. All I can say is try a pair and see what you think! Everyone I make them for loves them!

  14. Sarah says:

    Step 4- what do you mean by curved seams? I can’t tell what edge of the pattern you are calling curved- if it is the left and right sides then won’t you end up with no leg holes? Yes I looked at the pdf version of this and it still makes no sense

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hello Sarah,
      The pattern pieces are curved, so when you are sewing this two peaces together you should see the curve and keep within this the curve, there would be a tendency to try to pull the fabric to make it straight, it should not happen. The photo in the article explains this step.
      Hope that helps!

    • Diane Cullum says:

      Sarah, the curved seams are the front and back seams that curve to make the crotch seam. If you look at the photos of the pattern piece, you’ll see the curved edge.

  15. Eu Sei says:

    As a woman myself, it amazes me women are able to wear these things! Yikes!!!!!!

  16. dylanmierzwinski says:

    Deby you are just the best!! Thank you for sharing

  17. Jennifer says:

    Thanks so much for sharing. My daughter is a teen & it’s hard to find panties that fit her & as others have said Victoria Secret are pretty pricey. I always thought they would probably be easy to sew. Just didn’t know how.

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