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 your 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.

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

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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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Trecy
Trecy

Hi, first of all, thanks for the pattern and the instruction. I’d like to sew this but with my serger instead of the overcast foot, should I add 6mm allowances on the pieces?
Thanks.

Mayra Cecilia
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Reply to  Trecy

No just do not use the knife at all.

Jason Brown
Jason Brown

nice & easy panty my daughter wants to try making thongs & bodies her body is changing rapidly so she wants to make her own underwear Her breasts & ass grow bigger every day. Once she has finished maturing i will buy some that fit properly

Dangsoo D
Dangsoo D
Reply to  Jason Brown

This is a kinda gross comment.

Fabienne
Fabienne

Hi there,
I was given some stretch lace and would like to sew those panties : is the sewing margin included in your pattern and if so, what’s the size of it ?
Thank for your answer and for all the patterns you share !!!

Mayra Cecilia
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Reply to  Fabienne

Hello Fabianne, please use the overcast foot and you will see that you do not need to worry about the seam allowance. Do read the instructions thoroughly before starting.

judy
judy

thank you I finally found this tutorial again and I am making some. So much fun and great way to use up scraps of fabric.

Mayra Cecilia
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Reply to  judy

Indeed!

Cathy
Cathy

I have bipolar and this design is easy and not frustrating! I am making a ton of them to keep me busy (a good outlet for my manic episodes). Too many for me to wear. Is it okay if I sell what I make?

Mayra Cecilia
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Reply to  Cathy

yes, Cathy! By all means, sell the surplus panties they are adorable!

Michelle
Michelle
Reply to  Cathy

Those are cute and perfect! Cathy

ZakkaWithAli (Ali Kayn)
ZakkaWithAli (Ali Kayn)

Stephanie, if you are still following this thread. I am now an older woman and have been wearing this style through weight gain and loss. They can’t ride up, because they follow the shape of your body.

As an older woman with a surgery scar above and along the pubis, I find they do tend to take a v shape from the hips under the belly.

I had my measurements done by a pro and after my hip measurements I insisted on a ‘belly’ measurement. 4 inches more!

Ladies: at last a pattern to replace the last panties that I have been hand-washing and babying for decades. French cut was fashionable so I bought out the stores in three sizes. Now I can sew my own.

I will be experimenting with a wider crotch and longer liner as I find that store-bought aren’t generous enough. I have also bought some stretch fabric to experiment making non-sexy versions, and lined versions. Is that ok with your pattern license?

clarice teresinha formigari
clarice teresinha formigari

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Vasanti Pereira
Vasanti Pereira

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?

Thanks

Mayra Cecilia
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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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Sara
Sara

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 Cecilia
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Reply to  Sara

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
Sara
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

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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Rennie !!

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!

Mayra Cecilia
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Reply to  Rennie !!

Yes that would be the way to do it if your lace is wide enough.

Andrea

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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REV
REV

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?

Mayra Cecilia
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Reply to  REV

Hi REV, are you using Adobe Reader and printing on actual size?

Jaynie Topping
Reply to  REV

Same problem here. I’m using acrobat reader and printing at 100% Could the issue be the paper size? I’m printing at A4, is that pattern designed for US letter size or A2 perhaps?

Jaynie Topping
Reply to  Jaynie Topping

Think I got it, you’re suposed to print those pages landscape! 😀

Mayra Cecilia
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Reply to  Jaynie Topping

It is for A4, needs to be printed on actual size.

Kalen
Kalen

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

Stephanie Chaplain
Stephanie Chaplain

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
Diane Cullum

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!

ZakkaWithAli (Ali Kayn)
ZakkaWithAli (Ali Kayn)

Stephanie, if you are still following this thread. I am now an older woman and have been wearing this style through weight gain and loss. They can’t ride up, because they follow the shape of your body.

As an older woman with a surgery scar above and along the pubis, I find they do tend to take a v shape from the hips under the belly.

I had my measurements done by a pro and after my hip measurements I insisted on a ‘belly’ measurement. 4 inches more!

Sarah
Sarah

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 Cecilia
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Reply to  Sarah

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
Diane Cullum
Reply to  Sarah

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.

Eu Sei
Eu Sei

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

Diane Cullum
Diane Cullum
Reply to  Eu Sei

These don’t fit like a g-string or thong. You might be surprised by how comfortable they are!

ZakkaWithAli (Ali Kayn)
ZakkaWithAli (Ali Kayn)
Reply to  Eu Sei

Stephanie, if you are still following this thread. I am now an older woman and have been wearing this style through weight gain and loss. They can’t ride up, because they follow the shape of your body.

As an older woman with a surgery scar above and along the pubis, I find they do tend to take a v shape from the hips under the belly.

I had my measurements done by a pro and after my hip measurements I insisted on a ‘belly’ measurement. 4 inches more!

dylanmierzwinski
dylanmierzwinski

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

Jennifer
Jennifer

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.