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
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
An 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Authored by: Deby at So Sew Easy