Sewing your own lingerie seems to be a big thing at the moment, with lots of sewers making their own bras particularly. I’ve got to say, I didn’t have any interest in seeing my own undies, but then when the latest issue of Love Sewing magazine came out it included a free knickers pattern.
They look so pretty and I fancy having some Liberty print knickers because, why not! Also, it seems like a good stash-busting idea (that would actually be useful).
I decided to do a trial pair using some purple gingham I had left over and I bought some pretty knicker elastic from Trixie Lixie.
The pattern was a super quick one to cut out, just three pieces, and it didn’t take long to sew them either. I found stitching on the elastic a bit fiddly, but I think I’d get faster with practise.
You can breathe a sigh of relief, I’m not going to model them for you, but here they are from the front:
And a view of the back:
I’m fairly happy with them, especially for a first go. However, I don’t think the elastic is strong enough, it doesn’t seem to have pinged back after being stretched to sew it on; I’m going to look for a better alternative for my next pair.
They do fit, and they are exactly the hipster style knickers they’re meant to be, but to be honest they’re not flattering on me. I think I need my knickers on the, ahem, fuller side. My plan is to use an existing pair to draw up a pattern that will fit as I want them to. I feel a tutorial coming on…
I enjoyed making these knickers though, and they’re a great little project for when you’re short on time. I think they’d make a nice gift too.
Have you made your own lingerie? Any tips to share?