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DIY undies.

Make your own cute underwear, plus learn tips for working with stretch knit fabric, stretch lace and elastic trim.


* Stretch knit fabric (such as stretch
satin, tricot or jersey knit; amount
according to measurements)

* Knit cotton scrap (crotch lining)

* 1/2"-wide fold-over elastic (amount
according to measurements)

* 2 3/4"-wide stretch lace (amount
according to measurements)

* Pair of well-fitting readymade

* All-purpose thread

* Removable fabric marker

* Ballpoint needle

* Flexible measuring tape

* Pattern or copy paper

* Small piece of cardboard

* Pattern weights


Select fabric similar in weight and
degree of stretch to the ready-made
panties. To determine the degree of
stretch, take a fold of the fabric
several inches away from the edge.
Stretch 4" of the fabric along a ruler.
Every inch the fabric stretches is 25%
of stretch. For example, if 4" of fabric
stretches to 6" along a ruler, it has
50% stretch.

Measure the panty elastics at the
leg openings and upper edge. Cut
the fold-over elastic and stretch
lace according to the corresponding
measurements, including 1/4" seam

Fold the panties in half lengthwise
along the center front and back. Place
a piece of paper over a piece of
cardboard. Place the panties over the
paper; secure using pattern weights.

Trace the panties perimeter by
piercing through the fabric and into
the cardboard using a pin. Trace the
side seam to create a back piece on
the fold, front piece on the fold and a
separate crotch piece. If the panty
doesn't have a side seam, fold them in
half and pin-mark the desired side
seam; unfold, and then pin-trace the
new side seam. Unfold the panties to
trace the crotch piece.

Connect the pin-traced lines using a
pen or pencil. Walk the seams to
ensure the pattern measurements are
correct. Placing the measuring tape
on its side, measure each seam to
ensure connecting seams are the
same length; adjust as necessary (1).

Add 1/4" seam allowances to the side
and crotch seams, but not the upper
edge or leg openings.

Note the stretch direction, fabric
degree of stretch and amount of
elastic needed for the leg and waist
on the pattern pieces. Cut out the
pattern pieces.

From the stretch knit, cut one front
on the fold, one back on the fold and
one crotch piece.

From the cotton knit, cut one
crotch piece.


Add any desired embellishments
before constructing the panties. This
could include appliques, lace detail or
color blocking.

With right sides together, align the
crotch and back-panty pieces along
the crotch edge. Align the cotton
crotch-piece right side with the
back-panty wrong side at the crotch
edge; pin parallel to the raw edges.

Roll the back-panty piece between the
crotch pieces. With right sides together,
align the crotch and front-panty piece
along the crotch edge, rolling the
front-panty piece to fit between the
crotch pieces. Align the cotton crotch-piece
right side with the front-panty
wrong side along the crotch edge; pin
parallel to the raw edges (2).

Select a medium zigzag, overlock or
backward blind hem stitch on the
machine. Stitch each crotch seam.
Turn the crotch right side out; press.

With right sides together, align the
front and back along the side seams;
stitch using an overlock stitch.

With right sides together, fold one leg
elastic in half widthwise. Stitch the
short edges using a straight stitch and
1/4" seam allowance. Seal the elastic
edges using a flame, being careful not
to burn the elastic.

Quarter-mark the leg elastic and one
panty leg opening. Aligning the fabric
edge with the elastic center, fold the
elastic over the leg-opening edge at
the quarter marks. Select a medium
zigzag or other stretch stitch on the
machine. Beginning at one quarter
mark, stitch along the elastic edge.
Stretch the elastic to fit the leg
opening, and then ease back slightly.

Repeat to apply fold-over elastic to
the remaining leg opening.

With right sides together, fold the
stretch lace in half widthwise; stitch.
Quarter-mark the lace and the panty
upper edge. Position the lace over the
panties with right sides facing up,
aligning the upper edges and the lace
seam with one side seam.

Using a zigzag stitch, stitch a straight
line 1/4" from the lace lower edge,
stretching the lace to fit the panty edge.
Cut away the panty fabric from behind
the lace next to the stitching line (3).


Instead of copying a favorite panty, purchase this brand new Bravo Bella pattern at Gather your favorite fabrics and notions according to the pattern envelope and check in at the Sew News blog during the week of Jan. 11 to 15 to learn all about this drop-in Sew-Along. Learn the tips and tricks you need to sew these panties with ease--from Monica Bravo herself! We look forward to sewing with you.
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Title Annotation:how to make cute underwears
Author:Bravo, Monica
Publication:Sew News
Article Type:Instructions
Date:Dec 1, 2015
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