1.17.2012

Knickers anyone?


Remember way back last July I bought a ton of stretch lace to make undies? Grown up undies. Or whatever you want to call them. Panties. Knickers.


I finally got around to making a few different patterns based on a couple of my favorite pair of underwear. The pair above is based on my favorite (and pricey) pair of hiphugger style underwear.


They are really quick to sew and I just used a zig zag stitch to attach the elastic to the waist and leg openings. I did use my serger for the crotch lining but it's not necessary. Ewww. Crotch. What an ugly name.


This pair most closely resembles the pair I copied. It's a lightweight cotton jersey. Almost like a thin t-shirt weight. The blue stripes in the first photo are an example of how buying fabric online can end in surprises. I thought it looked like it would be a cute stripe for children's wear, but it doesn't have the weight for toddler clothes. It's very lightweight and is more suited to feminine clothes. Actually you may see it again in the future if I ever get around to sewing clothes for myself.


 Here you can see the lace cutout and my zig zag stitch a bit better. When I made these I just straight stitched (3.0 stitch length) the vertical lace onto the panty before stitching the waist and leg lace. I just eyeballed where it should go. I then trimmed the fabric from underneath as closely to the stitch line as possible.

Overall I'm pleased with the fit. I need to tweak the patterns I made a bit but they fit and they look pretty cute.

I wish that I had made these sooner, especially since I bought all the lace ages ago. I can't even remember where I got it from but I do recall finding it pretty easily with a Google search. Etsy is also a great place to start looking for supplies if you are thinking of making your own fancy knickers.

I quickly searched for the place I bought the lace from and of course I can't find it. I did find a couple of other links. 

Sewsassy
Lace Heaven
Kathy's Lace and Elastic
Elastic by the Yard

12 comments:

Cirque Du Bebe said...

Ooooo la LA! These looks so comfy and so pretty.

Oon said...

They're beautiful! Well done!
And the blue striped fabric... I bought it as well, with the same purpose, and I was just as surprised as you were :)

Max said...

Sascha they're beautiful! I've made a few pairs, but now I want to make more! I always somehow don't get enough room for my booty, so all my homemade knickers have room for crack :P

I bought heaps of stretch lace too, for t-shirt surgeries etc, I should use it for pretty underthings :D

jen said...

So pretty, I'm loving the striped fabric and and lace details! I have been wanting to try this but keep chickening out.

Jenny said...

These are lovely and inspiring. I am about to admit over the interwebs that about 10 years ago Victoria's Secret stopped making the only style that I will ever wear. I am still wearing them today. Suffice it to say that at this point it would be VERY easy to use them for pattern pieces, and I have been meaning to do it for a couple of years, but I'm a little intimidated. It would be a really, really good thing if I could successfully replicate these undies in some new fabric. I know my husband would agree.

Carolyn said...

Okay, it's official - yours look about a MILLION times better than mine. Seriously. A MILLION!

small + friendly said...

So cute! Crotch is a really gross word, Jude named his lamby puppet Crotch. I don't know why and there's no changing his mind. I really need new undies but I'm not sure my skills are up to a DIY ...

Maggie said...

love it! the stripey ones are really cute. I've been thinking about trying to copy the expensive non-vpl knickers I used to prefer before I got all cotton tail cheap.

Lauren said...

Stunning! Looks like some $30 ones from Anthropologie...

Jo said...

These look great - they are my favorite style: stretch lace at legs & hips doesn't dig in and create awful lines under your clothes, but still look pretty, and supremely comfortable. I'm finding them hard to find in the shops here lately so maybe I should take the plunge and try to make some - thanks for the inspiration!

ooobop.com said...

These are really cute and look super comfy too. Never thought about making my own undies. Thank you for the inspiration!

Ted Juhl said...

Those are beautiful and sexy! It’s amazing how simple laces could make simple undies look like those made by designer brands. I think my wife would love this idea since she loves sewing a lot.

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