One of the reasons I’m interested in lingerie is to start making my own underthings. I never really thought I would want to. Five for $25 at Victoria’s Secret suited me just fine. But, then I realized the things I were drawn to, the pretty lacy bits, were far more expensive. I started a Pinterest Board for the underpinings that were appealing to me.
I bought a $5 pair of thongs from Target (above) and got to work. Here are the two styles I’ve done. They are both thongs.
Lace along the side with a center front seam. I love this fabric! This embroidered stretch lace was a gift from Hilde when I was in Amsterdam.
Elastic along the side, no center front seam. This yellow and white stretch lace was also a gift from Hilde. Isn’t it pretty? I saved enough to make a matching bra at some point.
And, I assembly lined about five pairs of these white lace ones. The lace from these came from a local manufacturer and was 50 cents a yard. So, I can make panties for about $1. Not the least expensive garment given my time, but prettier and cheaper than what I was finding in the same range.
I have black and bone colored lace that is the same. But, I need to dye some elastics for the waistband first.
My next stab will be making drawers from supplex for working out and biking.
Then, I’m going to attack these knickers. I have a really hard time buying them off the shelf due to my, umm, assests.
I have been reading some blogs of late about making your own bras and undies. I am amazed at what I have seen! I didn’t realize under garments had become so popular to make. Nor did I ever think oh I will make a bar? From what I have seen I would love to learn how to do that!
I’m very impressed. I want to do this myself and I’ve bought supplies several times. I tnink I need a clear weekend and a clear head just to trial a few styles. I’m keen to hear how these wear. I just paid $10 for a cheap pair of knickers that I don’t like. When I was in the US last year I stocked up at Victoria’s Secret and Fredericks of Hollywood, but they don’t wear very well and 8 months later I’ve already thrown some out. I really want to make bras as well. Didn’t you do that a while back? You’re super clever.
These look lovely. Sewing beautiful underthings is so nice!
I used to work with a lady who made the whole suite of undies (panties, bra and matching slip) to match whatever she was wearing on the outside. She was amazing.
The first time I made a pair of underpants I wanted to kick myself, they were so easy,fit so well and didn’t cost anything to make. There used to be a shop in Glen Burnie that gave classes, but they’re long gone. What’s the local source for lace? I may make a trip next week. Thanks.
It’s a place called Fashions Unlimited, https://missceliespants.com/2011/02/15/local-manufacturing/ They are in south Baltimore and were having a warehouse sale. But, I think you can go at anytime.
I like sewing my own underpants too. It’s very addicting. I haven’t tackled lace one because I’ve had problems finding inexpensive stretch lace for my plus sized self. I’m south of Baltimore so will check your Balto resource.
I love what you’ve made! Once you get a TNT undie pattern it’s pretty easy to churn them out.
Since manufacturers have stopped stretching the butt elastic I can’t wear most RTW bikinis–they migrate into thongs in short order. I heard Hanes cotton are good, same as Victoria’s Secret cotton used to be.
OMG . . .this sounds really strange to say, but your panties are just gorgeous! You should be very pleased with your efforts!!
One time I got a job working with a local patternmaker. I thought I was the luckiest person in the world. I won’t go into why I was not, but she did make me sew up samples of some of the largest women’s underwear I have ever witnessed. But I was proud afterwards because I never would have thought that sewing panties was so easy. I never would have thought I could do it at all! It’s definitely a great way to save $$ on some of the fancier types.
Very big smile here :-D. The thongs look great! And isn’t it satisfying to sew such pretty things? I might go back and get some more of this lace for myself (but perhaps I should sew up some of the lace I already have first..)
I also really like your pinterest board, although I do miss my favourite brand there: Prima Donna (Marie Jo, the sister brand has very nice things as well, but they don’t go up to my size).
One more thing: on the Dutch lingerie-making message board I heard about someone on etsy selling very nice lace: http://www.etsy.com/shop/raincrazy133?ref=pr_shop
You probably still have lots to work with, but I thought I’d mention it :-).
“assets” … I like that! I think your lacey wear is really nice. When I go on holidays from study I want to try making a bra and undies set too. Hope I have fewer “assets” by then.
Sewing your own underthings is fun and not as hard as people think! Enjoy!
I’ve never thought to make undies. The biggest criteria for me in undies is the no-ride-up factor. That means the good old, frumpy, Jockey hipsters for me. Can pretty undies be non-ride-uppy? If so, I might get interested….
I saw a pair of drawers – tiny skimpy little pieces of froth- going for $145 at one of our local boutiques. That’s likely what yours are worth! Bee-utiful!
You have elegant taste in underwear. Beautiful job on these. Did you rip apart the Target undies and use them for your pattern?
I just completed two utilitarian pair of powerdry. I use these when I go hiking and kayaking. Not nearly as pretty as yours!
You’ve inspired me to find some new sources for stretch lace…
Yep. I just cut them up and made a pattern from them. The harder part is that the stretches varies.
Ooohhh-la-la! How much fun are these? Maybe I need to re-think my own, strictly utilitarian, underpinnings . . .
Pretties! I make boring ones, but they are sooo comfortable.
Black and bone is such an elegant combination! Well done.
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