Thursday, 3 June 2010

How To: Boy Cut Panties

Remember these from Project Upcycle? Do you want them? I've already sold these ones, but I can show you how to make your own. Yay!

Supplies needed:

- Downloadable pattern
- half a yard of cotton knit (this will make two pairs) You can also use old t-shirts ( I used an extra large t-shirt to make the ones pictures above.
- half inch elastic (enough to fit comfortably around your hips
- matching thread
- ribbon or any other fun thing to decorate them with (optional)

1) Cutting out the pattern

The pattern for medium size is available using the links below:

If you need a size other than medium, you can up or downsize from this pattern

- cut out one front
- cut out one back
- cut out one crotch piece (included on the boycutfront.pdf)

2) Finish the seams
- Because you're working with knit, it won't fray, but I like to finish some of the seams just for appearance sake. Use a zigzag to finish the short ends of the crotch piece.
- I set my machine to zigzag for the entire process in fact. It's much nicer to sew a zigzag on knit fabric. This allows the knit to stretch properly and since underwear undergoes a lot of stress, zigzag is best!

3) Attach the pieces

- Sew the front and back (right sides together) at the crotch seam.
- Place the crotch piece (wrong sides together) centered in between the front and back pieces. Fold the leg seams down twice to make a hem. Pin and then stitch. This should secure the crotch piece in properly. If it doesn't quite fit, it's knit, it'll stretch!

4) Side Seams and Top Casing
- fold your front and back pieces so that the side seams are matched (right sides together). Stitch side seams.
- Fold down your top casing 1/4 of an inch and press. Then fold down another inch to form a casing. Stitch around the edge making sure to leave a few inches open to insert the elastic.

5) Insert Elastic and Decorate
- you might want to try on your pair of boy cuts in order to get an accurate measurement. Since I'm making these to stock in my shop, I measured my own hips. Remember that these panties fit low (around the hips) when measuring.
- insert elastic into casing using safety pins. Sew elastic together and then sew the casing opening shut.
- Decorate however you like!

Aren't those cute? Making your own underwear is really less painful than you think! I thought I'd start you out with something easy to show you that it really isn't difficult to have your own one of a kind underwear. But if you're still a little unsure, you can purchase these ones at Tawny Bee.

You may use this pattern to make underwear for yourself, your friends, your lovers, whoever you like. You may also use this pattern to make underwear to sell. All I ask is that you give pattern creation credit to Tawny Bee in your product listing.

If you do try out this pattern I would love to hear your feedback. You can link a photo in this post, you can add a photo to the Tawny Bee Flickr Pool, or you can email me with photos or questions (email link is in my profile on the side of this blog).

Up next: Regular cut panties (with downloadable pattern!)


BLD in MT said...

I dissected a pair of boycuts that had a small hole in an effort to make my own. Well, taking it apart was easy. Cutting it out was easy. Figuring out how to reassemble...well, got a little tricky and I grew frustrated. I am not a terribly good seamstress....and making up my own pattern is probably biting off more than I can chew so to speak. But, you never know until you try right?! So, thanks for the patterns....I think it will help me reassemble my new underpants....and if not...I have a pattern to start over and follow with.

Anonymous said...


I love your panties. But I can not download the patterns, when clicking they appear as not available ... could you re-upload them please?

Thank you very much in advance