Oooh aren't these cute? This is my very favourite style of panties. Comfy and pretty! I warn you though - if you learn how to make these, you'll start making matching panties to every one of your new knit outfits. Seriously, I love them that much!
So let's get to the How To shall we?
- downloadable pattern (links below)
- half a metre of knit fabric should make two pairs
- elastic trim (I've pasted a close up of this stuff to show you. It has a line running down it where you can fold it in half. It can be found in the trim section of the fabric store. It's sold by the metre) 1 metre should make two pairs.
- matching thread
Downloads you'll need
The pattern is made in size medium. If you want another size, you'll have to upsize or downsize this pattern.
Here's a close up of the elastic trim you'll need.
1) Cut out the pieces
- Download, print and cut out the pattern pieces.
- Cut out one front, one back and one crotch piece (it's located on the pdf with the front piece)
2) Sew the seams
- with right sides together pin the front to back and side seams and crotch seam. Stitch.
3) Prepare crotch piece
- Finish the short ends of the crotch piece using a small zigzag stitch.
- pin the crotch piece on the inside of the stitched panties. You can place the crotch piece either right side up or wrong side up. It's personal choice. The first pair of panties I made, I used some funky monkey knit and placed the crotch piece with the right side showing. But now every time I go to the bathroom I have a bunch of smiling (and somewhat shocked-looking) monkeys staring up at those parts. Probably not the best choice, but it makes me laugh. :P
- baste along the leg edges to secure the crotch piece in place.
4) Sew the elastic
- this is the most difficult step. It takes some finesse and practice.
- what you need to do is attach the elastic around the waist and the legs to finish the seams.
- starting at the back of the waist, fold your elastic over the edge (kinda like bias tape) and start stitching in place.
- I use a zigzag stitch for this to make sure there is lots of stretch and that I can catch the entire elastic in the stitch. I don't pin this or estimate how much elastic I'm going to need. I tried that and it ended badly.
- I'm sure there's a trick to this stuff, but I haven't discovered it yet. My biggest tip would be to pull the elastic quite a bit while you're stitching. The first pair I never sewed had a huge leg because I didn't pull it enough.
- Here's a picture of me sewing it for reference. Please excuse my terrible half painted nails. Yipes!
- When you get to the end, overlap the elastic a bit, cut the extra off and backstitch a lot.
- do the legs in the same manner.
The elastic might be a little tricky, but all it really needs is a little practice. And they turn out so cute and original after all that fussing. I never want to buy mass manufactured panties ever again. It's so much nicer to have a pair with a little uniqueness and a handmade touch!
These two pairs will be on sale at Tawny Bee if you don't want to take the plunge and make a pair of your own. And if you try out the pattern, I'd love to see your version of it. Just email me a photo (email link in my profile) or post it up in the Tawny Bee Flickr Pool.