Okay, let’s just get this out there. I made some knickers, okay?? I trust you all enough to show you my smalls. Except they’re not smalls, they’re giant “granny panties”, lol!
The pattern is the Ohhh Lulu Betty High Waist Panties.
I’ve been meaning to have a go at making my own undies for ages. Saving money you say? Tell me more! I’m hoping from now on I can scrounge a pair of undies out of each cotton knit garment I make.
But I also want to get some nice combinations of fabric and elastic going, because this plain pair is not too glamorous. It’s just my “wearable muslin”, and it’s a bit fugly, there I said it! I hate the combination of black and red (mostly), but it’s what I had.
Can we talk about high-waisted undies for a second? I personally stand strong in my opinion that they are not sexy. They are grandma undies! But I made them up in the original high waist at first to try it out.
Then I laughed and then chopped off the top once I’d confirmed that yes, high-waisted undies are for grandmas. Your opinion may differ of course.
Here is my dress form (who has no butt/crotch) modelling them for you for a laugh:
|OMG so sexy!!|
Based on the hip measurement, I cut the largest size (I do have a large butt, but surely this sizing would exclude a lot of women if I’m the largest size?). I didn’t bother grading, and as expected, it was loose in the waist. But that’s okay, I chopped most of it off anyway. I just did this by folding them down to a height I liked while wearing them, and marking with pins before taking them off. I then snugged the seams in around the waist, and also at the bottom of the backside. I’m not sure this is necessary as that extra looseness could be eased in when the elastic is added. But I did it anyway.
|Chop Chop! (I then tried to make sure the seam lines matched, and added notches for ease of sewing next time).|
These are designed to be made in knits, OR to combine knit fabric on the sides with bias panels of woven fabric in the front and back. This makes the pattern open to lots of variations! Ohhh Lulu’s shop on Etsy has some beautiful inspiration on how to make non-fugly versions of underwear.
Also, omg, Ohh Lulu has a tutorial on adding ruffles (albeit to a different pattern but I’m sure it wouldn’t be hard to adapt!)… RUFFLES!
If and when I experiment with wovens, they’ll probably have less give, so I hope they’re not too small. But they’re not super-tight when made entirely from knit fabric, so maybe I’ll be okay. I thought they looked giant next to my RTW undies, but when I put them on top of each other it was mainly because my me-made undies are still a bit higher-waisted. I might add more to the butt coverage next time, and chop off even more from the top.
|These are lined up at the crotch. Look, they eat my other underwear for breakfast!|
The famous Gertie made this pattern a while back (and has several cute ideas for fabric combinations). And recently I saw Frances of Would I Wear It in Paris made them and raised some good points. There are no notches or lengthen/shorten line. I would add that the instructions are pretty sparse. There are some photos, but no diagrams, so it took me a little bit of extra thinking to figure out. I mean, it wasn’t rocket science, but I do like pretty pictures and clear instructions. Of course I discovered there was a sew along on Ohhh Lulu’s blog afterwards, but I don’t want to have to use a sew along. The instructions should be clear enough.
I liked that the seam allowances were 1cm instead of the standard 1.5. I think that they could even go down to 6mm. Maybe I’ll alter them down to 6mm once I get the pattern how I like it, for speedy and accurate assembly!
Anyway, I know this isn’t a glamorous make but I’m really happy to open the door on new ways to save money with sewing, and a practical way to use up scraps. There is more discussion and info on my blog 🙂