My lingerie sewing adventures continue! After I made my first two pairs of undies and wore them out and about, I realized that they were the some of the most comfortable undergarments I’ve ever worn. The adjusted fit and super-soft jersey were a winning combination! Although it may seem silly to sew your own underwear, I’ve found that the extra attention to detail makes a big difference. It’s a great feeling not to have to constantly tug and adjust things all day – who knew handmade undies were the answer? : )
Needless to say I’ve made a few more pairs, as you can see above, and I don’t see the underwear-sewing train stopping anytime soon.
I used the So Zo free pattern again, with my fit adjustments from last time, and some light blue fold-over elastic. I cut the second smallest size and find that I use about 2.5 yards of elastic per pair, maybe a little less. Like last time, the only place I stretched the elastic when sewing was at the back waist, simply because the pattern was a little big for me in that area. Otherwise, I didn’t stretch anything.
The astute among you may notice that I even used the exact same jersey as last time for the 3 blue pairs. Now I have a drawer full of matching undies, ha! I had bought a yard of that blue jersey, and apparently you can get quite a few pairs out of a single yard. I’d guess 5-6 pairs maybe? I’ve made 4 so far with a decent amount of jersey still left over.
The striped pair was made with leftover cotton jersey from this Renfrew. I have lots of other jersey scraps lying around, but none of the other ones had enough recovery (lycra content) to make good undies. (Can you imagine sagging underwear? Ugh!)
I think my elastic joins are improving, but I don’t think they’ll ever be perfectly neat simply due to the nature of overlapping (the top layer will always be a little shorter). The overlapping on my previous two paris seems to have held up well in the wash, so I think I’ll stick with it! The pattern instructions would produce a neater finish, but I don’t like that little bump of elastic seam allowance on the inside.
And now, prepare yourself for an Allspice Abounds first: a photo of me in my underwear! Serenity now!!!
I figure the undies are opaque and don’t show any more skin than a bathing suit would, so there’s nothing too risqué going on here. : ) Now you can see how they actually fit on a real body. I like this pattern because the undies provide a comfortable amount of coverage without looking frumpy. In the stripes, I actually think they’re pretty cute!
I’m sure there will be more handmade undies on this blog, but for now I’ve switched gears and am working on a Renfrew maxi dress. Will this be the summer of jersey? There’s just something about hot, humid weather than makes me want to drape myself in flowing cascades of jersey.
Have you made any undies yet? They seem to be popping up all over the place lately – I love it. : )