Sewing lingerie!

Panties
Lace panties

Today I finally tried my hands on lingerie making. I still have to finish the bra but I’m already too excited not to share the pretty panties now!

I’ve been wanting to learn to make my own lingerie but always thought that they were too difficult. I’ve made several cotton panties before, but not something as ‘serious’ as bra and lace panties. Until one day, a nice lady named Millie left a comment in one of my post, which led me to to check out her blog, where I found this inspiring post about the basics of bra making. One thing really led to another, internet is such a wonderful thing, isn’t it?

Millie also has put together a comprehensive list of interesting and useful links for bra making, where I found ElingerieA, a supply shop that sells lingerie supplies. After several days of obsessing over bra and lingerie stuff, I finally bought the Bra kit white/mandarin and a bra pattern that will be posted later. These panties were made with supplies from the kit but the pattern was bought from Merckwaerdigh at Etsy.

I was very anxious before cutting the fabric and the pretty lace, afraid of making unbearable mistake. But everything went well, and sewing the panties turned out to be not as difficult as I have imagined. This one was finished in under an hour. I still made a few mistakes though, like not setting the right stitch length, but nothing too fatal.

How about the fit? I wish I was brave enough to show you, but this time I can only offer you my words, the panties were perfect! Not too mention that they were oh so beautiful. Next I will go to the more difficult stuff, bra making. Hope it will turn as pretty as these panties!

  • Norma

    Your panties are adorable. I have been making my panties for several years. There’s nothing that makes a woman feel more feminine than a pair of fancy panties. It’s nice to be able to construct my own designs with delicate touches of lace, ribbons, and embroidery. Most of all, I like the vintage styles: high-waisted briefs, saucy little bloomers, and tap panties, just like Lombard and Harlow wore. They are so much more alluring that the minimalist styles common today. The young women of today need to turn back to the romantic styles of yesteryear. My husband likes them, too. I’ve also created some lovely cuff leg briefs, patterned after Lollipop panties, utilizing authentic rayon fabric, since I don’t like elastic in the legs. There are a number of vintage patterns available on EBay and elsewhere. You’ve inspired me to try bras next.

  • http://gingerlanecreations.wordpress.com Jennie

    awesome!! Can’t wait to see more :)

  • Kelly

    Hi! This is so funny, I was just telling my husband today that I should start making my own underwear, and I clicked over to your blog after seeing that you won the Spring Top Sewalong (Congrats!!!!!) And here you are sewing panties. I am so excited to sew my own! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  • Kae

    You are Brave. I might have to try this myself. Thanks for the inspiration. They look great.

  • http://www.crochetie.blogspot.com Kayo

    Hi Novita, I was excited to see your panty picture on my bloglovin as I actually made one at the same time:) I wasn’t gonna try to make a bra, but now, it’s on my wish to make list;)

    • verypurpleperson

      Wow I want to see your panties! (Uh, doesn’t sound right…) :P

  • http://prettycanhurt.com/ Debra

    Love the orange lace detailing! Once again, you’re created something wonderful. :)

  • saro

    It’s so pretty! I also liked the new blog, I’ve already put her in my google reader – thanks for sharing.

  • http://avengingangelarts.blogspot.com/ Angel

    Congratulations. Lots of people think of panties as difficult but i found them one of the easiest things to sew. I make most of mine from comfy knits or old tshirts i wash and cut up for it. Yours turned out very lovely and i adore the peeping of lace.
    Now if I could just find a bra size big enough. All the patterns I’ve seen wouldn’t fit my large Gcup. =(
    which is a shame because specialty bra’s are very expensive.

  • http://elroperodemitia.blogspot.com/ paola

    waouhhh, I love it!

  • http://www.canyoucomehome.com Starlet Starlet

    SOO VERY ADORABLE!

    I am a newbie sewer and you’re such an inspiration! Lovely panties and what a great choice of color.

    I’ll be jumping thru Millie’s blog now!

  • http://paunnet.blogspot.com/ Paunnet

    Great job, they look super cute!

  • Ogi

    They are gorgeous! And they look just like from real lingerie shop. Hoping you’ll show us more :)

  • http://www.woollytwoshoes.blogspot.com Joyce

    Those panties look lovely, the orange lace makes it look really vibrant! I’ve tried making cotton panties before, by unpicking an old pair and using it as a pattern, but I’ve always been slightly afraid of trying to sew ‘nicer’ ones, probably for the same reason as you – I thought they were too difficult. But I’m re-thinking that now, and I might attempt a bra or slip soon!

    • verypurpleperson

      It’s no problem cutting up cotton, but those lace and slippery knit were surely intimidating! I’m glad that it turned out to be not that difficult. Let’s join the fun! :)

  • http://erikasews.blogspot.com Erika

    This is a very encouraging post, thanks also for the links. I’ll mark it as a favorite so when I feel like to make underwear, I’ll come back here :)

  • http://www.happyserendipity.com lou

    oh wow. i can imagine how you were afraid to cut the lace or make a mistake. the other day i’ve made a dress and had the same fear. i just checked out the bra sewing post… wow. that looks like the ultimate sewing experience. after seeing this i am sure, a bra is the least thing i’ll ever sew! :-)
    you make so many beautiful things. you will master this as well. wishing you loads of luck and FUN!!

  • http://carlottastermaria.fr/blog Carlotta Stermaria

    Congratulations! I recently realized that lingerie is more or less my ultimate sewing goal. Sadly I’m not as skilled as you seem to be, but I hope to make at least a bra, a bias slip and a pair of knickers by the end of the year… I’m going to have a look at Millie’s blog!

    PS : cute color choice, I like that spark of orange!