If you decide to sew your own underwear, two things will happen for sure –
1. You will never be short of fresh underwear and
2. You will never lack for the cloth to sew them with – all of those t-shirts destined for the junkyard can be used in your sewing.
These things aside, the patterns and tutorials listed below makes sewing them so easy I do not think you will ever have to shop for ready made underwear ever again.
If you are feeling slightly more adventurous skip the knit fabrics or old t shirts and sew them in satin.
Some points to remember when sewing with knit fabric are
Wash the fabric before sewing if it is new, as knit may shrink after the first wash
Use a ballpoint needle only
Do not stretch as you sew( you may have a tendency to do that because of the nature of the cloth), as this will make your garment skewed
Use a very small seam allowance (1/4 inch and lesser) as more will cause bulking up
Use a narrow and short zigzag when sewing the seams, for it to be strong.
Related post : 40 Different types of Underwear.
DIY PANTY PATTERNS AND TUTORIALS
A very detailed tutorial which tells us how to reverse engineer an old underwear to make the new pattern – this one is my favourite. You will surely want to start making them fast.
The author says it took her just 10 minutes to sew it up , but I cannot believe it – it is so very beautiful it cannot be so easy to sew.
This tutorial gives us all we have to know about sewing the elastic – ordinary elastic, picot edged, and fold over elastic. Very much needed info if you want to sew the underwear.
Free patterns and clear instructions to sew them with – what more do you want to start sewing.
This very generous blogger has written very clear instructions on how to make underwear with patterns to make it in your size.
Sewing underwear : adding lace inserts
The patterns are for 4-5 year old girls ; The underwear are made from old tshirts lying around your house.
You can make the pattern for your underwear yourself – Very inventive method of making the pattern
A great detailed tutorial about using stretch lace on the edges instead of elastic
Pattern for a small girl’s underwear. Make this with the old clothes you have in your stash.
Make your own panty tutorial
Hip hugger pants pattern
Clear instructions to make your own underwear pattern to suit your size from an old underwear
This is a very very good pattern with complete pattern and detailed instructions
This is a simple and easy to sew boxer pattern which can be adapted for girls.
As the name suggests these are Panties made from Handkerchiefs ; so many possibilities.
This one is a pattern for a 5-6 year old’s boxers
Beautiful pattern to sew hipsters . A must ‘save’ in your pattern folder – this one is free, cannot believe it.
You might want to take care of your undergarments to extend their lives by way of washing and caring for them properly. Checkout the following posts on the best way to wash and care delicate clothes . If you are in a hurry you might just want to pop all of your dirty laundry into a washing machine instead of hand washing them , I won’t blame you – you can make this laundry bag and put them in the washing machine without a care of damaging them