Hot! The Panties

I’m getting to the point where I would really like to be able to make everything.  I’m not there yet mind you but I’m moving in that direction.  I’ve been making Emily’s panties from the beginning because I didn’t like the fit of her store bought ones.  I haden’t made my own though.  I tend to just run into Victoria’s Secret and get 5 pairs for $25 when I start to run low.  Lately though it seems like I start to run low all the time.  You see I throw them away when they get wholes and between the elastic coming off and the fabric getting wholes I’ve been throwing them out at an alarming rate.

In a way this pattern was also a bit of a get real project.  I bought it for the lace hipsters but my body only likes cotton panties.  I ended up making the bikini with a few adjustments and am pleased.  I do suggest making a tester first though and possibly trying more then one fit.  I tried the other cut and it was awful. I also didn’t like either rise and ended up splitting the difference between the two.  For Emily I made the high rise bikini with the front curved down just a bit.



The Facts

Fabric: several 1/2 yard cuts of fabric (with scraps left over for more pairs) and other fabric scraps

Notions: Fold over elastic and picot elastic.  I prefer the fold over.

Pattern:  Jalie 2568

Year: modern

Time: each pair less then 30 min

First worn: Today for both of us.  Pink and purple animal print for all.

Wear again:  Yes

Total cost: To paraphrase the old add “Panties that stay out of you butt priceless”

I hope you will all forgive the lack of model shots I think we can all agree that neither of the ladies of the house needed to appear on the internet in just  her panties.  Just in case your not here’s a cute pic of Emily is the shorts for last weeks challenge that I never got around to posting about. 



Stephanie mother tried to teach her how to sew growing up but she didn't really get serious about it until her 4 year old daughter was born and she wanted to put her in fancy smocked dresses. Since then, she has learned to smock and sew. Her blog and screen name come from the initials of her two children Elijah who is 8 and Emily who is 4.


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  1. Hi Stephanie, I got such a giggle out of your posting – priceless! I’m putting this on my list of to do’s. Can you explain fold over elastic? I’ve never used it.

    • I cut it to the suggested length and sew it into a circle. Then I mark the opening and the elastic into 4ths. Then pin the elastic around. The fabric is sandwiched inside the elastic like double fold bias tape but so much easier to put on. Then I use a zig zag stitch going though both sides of the elastic and the fabric stretching just enough to make the elastic fit but not stretching the fabric if possible.

  2. I never thought of using fold over elastic for unmentionables! It’s rather genius and would solve any fraying issues! Well done!

  3. Way to go on the panties! I made a few for next week’s challenge and debated just how I would display them. I’m not going to pose in them either :) I had a difficult time finding underwear elastic at the fabric stores. Well, they had some plain white, but I wanted colors and lace. Any suggestions?

  4. omigosh! You made Jack Skellington panties?! Ma’lady, you are brilliant :) so jelly.

  5. What a great variety and a great savings! I need to look for fold-over elastic – unmentionables are on my to-learn list.

  6. Brilliant! How awesome that they worked so well, and fit so nicely. I’ve had unmentionables on my to-do list for ages, but I haven’t been able to find a selection of nice cotton knits that I really want wrapping my derrière on a regular basis. I must look harder.

  7. The FOE is genius, I immediately ventured over to some tutorials to have a squizz at the How to’s. I’ve just bought some knicker patterns from Etsy so thank you for the FOE mention. I’m excited to get started. Just love what you’ve done, great job.

  8. I really love these! you chose some great prints too.

  9. What a fabulous way to use up odd bits of fabric. Following your inspiration I think I’m going to have to try my hand at making some knickers….I only like ones made by a shop in the UK, and haven’t found ones in my size I like over here yet. Love the patterns.