Say what?! Yes! You can make your own underwear...and guess what? It’s not even hard!
Ladies, let me tell you it has been AMAZING to not have wedgies the last couple of years. Having underwear that’s made for your particular body is a game changer for sure!
Not only that, but I am able to choose my own fabric, which means that my underwear is also made of organic cotton. Great fit and eco-friendly is a win-win combination.
I‘m going to share the resources that I used in case you’d like to try it out for yourself.
Beverly Johnson is a top notch teacher when it comes to undergarments. She not only has classes on making panties but also bra-making (I have yet to try that). Her class on Bluprint entitled Sewing Panties: Construction and Fit will provide everything you need to know, from drafting your own pattern (in several styles) to choosing and understanding appropriate fabrics and finally, sewing. The class is well suited for beginners and advanced sewists alike. She provides some material resources of her own but I will also share what I use.
The style pictured is the bikini pattern and I just attach my waistband elastic to the top, and I prefer to enclose my leg elastic, so I use a 1" wide strip of cotton jersey with a length cut at 80% of the leg opening measurement. If you'll use a wide waistband elastic like I did, I recommend fitting it on your body to see what length feels comfortable to you.
For my main fabric I usually use an organic cotton interlock knit. There are a few brands available. I typically use Birch, Monaluna, or Cloud 9, but you can do a generic search in your browser or on Amazon or Etsy to find fabric by the yard.
For the leg trim I use organic cotton jersey knit but if you have an old t shirt you don’t mind cutting up, you can also use that since not much is needed. That’s where the white fabric from this last pair (pictured) came from.
I buy my 1.5" waistband elastic from Hobby Lobby and my leg elastic from Lace Heaven (1/4” rubber elastic trim).
I use my regular sewing machine and my serger but they can be sewn entirely on a regular home sewing machine that has zigzag or stretch stitches.
Here is my Amazon list if you prefer to just get items shipped to you:
For the leg elastic, you can't beat Lace Heaven, so here is a link to that one:
I highly recommend giving it a try! A wedgie-free life is well worth it :-) Let me know you have any questions. I’ll be happy to answer them.
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