Adorably cute cat er I mean undies

20 May

I’ve been on a mission to sew cute undies. My favourite rtw ie the only ones I’ve found that fits me properly, are very short-lived and too expensive to keep buying them at the rate they keep dying.

Good thing I can sew. *phew*

I’ve been sewing mostly with woven fabrics as I have mostly woven scraps. It’s also a great excuse to buy 50cm of fabric I love but either can’t afford more of, or just reeelly don’t need to add to my stash.

In fact this fabric was one of those buys, made into the ‘sweet cotton panties’ pattern at gomakeme. It’s a really cute pattern, with the virtue of being cut on the straight grain, enabling you to squeeze it out of a smaller amount of fabric generally than bias-cut woven undies patterns. I adjusted the back to go under my buttocks, not in the ‘cheeky’ fit across them. I just prefer them that way, and I think they’re just as cute either way πŸ™‚


I’ve also been using up odds and ends of fabric from other makes that are such great prints I can’t let them go. This has a different application of leg elastic than above, I was trying out how soft lingerie elastic worked on craft cotton. Yeah, it does the job πŸ™‚


Another fabric I couldn’t let go.


I’m in love with these undies! They’re made from the bottoms part of this swimsuit pattern I got for 20c in the local op shop. I know I know, yes this pattern is for sale from anything like $30 – $60. Be jealous! I did have to size up a fair bit but changing sizes with undies is actually surprisingly simple.

Vogue 9230; ca. 1975; Misses' Swimsuit With Briefs and Hat. Lined-to-edge swimsuit has scooped neckline, cutaway armholes, close-fitting bodice, inset waistband extending to tie ends, peplum extending to side back, and detachable back panel with elasticized waistline. Lined-to-edge briefs have elasticized legs and waistline. Wide brimmed hat has six-gore crown, elasticized headcasing and topstitching. Purchased pre-gathered trim; purchased scarf. [insert your photos of this pattern made up]

Oh no wait, that wasn’t the undies! I’ll try again


Darn, still not quite. Lemme try again.

Aha, got it! This pattern is sooooo cutely retro. I love it. When sizing up I just had to make sure the width fit round my hips when I was sitting down, then extended the rise up to my waist, and it now fits, while keeping that cute retro look.

A bias-cut woven, finally! A tanga-style undies even. I made this one up myself, by using a knit tanga pattern I have and, er, I just cut them a bit bigger all round and was quite surprised when it turned out well, and perfectly comfortable.

I had a slight mishap first sew of the waistband though. I sewed them up with a twist between front and back. Oops.

Making my own undies is such fun πŸ™‚ I’ll post the knit undies in another post. Enough piccies in this one!

10 Responses to “Adorably cute cat er I mean undies”

  1. Tereza May 20, 2016 at 10:26 pm #

    I want to try this! I love that you used a swimsuit bottom. I have a McCalls tankini pattern in my stash that has a high-waist vintage bottom like yours that I want to attempt now as undies! Thanks for the inspiration!


    • Tropical Threads May 20, 2016 at 10:37 pm #

      Hi Tereza! Aren’t they just great? So cute and retro. I’d love to see your pattern – and the results if you do make undies from it.


  2. Tropical Threads May 20, 2016 at 10:57 pm #

    Oh wow, that’s a fantastic pattern. I love all the views, and the front of those trousers too. Thanks for that. Next time they’re on sale I’ll definitely try get hold of it. LOVE the bikini bottoms.


  3. Summerflies May 21, 2016 at 10:10 am #

    Oh they are all so cute!!!! I think these would be so great in the heat too. The tanga ones are so cute too,


    • Tropical Threads May 21, 2016 at 5:06 pm #

      Most cute! And yes they’re very comfy in the heat. I wear them under loose skirts or dresses, which works well.
      As for the tanga ones my partner has requested a few more of them πŸ˜€


  4. Josie Brady May 21, 2016 at 12:41 pm #

    A lovely way of creating undies from offcuts and small lengths of fabric. Very pretty and super comfortable I would think.


    • Tropical Threads May 21, 2016 at 5:07 pm #

      Yup it’s really good. Satisfying. One pair is made from some of the gorgeous soft cotton fabric you sent me. I’m not sure how it escaped being photographed. I’ll have to remedy it so you can see it. Since the fabric is softer than quilting cotton (Which the others are made from) it’s extra comfy to wear πŸ™‚


  5. katherine May 22, 2016 at 2:32 pm #

    I have not tried woven undies, but it does mean you can use up all those cute scraps! Great work .


    • Tropical Threads May 22, 2016 at 6:41 pm #

      Thankyou! They’re much fun πŸ™‚ And I feel so virtuous using up all those scraps. See my halo? 0:-D


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