Yet when I think about that logic, I might never make anything! Inspired by my friend Jenelle Montilone who told me I could make my own underwear and should! Admittedly, I tried a few of the free tutorials but the results were abysmal. I was trying to upcycle t-shirts and use an existing pair of underwear as my template. Instead of being frustrated, I decided to look at other options.

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Last weekend, I managed to cut out and construct several pairs and this weekend I spent my sewing time applying elastic like it was my job. This was my impetus to seriously take up garment sewing—there suddenly came a moment when it seemed easier to me to just make my clothes than to try to find things I liked in stores. While I had been toying with the idea of sewing my own clothes for awhile, it was trying to shop for underwear last year that proved frustrating enough to push me over the edge.

So I dusted off my sewing machine, dug up a handful of old t-shirts, and dove in. But before that point, I repurposed a lot of t-shirts as I played around with the pattern, tried out some different construction methods, and experimented with elastic in different ways.

And that makes this my first tried and true or TNT sewing pattern—an important milestone for a sewing noob! I picked this pattern primarily because it came in my size, but it also had really positive reviews. Every pair shown here is the low-rise hipster style. I construct the underwear entirely on a regular sewing machine, using a narrow zig-zag stitch for the seams and a 3-step zig-zag stitch to attach the elastic.

The pattern also recommends simply hemming the legs of the hipster style rather than attaching elastic. I use the same elastic at the legs that I use at the waist and apply it using a 2-step method similar to that described in this tutorial from A Very Purple Person. The Jalie pattern includes 3 pieces—a front, a back, and then a lining piece that you sew together with the bottom part of the front. This means that the and I apologize in advance for having to use this terrible word crotch is part of the front pattern piece.

You can see the original pattern pieces for the front and the lining, which are both cut on the fold, in the photo below. This method works perfectly well, but it does leave one edge of the lining exposed and the longer front pattern piece makes it tricky to eke a pair of underwear out of a small piece of fabric. I decided to alter the Jalie pattern to use this construction method—it was really simple and took about 60 seconds to complete.

I simply laid the original lining piece over the bottom of the front piece and drew a line across the top of the lining piece—this line becomes the new seam line for the front piece. The photo below shows my altered pattern pieces. What was just a lining piece is now the pattern piece for the crotch gusset and lining. This method gives a really satisfying, clean finish to the inside of the underwear. So there you have it—a really long post about making underwear. So onto the next pair!

Thank you for the detailed photos and explanation. Why did I never think to separate the crotch piece! What a helpful post. You have inspired me! I look forward to following your blog. Great post. I am waiting for all my undies to fall apart and replace them as I go before I make any more. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

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U is for Underwear – Jalie 2568 Pattern Review

Picking a pattern, though, was harder than I thought. And most of them have limited sizing and styles. This has five different styles and the usual Jalie wide range of sizes. And with the range of styles basically high cut and hipster cut with both high and low rise options for each.


Jalie 2568: Sewing Underwear

We LOVE Jalie patterns; they are impeccably drafted with sizes included from toddler to plus size adult. Jalie Patterns are printed on a heavier weight paper, simply unfold them and trace the size you need. Instructions are printed on the pattern and are also available as a free download from their website. While we adore Jalie patterns, we also recognize that the photos on the front do not always show off the pattern as clearly as we would like; please check the line drawings to get an accurate view of the garment lines. Feel free to continue shopping or head to your cart. Sewing pattern for camisole and three panties styles Camisole with lace-trimmed rounded square front neckline. The scoop back neckline and armholes are finished with picot edge elastic Hipster panties with lace-trimmed waistband and hemmed leg openings no elastic A Leg openings can be finished with picot edge elastic for better support.


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