A few years back, I came across the concept of making your own underwear. A few bloggers were doing it and to be honest, I thought they were bonkers! What a waste of time!!
To those bloggers, I sincerely apologise! I have seen the light. Sure, you can buy underwear for less than $1 a pair, but my issue is with fit. I hate buying underwear! You buy a pair hoping they’ll fit well and they don’t. Then you need to buy another brand to see if they fit better and the fruitless search continues.
I was sick of underwear that would ride up, hang too low or cut in. I realised that making my own was the answer. The perfect fit was in my reach!
I had a pair that fit pretty well, but were ready for the bin so I decided to sacrifice them to make a pattern. For my first pair, I followed this tutorial from comeandseetheseitz. I’ve since seen tutorials showing you how to make a pattern without cutting up a pair. My first pair turned out pretty good. I made a few tweaks to the pattern and after only 3 test pairs, I had the fit just right! I now have the pattern cut out on cardboard from a cereal box. It’s nice and thick so I can use it over and over again. The pattern is called my ‘Very Comfy Undies’ or VCU for short.
I originally used elastic for the waist and leg bands, but I wasn’t a fan of it, so I now use stretch knit for the bands. I overlock it onto the back and then fold over to the front and finish with a double needle.
I decided to splurge on my latest pair and used some Liberty jersey from my stash to make them. Apologies for the lack of action shots, my bum double is on holidays! 😉
If you’re tight on budget, then you can use old tees or jersey bed sheets to make them. I did this for my test pairs. I have found that cotton knits and stretch knits (those with lycra or elastane in them) both work well, but you need to use a stretch knit for the bands.
If comfy cotton briefs aren’t your style, I have a Pinterest board full of different styles with links to patterns and tutorials, so take a look and see what you like best! Leave a comment if you’ve made your own underwear or want to give it a go! I’d love to know what you think of your couture undies!