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Want to Sew Your Own Bras and Panties?

by Beth Cooper

Let’s talk about lingerie. Would you like to sew your own bras and panties? Have you ever thought about it? If you’re looking for a bra that fits just right, consider making your own! While store-bought bras and panties are readily available, there’s something truly special about sewing your own. The journey of crafting your personalized lingerie can be super rewarding! (Seriously, you learn new skills and get something new to wear that actually fits!!)

  1. Choosing the Right Materials

The foundation of any great lingerie project lies in selecting high-quality materials. For bras, opt for soft, breathable fabrics such as cotton, jersey, or lace, ensuring that the material has sufficient stretch and recovery. Additionally, choose underwires, hooks, and adjustable straps of good quality to guarantee both comfort and durability.

When it comes to panties, a variety of fabrics can be used, ranging from comfortable cotton to luxurious silk. Make sure to consider the purpose of the panties—everyday wear, special occasions, or lounging—and select materials accordingly.

This beautiful Silky Satin in Cappuccino would be perfect for undergarments. Find it, along with tons of other colors,
by clicking here!
  1. Measurements and Patterns

Accurate measurements are essential for lingerie that fits perfectly. Take your bust, underbust, and hip measurements for bras and panties. Need help learning how to take proper measurements? Check out the tutorial below.

Next, select or draft patterns that align with your measurements. Several lingerie patterns are available online or at craft stores. Be sure to choose patterns that cater to your skill level and style preferences. Check out the Orange Lingerie website for a great choice in bra, panty, and lingerie patterns.

This is the Marlborough Pattern from Orange Lingerie, which is a fantastic website featuring bra, panty, and lingerie patterns.
This is also the Marlborough Pattern made by sewist Lydia Easley and featured on a past Sew & Tell. Read about it here.
  1. Mastering Techniques

Sewing lingerie demands some specialized techniques, but fear not! With practice and patience, you can master them. Some fundamental techniques include sewing elastic, attaching underwires, and creating adjustable straps. Practice these on scrap fabric before working on your final project.

This is the pattern for the Munroe Brief. You can find it here or on Orange Lingerie.
  1. Personalization and Embellishment

One of the most enjoyable aspects of creating your own lingerie is the freedom to personalize and embellish your designs. Experiment with different lace trims, decorative elastics, bows, and embroidery to add a touch of uniqueness to your creations. Let your creativity run wild, and don’t be afraid to try new ideas.

  1. Fitting and Adjustments

Fitting is crucial in lingerie, as it directly impacts comfort and support. When you complete your bra or panty, try them on and make any necessary adjustments to achieve the perfect fit. Seam ripper is your friend here, as it allows you to undo stitches and make alterations as needed. (Pssst… hardly anyone gets it right the first time! Keep trying!)

You Can Do It!

Sewing your own bras and panties is a wonderful way to connect with your creativity and make something that you will wear and appreciate! The journey may be a learning process, but the end result will be an awesome new piece of underclothing that makes you feel beautiful and confident! It’s a win-win! What are you waiting for? Dive into the world of lingerie sewing and experience the joy of creating intimate apparel that’s truly yours. Happy stitching!

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