Sewing knickers

There are knickers all over instagram at the moment, I have been inspired to have a go…


Did you know you can make a pair from a fat quarter?

Having never ever made knickers or anything closely resembling underwear, I thought I would begin by playing safe and sewing from a kit. …

I spent £15 and ordered one from Trixie Lixie.


Kit arrived super fast (thank you Trixie) and there is even a video to view online, that is very helpful if you get stuck!

Everything went according to plan and in one hour I had made my first ever pair of knickers…

I was hooked, the next day I made another pair, I had plans, I intended on using up all my scraps of fabric left over from making dresses and such like…

An optional bow can be added and oh how I do love a pretty bow…

Close up of the elastic sewing…. (just zig-zag no overlocker needed!)

Taa daah…This pair was from a fat quarter that came free with the first issue of Love Sewing magazine!

Total cost = 40p (2m of elastic lace at 20p per meter) and about an hour from start to finish…

By this time the poor pattern was slightly the worse for wear with all the use it was getting! I quickly realised it wasn’t going to last long. 

I consulted the other half, who came up with the  genius idea of cutting it from perspex!

 He promptly disappeared, found some perspex and came back with the 3 pieces of the pattern made entirely from perspex, complete with pattern markings!

He is a genius…

The next day I made more….

and more: loved this pair so much I added my name to it…

If you plan on making some, you may like to know what I learnt from my first attempts… ?

Hints and tips when sewing your own knickers:

  1. Wider lace elastic is easier to sew on than narrow elastic, 
  2. Test the elastic springs back firmly before buying, if it doesnt dont buy it.
  3. A lightweight cotton lawn is perfect the fabric to use (in my opinion)
  4. Use a slightly wider zig-zag stitch than normal, as this gives more stretch.
  5. Practise sewing with scraps first, the technique of stretching the lace as you sew, takes a little getting used to.
  6. When sewing, don’t stretch the elastic too much along the sides of the gusset, as this makes it makes it uncomfortable to wear. 
  7. Be prepared to experiment, you may not make a perfect ‘pair’ first time around and that is ok!

 A review of the Trixie Lixie Knicker Kit.


The Pros: Nice fabric choices on the site and the pattern is cut well, with plenty of ‘behind’ coverage! They are comfortable to wear and the fit was good and true to size.

The Cons: The elastic that comes with the kit is not very suitable (in my opinion) it did not gather the fabric well and was too narrow, The elastic did not wash particularly well either.

It is the elastic that has the most important job to do in a pair of knickers and I have to say the one supplied in the kit was not up to the job!!

If I was less confident in my sewing abilities, this attempt at sewing lingerie would have put me off forever. However the next day realising the elastic was at fault and not me.  I rushed to my local haberdashery and bought new elastic,with fab results.

I have just ordered the Sew over it Knicker Kit for comparison

I guarantee that once you start you will be hooked I am…

Good luck!

bestest

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42 Comments

  1. 2nd January 2016 / 10:54 am

    Wow they are great. I have not made knickers, I did make a couple of bikinis once so same shape. I will give it a go you have inspired me, thank you. xx

    • 2nd January 2016 / 1:46 pm

      hello and thank you! i think that is the main job of a blogger to inspire!
      happy new year!
      bestest d x

  2. 7th February 2015 / 7:12 pm

    Don't know how I missed this post! I have been musing and pondering upon underwear recently. I have made plenty of it in my time, but never for my self. Knickers are easy, but bras….

    • 7th February 2015 / 7:33 pm

      I want to learn about bra's soon!!
      D x

  3. 5th February 2015 / 3:23 pm

    These are brilliant! What a great way to use up small amounts of fabric. Sadly I think these are way beyond my sewing abilities, but I'd love to have a go. xx

  4. 4th February 2015 / 1:56 pm

    I bought the pattern ages ago. I am very new to sewing but my first attempt was a disaster to the point that it put me off making any more…. I wasn't able to handle the elastic with the machine so they ended up being very baggy…..I wasn't sure whether I had to stretch the elastic when I was sewing it to the fabric or not….Any hints? Your knickers are ace!!! I love the polka dot ones….great for St Valentine's …. Pati xx

    • 4th February 2015 / 6:29 pm

      Hello and Yes youneed to stretch the elastic as you go…trixie lixie has a video to help….st valentines here i come!!
      thanks for your comment
      bestest daisy j x

    • 5th February 2015 / 5:23 pm

      Thanks very much Daisy…
      I think that I am going to give them another chance and pop into my local haberdashery to get some elastic… (any excuse to go to the haberdashery is great!). I will check the video and see what I get from it. Thanks a lot,
      Pati x

  5. 3rd February 2015 / 9:34 am

    Love them! You need to start selling … M x

  6. 2nd February 2015 / 2:50 pm

    Oh My, I just think they are great!! I am going to order the kit and have a go!x

  7. 2nd February 2015 / 11:59 am

    These look great and I think the elastic is key. I have some stretch elastic in my stash. But feeling a bit sick today so might try next week. Jo x

  8. 2nd February 2015 / 11:58 am

    And we need to say how impressed we are with the sere through perspex pants created by your other half! Well done him!!!

  9. 2nd February 2015 / 11:39 am

    These look really lovely. Well done!

  10. 2nd February 2015 / 11:31 am

    How clever are you!! How clever hubby too for making the pattern!! You are a talented pair aren't you – that is you and hubby, that are talented, not the knickers! They are just lovely! xx

  11. 2nd February 2015 / 11:08 am

    They are so pretty! All my knickers are made from jersey or other stretch fabrics. Are woven fabrics really as comfy? xx

    • 2nd February 2015 / 11:22 am

      They really really are…. and as jersey is rarely 100% cotton (it couldn't be it needs the stretch to stay up!)
      it is so lovely to wear 100% cotton they will be fab in summer!
      bestest and thanks for your comments as ever D xxx

  12. 2nd February 2015 / 10:13 am

    This is why I have been saving every scrap of fabric-bespoke knickers! My sister bought me the Sew Over It Knicker Kit for Yule, I haven't attempted it yet so if you get it done before me I will be very interested in what you think of it. I think my only problem will be I'm a coordinating sort of girl, so not having a bra to match might cause me some issues! Creative Blessings, Tracy x
    PS I think you might have a business idea with that perspex pattern!

    • 2nd February 2015 / 11:23 am

      Thats brilliant…. I ordered it yesterday…so it should be here soon! watch this space….
      bestest to you today daisy j x

  13. 2nd February 2015 / 8:59 am

    Knickers from a FQ? Not for my bottom! The knickers look fab and I might sew some for my daughter. Thanks for the tips.

    • 2nd February 2015 / 11:23 am

      Ha I thought that too, but you would be suprised they are cut on the diagonal its wider….!
      bestest daisy j xx

  14. 2nd February 2015 / 8:15 am

    these are so cute, I'm inspired to have a go. There is a free pattern for a similar looking pair of knickers in this month's love sewing too. Look forward to your review of sew over its kit to see which is better!

    • 2nd February 2015 / 11:24 am

      oh thanks for that info I havent seen it yet!
      bestest Daisy j x

    • 2nd February 2015 / 11:24 am

      Thanks so much Frankie I love them….they wash nicely too!
      bestest daisy j x

  15. 2nd February 2015 / 7:40 am

    Oh my goodness, they're fantastic!

    • 2nd February 2015 / 11:25 am

      Thank you Vanessa….comfy too I love them…making more today!
      bestest d x

  16. 2nd February 2015 / 7:29 am

    I've been wanting to make some scanties for ages but thought it might end up being a bit fiddly and that the resulting knickers may not be that comfy – you've inspired me to give it go.
    http://asaucystitch.blogspot.co.uk/

    • 2nd February 2015 / 11:44 am

      you really should, fiddly but easy, just don't expect perfection on every pair?
      bestest
      Daisy j x

  17. 2nd February 2015 / 7:29 am

    They look fab, so pretty! what are they like to wear ? Does the fabric "give" enough to allow for movement ? I think it's a shame you'd have to wear them underneath your clothes! Superman style perhaps ? 😉
    Jillxo

    • 2nd February 2015 / 11:45 am

      Hello Jill, they are cut on the bias so lots of stretch and very comfy, Im thinking matching my knickers to my dresses!
      bestest Daisy J

  18. 2nd February 2015 / 6:16 am

    Being a fellow newbie at knicker making I understand your addiction and enjoyed your post. I have ordered some fat quarters in the new Liberty Alice in Wonderland designs – now just have to go on the hunt for knicker elastic. Does the place you got yours do online ordering by any chance? Have a good week wearing your new pants x

    • 2nd February 2015 / 11:46 am

      You are one of the people who inspired me!
      I'm not sure they do online shopping. the place is called "hansons" in sturminster newton
      bestest d xx

  19. 2nd February 2015 / 5:58 am

    So where's the customary pic of you wearing 'em???

    • 2nd February 2015 / 11:47 am

      Nuff said madam!
      xxxxxxxxxx
      xxxxxxxxxx

  20. 2nd February 2015 / 5:48 am

    Well who'd have thunk! They're great though and hand made knickers would make a great change from knitting someone a scarf for a present! Well done x Jane

    • 2nd February 2015 / 11:47 am

      We said that too!
      great minds an all…….
      bestest daisy xxx

  21. 2nd February 2015 / 3:52 am

    I concur wholeheartedly. Elastic is v.important…wedgies are awful. Your drawers are delightful.

    • 2nd February 2015 / 10:00 am

      ha ha!! too true dear Fiona….D xxx

  22. 1st February 2015 / 11:01 pm

    Clever you, these are so pretty.

    • 2nd February 2015 / 9:59 am

      Oh thank you but I am not clever at all….they are easy to make I can assure you!!
      bestest and thank you for your kind words much appreciated!
      bestest daisy j

  23. 1st February 2015 / 10:23 pm

    Interesting, though seems weird knowing I've seen your knickers!!!! X

    • 2nd February 2015 / 9:58 am

      Oh ginny t who else would say that….?
      fondly yours D aka A x