Have you tried making your own lingerie yet? It’s delightfully quick and simple to make sexy panties when you use stretch lace. When I developed the book Sweet Nothings, designer Elise Olsen’s Sugarberry Panties inspired me to make my own dainty things. The wide stretch lace trim that forms the body of the panty needs no finishing, which makes it super easy to create these darling little unmentionables.
Although wide stretch lace trim is sometimes difficult to find, stretch lace yardage is more readily available. Fortunately, you can use stretch lace fabric to make easy panties, too. I’ve made samples of three simple ways to finish the edges of stretch lace fabric. Whichever method you use, first make a continuous loop of the elastic to fit your opening (leg or waist), and mark both the loop and the opening into equal portions (half, quarter, eighth, and so on).
The first technique is a stitch-and-turn method to apply decorative elastic. Pin the elastic to the opening, right sides facing, matching the marks. Use a straight stitch to stitch along the decorative elastic edge, stretching the elastic to fit.
Fold the elastic to the wrong side so the decorative edge shows and stitch down with a short narrow zigzag, again stretching the elastic as you go.
The second method involves flat decorative trim. You apply it to stretch fabric as suggested above, but place the wrong side of the trim to the right side of the opening. Stitch in place and trim away the excess from the stretch fabric.
The last method uses traditional stretch lingerie binding, which can be folded to encase the raw edges. This is also a stitch-and-turn method. Begin by placing the raw edge of the stretch lace fabric at the center of the binding; you’ll see an obvious spot where the binding can be folded. Mark and pin as with the other methods, and use a line of straight stitching to secure the two layers, stretching as you go. Fold the binding over the raw edge and stitch in place with a line of zigzag stitches, again stretching as you go.
Here are a couple of hints for applying stretch trim to stretch fabric. Use lots of pins to secure the layers; take a few stitches to secure the layers before you begin stretching the elastic trim; and stretch with both hands, one behind the needle and one in front.
Thanks for checking out our free project, the Trixie romper, from Sweet Nothings, and be sure to enter the book giveaway! Simply tell us what your favorite material for undergarments is (Maybe it’s soft silks? Or comfy cottons?) by 9:30am EST on Wednesday, May 4th and you could win a copy of this book full of tips, techniques, and awesome lingerie projects. We’re grateful to BurdaStyle for letting the needlearts folks from Lark Crafts come to play!
Valerie Shrader is an Editor at Lark Crafts and the author of Sweet Nothings. You can check out more of her projects, tips and ideas here!