You must know about Ohhh Lulu, right? Sarah Norwood’s beautiful lingerie line. One day they will all be mine, but until then she has been gracious enough to allow home-sewers the opportunity (patterns) to make their own. So far there is a Ginger swimsuit pattern, a Betty knicker pattern and a thong.
These are made from some black jersey and some scraps from the fabric from hell that I made my failed Tiramisu from. The lingerie elastic is from an eBay shop. I had much more success using this picot edge elastic than fold-over. Fold-over elastic tends to stretch out and distort when I use it, and despite trying again and again, I just can’t seem to tame it. I would love to find out what I’m doing wrong.
High waisted knickers aren’t for everyone, and can very easily enter granny-pant territory. Ohhh Lulu seems to have made them both acceptable and sexy. I’m a fan, but not a total convert. They look huge compared to my rtw knickers, but boy are they comfy. The main thing I noticed was the width of the crotch. Yep, there it is, the word crotch. I considered photographing a comparison of crotch widths but thought better of it. You’ll just have to believe me.
It took several attempts to get these to fit right. The waist needed tapering quite a lot, so cautiously trimmed some width off both front, back and side panels until I got it right. I’ve made several test versions of these, in knits, in wovens, but this is the first pair that look like I imagined when I thought about making pants. More to come!
Have you sewn your own lingerie? It seems to be more and more popular with the online sewing community, and I love the wealth of information out there.