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Posted on:2/1/14 1:38 PM
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Photographs show front, back, and an 'averaging of two patterns for left front and right front in order to arrive at the final pattern.

Pattern Description:

I created a pattern by carefully cutting apart an old pair of Maidenform panties.

I used loti's description for creating this pattern as described in the Lingerie Sew Along back in 2011.

Pattern Sizing:

Probably an XL as drafted.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

They look like the old panties (except they are brand new) so that's a success. More importantly, they feel like the old panties.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

My "instructions" consisted of a careful examination of the old panties to determine at what point the crotch lining was added, when the lace was added, and when the major seams were sewn. You can garner all of this info through observation, but you need to be careful deconstructing the old panties so you won't obliterate any useful information.

(NOTE: I did not use a seam ripper but instead I cut carefully at side, CF, and CB seams. This preserved everything I needed to 'reverse engineer' the garment.)

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

These old Maidenform panties got to be in such a deplorable state because I loved them so much I could not toss them. It's an odd thing with a favored pair of clothing to realize there's more there than just cloth and thread: there's a drafted pattern built in and when something becomes a favorite, it might be a good idea to try to recover the pattern from the garment.

Fabric Used:

spandex knit from Transfertex (Germany)

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

For this first pair, I pretty much copied the pattern as is. However, on these panties patterns, as loti points out, when you trace off the pattern you will likely find right and left are quite different. The goal is to kind of average the pieces out (right front, left front AND right back, left back) and hope you hit a happy medium point. The averaging worked fine in this case but I'll pay attention as I wear the panties and see what tweaks might be needed.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Definitely will sew again and would recommend the process to you if you have an interest.


The beautiful thing about making panties from a pattern drafted from RTW you have already worn is you know the fit is good. Buying panties can be hit or miss because sometimes there seem to be variations within even the same company and style.

The other nice thing is panties don't take a lot of fabric and might be a good way to use up leftover fabrics from other projects.

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sewnotwork said...
What a great idea!!
2/1/14 1:52 PM
sewingengr said...
I think these are the same as my favorite Maidenform boy short undies...I keep meaning to copy them too. Great tip about finding a happy medium between the left and right sides, thanks for sharing!
2/1/14 3:27 PM
treefrog said...
Cute undies! Glad your favourite pair has a new lease of life
2/1/14 4:11 PM
Dee2 said...
Lovely undies & great review! Thanks!
2/1/14 4:30 PM
Baja Susana said...
Great undies, love the animal print. I think I may cut apart, very carefully, a pair of panties. Thanks for a great review.
2/1/14 5:17 PM
SewLibra said...
Great job! I have also made patterns from RTW with success, but have never attempted under garments. Thanks for the inspiration!
2/2/14 0:29 AM
FreyaStark said...
An interesting project, and I love that spotty fabric.
2/2/14 2:05 AM
Pam in Amsterdam said...
i have used an old tee to rub off a RTW undie, BUT it came too big out. The problem was in the fabric (2-direction stretch). Spandex is a stretch in 3 x directions, than your garment simply must turn out right. The mine was a small disaster :)) because of the size and fabric.
2/2/14 6:01 AM
Quickie said...
Nice undies. They can even form a set with your cami
2/2/14 10:43 AM
sewing for fun said...
very cute! It's a great way to get tried and true panties that fit.
2/2/14 9:32 PM
Margaret said...
Nice! Great that you could get a pattern off a well-fitting pair.
2/3/14 11:36 AM
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