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Message Board > Patterns and Notions > pattern for undies with a bit of a "leg"? ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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pattern for undies with a bit of a "leg"?
(sorta like boxer briefs, but for ladies)
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Date: 3/29/10 3:33 PM

Wondering if anyone knows of a pattern to make undies that are like a boy short but have a bit more length to the leg.

my embarassing problem - I love to wear skirts in the summer but the very tops of my thighs are chubby and they rub together when I walk. Skirt plus hot weather plus sweaty thighs = chafing! ug, not comfortable having a rash there.

I know there is lots of shapewear out there that has longer legs, but really I'm just looking for something cottony and comfy that looks like regular undies except they have a bit of a leg.

Ideas? I'm stumped.

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Date: 3/29/10 4:01 PM

I have the same problem. This is the only pattern I've found that did not have the regular crotch seams (which I would think would be uncomfortable along the thighs.) I have not tried them yet, though.

http://www.sewinglingerie.com/patterns/shortie-legging.html

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Date: 3/29/10 5:23 PM

Have you seen the free pattern posted at Fabric.com from HotPatterns? It's a cami and tap pant set and hopefully this link works.

The only thing that I wonder about is that they may 'ride' up, too, and if they are under a skirt you'll have to excuse yourself to pull them back into position! Maybe a twin needle finish on the hem might give them enough weight to stay put? Just a thought.

JT

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Date: 3/29/10 5:23 PM

Hi Vicky,
Thanks for the link, that looks ok but they are not the nicest looking things, are they? But it might be worth a shot, it's hard to tell from the line drawing how they will turn out.

I would welcome any other ideas people might have.

I was thinking about making a shortened legging but all the seaming in the crotch area means I would probably have to wear regular undies underneath.

H

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Subject: pattern for undies with a bit of a leg? Date: 3/29/10 5:45 PM

Hi JT,
Thanks for the link. Free patterns are always good! I was thinking something that was more form fitting but maybe I can modify the leg line a bit. I really don't want anything too long, it's just maybe about 5" down from the crotch where I'm having the issue.

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Date: 3/29/10 5:54 PM

I have seen the shorty legging made up and it is not designed to be sexy, but is designed to be very comfortable.

There is a inner gusset so you do not have a inseam that will rub. They are long enough to not roll up.

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Date: 3/29/10 6:53 PM

I don't know how big you are, but the Coni Crawford petti pants that I reviewed a couple years ago might fit the bill. It is still in print.

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Date: 3/29/10 7:01 PM

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Hi Vicky,

Thanks for the link, that looks ok but they are not the nicest looking things, are they? But it might be worth a shot, it's hard to tell from the line drawing how they will turn out.

I would welcome any other ideas people might have.

I was thinking about making a shortened legging but all the seaming in the crotch area means I would probably have to wear regular undies underneath.

H

I quickly looked at Jalie and Kwiksew, but I couldn't tell how the seams were handled at the crotch area. They both had some items with longer legs, and you could lengthen them as needed. You could also add or morph legs onto any boy short-type pattern. You could use a man's boxer briefs pattern and alter the crotch/ top half to a women's panty (or just wear the mens - I know women who do that...) You can get some winter long underwear on clearance, and cut them apart to make your own pattern in the length you want.

Crazy idea to make your own pattern: put on some old bike pants or cut-off leggings. Put on old comfy panties over the top. Use a sharpie to draw a line around each leg of the bike shorts where the panty line meets it. take them off, tape/pin legs to panties in proper position, cut up the whole deal into pattern pieces. Transfer pattern to something less crazy, adding seam allowances. Burn all evidence of crazy.

The Lingerie Secrets pattern actually looks pretty good to me (because of the nice gusset), and you can make them nicer looking with the fabrics and hem/waist treatments you use. If they are too big (the waistband in the drawing looks gathered to me) make them in a smaller size. Lower the waist if you want. Use lingerie elastic or stretch lace or a lycra fabric band or a shell or lettuce edge for the hems. Use lace or foldover elastic or lingerie elastic at the waist. Etc. etc.

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Date: 3/29/10 7:45 PM

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I don't know how big you are, but the Coni Crawford petti pants that I reviewed a couple years ago might fit the bill. It is still in print.



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Thanks for this! I am a 16 in RTW pants so I think the Connie Crawford XXL might be a little big. But that is pretty much exactly what I am looking for. I wonder if I could size it down a little....
I wish these patterns weren't so expensive.

I have an panties pattern already, I might try to work with that and see if I can figure something out.

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Date: 3/29/10 7:45 PM

Quote: heathercampbell29
Hi JT,

Thanks for the link. Free patterns are always good! I was thinking something that was more form fitting but maybe I can modify the leg line a bit. I really don't want anything too long, it's just maybe about 5" down from the crotch where I'm having the issue.

I understand your situation. I used KwikSew 2702 to make make these underwear-leggings. I've made several different pairs, using different fabrics, including tricot and very light weight knit. It's summer time--I should make some more.

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I think that KS2702 does not have a gusset. the pattern does work for me, though.

If you already have a legging pattern, I think that you can easily modify it. Just make certain that the crosswise stretch is stretchy enought to cover your thighs comfortably. I also felt more comfortable when I used either stretch lace (makes the leggings feel more like lingerie) or foldover elastic on the leg opening (to prevent them from riding up).

Rose in SV
-- Edited on 3/29/10 7:49 PM --

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