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Open Source Unmentionables!

16 May, 2010

Yeah, I don’t like the sound of that either…

Today, I bring you DIY underwear. Yeah, you heard me. Underwear.  You know, the one article of clothing that everyone needs and most crafters (myself included) don’t even think to make? Yeah, here’s a heads up: you can make those.

I think my favorites have to be Colette Patterns’ free Madeline Mini-Bloomers.

Colette Pattern's Mini Bloomers

Made from a yard of fabric, elastic and ribbon, they’re really simple to make: really, the only skills required are the ability to run a straight stitch and to be comfortable working with elastic and buttonholes. I’ll probably make a pair for myself soon! The pattern is available for free through the Colette Patterns’ website.

Got any old t-shirts lying around that don’t fit or you just can’t wear, but you can’t find the heart to throw out? (Yes, you do.) Well, now, with a little work, you have really cute, one-of-a-kind panties. SuperNaturale.com has a free downloadable pattern for bikini-cut underwear that’s great for everyday wear- just scale the pattern piece to correspond with your hip measurement.

SuperNaturale's Kitty Tee Panties

This guy here at Sew-Ing.com get’s the award for A) having the most varied collection of FREE underwear patterns I’ve ever found- for both women AND men, and B) for writing relatively easy to follow tutorials in thier non-native language. Mad props to you, sir.

This place has it all- every style and flavor you can imagine is here, with free pattern (designed to be printed on A4 paper- you may have to do a bit of slicing and dicing in Photoshop to get them to fit on multiple sheets of 8.5 x 11 paper.) up for download.

How To Make Underwear

Basic Lined Bikini-cut Panties

“Big Soft Panties”

Simple Unlined Bra

Woman’s Camisole Top

Classic Men’s Boxers

Men’s Boxer Briefs

Classic Little Boy’s Briefs

Classic Little Boy’s Boxers

Classic Little Girl’s Panties

Little Girl’s Swimsuit

Not-So-Classic Men’s Bikini (can easily by modified to fit a woman)

Men’s Pink Lace Thong (can easily be modified to fit a woman)

 

And what about bras? What if you’re someone like me, who suddenly discovered one morning that she, in fact, wears a 34C (not the 34B she’d worn the previous WEEK) and lives in the middle of nowhere. In case you were unaware, they don’t sell 34C’s in the Middle of Nowhere Wal*Mart. Or maybe you’re like my roommate, the rugby-playing LARPer in a 35B- 34’s are too small, even on the widest setting, 36’s are too big, even on the smallest settin, or like my friend in a 32E…

How is it that women can actually buy bras anymore?! And why would you want to, at $10-$15 each for a cheap one?

This is a rant I go off on a lot. Thanks to Threads Magazine, however, you won’t have to hear it.

The Bra Dilemma Solved!

Okay, so it’s not the be all and end all of bra sewing. It’s just some pointers and construction notes, and where to find these purchase patterns.

THIS is the be all and end all of bra sewing… and underwear sewing… and pajama sewing… and lingerie sewing… and I could go on and on. This is a pretty extensive list of free patterns- bras, underwear, camisoles, robes, slippers, teddies, nighties, slips and boxers.

75 Free Lingerie Sewing Patterns

Congradulations, I have completely rocked your world. You now have absolutely no reason to ever go bra or underwear shopping again. Ever.

Unless, you know, you like that sort of thing. I’m not gonna judge.

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2 comments

  1. Hey!

    I admire your overwhelming zeal and enovation!
    Keep up the good work.
    I rather like what you have done to Gedwood’s Slopers.
    Would you be able to to a sloper for an Empire Line Fitted dress, and post this? Asking much eh?


    • Hi Eileen! Empire style is one of the many, and frankly, one of the simplest things you can do with a bodice sloper, and I do intend to get instruction out there for editing slopers soon! Thank you for the kick in the butt, sometimes I need it to get things done around here! 🙂



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