Last week, the amazing Wanett from Sown Brooklyn, pinned a gorgeous lingerie set from Ohhh Lulu Lingerie & Apparel. Sarah, the designer behind Ohhh Lulu, writes a blog full of tutorials and luscious lingerie inspiration. I devoured it so you can imagine my excitement when I found that she’s made up sewing patterns for her wonderful designs. In addition to the current selection, Sarah is working on two bra patterns! I immediately bought up the Betty High Waist Panties and contacted Sarah about guest posting on my blog. To my wonderful surprise, she agreed to do a tutorial on some decorative additions. Please help me welcome Sarah to A Good Wardrobe!
Hi! I’m Sarah – Owner and Designer of Ohhh Lulu Lingerie & Apparel, and most recently, Sewing Patterns! If you haven’t seen my work, I have been selling Made to Order Lingerie on Etsy for just under 2 years, but have been sewing for most of my life. Recently, I’ve started to delve into the word of PDF Sewing Patterns, so that people who love to sew – like me! – can try their hand at lingerie. Converting my patterns to PDF’s has been challenging but very rewarding, and I’ve had a lot of fun learning, growing, and making mistakes along with everyone!
My first pattern, the Betty High Waist Pattern is a versatile, super-high, princess seam panty. Because of the seam lines, there are so many combinations of fabric you can use to sew these – it will even accommodate woven fabrics cut on the bias, in combination with stretch knits.
I was very excited when Lizz gave me the opportunity to appear on her blog, and I’d like to take this opportunity to show you how to add some extra feminine details to the Betty Pattern, to make a truly unique, romantic pair of knickers. I’m using ivory stretch lace, pink jersey knit, and a woven cotton floral. You will also need coordinating thread, enough elastic for the waist, and your pattern.
After cutting out all of the pieces, tear two 2″ strips of 45″ floral cotton. Cotton tears so nicely and creates a beautiful rough, raw edge when torn.
Gather your lengths of cotton using a wide basting stitch. Press your ruffle, then lay over the lower edge of your side panel, so that the ruffle cones just to the end of the panel. Stitch the ruffle on using a wide Zig-Zag stitch – this is very important! Once you have stitched on the ruffle and removed the gathering stitches, you’ll have a nice, stretchy ruffle.
I was able to get 3 rows of ruffles out of 1 gathered length of fabric. Depending on how much you want to gather, and the size you cut, you may need to tear additional strips to gather.
Before sewing the side panels to the front, finish off the lower edge of your side panel by cover stitching, or by folding over and using a twin needle. Sew your front and back crotch seam together, and finish the leg openings in the same manner as you did the sides. You can now sew your side panels to the front and back.
I’m also going to add a coordinating heart appliqué to the derrière of my panties. To do so, I cut a heart template out of card stock. I traced the heart on to my fabric and cut the heart out. I then trimmed back my template by 1/4″, all the way around. You should now have a card stock heart that is 1/4″ smaller than your fabric heart, all the way around.
Apply a basting stitch 1/8″ around the curve of the heart. Bring your heart over to your ironing board – place the template within the heart cut out, and pull your basting stitch so the fabric starts to gather. Your fabric will fold naturally around the curved heart shape. With a hot iron, press it flat, forming a nice clean edge around the card stock template.
Isn’t that a nice way to get a sharp, pressed edge around a curved or irregular shape? This is a technique I always use for creating patch pockets.
Pin your applique in place, and zig-zag stitch it down, stitching as close to the edge as possible, even slightly over.
And that is it! You can easily substitute woven cotton for a lace appliqué for a more flirty look.
One of the things I love most about sewing is the many ways you can sew and finish a garment – you can sew the same pattern a million times, in a multitude of ways to achieve a different look every time. Happy Sewing!