There is nothing more pathetic than a well-loved pair of ladies underwear (panties, knickers, whatever), which have been worn to the point that the cotton crotch has become a tattered shred, barely even a memory. I could not in all consciousness part with $10 to $12 for a nice pair at Macy's without trying my hand at it, especially since it only takes a half a yard of fabric to make a pair.
For the 2010 Lingerie Contest on PatternReview.com, I chose to make another as yet unreviewed pattern, Lingerie Secrets' "High Cut Pantie". I bought a Value Pack Tricot bundle from Fabric Depot in Garwood, TX (http://www.fabricdepotco.com/ ) at half-price ($15.00) last month. They specialize in fabrics, patterns, and notions for lingerie and active wear. When I got my bundle, a minimum of 10+ yards of solid color fabric, I was delighted with the quality, though I realized I had enough fabric to make all the panties I'll ever need!
I also got a 300 yard spool of elastic. Again, rather overkill, but at $ 0.15/yard, it was a very good deal!
Lingerie Secrets has you sandwich the front piece between the two crotch pieces in a technique similar to that used by Kwik Sew. It is very important to pay attention to wrong and right sides, as when you pull the crotch pieces away from the front after sewing the first seam, you will want the right side of the crotch main or lining pieces to face up on either side.
Here I'm marking the 1/4 inch seam line. I use a water soluble marking pen. Careful, sweaty fingers will remove those marks before you can get the fabric to your machine!
Here I'm "wrapping" the crotch lining around the front of the panty and to the back piece of the panty. After sewing this, you pull the panty pieces through one of the open seams at the side of the crotch. All crotch seams will be concealed.
Here's what it looks like wrapped.
After the crotch is sewn, you attach the elastic to the legs, sew one side, attach the elastic to the waist, sew the remaining side seam, tack down the seams and you are done!
A beautiful pair of panties that look store-bought! And now for some numbers:
So we're talking about $2.37, compared with $10.00 at Macy's.
Oh, and these are incredibly easy to make. I noted the machine tension, needle, and elastic amounts on my pattern instructions. Next time I make this, I think I can do it in an hour.