Nifty Knickers

Lace Knickers

Lace Knickers

A few months ago I bought some wide (6″) stretch lace “trim” from Sew Sassy Fabrics. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it, but I found that it does make some very easy panties!

TheĀ pattern is pretty simple. You only need three pieces traced out. The main piece of the panty is simply a loop of the stretch lace that wraps around the hips.

The pattern pieces

The pattern pieces

Cutting

Because you want to use the lace edge on each piece, you will need to cut the front & back pieces separately. The liner piece should be cut out of cotton interlock (or part of an old t-shirt?) on the fold.

Cut one front and one back piece with the pattern face up, along one edge of the lace. The other front and back piece should be cut with the pattern piece face down and on the other edge of the lace.

Face up back

Face up back

Face down back

Face down back

Face down front

Face down front

Face up front

Face up front

Now you should have two back pieces and two front pieces. Measure snugly around the hips, subtract about 15%, and cut a piece of lace to that length. We’ll call this piece the band.

Sewing

Front and back pieces

Front and back pieces

Place the band right side down on your workspace, and pin one back piece to each end of the band, overlapping approximately 1/4″. The lace edge of the band will be on the outside. Stitch together with a small zig zag stitch.

Attach back to band

Attach back to band

With the right sides together, pin the front pieces to the back pieces. Stitch with a very narrow seam allowance.

Attach front to back

Attach front to back

Fold in half, right sides together, and stitch a narrow seam allowance along the central seam.

Center seam

Center seam

Position the liner, with right side facing the wrong side of the lace, approximately 1″ toward the back from the seam attaching the back to the front. Stitch in place. Fold towards front.

Place and stitch liner

Place and stitch liner

Stitch down front edge of liner. I don’t stitch the sides. Interlock should not fray. If you are concerned about this, you can hem the edges.

Fold towards front, stitch in place

Fold towards front, stitch in place

Fold band in half so that you can mark the center front. Line up the seam in the front with the center front on the band, and pin front to the wrong side of the band, overlapping by about 1/4 inch. Stitch with a zig-zag stich.

All done!

All done!

Update

After several wears, I can say with conviction that they are the most comfortable and well fitting lacy underwear I have ever had. Even better than most of my Granny panties! I have an order in to SewSassy.com for more lace!