If you're an avid do-it-yourself clothes designer, you can add custom underwear to your skill set. Like with other DIY clothing projects, the easiest way to understand how to construct a pair of underwear is to deconstruct a pair that you really enjoy wearing. You can then use the deconstructed underwear pieces as patterns for custom underwear that fit comfortably and look attractive. Create an underwear drawer full of custom underwear in every hue and pattern.
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Things you need
- Old pair of well-fitting underwear
- Seam ripper
- Fabric scissors
- Poster board
- Stretchy cotton fabric
- Sewing machine
- Matching thread
- Stretch lace trim
Take apart your older pair of underwear at the seams. Hook your seam ripper's point into the seam and tear away at the threads holding it together. If you're worried your underwear's fabric will tear apart, cut down the seams instead of ripping them open. When you've deconstructed your underwear, you should have three flat pattern pieces to use.
Place your deconstructed underwear pieces against the poster board. Trace around the pieces with a marker. Add about a 1/4 inch border around all your templates, except for where the underwear piece meet at the hip; add 1/2 inch for a seam allowance there. Cut the templates out on their outermost border.
Place your templates against your stretchy cotton and use fabric chalk to trace an outline of the template onto your stretchy cotton. Cut out your custom underwear's pieces from your stretchy fabric. Iron everything flat to fight against any edges that may want to curl.
Finish the edges of your stretchy cotton by running a zigzag stitch along all the raw edges, using your sewing machine.
Pin your pieces together along at the crotch, leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Sew your pieces together at the crotch, using a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine. Remove pins as you encounter them. Create a large, open underwear piece by leaving the hip seams unstitched. Sew a lace trim around your underwear's left and right sides, which will become leg holes. Overlap your stretchy lace over your underwear's leg openings by about 1/4 inch, and stretch it slightly as you sew.
Turn in your underwear's hip seams, and pin them with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Turn your underwear inside-out, and sew the hip seams together with your sewing machine, using a zigzag stitch. Remove pins as you sew. Attach your stretchy lace to your underwear's top edge to complete the project.
Tips and warnings
- You can customise existing underwear without creating new ones. Use craft gems to embellish your underwear. Sew on the stones in patterns, such as hearts, flowers or stars. You could also paint designs onto your underwear's front or back using fabric paint and stencils. If you'd rather pay someone else to physically customise the underwear and just want to design your own custom underwear, upload a design to a website such as Café Press.
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