While many are still staying safe at home, we’ve all seen (and possibly participated in) the increase in loungewear sewing. Just a slight step to the side of that though is an increase in makers creating their own lingerie. This may seem a bit intimidating if you’ve never sewn intimates before, but we’ve made it easy with our newest free sewing pattern. The Ilana Lingerie Set features a simple bralette and panty, made best in comfy knits like velour or bamboo jersey!
All seam allowances are 3/8″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
How to Sew the Bralette:
Begin by attaching the center cups to their respective outer cups, lining up any notches. Since seam allowances for this pattern are 3/8″, I recommend using an overlock stitch, like below.
For some extra stability, you could choose to repeat with power mesh and pin to the inside of your outer layer as a lining.
Pin an sew your side binding along the top of your side cup using a straight stitch. Double fold the binding towards the inside of the cup and pin into place. Here you can topstitch, stitch-in-the-ditch, or slip-stitch the binding closed.
Repeat the above steps with the front bralette binding, this time continuing the double fold along the entire strap so your raw edges are tucked inside. Topstitch along the binding and strap to secure.
Following the notch guides on your pattern, gather your cups into your elastic. Begin with the center front, back, and princess seams before gathering the remainder of the cup. Secure with an overlock or zig-zag stitch.
Finish up your bralette by securing the straps to the back of your elastic.
How to Sew the Panty:
First, attach the front and back at the sides and crotch seam using an overlock stitch.
Create your waistband by attaching the front and back at the side seams. Fold the waistband in half, pin and sew it along the top of your garment using an overlock stitch. If desired, you can also add some wide elastic into the waistband, but the velour used here has enough stretch to sit comfortably.
Create your crotch lining by rolling and sewing each curved hem. Pin the sides along the inside of your garment, lining up on edge with the crotch seam on your panty.
To finish off your garment, you have two options. Because of this velour’s stretchiness, I simply folded the leg holes inward and secured them with an overlock stitch.
However, you can choose to sew some soft elastic along the face of the hole, turn it toward the inside and secure. If you go this route, I recommend cutting your elastic 1″-2″ shorter than the length of your hole and gathering the fabric into the elastic.