Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Austere Unmentionables? I Think Not!

Remember those days BK - before kids? You were paid for working each day, and spending your earned cash on clothes for looking good at the office. You wanted your unmentionables to look as good as your suits. You thought nothing of stopping by the mall and spending top-dollar for Secrets. Colorful, tops and bottoms matching, lacy little Secrets. (Insert big sigh and dreamy-eyed look).

Then life came at you full-force in the form of three kids and the full-time-non-paying-but-oh-so-wonderful job as a Stay-at-Home-Mom. Forget the matching top and bottom underthings. Forget the colors. Diapers are a budget-buster. Plus, you need something utilitarian and strong. Something that will withstand spit-up and blowouts. Something that can handle bleach on a daily basis. Does white cotton Fruit of the Loom's or Hane's sound familiar? Well, my friends, I've decided to take back a little part of me and dress it well.

Except...I'm still a SAHM whose budget-busters are no longer diapers, but food consumed in mass quantities by boys whom I swear have hollow legs that need perpetual filling. What's a girl to do? Hmmm...let's see. I sew; therefore, I can stitch up what I need. And yesterday, stitch I did. In the span of one short hour, I whipped together some, not only pretty but comfortable too, underthings.

I used a self-drafted pattern. I've used commercial patterns before; however, I found they would 'ride' and become problematic as the day progressed. Determining my crotch curve (GASP, can I write that!) made all the difference in the comfort of my pretty lacies. Maybe I should write a tutorial about how to ascertain said curve? What do you think? Leave a comment if you'd like to know how to do this.

Here's a couple of snaps of some of my new lace boyshorts and stretchie skivvies:

I love stretch lace! It's easy to work with and gets softer every time you wash it. This pattern I've created goes together so quickly. Honestly, it took me longer to draft the pattern then it did to sew it up. I'm super pleased with the outcome. Have you tried making your own unmentionables?

By the way, I entered these in the Sew,Mama,Sew!  Make It, Wear It! Challenge! Check out their website. There are some exciting and sew inspirational clothes to view. Happy Sewing!


  1. Fabulous! Inspiring! Do tell. I'm totally interested in how you did it. It's no "secret" that we wear undergarments, so why not share how to make them ourselves? This was tastefully done, so you have at least one interested party. By the way, I had to laugh and reminisce with you about the "Hanes" season of diapers and less glamour. I, too, have rediscovered my own fashionable side now that our children are all older. I also know the struggle it is to keep boys fed! Thanks for this great post!

  2. Simply gorgeous! I pay an insane amount of money for pretty little underthings I could make in less than an hour. I'd love to know how you drafted them.


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