Homemade Pants

Yes, I finally did it!
I made my own underwear ๐Ÿ™‚
When I started My Make Do and Mend Year, I drew the line at secondhand underwear, and always thought that it was maybe a step too far to make my own pants, but no more!

Hubby had a flash of inspiration, and entirely umprompted, he booked me into a knicker making workshop at The Makery in Bath for my birthday.
logo-3It was brilliant-a fabulous way to spend a few hours, in the company of some other lovely sewers, and under the instruction of the very enthusiastic, and very patient tutors, Sarah and Alice!

We were each given a template to take home so that we can go into production, and set up our very own knicker factories at home (I have debated how weird or otherwise it might be to make some to give as Christmas presents-any thoughts..?!), and I think I will definitely be making some more.

The hardest part was the elastic, but Sarah made sure we had plenty of time to practice, and was on hand to help with any difficulties.

I never thought that I would: a) show you all my pants; and b) so proud of my pants!


If you’re tempted to have a go then do!
I would totally recommend The Makery-if you’re local, then GO! If you’re not, then why not make a day of it and visit beautiful Bath at the same time.
And failing that, there are loads of tutorials online for making your own-so go forth and google, or check out my pant-tastic Pinterest board ๐Ÿ™‚

Power to the homemade pants!

27 thoughts on “Homemade Pants

    • Hi Zoe
      The workshop was 3hrs, and I did think before we started “how is it going to take 3hrs”, but it did! Some of the time was taken up with practising sewing the elastic, so I’m sure my next pair will be quicker! I hesitate to say an hour, but maybe with practice!!
      Do let us see your pants (!) if you do make some ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. These look brilliant! It’s on my list of things to try but I keep finding other things to do ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I have a lovely pair of Cath Kidson pyjamas that are past it which would be perfect. One for January I think

    • Hi Lesley
      Hubby paid for the workshop for me, and all the materials were included. I’ve seen tutorials online to re-use old t-shirts etc, so I don’t think they would be too pricey!

  2. They’re fab Jen. Daft question but do you need a sewing machine or can you stitch them by hand? I might have to look up some online tutorials and give them a go in the new year.

  3. Congratulations on taking the plunge too. I still buy some (nude/black sleek ones for under unforgiving dresses) but also make some myself. It really is quite simple when you crack the elastic. I also find myself inspecting stitching on shop bought ones closely and realising how bad some finishings are. Okay they use an overlocker but still…

    • Thanks Sandy! You should make it your 2015 resolution to learn to sew! Have you tried asking around friends/family, or even on your local Freegle group to see if anyone could spare a couple of hours to get you going? Streetbank is another great place to look for people willing to skill share.

    • Thanks Hayley! The stitching wouldn’t stand up to close scrutiny, but they are very comfy and I’m pleased to report, they have survived the washing machineโ€ฆ!

  4. They look pretty darn fab! On my Christmas list this year, I did put ‘courses from The Makery in Bath or Millie Moon in Frome’ but the other half has my list so I’m not holding out much hope! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

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