As time went on, though, I started to realise that I didn't actually live in dresses everyday, and as lovely as some of these dresses may be, I simply did not have all the fancy occasions to attend which would do my outfit justice. Slowly, my sewing projects shifted towards what I would actually wear, rather than what I wish I could wear. Making clothes that get repeated wear is definitely a smarter choice than making beautiful clothes that sit in a corner of the wardrobe.
It was this realisation which led me to sewing underwear. What other item in your wardrobe gets guaranteed wear every single day? What's more, this still fulfils my desire to make sewing good value for money, because it is the perfect JERSEY FABRIC scrap busting project!
I'm going to talk about underwear for kids today, because my almost (though still not interested) ready for potty training daughter needs all the encouragement that she can get to get her started. I've tried out a few (mostly free) patterns along the way, and wanted to share with you what I've made. I'll discuss a few additional patterns as well so you have even more options to choose from.
- Speedy pants - Made by Jack's Mum (MBJM) << Link 👈
I made this cheetah pair using the tiniest of scraps leftover from the leggings project. It lived up to its name, and was indeed a speedy sew, especially if you have an overlocker.
The overall fit (even though I blended sizes) was not perfect -- the bands are a bit tight, but the bum area is a bit loose. The thing is, underwear is such a personal thing: we all have different body shapes, and not to mention different preferences. Freya has a proper toddler pot belly and pretty impressive thighs, and mummy has never been a big fan of leg bands on underwear. This doesn't stop the pattern from being a great freebie though; in fact, I'm pretty sure I will try this again perhaps after the toddler belly goes away in a few years' time. This must also be a no-brainer pattern for little boys, especially considering the boxer option.
I'm so glad I did! I made these in Size 3T, using my scrap from this Peter Rabbit Dress, and some pale blue fold over scalloped elastic. These are straight out of the envelop, so to speak, and fit Freya pretty well!
The only thing was that the waistline was slightly too high (toddler pot belly, remember?), so I cut the next pair 1 cm lower at the waist (front and back), using the scrap from this dungarees project. I'm sure you are getting the idea now about how scrap busting making underwear can be 🙂
3. Kids underpants from Small Dreamfactory << Link 👈
But doing this on Freya's knickers is a different story. Hemming in the round with a pretty tight turning cycle was challenging; the resulting leg holes are also not as stretchy as the elasticated versions above. I did like the shape, but to be honest they didn't fit great on Freya.
The sizing is a bit weird here. Some sizes are included in one file, but other sizes are in separate files. This makes things a little tricky if you need to blend sizes. The waist elastic sizing is very very different (they look tiny) to the other patterns, too, so I'd double check and measure your child if you were going to use this pattern.
So out of these 3 patterns, the clear winner for me is the Nifty Knickers Pattern. I'm really pleased to have paid the 60p for my research, as I know that I'll be getting lots of use out of this pattern. And before I move on, I wanted to share a little tip with you -- using stretch thread or wooly nylon in your bobbin or lower thread/looper when finishing the edges (or applying fold over elastic) would make the seams softer against the skin.
Right, as promised, it's time to share 2 more patterns with you. Even though I haven't tried them yet, they've stood out for one reason or another, and are firmly on my to try list.
4. Treasurie Girl's Bikini Pants << Link 👈
6. Jalie Julia << Link 👈
Matching undies anyone?
This leads me nicely to a little early reveal for the topic of the next blog post that is still in the works - ladies underwear! There are even more free patterns out there, so I'd better get sewing!
Thanks for reading! Until next time,
Wonderful ideas. Many thanks looking forward to seeing finished items
Hi Jane, I used a combination of zigzag (ideally a 3-step) or a coverstitch machine. You could also use a twin needle in your sewing machine, with wooly nylon in the bobbin. Hope this helps!
Love this write up!!
It’s so handy that you’ve gone through the patterns for us. I’m especially looking forward to the next post xx
Great article. I’m looking forward to the ladies underwear post. Quick question – when you attach the trim are you using a straight stitch with the woolly nylon in the bobbin?