As promised, here I am today to guide you step-by-step about how to add a bit of lace to Éternité, the menstrual panty.
But truly, this tutorial can be followed for any panty pattern.
When I started thinking about Éternité, I really wanted it to be able to be customizable to anybody’s tastes.
In the pattern folder, you’ll find an adaptation sheet explaining how to modify the waist’s height and how to obtain a more or less high-cut panty front or back.
For those who don’t know how to sew, period-proof underwear sewn in France with organic materials can easily be found. Unfortunately, they are often black and without lace.
With Éternité, I wanted to open the horizon to many possibilities, and to have some fun!
In this article, I’ll show you how to, very simply, add a bit of lace to our panties.
The advantage of sewing your own panties is that you can make exactly what you want!
Even navy panties 😉
Here are some ideas on where lace could be added to your panties (I have only drawn the front of the panties, I let your imagination work a bit for the back):
For this example, I simply sewed a strip of lace over the striped jersey.
This is the Éternité’s variant 2: the panty has no visible seam for the gusset.
I used a gold fold-over elastic for the waistband.
A word of advice: depending on your skin sensitivity, this kind of elastic might be itchy!
For my part, I know I don’t mind since I already tested it with the Envol panty.
I have sewn a second example with small scraps from my stock: I’m a bit of a hoarder, especially the smallest piece of lace.
Every little bits and pieces of lace can be upcycled:
As I really only had small remnants, I only put some lace on each side at the front, and used the Éternité’s variant 1:
Again, I applied the lace over the blue jersey.
To be noted: I could have removed the jersey behind the lace to let the skin show through. However, the black of the lace stood out well against the blue background, so I left it as is.
Ready for the tutorial?
The diagrams are drawn with the variant 1 but it works all the same for variant 2, or for any panty pattern really!
For the example, I will show you how to obtain an asymmetrical panty:
Designing the new pattern piece
Get the pattern piece (seam allowances not included) on which you want to add the lace bit.
For my example, I’ll take the front. If you pattern piece is on the fold, duplicate the other half to obtain the full pattern piece.
Draw a straight line where you want to have the scalloped edge of the lace.
Cut you pattern piece along the line. You’ll get two pieces: :
Keep only the piece of pattern representing the lace. Tou can discard the other half.
Note the location of the edge of the lace on your pattern so that you can easily find it the next time you use it.
If you prefer patterns with seam allowances, add them now to your new pattern piece.
For Éternité, we only need to add seam allowances on the side seam:
Cutting the fabrics and the lace
You just have to cut the whole front, and your piece of lace: taking care to put the straight edge of the pattern piece along the scalloped edge of the lace:
For my example, you get 2 pieces.
Pin the lace to the fabric, overlaying the wrong site of the lace against the fabric’s right side:
Stitch along the scalloped edge of the lace, using a thunderbolt stitch (or a tiny zigzag). Use a thread of the same colour as your lace so that your stitch line remains as invisible as possible:
If you wish to keep the fabric on the back of the lace (as I did on my blue exemple above) you can baste around the lace so you can treat those two pieces as one for the rest of the construction.
I recommend that method for variant 2 of Eternity:
If you prefer to let your skin show through the lace, simply cut the fabric on the wrong side, as close as possible to your elastic stitch:
You can now continue assembling your panty as usual!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and that you will now get to personalize your panties with ease and confidence!
You’ll see that it’s a very nice trick to use the little bits of lace you don’t dare to throw away 😉
To find the pattern of Éternité, it’s here :
Remember, each month I choose on Instagram one of your photos shared with the #etoffemalicieuse and offer a free pattern to the lucky one 😉
Have a nice day !
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