Undies Altered

02-undiealterA few weeks ago I decided to change up an underwear pattern a bit to add contrasting side pieces. While the end result was fine, I wasn’t really happy with the amount of contrast showing, so I went back to the drawing board and made a few more modifications. Now I like the result!

For this pair, I not only increased the length of the contrast sides, but used a scalloped-edge stretch lace in this area as well – very pretty and feminine, but you’ll need to use a different technique to put in the leg elasticfold over elastic in this area if you intend to keep the decorative edge of the lace. ┬áHere’s how:

  1. Attach the crotch piece to the front and back pieces as you normally would.
  2. Measure the leg area and subtract 1-2″ inches from your measurement (I don’t like them tight in the leg so I only take off about an 1″). You leg area should be ‘open’ – do not attach the scalloped elastic to the front yet.
  3. Apply elasticfold-over-elastic to each leg piece.
  4. Attach the scalloped edge lace to the front and backsides of you panty. Since you can typically see through the lace, I like to press the seam allowances toward the fabric portion of the panty and topstitch (1/8″ away from the seam) to keep the raw edges in place.
  5. Attach the waistband as you normally would your finished panty!