Am I the only one who finds it really hard to find my perfect sizing in lingerie? Sometimes the bust is too small, but the bottoms are too big, or the other way around.
During lockdown I decided to take on the challenge of making my lingerie. Not only have I now found my perfect sizing, I have expanded my new sewing skills and can confidently say I can make lingerie and read lingerie patterns very well! Here are some of the best sewing patterns I came across.
Lingerie Sewing Patterns Review
Simplicity Camisoles Slip and Panties
The choice is yours when deciding what to wear to bed with this classic bedtime slip dress, bra and panties sewing pattern. Select from a 1950’s style long slip, bra or vest and pants set.
It’s a misses sewing pattern, which has been designed for women of average proportions between the height of 5ft 5″ – 5 ft 6″ without shoes. It’s an all sizing inclusive pattern, available in sizing US 2 – US 16, meaning you’ll be sure to find the right sizing.
Pattern supplies include a trim notion and a ribbon bow to finish this bra and knickers pattern. I recommend jersey, knit or scuba fabric.
The Trixie Briefs
You can’t have a bad day when you’re wearing comfortable briefs or a bra, am I right? Especially when you’re wearing briefs that feel like a comforting hug for your bum. The Trixie briefs are suitable to wear all day every day (they’re even star jump proof!).
These gorgeous briefs have full bum coverage with a higher rise at the back. You can add your personal style to the pants patterns by adding classic or paneled sides easily, with the step-by-step instructions.
Choose from a sleek 50’s style high waisted fashion brief which will sit at your natural waist by your belly button, or a modern hipster brief. This pattern is suitable for a beginner level, and I recommend fabric supplies such as jersey, knits, scuba or lycra.
Fitiyoo Papaya Tanga and Boyshort
These sewing patterns by Papaya are the perfect balance of comfortable big pants yet ultra feminine. Two patterns are included – Version A: Yipa which is in the style of Brazilian knickers, intended to have a seductive effect. Version B is a boy-short boxer brief called the Paya, which adds a subtle mystery effect on the curves of the female anatomy.
Each of the patterns are available as PDF downloads which you can print off at home or in your local print shop. I would recommend this pattern for a confident beginner. Fabrics used should be lace for the underwear with a cotton gusset.
Fitiyoo Angel Bra Back
If you’ve got a bra you can’t bear to get rid of, have you ever thought about upcycling it? This bra sewing pattern by Fitiyoo allows you to add an elastic lace back to your favorite bra.
Use it in conjunction with a car you are currently working on, or add an stylish back to your favorite bra that needs a facelift (or backlift).
The Fititoo pattern includes a tutorial to help you adapt Botha. Straight and U-shaped bra back shape so you get your perfect bra fit! The patterns bra sizing goes all the way to an XS to a 5KL cups. This project is suitable for a confident beginner.
Every girl needs a comfortable classic triangle style in her underwear collection. They’re perfect for bung on lazy days, and give you the support and comfort for everyday bra wear.
This Jordan bralette pattern features three simple sewing options to follow. You can choose from a lace overlay for decoration or a lined version for a little extra coverage for everyday wear. You can decide if you want the bra to be sweet or sexy!
This bra pattern fabric requirements are jersey, knits, scuba, velvet and is suitable for a confident beginner. It’s sizing from a 26D – 38E for every body shape.
Primrose Dawn Iris Bralette
A bra that’s designed with comfort in mind. Create the bra you need with this pattern
Primrose Dawn Iris Bralette
The Iris Bralette from Primrose Dawn has been designed for super comfort in many styles. You can choose from four pattern front options which features the addition of a bust sling cups in lace or fabric.
The three bra back options include a back extension, options for overlay and a ballet bra back with a hook and eye closure.
The covered modest bust pattern; works best with fabrics such as elastic knit fabrics such as elastic jersey, knits, scuba or lycra. This pattern has closed seams, and therefore is suitable for an intermediate sewist.
A pattern for a stylish wireless bra that still offers comfort and support that your body needs.
Underwires in bras are a thing of the past in my books, but it doesn’t mean you can’t get cleavage. This is a beautiful wireless bra pattern, which features a plunging neckline.
The bras cups and continuous strap ensure comfort and support in all sizes from cups XS – 3XL. You can line the bralette neckline and under-bust for more support and choose from floral or graphic prints, which will make the bra look completely different every time.
Despite coming with step-by-step tutorials with detailed texts and pictures, I suggest this for an intermediate sewist level. Fabric selection is lace.
Primrose Dawn Elodie Briefs
This basic brief sewing pattern has your backside absolutely covered! Upgrade the sewing pattern yourself by adding sheer side panels and lace details. With a comfortable fit, these are a staple item for your knicker drawer.
The gusset is fully enclosed and is longer than a typical store-bought panties to help give you extra protection and comfort. Pattern variations include lace overlays for both narrow and wide stretch lace trim.
Fabrics recommended for this are cotton, spandex Jersey, bamboo and rayon blend.
This is THE pattern for sewing period panties that we all desperately want in our wardrobe (and is my favorite pattern from the list!). Say goodbye to your grandma style period pants and say hello to sexy feminine and ultra comfy, Bloody Mary knickers.
These are fully encompassing; high or low waisted briefs with a reassuring modern cut that adapts to your body’s movements. Without degrading your comfort, these feature a well placed cut that accentuates the body, which helps maximize the durability of your panties. This pattern is suitable for an intermediate sewist.
You can sew the Delvine bra patterns on the most basic home sewing machine, as all you need is a zig-zag and straight stitch. This pattern is a high neck; crop bralette which features bust darts, sleeves cups and lace cradles for your support.
There are six different fronts to these bras, which include a keyhole opening and four different lace overlays. Bra back options include making a princess seam elastic band, halter back, straight back and adjustable straps attachments. Fabrics for this bra should be jersey, knits or scuba.
Dhurata Davies Knickers
If you cannot decide on your knicker preference, not to worry as these Lulu sewing lingerie patterns come in three different styles.
Choose from a high waist retro style sitting at your natural waist, a modern lower waist which sits at your hip level, or a thong, which well…sits in between your cheeks!
This is a fun pattern which is suitable for beginner sewists to try. You will expand your sewing knowledge and techniques with these sewing patterns. I recommend using jersey, knit or scuba fabric for these pants.
This is a multi-style knicker pattern which has been created by collaboration between lingerie designer Evie La Luve and Tilly and the Buttons. You will expand your sewing skills with step-by-step instructions and helpful tips.
These beginner patterns feature a choice of midi and high legs and waistlines which can be finished with an elastic fold over, and narrow and stretch lace. You get a total of 36 combination patterns in one! You can find online workshop videos for visual pattern help with Evie.
If you’ve been dreaming of sewing your own underwear but do not know where to start, these lingerie sewing patters are perfect for you. It’s a total beginner pattern, with nothing too complicated and no stretch fabrics which can be tricky to sew for even the seasoned sewist.
This pattern for briefs is a low waist, ruffle knickers that sit on your hips. The pattern should be made from a rigid or woven fabric such as cottons, crepe or quilting to help with an easy sew.
Think timeless classic but elegant undies with these Willow knickers. They’ve inspired Sew Project from a vintage shape and cut, featuring a center panel so you can show off your best light and bright color fabrics.
You can get really creative with these pants, using a center front trim or leaving it plain for a sophisticated yet simple cut.
Choose from hipster or high waist – both styles have full bum coverage and a standard leg opening. This pattern is suitable for a confident beginner. I recommend fabrics such as cottons, lawn, silk or satin.
8510 Vintage Brassiere and Panties
This pattern by Simplicity is an authentic vintage Simplicity elastic bra and pants pattern. The bralette features a clasp hook and eye closure, which can expand. The bra and sleeves can have an optional trim for style.
The cute panties have a high cut and features a fastener at the side, where you can add in an optional shaped yoke.
The bralette set is suitable for a beginner to create, and I recommend fabrics such as silk, satin or crepe to exemplify the 1930’s comfort but refined style.
Can I sew my own lingerie?
Yes, I think sewing your own lingerie garment (a bralette or briefs) is a really simple and easy place to start with sewing. Sewing underwear will never be boring due to the different styles and sewing patterns.
Is it difficult to sew lingerie?
That depends on the lingerie sewing patterns you have chosen. You can create easy beginner style lingerie with sewing patterns to begin with, and then expand to complex bralette designs with complicated cups if you are up to the challenge!
There you have my top 15 lingerie sewing patterns today. Sewing your own underwear costs the fraction it does to buy an expensive set in a store, plus you’ll expand your sewing skills along the way.
Do you make your own lingerie or have any lingerie sewing tips? I’d love to know in the comments below!