I'm quite pleased I did. While it's certainly a new skill set to acquire, I'm feeling pretty confident after having completed some totally wearable underwear!
The hardest part was sourcing the materials. I used this rayon jersey from Indiesew for the body, but it's tricky to find stretch galloon lace in an 8" width! I ordered mine from Arte Crafts after much, much searching. I don't have a lingerie-making stash (besides a bra kit from the always-wonderful Emerald Studio etsy shop) and my local JoAnn doesn't have most of this stuff so you'll have to venture online for things like plush tricot elastic and that wide stretch lace. (If you want to make the bras, Tailor Made has kits specific to this pattern, but only for bras, not for the bottoms!)
As far as fit, I made a size small and I think the fit is fine. I actually wish that these were a bit higher-waisted. The Sophie bottoms come up to my navel and I think that true natural waist is a much more flattering rise than these, which cut me off awkwardly. I am 5' 7", so it's possible they are drafted for someone shorter. One thing to consider when making these is whether or not most of your clothing sits at your natural waist--I would wear these underthings with skirts and dresses, but I would feel weird wearing them with low-rise jeans! Mostly, I've just been wearing them around the house like this, with a comfy tee. This one in particular is from new-to-me brand Grana which I discovered recently and am now obsessed with.
You know how J. Crew used to just have, like, the perfect cardigan in a bunch of colors and at a nice price? Recently, they've become 1. more expensive 2. lower quality and 3. generally a bit too trendy for me. Grana is my new J. Crew, but way better. Based in Hong Kong, the founders work directly with mills and factories all over the world to ensure not only the high quality of the materials and products but also that laws promoting worker safety and environmental regulations are being followed. Then, they are able to change a smaller markup because they don't have sales, brick-and-mortar stores, or middlemen (so like, an Everlane setup).
They do classics like skinny jeans, crew neck sweaters, silk tanks, and tee shirts (so, exactly what I'm looking for) and the do them well: jeans in Japanese denim, sweaters in Mongolian cashmere... you get the idea. I love sewing, and generally strive for a handmade wardrobe, but I really don't feel like I need to make every single tee shirt, especially when I can get one made with high-quality Pima cotton and made by people working in safe factories, all for $15. You can expect to see more Grana on the blog in the future: I have my eye on these jeans, this classic sweatshirt, and this cardigan in camel! Bonus: how's this for an everyday-appropriate lbd?? Heart eyes!!
Have you made underwear before? Do you wish you had a Simplicity pattern with your name on it? Are you now as obsessed with Grana as I am? Lots of questions!!
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