How To Sew Panties 

With an upsurge in garment sewing, there has also been an increased interest in sewing undergarments.  If you have ever been curious about starting your own under wardrobe, you will be joyous to learn how easy it is to make your own panties with Janome Maker Raven Maureen. Not only is Raven a Janome Maker, she is also a Makerist Ambassador.  Time to demystify constructing your own panties! 



Download the FREE Leonie panty pattern by visiting HERE. 

For this project, you will need the following:

Serger and/or sewing machine.

I used my Janome Air Thread 2000D Serger and the Skyline S7 sewing machine for this project.


  • Lingerie elastic. This is the one that I used.
  • Lycra, jersey knit, or spandex.
  • Contrasting lace or fabric is optional
  • Stretch knit needles for your machine


After printing out your pattern, cut out all of your pieces following the cutting instructions included. You'll need to cut 2 gusset pieces. For construction,  you can use the zig-zag stitch on your machine, but for this tutorial, I used my serger. It's completely up to you.



With the right sides of the fabric facing,  sew the gusset to the front piece. 



On the other side of your front piece, wrong sides together sew your other gusset piece. It should look like this.




Attach your back piece, sewing through all thicknesses. If you do not have a serger, use the zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine. 



Attach side pieces. At this step, it should already start to look like a pair of panties. YAY!



A quick tip: This is not part of the instructions but it helped me prepare for the next step. Baste your gusset pieces together so that they stay put while sewing on your elastic.



Here's the tricky part. Attaching the lingerie elastic. I always sew my elastic with the design showing on the right side. It's just easier that way and I don't believe there is a right or wrong way to do it if you ask me.



Using your zig-zag stitch on your machine, you'll need to add this piece to the waistband and the leg openings of your panties. I turned my panties so that the wrong side of the is showing to make sure that my stitch is catching the elastic and the fabric.  I stitched all the way around my waistband and leg openings.  Be extra careful not to stretch your elastic or the fabric during this step.





Next, overlap the edges of the elastic at the seam to avoid bulk.



TA-DA! You are all finished!


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