I didn't wake up planning to sew my own underwear.
It actually came about because I was trying to sew less. I think we actually will be moving soon, which is happy good news, but is stressful nonetheless. My art room is sort of dismantled, so I though I'd cut myself some slack and not sew until we are settled in our new house. I bought a few jersey dresses like this one and needed tights, pronto. It's been a while since I've worn dresses like these. I was excited to just throw these on, like a nightgown, over tights and top with bulky sweaters. Add some boots and I am done. Repeat the following day. I did just that, but realized right away I needed a slip.
The slips I had on hand were gross at best. They are mostly vintage and have been worn out completely Also, the full slip, which I have the most of, isn't the right style for these dresses. Tap pants are perfect, and I had none. A quick internet search made me realize that no tap pants are available anymore. Why? They are my ideal slip/underwear of choice. Another search made me realize what is available slip-wise is horrid, over priced, and made of terrible fabrics. So out came the packed away sewing machine. I bought some silk charmeuse (if I'm gonna sew tap pants, I'm going to make them with the best fabric, not some icky poly-nonsense) and made these.
These were so fast and easy, it was one of these head-slapping moments. Why had I not made these before? Or any of my slips? So, 2 half-slips and 4 pairs of tap pants later (the half slips are not silk, but a nice quality lining material) I felt an overwhelming urge to add even more to my undergarment collection in the near future. Full slips, camisoles, an impractical silk bed jacket, possibly a kimono ala 1920s—all that. I have one new sewing pattern that is vintage inspired I am quite pleased with it—has a great assortment of items, but I haven't used it yet. Of course, I am trolling for vintage patterns now and plan to copy what I have in my closet that is vintage—which is what I did for these pieces shown here. Not surprisingly, new sewing patterns for lovely undergarments are very hard to find. Here's a nice one, however.
There is a nice free pattern here at Burda Style for a similar pair of tap pants and a top that would be super sweet to sleep in. Its styling is different than these, it uses a casing for the waistband, but I am all about lingerie elastics and edging with lace.
I used an assortment of what I had on hand for trim and the like. I serged all the seams (with a wooly nylon thread on one spool) and then turned and edged with lace. Sometimes stretch lace, sometimes not. I primarily used lingerie elastic and a 3-stitch zig zag for the waistbands, but you can see I used a coral colored FOE waistband on the green tap pants and one of the half slips.
This was LOADS of fun. All the fabrics came from Fabric Depot. I thought for a millisecond about the appropriateness of showing this stuff, but come on. It's not terribly risque really, and hopefully won't come up in too many random google searches. In the last few posts I think "hot vampire sex" has been mentioned more than once in the comments, so it's hard for me to get all worried about the people who will end up here searching for "panties" Panties is a awesome/funny word, by the way. One of my faves.