Shades of Excitement: An Ombré Panty!

This project really is exciting— a gorgeous, reversible fabric that’s solid blue on one side, and black-to-blue ombré on the other, a new panty pattern, and it’s going to match my ombré foam-lined bra that I just finished!

Let’s get right to it! First, here’s a look at the fabric, a 95% nylon/5% Spandex matte jersey.

ombré fabric
My beautiful ombré matte jersey. Yes, it’s reversible— it’s solid blue on one side, ombré on the other!

Remember me talking about doing a mock-up of each new project? I especially like doing this when I’m working with a new pattern; it helps me visualize how the various parts will go together, and it also gives me a chance to try out trim ideas, as I’ll show you.

Panty mock-up 1
This is my first time trying this panty pattern, so after cutting the 3 pieces, I’ve laid them out to get an idea how they fit together. (The crotch lining piece, cut from cotton knit, is not shown here.)

Resource: The panty pattern I’m trying here is DL21 from MakeBra (the same company that makes my ombré bra pattern). I really like that there are no side seams; the back piece continues around the sides into side front panels, connecting with the front panel. This should make it not only easier to sew, but more comfortable to wear, and smoother under clothes.)


Right away, I’ve got a great visual idea of how to proceed. But before I start sewing, I want to confirm the elastic trims I’ll be using. Ooh, look what I found!

Panty mock-up 2
I just noticed that I had this little piece of trim left over from the bra this panty will coordinate with. And it looks like just the right size to use on this front panel section.

So I was liking the idea of incorporating this trim into the panty, but got hung up trying to figure out how to insert this piece into part of the waistband, while doing the rest of the band with foldover elastic; I couldn’t see how to do it without seaming the 2 different elastics together. And I don’t like the idea of that additional bulk at the waistband. What to do…

This is where it’s so handy to have all the pieces laid out in front of me: it suddenly came to me that I could put the trim into the front seams, rather than at the top, thus:

Panty mock-up 3
Obviously I’ll need a longer piece, but I’m really liking the idea of adding this trim to the front seams!

After a mad dash to the fabric store to see if they had more of this trim, I’m back, victorious! And it has also occurred to me on the way that if I apply this trim over the seam allowances, then trim away the excess allowance, you’ll be able to see through a little of the mesh part of this trim. But wait, there’s more: applying the trim in this way means no actual seams, which means everything will lay nice and flat! Huzzah!

Panty mock-up 4
The final phase of my mock-up shows the 1″ foldover elastic that will be the waistband, the 2 pieces of mesh trim at the front panel seams, and the 5/8″ foldover elastic for the leg openings. Ready to start sewing!

Tip: When I refer to the width of foldover elastic, I mean the total width, before sewing it on.


Before I put on my mesh trim, I think I’d better take care of the crotch lining. Since this pattern has a separate crotch piece (meaning it gets seamed to the panty at both ends), I’m going to use my both-seams-enclosed method for a nice finish. You can find complete instructions for this method in this panty post.

Here’s the inside of the crotch after sewing both enclosed seams:

Crotch lining detail
I finally found some black cotton knit to use as crotch lining fabric! Here you can see enclosed seams at both ends of the crotch lining. (This is on the inside of the panty.)

Tip: After finishing the crotch seams, stay-stitch the crotch lining layer to the outside crotch piece, 1/8″ from the edge; this will make it much easier to put on the elastic trim a little later.


Now that the crotch is sewn, I’ll show you how to apply the mesh trim to the seams. Since my seam allowances are 1/4″ in, and the trim itself is 1/2″ wide, I’m simply going to zig-zag over the solid edge of my trim, positioning it right on the seamline:

Mesh trim 1
Darn that black thread— makes it almost impossible to see where I’ve stitched, which is down the solid edge of the trim on the left side. You can see through the mesh to the 1/4″ seam allowance underneath.

Do the same thing on the other side of the trim:

Sewing the 2nd side of trim
After stitching the second side of the trim, the fabric edges are butted up against each other under the center of the trim. These seam allowances will get trimmed away in the next step.
Inside look
Here’s a look at the inside of the panty after stitching the trim to both pieces of fabric…
Trim seam allowance
…and what it looks like after trimming 1 of the seam allowances very close to the stitching.

I trimmed the remaining 3 seam allowances in the same way (I had to take this quite slowly), then turned the panty right-side out to see what it looks like.

Finished mesh trim
I’ve slipped a piece of white paper inside the panty to show the effect of the mesh trim. Cool, right?

Tip: This method can be used to insert many kinds of trim into seamlines, like lace or embroidered tulle, as long as your trim has straight edges on both sides. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be stretchy; my mesh trim happens to be elastic (which was great for trimming the matching bra), but you could also use a non-stretch trim strategically to create stability in seams.


All I have left to do is to put the foldover elastic on the waist and leg edges, then I’m done! You can find complete instructions for applying foldover elastic in this panty post.

That’s it— an amazing-looking panty to go with my ombré bra!

My finished ombré set!
This may be my favorite project so far! (Wait— do I say that after every project?) I’m also starting to think that if I modified the closure and strap elastic of the bra, and added linings to both pieces, it would make a fantastic swimsuit—doesn’t it look a bit like those scuba-inspired suits that have been popular for several seasons?

Resources for this project:

Panty pattern DL21 from MakeBra.com.

Ombré jersey fabric, mesh elastic trim, cotton knit (for crotch lining) and 1″ foldover elastic (FOE) came from one of my local fabric stores, Mill End.

5/8″ FOE (used on leg openings) came from Sew Sassy’s online store.


Update: A kit to make this panty yourself is now available!

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5 thoughts on “Shades of Excitement: An Ombré Panty!

  1. Does this pattern have good coverage in the back side or do you have to alter it? Also , I just made a pair of panties from a pattern that was ridiculously small. Does this run true to size, as I wouldn’t mind purchasing this pattern.

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    • Well, I’m fairly curvy, so the first one I made (the Ombre Panty) didn’t cover me completely. So for my LWP, I added a little to the back legs, which makes them perfect. I’m finding that panties can take almost as much tweaking as bras. This pattern comes with multiple sizes, by the way. I love this style, and it’s easy to make.

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