Dye-IY: The Little White Panty Project

Remember my Little White Bra project, after it was dyed? Well, today is all about its coordinating Little White Panty! I’ll show you how I made it, along with a Little White Thong; in my next post, I’ll show you how I dyed them. (Teaser alert: I used 2 different techniques— but they both work with my ombré-dyed LWB!) And coming soon: I’ll show you 3 different ways to apply the same dye colors I used for all my Little White projects, so you can make a complete set of coordinating (not matchy-matchy) lingerie pieces!

Let’s start with the Little White Panty. You may recognize this pattern; it’s MakeBra’s DL21, the same one I used for my Ombré Panty. What a difference a fabric choice makes!

Before: Little White Panty
My Little White Panty was made with MakeBra’s DL21 pattern, with (as usual) some slight modifications. (Click the photo to go to this pattern on MakeBra’s site.)

When I started the Little White project series, my main objective was to experiment with different ways of using dye colors; my hope was that a nicely color-coordinated set would be the result, without all the hassle of trying (usually in vain) to reproduce the exact same color over and over.

Tip: As I’ve said before, when you’re working with so many different types of materials in a single garment like a bra, it’s virtually impossible to get uniform color results; each material will absorb the dye a little differently from the others. Honestly, it’s just easier to accept that there will be a subtle range of color tones. Or maybe I’m just lazy. Huh.

Sewing the LWP: It’s basically the same as making the Ombré one. The only major difference is that the Ombré Panty is all made with one main fabric; this LWP combines several. I used the floral lace for the main piece (sides/back piece), and for the front panel, I put a layer of powernet behind a layer of Swiss dot (a sheer mesh); I stay-stitched these 2 layers together prior to sewing the panty. Adding the powernet was partly to stabilize the soft, stretchy Swiss dot, and partly to provide some support. Oh, and I also put on a flower embellishment just for fun. (Okay, I really did that to see if it would dye or not.)

Little White Panty detail
Here’s the finished LWP, showing the detail of the center front panel, with its 2 layers, the foldover elastic at the waist, and the flower embellishment. The floral lace at sides and back is a single layer.

Sewing the Little White Thong (LWT): If you remember my first thong, I modified the top to accommodate a wide band of stretch lace; I started with the same modified pattern, but made a further change: instead of the V-shape formed by the lace in the center front and back, this time I simply went straight across the top with the lace band.

Little White Thong
I modified this thong pattern by putting a wide stretch lace band straight across the top. I also used this pattern to make a bikini panty. (Click the photo to go to this pattern on Kwik-Sew’s site.)

Here are my pattern modifications for the LWT, such as they are. I’m starting with the pattern that I had previously modified; click here to see those original changes, if you want your band to be angled rather than straight.

LWT pattern changes
The arrows are pointing to the changes I made in this pattern for my first thong; for this LWT, I simply cut straight across the top of each piece, rather than along the angled edges.

The only other change I made for this LWT was that I decided to simplify the crotch lining by cutting it with the same piece as the front. I stay-stitched the lining to the lace fabric, and treated them as 1 layer from that point on. (I wouldn’t do this for regular panties, but I thought it would work well for a thong.)

Stay-stitching front layers
Here’s where I stay-stitched the front lace layer to the cotton crotch lining layer, 1/8″ from the edge. (Note: The lace used for the front piece here is indeed different— it’s for another LWT project, coming soon!)

After sewing the crotch seam, joining the front to the back, the leg edges are finished with foldover elastic, then all that’s left to do is sewing on the lace band at the top!

Pinning the band
After seaming the ends of the band together, I’ve pinned my band to the back of my thong. I’m going to make 2 rows of stitching; 1 near the top edge of the back piece, the second near the bottom of the lace band. (Note the foldover elastic trim on the leg edges.)
After sewing band
A view of the right side of the back, after sewing on the band, and carefully (!) trimming any excess fabric from the back piece, above the topmost stitching line.

After repeating this same procedure to sew the band on to the front of the thong, I’m done! Now both my LWP and LWT are ready to dye! That’s up next— don’t miss it!

Helpful links:

There’s a complete tutorial on sewing an enclosed crotch lining (no exposed seams) in this post.

Click here for a post with instructions for sewing foldover elastic.

2 thoughts on “Dye-IY: The Little White Panty Project

  1. You never cease to amaze me. You made the most beautiful panties. I made my first pair today, and although I liked them, they don’t even come close to the expertise and beauty of yours. You are an inspiration for sure! Thanks for the pictures and suggestions. I’ll be using them!


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