Sew-With-Me: OhhLuLu Delphine Thong

Okay confession time. I hate wearing lace underwear. Its scratchy, they never move with my body like I would like them to, and they tend to get ripped/worn incredibly quickly. And lace thongs? The literal, absolute worst.

So I decided to take the opportunity of the #pheenominalpantyparty to refresh my stock of daily go-to thongs in my beloved rayon-spandex from Phee, using my favorite thong pattern of all time the Delphine Thong from OHHLuLu. Now at first I wasn’t totally sure about using rayon spandex for undergarments but after the first one I made, I was totally hooked! It is so soft, so comfortable, and moves with my body in a way most underwear I have owned in the past never have.

The Delphine thong is a super quick sew. I can make a pair now in about 10 minutes but I think even the first time I made this pattern it only took me about 30 to master. For supplies all you will need is your main outside fabric ( I used Rayon Spandex), a piece of cotton panty liner fabric, and some fold over elastic.

Begin by assembling and cutting out your pattern pieces and then cutting out your fabric. For the standard version of this pattern you will need only three pattern pieces, the front, the back, and the lining.

First you need to finish the top raw end of the crotch lining. I like to do this by just running the edge through the serger but it can also be done by folding the top edge back 1/2 inch and topstitching in place.

Then place the back piece and the front piece, right sides together, matching the bottom edge. Place the crotch lining piece right side down, on top of the back piece and stitch in place using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Flip the lining to the front so it is now resting against the front of the thong. The seam should now be concealed. Baste the lining to the front along both sides.

Fold the thong in half so that the side seams touch, right sides together. Sew the side seams.

Now all that is left is applying Fold Over Elastic to both leg openings and the waist opening, making sure to overlap elastic slightly when completing the loop to avoid fraying. This video from Evie La Luve shows how to apply the FOE easily and cleanly.

Give the whole thing a good press (being sure to utilize a pressing cloth!) and your’e all done! Now go make a bunch more, your lady bits will thank you!

The Easiest Hack for Panty-Pizazz

It has taken me 32 years to accept a truth that I’ve fought so hard to reject. And…that truth is:

I AM SHORT.

Sad face. Because of my shortness, I am picky about my panty and bikini patterns. In fact, I’ve become so irrationally picky that I now draft my own. So, the pattern that I will be using to demonstrate this super easy hack is my own self drafted sport’kini pattern.

BUT! Fret not my dears! This pattern hack is so easy that you can apply it to almost any basic panty or bikini pattern block.

Have I piqued your interest, yet? You’re probably asking yourself, “What the eff is this short chick talking about!?”

Well today, I am going to show you how you can alter any panty/bikini block to incorporate contrast hip panels.

For my hip panels, I used Phee Fabrics camo powernet. The body of the panty is composed of leftover Phee supplex (which is absolutely luscious!). The crotch lining is actually Phee’s nude swimwear lining.

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Easy Pattern Hack Tutorial:

Pictured below is my simple bikini block. I chose this pattern over other available panty patterns because 1. I’m short and it fits my shortness, and 2. although I am a shameless VPL (visible panty line) offender, I prefer this cheeky cut because it doesn’t split my glutes into weird sections. But, again, this hack can be applied to any basic panty/bikini pattern!

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The first step is to choose how you would like to split up your pattern. For the sake of variation, I’ll show different dimensions than what I actually used for my panty.

So, from the centerline of your front panty pattern, measure and mark a point 1.5″ away from the centerline and above the waistband. Then, about a third of the way down your front panty pattern, measure and mark a point 2″ away from the centerline.

Note: These numbers are truly arbitrary. Just make sure that your second mark is outside of the body of the pattern.

Connect the two points and separate the pieces.

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Then, add seam allowances to your cut edges. I typically work with 3/8″ seam allowances, but you could use anywhere between 1/4″ to 5/8″.

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Simple so far, right? The final step is to repeat for the back piece:

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Et Voila!

Easy peasy! This simple hack is a great way to add variety and pizazz to your panty or bikini collection! Try it out. And, don’t be afraid to be daring! I still have quite a bit of camo powernet left, so I definitely want to try this hack by making the solid pieces smaller.

But, for now, this pair is perfect and comfy for my workouts! And I feel like they kind of match my favorite shirt:

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Yes, I’m 32 years old and this Ninja Turtles shirt is still my favorite 🙂

xoxo,