New undies for Me-Made-May

May is lingerie month for the Stashbusting Sewalong group, ably led by Andrea who has been designing her own bra blocks, which I find quite intriguing. Anyway, I’ve made a couple of underwear sets.


This set was made with some of the scraps left over from my Nettie bodysuit, with the addition of a bit of lace to turn them from pedestrian undies to what I hope can be classified as lingerie.

As a participant in Me Made May and pledging to only wear my own makes, I’ve been a bit stretched for underwear so made another set as well to relieve the pressure on the laundry.


I made both of these sets whilst camping and remembered to take the blue lace for the blue set, but clean forgot for the others. However, I found a tiny scrap of lace in my box and cut out the flowers and sewed them on. I do have to confess though that the lace on the undies covers a tiny hole that I found in the fabric, which I darned prior to sewing on the flower.

When I dyed the blue fabric I hadn’t realised quite how much I had. I found that I had turned 5 metres of pink fabric blue! I couldn’t think what I would do with all that blue, so cut off a couple of lengths and thought I would dye one brown and the other I would dye in the Shabori style. I had no idea how to do this, so my first iteration was a bundle like this


Luckily, I lost my nerve before I threw it in the dye pot, and decided I should look at a tutorial or two. A quick search on Google turned up pages of tutorials but they all seemed to take small pieces of fabric. I had 1.5 metres that I wanted to do. In the end I saw something on Pinterest (I didn’t note the site, sorry), which appealed. I folded the fabric, concertina style, down its length and then folded it into triangles. I was so engrossed that I forgot to take photos – duh! When I had a stack of triangles I cut two plastic triangles the same size, put one top and bottom to act as resists, and bound it all with string, much more neatly than in the photo above. I then put it in some brown dye and the results were much better than I was expecting, and I think it looks much better in reality than it does here.DSC03857

I had planned to make another Nettie with this, but the pattern is too big for such a small garment, so I have put it away for another project. This won’t be my last such attempt at dyeing.

I’ve also been knitting. My friend Thelma has gone on a long trip round Australia and I knitted her a pair of fingerless gloves so that she can be creative even when it is cold.


when Archie saw them he asked for yet another pair, but only likes grey, so a rummage in the wool stash turned up some grey wool which met his rigorous requirements and he declared himself happy!


In a nutshell: Underwear is the Cloth Habit Watson bra and bikini set. The blue is made from scraps of blue knit and some lace scraps. The flesh coloured set is made from a remnant from Knitwit. The fingerless gloves are from a pattern I’ve had for years and I have no idea where I got it. All materials used were from my stash, so I’m slowly getting through it.


15 thoughts on “New undies for Me-Made-May

  1. Love he undies especially the pink ones. The dying worked well, can’t wait to see what you make with it. The gloves are excellent, perfect for cold mornings or when I go with Lex to help with the horse. Getting colder.

  2. Who are you kidding that you’re getting through the stash!! What a great collection of projects. I love the gloves especially.

  3. Needless to say, I love the new undies sets! I particularly like the little lace flower on the pinker set. Really cute. I reallyshould get this pattern out again, you’re inspiring me 🙂

  4. Great work Sue. Seeing all these Watsons has me thinking about trying a bra with no underwire. Scary stuff! Although I would love to support Amy by buying the pattern, my independent streak wants me to make my own pattern. What to do?!?

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