These vintage inspired french knickers are so simple and lovely that you’ll never need to buy another ridiculously expensive pair from the internet ever again! Well…maybe you’ll still feel the urge to splurge on vintage dainties (who can really resist vintage underpinnings, am I right?), but at the very least try our tutorial first. These steps can easily be followed with either version of Nutmeg – knickers or the tap pants – with a result that looks so 1920’s it kills me!
You will need:
- Nutmeg pattern and necessary supplies (fashion fabric, thread, etc)
- a yard of 3″ wide lace
- fabric marker or chalk
- a ruler
Step 1: Cut out fabric and sew knickers according to pattern directions stopping before you sew a narrow hem.
Step 2: With your chalk make a small dot about 1″ high on each side seam, then mark another dot on the hem of each knicker front about 7″ away from the side seam. Mark another dot on the hem of each knicker back about 5″ away from the side seam. Using a ruler, draw a line connecting the dots on the side seam, front knicker and back knicker. The lines should form a wide triangle with the highest point at the side seam.
Step 3: Cut out the triangle on each leg.
Step 4: Proceed by sewing a narrow hem per pattern directions.
Step 5: Pin lace to shorts in place of the wide triangle that we cut away. Again, the highest point of lace should be at the side seam, with the lace gradually tapering off along the hem.
Step 6: Carefully edgestitch the lace in place. Press hem.
Step 7: Cut away any excess lace on the ends and above the hem.
Step 8: Press lace while pulling taut.