I have to admit that I’m not so good at handicrafts. When I try to sew I mess up even simple hems, and I feel accomplished if I manage to crochet a scarf that is straight across. But many of you are skilled in these kinds of things, and this post is for you! With a little help from people who have done it before, you can become a lingerie designer in your own home!
First up is Sexy Little Knits, a book of twenty-four patterns for anyone who likes to knit or crochet. The book was authored by Ashley Paige, whose knit swimwear designs have clothed Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani. The book includes summer clothing in addition to camisoles, bathrobes, sleepwear, bikinis, and one-piece bathing suits. You can buy the book from Amazon.com.
There are plenty of books out there with patterns for sewing your own lingerie. One book that comes highly recommended to me is Kwik Sew’s Beautiful Lingerie. The included patterns for slips, camisoles, briefs, panties, teddies, nightgowns, and robes can be easily made with either woven or knit fabrics. There is also a detailed section on the use of lace as well as other hem finishes and trims.
If you’re not ready to invest in a book just yet (or if you’re ready to get started right now), check out Crafting a Green World’s article on how to create a sexy set from an old scarf and some wide ribbon. “DIY: Easy Eco Lingerie!” was written by Leslie Richard, owner of The Öko Box eco-friendly online store. These instructions look easy and are focused on using what you already having lying around your house to create a pretty set instead of going out and buying a new one. This is the ultimate guilt-free indulgence because it is kind to your pocketbook and kind to the environment!
Last but not least, I also found some online instructions for creating your own set of pasties. “How to Make Pasties” was written by Miss Cedar, who experimented with the process while making pasties for her friend’s burlesque troup. This looks so easy that even someone like me could handle it! A quick trip to a simple craft store is all you need to invest. Tassles optional 😉
If you don’t have the time or talent to make your own lingerie, but you still want that handmade touch, check out our archives of lingerie you can buy on Etsy.