DIY Victoria's Secret Ruched Hiphugger Panties




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Victoria's Secret Ruched Hiphugger Panties are one of my favorite underwear styles. They give a simple hip-hugger or boy-short pattern a cute twist. I will teach you an easy way to make your own ruched panties. The pair I made for this tutorial is for ruched-front hip-hugger panties, but this also works to make a ruched-back panty, thongs, bikini's, etc...

Step 1: Materials

Main Materials
  1. Lycra/Cotton Fabric Blend - about 30" x 20" worth
  2. Elastic - thin piece of elastic (mine was 1/8" width) and 1.5" in length. The length also depends on how much rouching you want.
  3. Sewing Machine (I used a serger as well, but this can all be done on a sewing machine)
  4. Stretch Needle (for sewing machine) - this is necessary for properly sewing lycra/spandex fabrics
Minor Materials
  1. Thread
  2. Needle - for sewing by hand
  3. Pins

Step 2: Cut Pattern

As I said before you can use this technique for any style of underwear. I chose to make hiphuggers. You can download the pattern I made in a PDF. This pattern piece is for both the front and back pieces.

Fold the fabric over and place the edge of the pattern marked "place on edge" on the folded edge. Pin the pattern to the fabric and cut out leaving about 1/2 inch from the edge of the pattern. Repeat this for your second pattern piece.

**Since I have the original pattern piece I didn't need to place it on the edge of the fabric.

Step 3: Finish Edges

To finish the edges of the underwear you will need to fold over all the exposed edges twice. See image below to know what edges to fold over.

Since I have a Serger, instead of folding the exposed edges over twice, I serged the edges then folded them over once and sewed them down using a zig-zag stitch.

If you don't have a serger, fold the exposed edges over once and sew them down using a zig-zag stitch. Fold the edges down again and sew them down using a zig-zag stitch.

Step 4: Ruch Panties

Decide what side you want to ruche. I ruched the front of mine, but you can do either side!

Find the center of the panties by folding them in half and placing a pin vertically on the folded edge. This is just to mark the center; don't pin the sides together.

Cut a small piece of elastic 1.5" in length.

*** For these next few steps I did this all by hand which I found the easiest ***

Sew one end of the elastic to the top center edge of the panties where the pin is marking sew(see image). Sew the other end along the center line but 2.5" lower then the other edge. Since 2.5" is longer than the elastic your underwear fabric will bunch (this is what we want!)

Use your fingers to pinch (bundle) together small parts of the fabric that is between the two ends of the elastic. Sew several bundles of pinched fabric to the elastic to create a ruched effect.

Step 5: Sew Pieces Together

Sew the side edges and crotch pieces together and you're all done!!

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    11 Discussions


    3 years ago on Introduction

    How would i make the pattern bigger. I make some designs for plus size women and i think these would be awesome to add


    7 years ago on Introduction

    You'll want to get some elastic around the top so they don't get progressively looser whilst wearing and fall down. Insert it under the folded down top with zig zag stitch.

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Actually, one of my favorite things about these undies is that they DON'T have elastic, so nothing catches, pinches, or digs. I've had mine for several years, and they still stay up just fine, so I think the quality of the stretch fabric is the biggie.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Very cute and simple. What type of fabric would you suggest to create a lining?

    Yeah I was gonna ask... "free size" doesn't necessarily fit everybody. An indication of what size range the PDF pattern is good for would be nice.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Okay, maybe I do need to make my own underwear after all. Those are adorable!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    These are neat, I love your photography skills! Each shot is laid out so professionally.

    I think a picture of these on a manequin / model of sorts would help illustrate why these are such a nice style.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    So cute! Looks easy enough to make for almost anyone! Can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve! Thanks for sharing and have a relaxing up coming weekend.