It has taken me ages to get up the nerve to write this post. The undies I'm about to talk about and show pictures of are big. BIG. That's the point, really, since I was looking for "bloomers" that could keep me fully covered, and without panty lines, under a knit dress. I found the Betty High Waisted Panties pattern by Ohhh Lulu, and knew I had the right idea. Above my belly button? Yup, hits at my natural waist and I'm owning it. The pattern is easy and fast. I made some test undies (highly unattractive, yet awesomely comfortable in stretch nylon bathing suit lining material), but this is my first "real" pair and they are marvelous:
stretch silk (don't look at the price, I got this in the remnants department!) and apricot trim.
Stretch silk from Hart's, stretch lace from Fabric.com (may be out of stock), and beige trim from Britex.
After a couple of waist-high pairs, I wanted to trim them and make hipster undies. I trimmed equally from the waistline by a few inches, to make a great every day (non-dress) size. Here's my trial version:
red dotted swimsuit nylon from Fabric Fairy, white mesh swimsuit lining, and trim from Joann's. Ridiculously comfortable and "slippery" under clothes.
Stretch silk from Hart's, stretch teal lace (I think this is the right fabric--I bought it in person at Hart's) and hot pink trim from Britex. The lace is very high quality and looks like it will be nice-looking for a while.
If it weren't for the difficulty finding all the fabric and trim in one store, I'd exclusively make my own underwear. For my size (XS-S depending on the stretch of the fabric), I can get one large and one hipster pair of undies from 1/2 yard of stretch silk (using lace for the side panels), so they aren't too costly (check out Mood's selection of stretch silk!). I'm not sure I'm ready to tackle bras yet, but there will be many more pairs of dress bloomers in my future!