How to Make Homemade Lingerie


Lingerie evokes images of soft breezes and candlelit nights, and comfortable and lovely lingerie can be made at home. Lingerie uses light fabrics and lace to create a soft, feminine line. Pillowcases also use soft fabric and lace to create a little bubble of serenity. You can re-purpose an embroidered or lace-hemmed pillowcase to create a light camisole. With just a few straight seams you can sew a piece that is equally comfortable when worn under a suit coat or while relaxing at home.

Things You'll Need

  • Embroidered vintage pillowcase
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • Assistant
  • Safety pins
  • Beads (optional)
  • Choose a pillowcase with a wide, embroidered hem. The hem will be the top of your camisole. Wash the pillowcase and check for any stains or worn areas.

  • Cut 6 inches off the closed end of the pillowcase that is opposite the hem.

  • Open the seams of the 6 inch piece of pillowcase. There should be seams at the bottom and on one side of the piece. This gives you a piece of fabric 6 inches wide and approximately 40 inches long. The length depends on the width of your pillowcase. Cut the piece in half lengthwise. Fold a 1/2-inch allowance along the edges of the long side and press. Fold the strip in half lengthwise and press. Stitch along the edge to finish two shoulder straps that are 1 inch wide and approximately 40 inches long.

  • Pull the pillowcase tube over your head and body. Place the embroidered top where you would like it to be on your chest. Lower your arms to your side and relax your shoulders. Ask an assistant to pin the shoulder straps to the top of the camisole. Move around to check the sizing.

  • Fold the bottom of the camisole up just below the waist. Pin the hem in place. Move around to check the hem. Make any changes you desire.

  • Stitch the shoulder straps in place. Fold the hem and press, and then stitch the hem.

Tips & Warnings

  • Hand-sew small beads to the lacy edge of the pillowcase to add additional sparkle.
  • Exercise caution when sewing on a machine.

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