Simple things are good. Panties are simple. So, panties are good.
I love it when my little girl asks important questions like, “Mommy, why do you put that brown make-up stuff (she’s talking about foundation) on your face?” Or, “Mommy, why does daddy kiss you for a long time and not a short time like you kiss us?” And one of my favorites, “Mommy, why is your tummy a little squishy?” Haha!
Another important question she asked me just the other day was, “Mommy, do I have to wear panties every day?” I told her yes. So she then asked me, “Then why doesn’t Ella (her dolly) have to wear panties every day?” Well, hmmmm, good question. I guess she should have to wear panties every day too. So I asked her, “Should we make Ella some panties?” She nodded her head yes.
So, I was commissioned to fix this simple little dilemma.
And make some little Dolly Panties. In 3 different colors.
And because it’s a doll and doesn’t need to be one bit fancy…….I kept them simple.
Now, she has plenty of panties to wear underneath all her little dolly outfits.
Problem solved, right?
Yes, I believe it is.
Now maybe I should answer all of her other questions. Like, why my tummy is a little squishy. Or why my face is imperfect and I cover it up with a little secret potion called foundation.
Nah, I’ll wait til she’s older.
I’ll just let her keep living in her little girl world, where things like dolly panties are amazing, and “Awww, mommy, so cute!”
Good, Little Miss, I’m glad you like them.
P.S. Sorry if you only use the term “panty” for women’s lingerie. I always grew up calling my underwear “panties”. So I call my little girls undies “panties”. And my little boy wears “underwear”. (I didn’t even know girls could wear something as boyish as the word “underwear” until I was much older.) Anyone else do the same? Or are you a “underwear” only family?
Would you like to make some Dolly Panties for some little dolls in your house?
First of all, decide which sized doll needs some undies. Then, trace around the lower bodice of the doll to get a good idea of how big to make the panties. Measure her waist, her legs, etc and make your panties just a bit bigger so that the waist and legs can be gathered in just a bit.
(For help with measuring around a doll and making your own paper pattern, visit this dolly diaper tutorial here. That may help you a bit.)
I have included the Dolly Panties pattern piece (that is sized to fit an 18 inch doll) here.
(Even if you have a doll a different size, you can always adjust the pattern to fit.)
I made my Dolly Panties out of knit fabric….so they would stretch just a bit more. And yep, they were leftover scraps from some old knit Tshirt that I cut up and used for some other project. (All re-purposed projects found here.) Or you can buy knit at most fabric stores.
First, you’ll need to cut out the pattern (or create your own and cut it out) and place the long edge of the pattern on the fold of your fabric. Then cut.
Once you open up the fabric, it will look like this. (If you notice, the angle of the leg opening is slightly curved up for the front of the panties and more straight for the back side of the panties. The fabric is actually upside down in the photo below and the paper pattern is right side up. Sorry.)
Now, time for some elastic thread. Remember? No need to worry. There’s a whole tutorial here.
With your elastic thread down in your bobbin, sew along the curve of each leg, a 1/4 inch away from the edge. This is a view from the wrong side of the fabric. (This blue fabric doesn’t really have a wrong or right side…..but if yours does, make sure the right side is facing up while sewing with your elastic thread, so that the elastic thread is on the wrong side.)
Now, take your elastic thread out of your bobbin and put in regular thread. Then fold the panties in half with right sides together, and sew along the sides of the panties, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. (And it will only be a slight difference but the leg opening on the back side will come down a little bit further, to take into account a bum needing more fabric to cover it. But after I put all the panties together, I couldn’t really tell a difference. So don’t worry if you can’t either.)
Now, put your elastic thread back in. Then turn the panties right side out and sew along the top edge of the panties, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Start at one side seam and sew all the way around the top of the panties, and back stitch when you get back to the start. Then do the same thing, starting your seam about an 1/8 of an inch below the first one.
Now, trim your thread ends and you’re done.
And your panties should look like this. All nice and cinched in at the waist and legs.
Now make a few more pairs. Because no one can survive with only one pair of panties.