DIY Undies Class

Boxers, Bikini, Briefs, or period panties, it's time to make some Undies!


$120.00 per person




This session is two weekday mornings; Tuesday AND Thursday 10-1

About this experience

Learn to sew your own underwear in this 2-part workshop with Jenny Ambrose of The Makehouse. Get over fears of working with stretch fabrics and elastics while making practical garments for yourself and your loved ones! 

This wonderful workshop will take you through the process of making your first pair of underwear from start to finish. Choose from our selection of patterns before the workshop (see the full list below).

Please note you should arrive with your paper pattern pieces already traced/cut out in your chosen size! You can purchase these at Jenny's Pop up shop at the Spool from Aug 27th onwards, or order your PDF online and have it printed ahead of time!

 Session 1 -

  • Yay - you're here and you're going to make underwear!!! 

  • Introduction to working with stretch

  • Introduction to elastics and their applications (fold-over, exposed trims and covered elastics)

  • How to handle and cut stretch fabrics (using a rotary cutter or scissors - your choice) 

  • Introduction to using a serger for seam construction

Session 2 - 

  • How to create a hidden seams 

  • How to work with different types lingerie elastics

  • How to use a coverstitch machine and twin needle on your sewing machine for hemming and applying lace or elastics

  • Finishing techniques to finesses your underwear making

Skill requirements: Previous sewing experience is essential. You must have previous experience sewing clothing and working on both sewing machine and sergers.

Material requirements: 

We offer a 20% student discount on all your supplies for this workshop! You will be sent a code to use online once you've registered for your class! 

You will need your pattern (see full list below) and fabrics for the first session. 1/2 meter of a cotton, or bamboo knit or stretch lace will cover your first pair of undies! If you wish to colour block, please purchase 2 contrasting fabrics to work with (these can be solids, stripes or prints - have some fun!!)

You can pick up your elastics and other notions here at the first class, as we would like to educate you about making good choices for finishing depending on the style you are making.  

Pattern Options (all available in-store):

Jalie 3886  - Ladies High & Low Waisted Breifs 
Jalie 3242 - Ladies, Mens & Kids Breifs 
Jalie 3885 - Gerald Underwear
Thread Theory - Comox Trunks 
PinUp Girls - Cheryl Back Seam Panty
PinUp Girls - Betty Boy Shorts
PinUp Girls - Veronica Basic Panty

Equipment requirements: Please note that we provide a sewing machine and serger for you to use in the studio, but you are more than welcome to bring your machine from home. If you’d like to bring your home machine, please remember to bring the manual (and foot pedal/power cord) and arrive 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

Group size: We like to keep our workshops cozy and fun, so attendance is limited to 6 guests.

“Working with patterns, stretchy fabrics, and elastics are three things I tend to avoid but Jenny really took all the fear out of it. From cutting the fabric to the voodoo origami move needed to connect the gusset with a hidden seam, Jenny provided clear guidance. The pattern used is simple enough for beginners like me and easy to adapt for those with more experience.” CD

Your Host

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Jenny Ambrose is the owner/founder of The Makehouse. She first founded her own eco-fashion label in 2004 while residing in the United Kingdom. Jenny returned to Canada in 2011 and opened The Makehouse a year later. Jenny has been working in the fashion industry including design, manufacturing, tailoring, wholesale, and retail. Her portfolio also includes fashion shows, photo-shoots, teaching/mentoring and marketing.