My typical gusset lining for panties is white organic cotton jersey. But when working with lace and other sheer fabrics, the lining will be visible and white is possibly not the best option. I draft my panty patterns with the gusset seam higher up in front than typical RTW panties, so the gusset is more easily seen on the body. If nobody else is going to see your undies, then maybe a white lining doesn't bother you. But if it does, I wanted to share with you three other options. (The panties in the following photos are the next pattern I am working on! Stay tuned!)
Match the lace/sheer fabric color
This example uses red lace and red mesh fabrics, so I used a red cotton/spandex jersey for the gusset lining.
Use a contrast color
In this panty, there is green lace for the front and black mesh for the back. The lace has such a beautiful floral pattern I really wanted it to pop, so I matched the black mesh back and used black cotton/spandex jersey for the gusset lining.
Match your skin tone
Here I have a lining in a light tan color behind the coral lace. Finding a fabric relatively close to my skin tone was harder than I thought it would be. I eventually found this bamboo/cotton jersey from Koshtex on Etsy. If you can't find a fabric close to your skin tone in yardage, look for a cheap t-shirt. I have seen cotton camisoles in Walmart in light beige and brown, so that could be an option.
Do you like to adjust your gusset lining fabrics to match or prefer a white gusset? One of the things I love about making my own lingerie is having the chance to not only get a perfect fit for my body but make all the choices for colors, fabrics and trims to fit my personal needs.
Until next time, happy sewing!
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