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Sugarplum Cuties: Girls’ Undies Review

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This month we’re talking girls undies!  There are a bunch of patterns to choose from when it comes to girls’ underthings and, at first glace, it’s a challenging and overwhelming decision. So, I’m dissecting a few of them and breaking them down to hopefully help make your buying decisions a whole lot easier!

I made all my undies out of tee shirt parts from my stash.  They all have the same fabric content and they’re all GREEN in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day last month (when I made these).  Undies are the perfect stash buster project and they require so little time and fabric you can whip some up quick and easy!

Big Girl Briefs by Serger Pepper

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The Big Girl Briefs by Serger Pepper are a good pattern if you like a little extra color and unique trims.  I made size 3 with a high waist for my almost six year old according to the size chart (she’s super small).  The pattern is written in a conversational tone with some light-hearted comments scattered throughout.

What I liked:

  • Decorative trim option
  • 2 different rise options: high waist (for skinnier kids) and regular waist options
  • tons of tips and tricks: batch sewing, using notches to mark pieces
  • Instructions included for segers and sewing machines
  • Finished product looks professional and stands out from standard brief patterns
  • Line drawings AND color photos included

What I didn’t like:

  • Pattern pieces are not labeled with waist/leg band cutting measurements and I had to go searching through the pattern for those
  • Mildly complicated construction that would be confusing for beginners
  • The tutorial and pattern are in 2 separate files which is annoying.  I just combine them in Adobe whenever I come across this for simplicity.
  • These undies did not fit my very slim daughter well and they fall off of her throughout the day.  She would do better with a smaller size but the pattern starts at 3T.
  • Small range of sizes doesn’t lend itself for those children who potty train earlier
  • Layered printing is required as this pattern cannot be printed as a nested pattern.  This might be deterring for sewists who make these to sell and need various sizes.

Classic Panties & Camisole by Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop

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The Classic Panties & Camisole by Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop are great.  They are a quick, basic undies pattern with no special bells and whistles.  These were a very fast sew for me (took me about 20 minutes from first cut to last stitch).  The 3T fit my daughter perfectly and they were her favorite pair of undies because they didn’t ride up and they didn’t fall down.  These are my choice for the undies that I will make again.

What I liked:

  • Straight forward construction and finishing
  • The camisole pattern adds value to the undies pattern giving you more bang for your buck
  • Undies pattern prints on only 2 pages for all sizes
  • Leg and waistband measurements are listed on the pattern piece
  • Fit was prefect for my slim girl.  I did a size 3 for her and she was able to wear them all day without them falling off.

What I didn’t like:

  • The pattern pictures use different fabrics in different steps and doesn’t always stay consistent

Kiwiana Undies by Little Kiwis Closet

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The Kiwiana Undies by Little Kiwis Closet features a different pattern piece for the front and the back making it easy to mix and match fabrics for a more custom look.  Construction instructions on these undoes were different than most other pairs I’ve made, but it was still a quick sew.  The pattern is written in cm first and inches second so figuring out the size I was going to make took me a teeny bit longer than normal.

What I liked:

  • These in size 51cm (3T) fit my daughter the best out of all the patterns
  • Different pattern pieces for the front and back makes it easy to use even smaller pieces of fabric from the scrap pile
  • Doll sized pattern included adds value to the pattern overall

What I didn’t like:

  • Kinda hard to figure out sizing based on the way the size chart is set up (not easy to read), just takes a few extra minutes to figure it out.
  • Different fabrics were used in the tutorial
  • Tutorial steps are not numbered
  • Lining stitching shows on the outside of the undies as their worn which I really did not like.
  • Waist and leg band measurements not located on the pattern pieces

 

Knit Hipster or Bikini Briefs for Girls by Monkeysbug

The Knit Hipster or Bikini Briefs for Girls pattern by Monkeysbug is a simple undies pattern that takes no time to sew up.  They are very similar to the Peek-a-Boo undies, and construction was a breeze.

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What I liked:

  • Finishing options for fold over elastic (FOE) included
  • Printer friendly, text only instructions list included for those that like a printed set of instructions
  • Quick and easy sew
  • Options for hipster (higher rise) or bikini style (lower rise) briefs

What I didn’t like:

  • Pattern is not nested nor is it able to be printed in layers
  • Waist and leg band measurements not located on the pattern pieces
  • I did the size 3/4 for my daughter and while they did fit, they were a bit baggy and the size 2 would have been too small.  I prefer patterns that do not combine sizes like this one does.

Lilbug Undies by A Sparkly Baby

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Lilbug undies by A Sparkly Baby are a basic undies pattern much like the Peek-a-Boo and Monkeysbug patterns.  The fit of the 3T was loose on my daughter and these fall off her as the day wears on.

What I liked:

  • LOTS of tricks and tips throughout the pattern that would be great for the beginning sewist

What I didn’t like:

  • Leg and waist band measurements are NOT included in the pattern, instead, there is a lengthy tutorial that includes stretching your fabric and making marks to figure out your band measurements.  This, to me, is a total deal breaker.  I’d prefer the designer calls for a specific type of fabric with x amount of stretch and provides measurements for that fabric
  • Unprofessional font was used throughout the tutorial which was frilly and hard to read at times

Overall, my favorite undies are the Big Girl Briefs by Serger Pepper because they have the decorative trim option on the front which lends itself to many designing possibilities.  My daughter’s favorite (and her opinion is King because she’s the one wearing them) were the Peek-a-Boo Undies because they fit nice and snug on her and she didn’t have to worry about adjusting at all throughout the day.  To sum all the patterns up, I hope this Pattern Exam chart helps to make things more clear and succinct for you!  If you’d like to see more pattern reviews, follow me over at Sugarplum Cuties where I sew for myself a lot!

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Kirsten
Hi! I'm Kirsten! I'm a lover of Jesus, a wife to a military man, and a mommy to 3 wonderful children that I homeschool. I've been sewing for 7 years now, and I'm so blessed to be able to share my gift with you.

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