Warning: butt cheeks ahead!
In my younger days, I wore thongs a lot more. It was the style of the times. As I’ve “matured” I’ve replaced most of my skimpy thongs for more comfortable (still pretty) styles. That’s not to say that thongs aren’t comfortable – they definitely can be! And they serve a practical purpose…
A High Waist Thong may not be super practical for every day wear, but hot damn… it looks great on. I was skeptical when I first started getting requests for a high waist thong, but I thought I’d try it out. I was very pleasantly surprised!
As I was developing this pattern I wanted to come up with a way to use scalloped stretch lace on a high waist thong – that’s View C of the pattern. It’s a little bit Ultimate Lace Panties mixed with a little Ava Panties and I’m really happy with how it turned out. The style lines allow you to mix and match colours and fabrics, one of my favourite things to do with a design!
I made a few different sets as I was sewing up samples, pairing the basic high waist version with my Natalie Crop Top, then I made some bottoms for a Romy Bra and Jasmine Bra (from my Valentine’s Day Sew Along) from my own lingerie drawer.
This pattern comes with some quick instructions on how to do a lace overlay. It is such a simple thing to do and does not require a pattern piece. Once you learn the technique, you can do any overlay you can dream of! I hesitate to even call it a “technique” because it really is so simple. I even made a quick video (https://youtu.be/KfoDAn03yvM).
The construction of View A&B is really quite simple – if you’ve sewn a pair of Ava’s, you can sew a pair of these. View C&D is a little more of a challenge. It involves setting in a sharp corner and working with stretch lace. Not to worry, I’ve got a video explaining every step. The techniques for sewing this sharp point are also helpful for sewing my Clara Sleep Mask.
The thing I love most about this pattern is that it can be sewn super basic, as shown below in black organic cotton, or dressed in in satin or prints as shown above. It’s really a versatile pattern!