While we were working on the Lexington bra, I realized that I just had to have matching underwear. I just needed a matching set! As soon as the bra style was finalized, we started developing the Munroe briefs and I am loving the resulting set.
In terms of the style development, I knew right away that I wanted a high waist brief. Not just high rise but all the way to the natural waist. The high rise allows for a lot of sewing variations too! The Munroe can be made with a lower waist, a higher leg, a cheeky back and so on. As usual, we are putting together tutorials to show you a variety of ways to make your Munroe briefs.
Another design goal was to be able to use the same materials for the both the bra and the brief for a true matching set. The resulting panels are figure flattering and make that materials match possible. As an added bonus, this also simplifies materials shopping and sewing!
The Munroe briefs can easily be made on a regular sewing machine and the instructions are geared toward that method. Of course, if you have an overlocker/serger, that works great too! To keep the sewing interesting, there are a few fun new construction details, including the use of strap elastic at the waist. (I told you I wanted matching underwear!)
For the pattern itself, we wanted to keep paper and printer ink usage as minimal as possible. To accomplish this, we formatted this pattern as a layered PDF. This format allows you to select the size you want to print and still allows us to present all the seam and trim lines on every pattern piece. We were also able to keep paper taping minimal as well. All told, there are only six places to tape the printout together to get the full pattern.
Finally, since we plan to create more lingerie garments, we now have a garment sizing table and the Munroe briefs pattern includes a separate pattern for each size.
I am off to make another pair of Munroe briefs! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Be sure to tag your makes with #MunroeBriefs and/or #OrangeLingerie so I can find them all. I love seeing everyone’s unique version of our sewing patterns!