Review – Evie la Luve Esme Panties Kit

All I needed was a bit of ivory picot elastic… but I can never order just one thing from Elle Joan’s! It makes far more sense to maximise shipping and order a few more things, don’t you think? Good, I’m glad you agree.

pattern scissors cloth envelope

Anyway, that is how this Esme Panties Kit from Evie la Luve ended up in my shopping cart. I’ve seen a few of these made up and they all looked so darned cute that I thought it was time I made a pair for myself. And just for fun I’ll review the kit in case you are thinking of making a pair too!

The kit includes the pattern, sewing instructions and all fabrics and trims required to complete the garment.

pattern scissors cloth kit

As you can see I’ve already cut out my pattern. At 97cm my hip measurement was right on the border between a S and M, so I cut between the lines. The size turned out perfect.

The kit includes a small piece of cotton crotch lining fabric, and a generously sized piece of floral printed knit fabric. I could find no information on the fibre content of the floral knit. I don’t know about you, but I like to know these things! In cutting the floral knit there is a lot of waste as you can see:

pattern scissors cloth fabric

The extra is necessary for the larger sizes, but I refolded the panel and found there was just enough to cut two fronts in my ‘Small-Medium’ size, and maybe enough scraps leftover to squeeze a bra out of later!

pattern scissors cloth front

There was plenty of lace too – in my size there was enough for two panties and more potential bra pieces:

pattern scissors cloth lace

If you are a smaller size, being able to cut two pairs from the kit definitely gives it added value! However, you will need additional crotch lining, foldover elastic, and a bow for that extra pair.

The sewing instructions are included in a small booklet with step-by-step instructions and photos:

Esme Panties by Evie la Luve - a pattern review by Pattern Scissors Cloth

All the details that you need to know to assemble the panties are there, including the length to cut the elastic, which I thought was helpful.

Esme Panties by Evie la Luve - a pattern review by Pattern Scissors Cloth

There are some nice techniques too – I particularly liked how the crotch lining was cut smaller to reduce bulk:

pattern scissors cloth lining

I suggest comparing the crotch width to your favourite pair – I feel it is a teeny bit narrow, although these things are all personal preference! As the crotch width is ungraded you might prefer to add a few millimetres if you have a larger frame just in case.

Construction wise there are some things I would do differently. Next time, I will fully enclose the back seam as I think it looks a little messy this way:

Evie la Luve Esme Panties pattern review by Pattern Scissors Cloth

I did enclose the seam between the folded edges (how-to pics below) – but enclosing the seam 100% is an even better way. I’ll do a tutorial when I make my next pair!

Esme Panties by Evie la Luve - a pattern review by Pattern Scissors Cloth

I’d also recommend reshaping the upper edge of the lace 5-10mm higher at the CB, so it becomes square with the CB seam. Although this line appears reasonably straight when worn, it is technically wrong and reshaping will give a smoother run for the foldover elastic too:

pattern scissors cloth cb seam

The sewing instructions have you attach the foldover elastic in two actions, but I attached it in one as that is what I am used to. When attaching the elastic, this happened:

Esme Panties by Evie la Luve - a pattern review by Pattern Scissors Cloth

And I don’t mean the messy join in the stitching! I’m referring to the end of the front piece not being fully enclosed in the elastic. The best way to prevent this is to shave 3-4mm off the leg opening at this point before hemming it.

So – a couple of minor/easily fixed issues with the pattern, but don’t let that put you off purchasing – look at what beautiful undies (yes – two!) you end up with:

Esme Panties by Evie la Luve - a pattern review by Pattern Scissors Cloth

What I love about the Esme panties is the smooth no-elastic front leg opening, the cheeky hi-cut lace, and the no show aspect. So quick and rewarding to make, I look forward to whizzing up a few more!

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Review – Evie la Luve Esme Panties Kit

  1. Wait…so there isn’t any elastic in the leg openings at all?! Do they ride up? I mean they’re gorgeous, but I’m not one of those who will suffer an all day wedgie just to know that I’m wearing cute undies…

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    1. There is no elastic in the front leg openings, and the back is just stretch lace. The front sits nice and flat, and the back is a Brazilian cut. I find them really comfortable, and no panty lines!

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  2. Absolutely beautiful!! Thank you for another fantastic tutorial. I love the clear concise way you teach x 😍😍😍
    I’m amazed that you give away free patterns for your designs 😏

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