Happy New Year guys! And Happy Wednesday! I have a pattern review for today: I will be sharing my thoughts on Evie la Luve’s Esme Panties Pattern.
I actually bought this pattern as a bundle with the Bella Panties over a year ago. I have no idea what took me so long to make them. A customer’s photo reminded me that this pattern was in my stash, so I made a bunch of Esme Panties for stocking stuffers for Christmas.
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The Esme Panties pattern is sized alphanumerically with a size range that goes from XS-XL for the following hip measurements:
XS – 34 1/2 – 36″
S – 36 1/2 – 38″
M – 38 1/2 – 40 1/2″
L – 41 – 43 1/2″
XL – 44 46 1/2″
It’s hard to say if the pattern runs TTS, because the Esme Panties pattern doesn’t have a recommended stretch percentage for the knit fabric for the front portion of the panties pattern. My hips measure around 35-36″ (varies due to weight fluctuation), which means I would take an XS.
I made the pattern up using a scuba fabric that has about 30% stretch and I found that I had to size up to size Small for a comfortable fit.
Similarly, my PGM Lingerie Dress Form took an XS. The form’s hips measure 33 3/8″. It would probably take a size XXS, if it were available, but the XS ended up being a great fit on the form.
I made all my gift panties one size up and they all ended up fitting well on my friends.
That being said, if I used a knit fabric that probably has around a 50-60% stretch, the pattern will probably fit TTS.
Basically, you should make a test version before proceeding with your nice materials. One great thing about this pattern is that it’s really easy to adjust for the fit around the waist. The front piece and back pieces overlap and you can control the amount they overlap. If you need a snugger fit, you just overlap the pieces more. If you need a looser fit, you can have the pieces overlap less.
Style & Cut
The front panties waist line is more of an everyday mid rise. The back is definitely cheekier. The waistline dips in the center back and I would consider it low rise. I really love how the front of the panties are cut–I like the rise and the narrower crotch width.
The panties back is cut like a tanga, which means it’s quite cheeky. I’m someone who prefers moderate to full bum coverage, so the Esme Panties are not for me. However, they were a huge hit with my friends. So this is definitely a personal preference thing.
I made a minor change to the front pattern piece. Because I was using a medium weight scuba, I didn’t want to fold the fabric under and topstitch around the front leg openings. I was worried about bulkiness. So instead, I trimmed the front leg openings back by 1/4″ and applied fold over elastic as a finishing.
Definitely a beginner friendly pattern. Hannah’s instructions are clear and easy to follow. She also has a video tutorial on how to put the pattern together.
If you are looking for a beginner friendly underwear pattern with pretty looking results and you like the cheekier cut in the bum area, I would recommend giving this pattern a try.
If I’m making anymore for gifts, I will be trying this pattern hack next time.
Have you made the Esme Panties? What are your thoughts on the pattern? Share in the comments below!