Saturday, January 9, 2021

Kapunda Undies

 Underwear that's fun to wear under there!

I've tried sewing underwear a couple times, with limited success, until the Muna and Broad Kapunda Undies crossed my path. Super high-rise undies designed specifically to fit large bodies? Yes, please.

I love high waisted, full coverage undies that don't give me a wedgie or roll down at the top as I move around or sit. The Kapunda Undies seem to be that for me!

Yes, I realize these flat lay undies photos are uninspiring, but I just wasn't feeling much like modeling for these, struggled to find a good indoor photo spot, and light is scarce in Vermont these days, so you only get a couple of these half-assed, stretch mark-y, maybe-she's-been-hunched-over-a-laptop-or-maybe-it's-Maybelline lunch break chonies shots. Sorry not sorry!

I made 3 pairs so far, all out of knits from my scrap bin, primarily pieces of Art gallery cotton/lycra knit that I have been hanging onto forever since they're so pretty (originally from these these throw-back projects here, here and here).

All of my undies are size D, which corresponded to my measurements and worked out well.

I sewed all three pairs exclusively on my sewing machine with a zigzag stitch. 

I used fold over elastic to finish all of them (although there is a stretch lace finishing option, too). I was a little bit apprehensive about using FOE because I haven't been very good at sewing it when it's, well, folded over. 

But the flat FOE method used by the Kapunda Undies pattern treats it more like a picot elastic where you sew it to the right side then flip it and topstitch it. Much easier! Muna and Broad have an elastic sewing video tutorial here, which was quite helpful.

I made two versions of Kapunda View A, and a colorblocked version of View B. The View B pair used Robert Kaufman Laguna cotton/lycra jersey on the side panels.

I'm looking forward to making more Kapunda Undies! I'd like to try some fancier fabrics, maybe some fabrics specifically made for lingerie. Not like I need more fabric, but I definitely need more undies!


  1. Wow! they are fantastic and you look great in them!! Beautiful woman
    Thank you for the inspiration Happy New Year ! and Happy Sewing from Iowa Take care

  2. Thanks for the pictures Meg. You’re very brave and your undies look fantastic. You are my body double and your aesthetic is really similar to mine so I love seeing what you’re making. Kapunda undies here I come! I can’t stand it when undies roll down. Or leggings for that matter. The only leggings I’ve found that don’t roll down are the 5 out of 4 Candy Yoga pants & leggings with the high cut yoga waistband. No rolling down - even during all that bending and twisting in yoga classes!

  3. The undies look great Meg. Thanks for the great pictures - you’re very brave. I hate it when undies roll down so will definitely give the Kapunda a go. The only leggings I have found that don’t roll down are the 5 Out Of 4 Candy Yoga Pants with the high waist yoga top. They stay in place even through a bendy stretchy yoga class. Give them a go if you need comfy leggings with no side seams.

  4. They look great and fit really well. I have the same requirements as you in terms of comfort so it is good to read about a pattern that suits those needs.

  5. Oh! I must try these! Thanks for reviewing these!
    I have been obsessed with making “Scrundlewear” by Once Upon A Stitch. I was sure I would not like making underwear, but what fun they are to make and so much more comfortable than the popular brand I had been wearing for the past 30 years or more!

  6. Wonderful undies! I made some from Beverly Johnson’s craftsy class on self drafting that are life changers. ALL my underwear were rolling every time I stepped until I had deflated parachutes draped inside my pants crotch. No one told that’s what happens when you go apple. Now, they stay up!

  7. Oh, I dearly love to make underwear. Panties, I have made by the jillions. So fun. Never got brave enough to make a bra but I have been flirting with Madalyne and her blog. Do you follow her? She makes dreamy undergarments. Two on two Off makes loads of panties from scraps. Love her on Instagram. You look so cute in your knickers. Keep up the good work.

  8. Thanks for the review. I have that pattern in my cart and will now press buy now😎. They look good on you