Free Pattern Hack: Rosy Ladyshorts for Tweens

Free Pattern Hack: Rosy Ladyshorts for Tweens

A hack on the free Rosy Ladyshorts pattern: It’s so easy to modify this popular women’s panties pattern for your tween girls!

Rosy Ladyshorts: A free pattern from Cloth Habit; modified for tween girls! How to modify this women's panties pattern into age appropriate boy shorts for your tween girl!

In my Top 12 Kids Underwear Patterns post, I shared my favorite kids underwear patterns, plus 12 free underwear patterns. Rosy Ladyshorts are on my free pattern list. Although they are designed for women, it’s an easy hack to make age appropriate panties for tweens and teens.

Rosy Ladyshorts in Lycra from Funki Fabrics

Im using a size 6 women’s dressform, so this body is curvier than most tween bodies. It’s bigger than the intended recipient, so there is some stress on the seams. Ignore that, please :)

Rosy Ladyshorts Pattern Hack

Head over to Cloth Habit to download your free panties pattern. This is a damn sexy pattern, but we’re going to tame them into something our daughters can wear. No heart attacks.

I wanted to try 100% Lycra for panties. It’s super stretchy and snug, and developing girls can be difficult to fit. When FunkiFabrics asked if I’d like to show you guys some fabric, I told them I had just the project in mind! In fact, I’ll be showing you more projects and fun prints from Funki Fabrics after Christmas. You will LOVE this stuff- click to shop Funki Fabrics.

Rosy Ladyshorts call for 3/4″ to 1″ elastic lace. I’m using fold over elastic because it comes in fun prints that girls like. And because I really like fold over elastic.

Tribal print panties: Lycra from Funki Fabrics

I sewed a mockup because f.o.e. doesn’t add any width like the lace would. I knew I’d end up with a very narrow crotch, and I needed to see how much seam allowance to add.

(Random footnote: I hate the word crotch.)

Women's panties made with free pattern from Cloth Habit: Rosy Ladyshorts

Above, Rosy Ladyshorts with fold over elastic & no adjustments. Very cheeky!

Adding booty coverage to a cheeky panties pattern

This is the adjustment I made for fold over elastic. This adds butt coverage as well. If your child is blessed in the booty department; add 1″-2″ inches at the center back, straighten out the curve a bit toward the back, and taper down to 1/2″ at the crotch. (Ew, that horrible word again!)

Rosy Ladyshorts (modified) in Funki Fabrics Lycra

Here are my Rosy Ladyshorts with the adjustments. This is the size 0, which will fit a girls as small as a size 10/12. Below us a side by side comparison of Rosy Ladyshorts with and without my adjustments.

Side by side comparison: panties pattern modified for full coverage

Lycra is great for dresses, tops, swimwear, dance and gymnastics gear, leggings, underwear, and more. I love the prints I recieved; the stretch and recovery is insane. Plus, it’s printed when you order! You can set up an account at Funki Fabrics and save your favorites. Which is your favorite print, and what would you make?

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Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Maegen Foster

    Those are super cool! I would have loved undies like those when I was a tween. How cool is it that you even sew your daughter underwear? Thanks for linking to Free Pattern Friday!
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    • Amy Mayen

      My sewing machine handles lycra just fine without a walking foot or anything special. I use a ballpoint needle and a zigzag stitch. I’d say it’s easy than lightweight jersey knit. Also, I’ve read that you have to be careful pinning Lycra…but with this stuff from Funki Fabric; I pin the heck out of it with sharp pins and have no trouble at all. It’s really good quality. It’s not flimsy; if you stretch it all the way out as far as it will stretch, you can’t see through it. So I think the quality makes it easier to sew than the cheapy costume stuff.
      Amy Mayen recently posted…Free Pattern Hack: Rosy Ladyshorts for TweensMy Profile

  2. Amy of while wearing heels

    You are hilarious. I can’t believe you have mannequins to model your handmade undies. I love that every time you referenced crotch, you ‘ewed’. Your posts always make me smile.
    Amy of while wearing heels recently posted…Something oldMy Profile


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