In  Lingerie

Behind the Collection

By Susan | Comments: 8 | March 28, 2014


Good design should empower the wearer. It should make them feel like they are the most amazing person and even if no one sees it, the wearer knows it to be true.

For me, my best design work comes from a need or a want being fulfilled and finding inspiration in the things around me.

So how did I end up designing a range of knickers?

I’ve had a rough start to the year. I’ve been unwell and instead of being out enjoying the amazing summer, I’ve been stuck indoors trying to get better. In doing so I did a few things

  • pledged to make a huge go of destashing my enormous amount of fabric
  • cleaned out my closet including the underwear drawer.
  • read Pride and Prejudice for the millionth or more time
  • got totally hooked on The Lizzie Bennett diaries – a You Tube series of the modern day version of Pride and Prejudice, highly addictive and awesome

In no particular order these things made me realise that there is a little bit of the Pride and Prejudice characters in all of us, that the story is still relevant in modern times and that miles of pretty fabrics and trims could be turned into really lovely practical, cute and sexy knickers.

Teaming up with my sister a professional patternmaker we got to work. I did the designs, she made the patterns, I made the samples, she did the alterations, I wrote the instructions. It was very much a back and forth with each of us using our strengths.

Now I like pretty knickers, but I know that for lots of people they just want something simple, no fuss, easy and that’s what I want some of the time too.

So how to design a product for the no fuss practical ladies and the ones who might want a bit more?

Easy, we have included you in the design process.

In each pattern pack you will get
1 – the pattern in sizes 6 to 18 (Australian sizes)
2- the instruction booklet. For many of them you can have your choice of woven fabric and sew it up as per the instructions and you will have a totally serviceable pair of knickers.
3 -The Designer Manual. Here we teach you the tricks of the trade, where you take a simple silhouette and you build on it with trims, colours, fabrics. You even get a page of silhouettes for you to come up with your own ideas.

Each style has been named after one of the amazing ladies of Pride and Prejudice. If you find yourself more like the wild and free Lydia then there is a style for you. More like the conservative and practical Charlotte then there is one for you too. You can see my Pride and Prejudice Pinterest board here and each style has it’s own Pinterest board as well so we can add all the variations of the style to help inspire you more.

Hopefully everyone finds a little bit of themselves in these styles and rewards themselves with some pretty knickers and a chance to try out being their own designer.

Take the inspiration from you around, from what you love, what makes you smile and design something that will make you feel like the amazing person you are.



  • Velosewer
    March 28, 2014

    I love how you’ve included the ‘sewer/maker’ in the design process. That’s half the fun. And then the rest of the fun is in wearing to cool pieces you’ve designed.
    That’s really clever and engaging!

    • Susan Goodwin
      March 28, 2014

      Thank you, I wanted to ensure that instead of just buying a once off pattern you were getting the chance to embellish and change and make it your own. So glad that you like that aspect of it.

  • Alex
    March 29, 2014

    The lovely thing about this story is how you turned a difficult situation with your health into positive creativity – I hope your patterns will be wildly successful – you deserve it.

    • Susan Goodwin
      March 30, 2014

      Oh thank you so much, such lovely thoughts. I’m just so happy to be able to share the patterns and journey with everyone.

  • Melanie
    March 30, 2014

    Congrats on the pattern range. They all look super cute. Once I find my “perfectly cute” knicker elastic I’m going to rustle up a pair.

    • Susan Goodwin
      March 30, 2014

      Thank you! most of these can be made without knicker elastic just regular elastic so if you can’t find a perfectly cute one just go regular and you will be fine.

  • Julie
    April 7, 2014

    I love all of these. Truthfully, I’m most likely to make the Charlottes, but it is a fun collection for sewists and Jane Austen fans!

    • Susan Goodwin
      April 7, 2014

      Thank you! It’s so nice to have some fun patterns that can use up the stash and allow you to name your knickers!

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Hi, I'm Susan. A designer living in Sydney, Australia.

Here I share tales of my sewing, my pattern collection and insights into what it's like to work as a professional fashion designer.

Other recurring themes include cat photos and an ever changing hair style.



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