Boxer Shorts

boxer shorts - 2

For Father’s Day this year, The Old Man at Sea will receive two new pairs of boxers.  My brother-in-law is getting a handmade pair, too.  As TOMAS was packing, I stole a worn-out pair from his sea bag to rip apart and make a pattern from.  I don’t know how this stretched-out pair stayed up on his scrawny hips, but he said any clean pair would do.  I guess when they wash clothes on the ship, they come back even dirtier.  

These boxers have a saggy bottom, which seems very comfortable, but also meant one extra piece to sew.  The edges of each piece were pressed 1/4″ to the right side or wrong side, then matched up (a wrong-side pressed edge laid on top of a right-side pressed edge), pinned, and sewn with two parallel lines of topstitching.  I believe a welt seam is what this is, except that I didn’t follow the directions for that.  Next time, I think it would be faster without doing this (the last, fastest pair took 2 hours) but it is supposed to be a very strong seam and it looks good on the wrong side, too.  


Construction Details:
  • Sushi print and Airplanes from Whipstitch Lounge
  • Houses and flags print from The Fabric Hut
  • Pattern from old pair of The Old Man’s Old Navy boxers.
  • Interesting note:  the hip and leg opening measurements were the same on the size 32 as the size 36-38 and only the elastic was a different length.  So, I used the same pattern for both guys.  Thank goodness! 

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by emilie on June 13, 2009 at 2:50 am

    what a great idea!
    the sushi fabric is pretty great.
    you are getting craftier by the day. did I mention that Mary Jane’s Farm now has a shop in Moscow? haven’t been there yet.


    • Posted by amberjsquirrel on June 13, 2009 at 3:03 pm

      Thanks! I also heard that Mary Jane has designed a line of fabric for sale in quilt shops. She does just about everything! If you go in the shop, tell me if they have fabric and what it looks like.


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