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! 
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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.

    Reply

    • 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.

      Reply

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