So I was thinking last night: maybe I should do a muslin of my Op shorts pattern before cutting my corduroy. Then it occurred to me, if I'm going to go to the trouble of making a muslin, why not make something I can actually wear? You can probably figure out the rest from the title of today's post.
I had this mens shirting I picked up a long time ago at Metro Textiles, and while it's lovely quality -- almost like Liberty of London -- when I got it home it didn't really flatter me or Michael. It's so tiny a floral print that from a distance it just reads as specks.
Here's the fabric close up. It's perfect for boxers because it's very soft and densely woven.
I did pretty much everything for the boxers that I would have for the shorts (no patch pockets or zipper, of course). When I tried the boxers on, they landed exactly where I'd want the top of my shorts to land -- except the top of my Op shorts pattern is drafted to fold over two inches. I'll therefore have to add two inches to the top so I have a wide enough waistband to enclose my elastic.
|Actual vintage Op shorts|
For the boxers, I cut an inch off the top and added a waistband. The front waistband is flat, with a buttons at the waist and another at the fly, and the back waistband has elastic running through it -- a test for the Op shorts.
The front waistband is smooth, as you can see, giving them more of a vintage look.
I hemmed the bottom by turning up one quarter inch, stitching, and then turning up again about one half inch. If I want longer shorts, I'm going to have to add at least an inch to the leg. Otherwise, the fit is good, with enough room in the backside to move around, sit, etc.
And that's the end of my muslin/boxers adventure, readers. I'm glad I tested the pattern, and I can always use another pair of boxers.
In closing, what is it about that fabric that makes it so meh? Is it too fine a pattern, or just the blah beige background? Sadly, I still have a lot of it.
Happy Tuesday, everybody!