I decided to make one more pair of boxers, friends -- the last pair of 2012. I think.
I used a pale gray Sea Island cotton I bought a few years ago but never turned into a shirt. It's smooth as silk, improbably soft and creamy. It's not my favorite color, but for boxers it will do. This is the kind of cotton that's woven so tightly, of thread so fine, it makes most sewing thread look slightly rope-like in comparison. I used Mettler thread and a #9 needle (the narrowest I generally use) on most of this.
I followed my advice from yesterday's boxers post (almost) to the letter. As you can see, I got the flat-felled seam under the fly on the correct side: folded toward the left front, and made on the wrong side of my boxers (i.e. the inside). The seam now runs directly into the front fly topstitching, as it should. I also widened the seam allowance to 5/8" which allows for a slightly wider flat-felled seam.
Here's the fly from the inside. The right fly facing covers the left completely and everything looks neat.
I left barely 1/8" of visible fabric above the elastic waistband.
Once again I added bias trim, this time made from scraps of black polished cotton (a good argument for keeping some fabric scraps). The black trim makes for a very vintage Seventies gym shorts look.
Once again, I stitched down my elastic vertically at four points when I was working on the waistband. This stitching can be removed after the waistband is completed or left as-is.
This is the last time you'll see me in my underwear this year, promise. Could vintage-style pajamas with piping be in my future?
I think I like these even more than my tattersall pair from the weekend.
In unrelated news, we were over at a friend's house for dinner on Sunday, and she let me try on her mother's vintage Forties Persian lamb swing coat, which she had just had cleaned. Isn't it something? It even has a matching muff (sadly, a bit discolored). Those shoulders are so fabulous and it's a perfect fit. Me want!
Can you believe it's nearly Thanksgiving here in the USA? Wasn't it just Thanksgiving, like, two months ago? Which reminds me of that famous Kitty Carlisle quote, "Once you're past fifty, every fifteen minutes it's breakfast."
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