Friends, it's time once again to make boxers -- the perfect holiday gift for you or the man in your life, by the way!
I'm using one of my favorite men's underwear patterns, vintage McCall's 3438 (someday I'm make the knit brief, View B, but not now).
Here's the style I want to make, View D, with the contrasting trim.
And here's my fabric, a good quality cotton gingham I picked up a long time ago at Metro Textiles. I thought I'd want to make a shirt out of it but I really don't.
I used McCalls 3438 last year for my Men's Boxers Sew-Along, but this time I've decided to make a few minor changes. I really liked the striped boxers I made (below), but I noticed that the right front fly (which is overlapped by the left front fly) was a little shallow.
In the pattern, the two front sides are cut from the same pattern piece, but in reality, the right front's fly shield extension needs to be about 1" longer. This helps to -- ahem -- keep things from slipping out when you don't want them to.
I sacrificed an old pair of cotton/poly Jockey boxers to see if both left and right front pieces were identical, and sure enough they are not: the right front fly shield extends twice as far, so that it can be folded back and stitched and still be deep enough to be completely covered by the left front fly shield. I'll explain more about this on my next post.
I'm also using, for the first time, the special sports elastic I bought on Amazon a few months back. This will (or should) allow me to stitch horizontally across the waistband with the elastic held taut, and have the elastic spring back completely.
In the pair I made for the Sew-Along, my elastic never quite sprung back all the way. This gave the waistband a slightly stretched out feel. They looked nice from the outside but I'd have liked them slightly snugger.
You can see that the elastic Jockey uses is similar to my sports elastic, with channels you're supposed to stitch between.
I'm excited to see how all this turns out!
OK, I'm off to work on my boxers and I hope you're busy on your projects too -- that way I won't feel like such a weirdo sewing on this gorgeous sunny Saturday.
Have a great day, everybody! Any boxers in your future?
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!