Yes, and I love that about them!
After a marathon morning of sewing on my Singer 15-91, I finished my
French yoked boxers, made from McCall's 4474, which I have learned is from 1941.
Seventy-two-year-old underwear, people.
Hope you vegetarians aren't offended by a little beefcake.
I think Michael finds these more amusing than sexy, but what does he know?
I love these boxers and they're extremely comfy. I haven't tried putting pants on over them yet; one thing at a time. The only alteration I made was to take 2" off the rise, front and back. As you can see, they go up to my navel, but no higher.
My fabric is a beautiful gray shirting that arrived in my twenty pound gift box from MPB reader Babe. It's perfect for a project like this: super soft and appropriately conservative.
These boxers are complicated to put together. I was fortunate that I had my Simplicity boxers to refer to since they're nearly identical in construction. The instructions are dense and a little hard to follow, frankly. While the illustrations are excellent, there's an awful lot of information crammed into half a page -- very typical of vintage pattern instructions.
Some details: the waistband.
The vertical slit that the right side of the waistband passes through is a little too narrow, hence the bunching (below). Next time I'll have to make the slit wider or make the bands a little narrower. My largest buttonhole template is 1 1/16"; perhaps next time I'll try my old Singer buttonholer that doesn't use templates.
This is the center back; as you can see, the boxers are adjustable and there's no elastic. As a result, they're extremely comfortable in the waist.
Here's the buttoned front yoke:
Boxers like these are ideal for a man with a "prominent seat." Notice that the Simplicity boxers I made a few years ago have a separate seat panel -- still common in men's boxers today -- while my McCall's has a single center back seam and lots of gathers.
Next, I want to make the woven undershirt, which should be much easier.
In closing, readers, have I sold you on making vintage men's undershorts -- or scared you away? Do you --
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!