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. I also sew for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!