When I'm between big projects, I always enjoy returning to something that's relatively uncomplicated: men's underwear. Who can't use more of that?
I've had Simplicity 4149, a men's "shorts" pattern dating from 1952, in my stash for a while now. I just never got around to using it.
As you know, I'm a big fan of so-called French boxers -- the kind with the yoke that buttons at the front fly, and in back along the (adjustable) waistband. I've already made two versions, McCall's 4474, which dates from 1941 and Simplicity 1960, which dates from 1945.
To be honest, the McCall's pattern was a little too baggy and the Simplicity was a little too tight. But this new Simplicity seems just right so far. I took a full 3" out of the rise. Call me crazy, but I don't like when underwear goes up to my armpits.
Boxers like these take time to make, as the construction is more complicated than regular elastic-waist underwear. But I find them comfortable and actually wear them.
My fabric is leftover striped shirting from years ago. Perhaps you recognize it. I made a shirt for Michael out of it as well as underwear (the elastic-waistband kind) for me.
|I'd forgotten about Michael's 70's pornstar phase.|
I bought a lot of that cotton shirting (back in the $2/yd. phase of my sewing career). I'm kind of sick of it, but for underwear, it's perfect.
I intend to finish these tomorrow and if I'm feeling fit may even model them.
In closing, what do you like to sew when you're not ready to tackle something major but still want to whip a little something up just for the fun of it?
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Have a great day, everybody!