Tom came to my house at the last minute the other night after a 12+ hour shift. He didn’t have a change of clothes on him so he soulfully requested that I make him some “man panties” so he could at least have clean underwear. I have Kwik Sew 3298 somewhere but wasn’t able to find it, so I went online to see if they had it as a download. Nope – looks to be out of print as well. So I went on Jalie’s website to check out their pattern offerings, and found out that 3242 was available as a download.
This one pattern will take care of underwear needs for the entire family! Jalie patterns always include a huge range of sizes. The kids sizes go from an 18″waist/20″ hip to a 26.5″ waist/34.5″ hip for girls and 26.5″/32.5″ hip for boys. The adult sizes go from a 27.25″ waist/35.5″ hip to 44″ waist/53″ hip for women and 27.5″ waist/33.5″ hip to 48″ waist/51″ hip for men. The children sizes include only the bikini panty for girls and brief and boxer short styles for boys because obviously the lace thong and jockstrap styles are not appropriate for children.
The pattern download is split into three sections: women/girls styles and men/boys styles, along with an instruction sheet for all of them. I’m not sure how the women’s PDF is set up, but the men’s PDF is set up so you can print only the pages your pattern is on. There appears to be no overlap as far as two styles being on one page. I chose to make view E, the boxer briefs, and I only needed to print pages 7-12.
View E has only two pieces: the pouch and trunks. You cut 1 piece on the fold of the trunk and 4 of the pouch. Like their other patterns Jalie includes instructions in both written and in technical drawing format. When it came to topstitching/hemming I used a zigzag stitch. The seams where the pouch attaches to the trunk are topstitched; I also topstitched the inseam. Zigzagging instead of a coverstitch meant less thread and not having to slow down in order to convert over to coverstitch. Plus a zigzag stitch is stronger and more elastic than a coverstitch.
Jalie has you run a basting stitch around the upper edge of the trunk to use as a guide for when you attach the waistband elastic. Unlike the Kwik Sew pattern you don’t lay it on top of the fabric with the edge of the elastic even with the edge of the elastic, sew it in place and then trim away the excess afterward. At first I was annoyed at having to run a basting stitch but then I realized the Jalie way is quicker – plus it saves fabric and you don’t need to worry about accidentally nicking your fabric when trimming away the excess.
The fabric I used for the first few pairs was a cotton/lycra jersey from The Fabric Fairy.
Tom is a very masculine guy (burly build, car crazy, blue collar job, into beer and meat, etc) and wouldn’t be caught dead in a pink or lavender shirt, but he also has a sense of humor and thus enjoys wearing the most ridiculous underwear I can possibly create. He particularly favors Hawaiian, car/machinery, and animal (esp. dog and pig) prints but anything very loud and obnoxious will do.
After I got his input on how they fit (“I can’t even feel them, so they must be good!”) I made up a few other pairs in assembly line style. Since this pattern takes just under half a yard I was able to get a second pair out of the one yard of this blue/green/white hibiscus print fabric.
Here’s the other five pairs:
The purple and green fabric is from Apple Annie Fabrics. The purple pair is cotton/lycra; I think the green pair is a bamboo/lycra. It is very soft. The automobile print cotton/lycra jersey is from the Etsy seller halfbakedbuttons.
You’ll notice I didn’t bother pattern matching. It just didn’t seem very important for this project…