Panda Pants On Patrol (I’m sexy and I know it)

So let me start this post by saying I never, EVER, thought I’d reach a point in my life where I’d be posting pictures of my husband in his pants on the internet. I’m pretty sure he didn’t see that one coming either.

Yet, here we are.

But if you’ve not seen these bad boys in progress on my Instagram account, and therefore don’t know why I’m posting pictures of my husband in his pants, let me reassure you that there’s a genuine sewing reason for these pictures – I made boxer shorts. (If you’ve stumbled across this blog post while looking for regular pictures of male models in pants, I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that this is not the website you were looking for).

So yeah, I’ve expanded my husbeast-sewing-repertoire from shirts and jackets to now include boxer shorts. The Comox Trunks from Thread Theory, to be precise – if you’ve not heard of Thread Theory and you’re looking for men’s sewing patterns, I defo recommend you check them out. They have a small but perfectly formed collection, in modern styles with clear and easy-to-understand instructions. Plus they have an awesome blog with really handy sew-alongs (that have lots of pictures!) in case you get stuck or just prefer to follow things visually.

The Comox Trunks are quite a simple make – I’d never made trunks before, and I didn’t have a practice run – what you see here is my very first pair straight off the bat.

Don’t have a coverstitch machine? Me neither. Yes, it would make the construction a little bit easier, and the seams flatter, but is it ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY? Nope. You can make these just fine with your serger/overlocker.

Don’t have an overlocker? Doesn’t matter – you can sew the seams with a stretch stitch and hem the legs with either a twin needle (my weapon of choice) or a zig zag stitch (BusterSew’s preference so he tells me, and this guy is a PRO at the Comox trunks!).

Either way, you’ll make these just fine with a regular ol’ sewing machine.

I’ll call this first pair a moderate success – there’s a couple of small alterations needed for the next pair – and of course the husbeast has now requested that I make ALL THE PANTS. I’ve lost count of the hours I’ve already spent searching for cotton jersey on eBay for the coolest fabrics to use for the next pairs, because life is too short for boring underwear.

These trunks are my March Minerva Crafts blogger make – so head on over to the post here which talks more about the construction and the amends I’ll make for the next pairs. There’s also links to all the materials I used so that you can make your own awesome pair.

With underwear it’s always good to be able to see the fit on an actual human body, so in the interests of ‘sewing research’ – and only partly for the lolz – here are the long-awaited Panda Pants! **These were also photographed on our recent Paris trip, but in our Airbnb rental rather than in front of a fancy French landmark. Mainly because it was snowing and proper brisk outside and we wouldn’t want him catching pneumonia now, would we?**

I suggested filming a gif of him dancing in the pants, much like the LMFAO video, but he didn’t seem keen on that idea – so still images are all y’all have got. Soz.

Go on – make the man in your life (or yourself!) a nice pair of pants to wiggle in 😀 *shiny leopard print lycra fabric optional*

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  1. Helen Jackson
    April 1, 2018 / 7:30 am

    What a great fit, they look really comfortable, well done

    • Sarah
      April 5, 2018 / 6:46 am

      Thanks Helen! Just a couple of teeny adjustments for the next pair, then I think we might have the perfect template!

  2. April 1, 2018 / 7:57 am

    He’s very obliging isn’t it! I guess they’re a great stash buster too eh. Xx

    • Sarah
      April 1, 2018 / 8:16 am

      They would be a great stash buster if I sewed with jersey… but I don’t really, so I end up buying more fabric just for these 🙈🙈🙈🤣

  3. Cindy
    April 1, 2018 / 7:59 am

    Fabulous fit, your chap us one game guy, good on him xx amazing make once again xx

  4. Cindy
    April 1, 2018 / 8:02 am

    I have a moan now….the post was too short..your my Sunday morning me time, a coffee and a pain au raisen and in a happy Cindy all day… but only half way through coffee and 3 bites…. sniff sniff hey ho hey ho it’s off to clean out the stables I go….. love your tales xx

    • Sarah
      April 1, 2018 / 8:14 am

      Haha! It was a shorter one but you get double prizes – you get to read my post *and* the Minerva one 🙂 Next week’s will keep you going through your brekkie I promise 🙌🏻☺️😘

    • Sarah
      April 3, 2018 / 6:51 am

      Totally cool isn’t it! Tempted to make some loungewear from it too… 🙂

  5. PsychicSewerKathleen
    April 1, 2018 / 4:10 pm

    Thank you for that irresistible Easter Sunday morning giggle!! Great pants for “husbeast” – pandas! He must be a real teddy bear to let you photo him in his pandas :)) I think they turned out amazing for your first pair! Thread Theory is the best – they are just up island from me 🙂

    • Sarah
      April 5, 2018 / 6:49 am

      Haha, glad you enjoyed the post! Everyone needs a good laugh on a Sunday morning 🙂
      I did say that he was under no obligation to model them for me, but he was willing! I think maybe he was just wanting to pretend that he was a male model 😉
      Ahh really? I do like Thread Theory, I want to try out a few of their other patterns. They have such a good range of modern patterns for men 🙂

  6. April 3, 2018 / 8:53 am

    Great pants! And what a willing model! I’m scouting out fabric for a new batch soon 👍 love the pandas! 👏👍

    • Sarah
      April 5, 2018 / 6:50 am

      Haha I did tell him he didn’t *have* to model them, but he seemed like he secretly wanted to!! I’ve got my eye on some nice Art Gallery jersey for some more, it’s a bit pricey but I reckon I could get a few pairs out of a metre…

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