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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