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Boxers or Briefs? Sewing Men’s Underwear

What to expect from old and new patterns

Aug 30, 2019
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Boxers, briefs, bikinis, and thongs. You might not be familiar with every style of men’s underwear out there, but as a sewer and collector of vintage patterns (and a man who has worn different types of underwear over the years), I am ready to walk you through them.

From a sewer’s perspective, men’s underwear can be divided into two categories: knits and wovens. Which is easier to sew? It’s hard to say. Your comfort level sewing knit underwear will depend on your experience with knits. While knit jersey fabric can be more forgiving in the fit, it can be challenging to find the right knit fabric (i.e., a knit that corresponds to what was used in the drafting of the original pattern), especially if you order fabric online and cannot test the fabric’s stretch in person. I find it easier to sew woven fabrics: They’re more stable and more…

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  1. ParisFlo September 9th

    Thank you Peter. A very informative article. I am definitely going to make some soon.

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