I know that there was a discussion about men’s boxer shorts years ago but my son has just recently asked if I could make him some as he has issues with fit. He is having therapy for his back and would like to try a drawstring or drawstring elastic combo rather than all elastic as found in store bought. He is very thin and if the elastic is loose enough to not bother his sides and back at this point, then the legs and seat are too big. I saw Kwik Sew without a center back seam and Simplicity with. He says do what I want. Any preferences or suggestions would be appreciated.
By the way I have not priced nice boxers in ages. Wow can they be pricey for what seems like an easy project for Mom to make. Thanks.
I make my son's boxers. I just copied a pair that he had, but having a computer program for his size, I just laid the shorts that he liked on the pattern and made a size specific pattern. As for the elastic with drawstring, that can be purchased thru online outlets like Kathy's (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Kathy_s/) or at a Joann's Fabrics. Hope this helps. Yes, men's shorts, especially for big and tall men can be horribly expensive. I can buy a lot of yardage for the price of one package of two pairs. And I can make specialty pairs like powerdry for a more reasonable price. Good luck.
I'll second what Jann said, If he has a pair that fits him other than the elastic, cut them up for a pattern.I have also used Kathy's group for buying elastics. Very good service.
He He He, I am warning you now, once you start, you can never go back.... Boxer Shorts are sooo easy to make, you wonder at the cost of them to buy! I made a dozen or so for Christmas gifts one year, and they are all begging me still for more. I used a favorite pair of Hubby's to compare to a commercial pattern, and cut his to fit that way. I eliminated the side seams to speed things up as well, if the fabric is wide enough. The men in my family preferred to have the front vent sewn closed, rather than open with the button. Personal preference. I wouldn't have known had I not asked if there was anything they would have liked different. Tee hee hee, and here I was thinking about fabric choices, and leg lengths. Cathy
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