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Boxer Shorts

Crafty_Manx | Posted in Patterns on

Has anyone found a good pattern for guy’s boxer shorts?  I sew boxers for my boyfriend using Simplicity 9958, which has a center back seam.  I’d like to eliminate this seam if possible.

Most of his RTW boxers look like they have a center back piece and then two side pieces that wrap around to the front.  I have thought about dissecting one of his current pairs but am unwilling to ruin his clothing just to see how it’s made.

If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.



  1. sanderson | | #1

    Early issues of Threads had a box ad offering a men's boxer pattern with the back panel.  I'll do some research and see if the company still offers this item.  Glad you brought it up;  I've been meaning to do this for some time and I just needed the push.

    1. SewerDMcG | | #2

      Oh I've made the boxers with the center back panel and love them. They are soooo comfortable to lounge in. I have both the adult and kids pattern. You can usually find them in a quilt store. The pattern I have is First Choic Boxers, Classic 5 Panel Boxers, Timber Lane Press, Hayden Lake Idaho (208)765-3353.

      1. Crafty_Manx | | #4

        On your pattern's wastband, is the elastic exposed (touching the skin) or covered (in a casing)?


        1. SewerDMcG | | #5

          the elastic is exposed on the indside.

  2. rjf | | #3

    You bring back memories of my grandmother making shorts for my father from feed bags!  He really didn't know what to wear when she gave up her egg business.  She was literally grandmothered-in to raise chickens when the old hometown decided to outlaw such smelly methods of livelihood.  I still have an apron, some table cloths and dish towels from feed bags.  And I still use them.           rjf

  3. EileenB5 | | #6

    Vogue Patterns has a men's pajama and robe pattern with that style pant (panel in the back)  I don't recall the number.  You could just cut the pants at whatever length you want the boxers to be.

    1. marbuesong | | #7

      Hi, Kwick Sew has a seamless back for boxers. Or it did!


      1. Crafty_Manx | | #8

        Thanks everyone for all the suggestions!  I'm going to check out all the patterns mentioned and ask my boyfriend what he thinks will be most comfortable (though I'll probably get an "ummmm....whatever"!).


  4. carolfresia | | #9

    Kwik Sew has a couple of patterns for boxers with a single back panel--the whole thing is one piece, rather than a separate panel added in the center. 1672 is for wovens, 2334 is for knits.


    1. Crafty_Manx | | #10

      I unfortunately don't have easy access to Kwik Sew patterns...or to any pattern not sold in the "big" fabric stores...I guess it really is time to get a credit card and be able to order these things online!!


      1. carolfresia | | #11

        You can order from http://www.patternshowcase.com or http://www.sewsassy.com, both of which carry Kwik Sew. Check out their websites: I'll bet they'd accept a check or money order if you're not in huge hurry...


        1. Nancylee | | #12

          Has anyone tried sewing regular men's underwear as opposed to boxer style? My partner won't wear boxers and I'd like to make him some nice fitting comfortable underwear.  Thanks.

  5. ElonaM | | #13

    Jan Bones, the "Lingerie Secrets" person, has designed a pattern for these shorts. It can be ordered from http://www.fullfab.com

    Here's a pic of the shorts:


    If you go back to the full screen for the other "Lingerie Secrets" patterns at this site, you can see both a front and back drawing for these shorts. They look pretty classic for this type.

    1. carolfresia | | #14

      Elona, thanks for posting that link. I saw those boxers at Jan's booth in Puyallup but had a lapse and didn't remember them. Strange, because I bought ladies' patterns from her and used them, and they're great!


      1. ElonaM | | #15

        You like Jan Bones' patterns, huh? Any particular ones? I myself have not used any of them yet (nor heard of anyone else who has), but am always interested in a new source. I have her book, though, and she seems to have put a lot of thought into the subject of undies.

        1. carolfresia | | #16

          I've made "The Brief", which is boy-leg shorts style. They are, of course, a snap to construct, and I like the fit. I also made a pair of the "Shortie Leggings" as exercise shorts and, again, found them quick and comfortable. I won't say flattering, necessarily, but that's not the fault of the pattern! It's just me needing to get to the gym occasionally or do wind-sprints up the hill. Jan says she uses the shortie legging pattern as bike shorts for her son, and since they have a fairly straight cut through the sides, I think they are just fine as a unisex style. Both of these patterns are cut mostly as one piece, with no sides seams and a shaped, CB seam, which I find works well for my figure type. Jan doesn't give as specific dimensions for cutting elastic as, say, Kwik Sew, but I've always found that determining the length of the elastic you'll need requires some trial and error anyway, esp. around the legs.


          1. ElonaM | | #17

            Thanks, Carol. Interesting that some of the patterns work as unisex. I wouldn't have expected that!

          2. carolfresia | | #18

            I wondered about that, too, but I guess that the stretch factor helps out. And the shortie legging has a rectangular gusset through the entire inseam, which I suppose could be adjusted however the wearer prefers.

            For what it's worth, I've heard that some people use Louise Cutting's One Seam Pant pattern for guys as pajamas. I'd thought of doing that, and now I might just go ahead. I'm thinking a nice tropical batik for my husband to wear lounging around the house.


          3. ElonaM | | #19

            I HAVE used cutting's One Seams for my husband, son, and son's girlfriend! Seems to work fine.

            That rectangular gusset idea is interesting. Our son is a great fan of Gramicci shorts and pants, which were apparently climbing gear, initially. He says the gusset makes them really comfortable.

            Thanks for the info!

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