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First Choice Boxers: Good Pattern!

Sewing clothing for guys is fun, even their underwear!!

First Choice boxers by Sew Maris

I found this awesome Washington state fabric at Pacific Fabrics, one of my local fabric stores, and I just couldn’t resist making my husband a pair of First Choice boxers. Isn’t it great? Look at all these images of iconic Washington state places, animals, and plants; Mount Baker, eagles, tulips, Walla Walla sweet onions, moose, Mount Rainier, and loads more. Perfect for a guy born, raised, and happily residing in Washington!

First Choice boxers by Sew Maris

I love these boxers, and my husband thinks they are pretty cool, too. I think the 5-panel styling makes this pattern especially roomy and comfy to wear, although I can’t really say they were a fast and easy make. Definitely a bit more fiddly than one might think to assemble. Flat felled seams, after all. Thank goodness I have a felling foot. It makes felling so.much.faster! (But really hon, anything for your comfort. ūüėČ )

First Choice boxers by Sew Maris

You could, of course, skip the felled seams and serge them instead, but I thought I would try making this pattern with all the bells and whistles at least one time. No promises for any future pairs tho, as I could totally see banging out a few boxers quickly on my serger assembly-line style.

I do like that the waistband comes out very clean and flat, but it is fussy too. Pressing the top edge down. Four rows of stitching on the elastic. No picture of it, but the join of the elastic is covered with a bit of fabric to keep everything flat and nicely finished. Fiddly, but definitely finished well.

First Choice boxers by Sew Maris

Fiddly or no, I will definitely make First Choice boxers again for my DH. I have quite a few pieces of leftover cotton shirting that will make scrumptious, silky boxers for him, and at the same time help clean out some of my overflowing stash. Win-win!

For the next iteration, one thing I do want to work on is the topstitching around the fly.

First Choice boxers by Sew Maris First Choice boxers by Sew Maris

See what I mean? You don’t see this kind of topstitching on RTW boxers. It might involve a pattern drafting change, but I think the right side of the fly looks unprofessional, don’t you?

Have you ever sewn boxers? What did you like, or not like, about the process? Do you have a favorite pattern?

Happy sewing!

Maris

 

Label yourself

I have been wanting woven labels for my garments for a long time, but somehow the task of finding just the right company to order from never got to the top of my to-do list.

Custom labels by Dutch Label Shop for Sew Maris

And then I received a lovely email from the Dutch Label Shop, offering me complimentary labels in exchange for reviewing their product. I jumped!

The Dutch Label Shop offers several options for brand labels, which is exactly what I was looking for. You can either go for a “stock” type label that offers a set of fonts, colors, and ¬†symbols, or you can upload your own custom logo label.¬†They also offer care, hang tags, and stock labels, but as¬†I am not selling any of my creations, I have no real need for these items.

You can start off very simply (like I did), and select the basic woven label option. Next you¬†just choose¬†the label size, color, font, and an image from their “symbol” library, and BAM! You almost have a label! Type the text you want to appear (up to 3 lines), and then check the preview to make sure the label will look as you intend. Pretty awesome, and definitely straightforward, right?

Custom labels by Dutch Label Shop for Sew Maris

I ordered two sets of labels. My first choice was the 2.4x.6 inch size, and as you can see, I picked red. Kind of a no-brainer as that is one of my brand colors. ūüôā I was also super jazzed that Dutch Label Shop has a button that looks just like the one on my logo, so I added that cute little symbol. I love the clean, simple look of these labels!

Custom labels by Dutch Label Shop for Sew Maris

I also ordered a set of the 2.4x.8 size labels, just to see if I preferred a larger size. I will have to see after I add them to a few garments, but at first blush I think I prefer the smaller size, since I have a minimal amount of text on my¬†labels. What do you think? Is bigger better?¬†I was also a teensy bit disappointed in the shade of blue‚ÄĒI was expecting it to be more¬†turquoise. Darn computer monitors! I think this is something to keep in mind when ordering your own labels. If you want a really specific color (or 6!), the best option is to upload¬†your own logo artwork. Lesson learned, and I plan to correct this on my next order.

I am very pleased with the quality of these labels. The woven design looks crisp and clean, and the fabric feels smooth and soft. If you have been considering ordering custom labels, I definitely recommend that you give the Dutch Label Shop a go. They were nice enough to pass on a savings to all you awesome¬†readers, so be sure to use the code “sewmaris” and¬†save 15%. Have fun labeling!

Happy sewing!

Maris