Category Archives: Men

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

 

Kwik-Sew 3504 Jeans for Men

My husband buys the most gawd-awful-looking jeans possible, so I am on a mission to upgrade his denim attire. These are not a very significant upgrade, but they are my first attempt, and turned out mighty wearable.

Kwik-Sew 3504 by Sew Maris

I used some denim I had kicking around here for probably 20 years. Seriously. At least that long. Felt great to get that piece out of my stash!

I cut a straight size medium for him, and after basting together the sides he wanted a bit more room in the seat. Easy enough to reduce the seam allowance slightly for this pair, and I will adjust the pattern pieces for future versions.¬†He also wanted a bit more room in the rise, so for the next pair lengthening the front and back a bit¬†will solve that problem. Don’t you hate how few adjustments men need to get a decent fit?

Kwik-Sew 3504 by Sew Maris

Check out the those rivets! Used my crazy new Micron TEP-3 Press for those babies. We’ll see how they hold up over time….a little worried the fabric was a bit thick for the rivet post. Notice how the coin pocket is on the left front? Yep, my guy is left-handed so this is more comfortable for him.

Kwik-Sew 3504 by Sew Maris

Gotta have a cute butt shot. ūüėČ

I get it. These are not styling jeans. But they will suffice for a sturdy pair of work jeans, and now I am ready to crank out a few pairs of nice looking, dark wash jeans complete with contrast stitching and a perfected fit. Maybe I will be able to get some outdoor shots in decent light and he may even let me include his cute face. Ever hopeful!

Have you ever made pants or jeans for a man? Do you like sewing for men? A dress topcoat and dress slacks are also on my list to make for my DH this year.

Happy sewing!

Maris