Classic man boxer shorts pattern is my attempt to get more men to join the wonderful world of sewing. So-sew-easy.com has very few patterns for men, and lately many of the project requests I have received through email have been from men. I am going to be sharing a capsule wardrobe with you, starting with these boxer shorts.
These classic boxer shorts feature and elastic waistband, front fly, and hemmed bottoms.
This classic man boxer shorts pattern makes a pair of very comfortable underwear for summer and an easy to make gift for Father's Day.
- 1 yard of 54″ lightweight cotton
- thread to match
- 1 button or snap (optional)
- 1 1/5″ wide elastic enough to go around the waist comfortably
- sewing machine (optional)
- seam ripper or a buttonhole puncher (optional)
- universal sewing machine or hand sewing needle
- erasable fabric pen
- a ruler to add the seam allowance
Fabric Recommendations from Fabric.com
Sewing Level: Advanced Beginner
Although this is an easy project, basic knowledge of sewing is needed. Please review the following material prior to starting the project.
- Mistakes to avoid when cutting fabric
- Guide to snap fasteners
- How to make button holes
- How to sew a button using your sewing machine
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There is NO seam allowance in the pattern, I suggest a 5/8″ seam allowance.
NOTE: This is a project that could use a print that can show the right and wrong side of the fabric. I have never made this type of underwear before so I am using muslin to test the pattern out.
When I mention the left leg I mean the left leg on the body but in the picture it will look like the right leg.
There is NO button placement on the pattern nor do I mentioned it in the instructions, but if you need to apply one do so in the middle of the fly opening.
Step One: Sewing the front
The first thing you will need to do is to trace the seam allowance using an erasable pen around the crotch on both legs. As shown in the drawing below with a blue line. Trust me it will make your life easier.
Place the leg side of the shorts print side down. Fold the seam allowance on the flap. Stitch very close to the fold of the fabric I am doing it at 1/8″ so it can be seen on the photo but you should do it slightly closer to the edge.
Fold the fly and stitch the edge. Repeat on the other leg.
Print sides together, sew the crotch following the erasable pen trace you did before.
Trim the sea allowance to half and zigzag the edge.
Open the legs and place them flat print side on the table,
making sure the fly is turned over to the left. Iron. This is for a right-handed person, reverse for a left-handed person. Iron.
Mark the waist shown in your pattern twice.
Here is where it gets a little complicated but in reality, it is easy to achieve. The point is to sew the fly leaving an opening so the person wearing these classic man boxer shorts pattern can release without taking the shorts down.
We will need to sew one leg then both legs together to achieve this.
Start by sewing one the left side a straight line to secure the fly down.
Align both sides of the fly together one on top of the other. Sewing the following pattern. The space in between should measure 4″.
Step Two: Sewing the crotch and the back
Pin the front of the boxer shorts with the back.
Sew and zigzag.
Join the back to the front with pins. Sew and zigzag.
Cut the elastic the size of the waist as shown in the measurement chart above. Fold in half and mark front, back and sides.
Mark 1/2″ around the waist where you will sew the elastic.
Pin the elastic to the shorts matching the marks.
Start sewing at the back of the shorts. Pull the elastic to match the shorts using a medium zigzag.
Turn the elastic inside and sew three to five rows on the elastic. Remember to pull the elastic as you sew.
Step Three: Hemming the boxer shorts
Serge the bottom of the boxer shorts and turn the hem 1/2″. Use a medium to small straight stitch to sew the hem.
I ended making a larger pair for my son, I am still waiting for his feedback, but if you end up using this classic man boxer shorts pattern I will be very happy with your opinion and suggestions. Do you need to increase the waist or make the shorts longer? Please let me know in the comments section below and I will be more than happy to show you in a separate tutorial.
The next pattern on our capsule wardrobe for men will be a t-shirt with a small v-neck.
Until next time, Happy Sewing!
For more ideas for men who love to sew, please check out this article.