Remember the sweet knits I got from sweet n’ charmed fabrics? Well I decided to make Jude some pajamas, only he sleeps in a tee shirt and his underwear, you know because he is a boy and it gets hot. So I thought why not just make him some underwear, which oddly is something I swore I would NEVER make, and never wanted to make, but you know what? I love them, and Jude loves them. They are so soft, they don’t have elastic, they are comfy. (or so the boy says)
I even made a fly version (although my son claims he doesn’t use it) They were so quick to make I made about 6 pairs in an evening. I even made a pattern for you. The pattern is roughly size boys S or a 5/6. They are tight fitting, or slim fit.
*Pattern includes 3/8″ seam allowance
You will need:
1/2 yard of knits with 50% stretch or more
With right sides together sew the back panel to the back side of one side panel piece.
Top stitch along that seam.
*Tip, when sewing with knits I sew with my regular machine and slightly longer stitch length. Stretch the fabric ever so slightly while sewing and then steam to press and the fabric will stretch along the seam enough to wear comfortably.
Sew the front panel to the front edge of the side panel. Top stitch the same way as the back.
Then with right sides together sew the other side panel to the front and back panels, and again top stitch.
With front and back right sides together sew along the crotch from one leg up and down the other.
Then fold the waistband in half width wise so right sides are together, and sew along the edge.
Press seam open flat.
Fold the waistband in half height wise so the seam is toward the inside. Mark the center back and center front, as well as the two side points.
With right sides together sew the waistband to the waist of the shorts. Match the points marked on the waistband with the center front and back and sides of the shorts. Stretch the waistband while you sew to fit it to the waist.
Top stitch along waistband seam if desired.
Then sew the leg bands the same as the waist band.
Then you are done.
Now if you would like a functional fly front, cut 2 front panel pieces on the fold. Then cut out the curve on the two pieces so they are reversed, but so the cut out is only on one side of each front piece.
Then cut 2 rectangles 2.5″X4″ with the stretch running along the 4″ Sew one rectangle along the curve with right side to wrong side of the front panel. Stretch the rectangle while sewing.
Press the rectangle out flat.
Fold the rectangle in half twice folding it toward the front. The folded edge should just cover the stitch line. Sew along the folded edge.
Be sure to again stretch while you sew, so you have a nice finished curve edge.
Repeat so you have two.
Stack the two pieces on top of each other so the curves are on opposite sides.
Then sew the boxers as instructed above. using the stacked pieces as if they are just one front panel.
Then you are done, with comfy cozy simple boxer briefs.