Boxer shorts are loose-fitting shorts worn underneath regular clothes instead of jocks or briefs. The loose fit of boxer shorts is preferred by many men, who feel constricted wearing briefs. Common boxer shorts are derived from the silk elasticated shorts of professional boxers and are a simple design to replicate. While most boxer shorts are not expensive, making your own is a good way to get the perfect fit, or even to make a customised pair for a novelty gift. Boxer shorts also make great night clothes for both men and women.
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Things you need
- Cotton stretch fabric
- Tailor's chalk/pencil
- Sewing machine
- Large safety pin
Fold the cotton fabric in half, with the fold on one side and the end of the two sides meeting. Make sure the wrong side of the fabric is facing outward.
Cut two identical rectangles of material, with the fold on one of the long sides. Make the rectangle around 20 inches long--17 inches for the shorts, 1 inch for the leg hole hem, and 2 inches for the elastic casing. Make the width half of the desired short size, plus 2 inches; if you are making a size 32 pair of shorts, then the width should be 16 plus 2 inches, which is 18 inches in total.
Lay the two rectangles, still folded, with the cut edge facing each other, and the fold edge on either side. Draw a line on the cut edge of each rectangle, 2 inches away from the cut edge, and 7 inches long. Make the line curve at the top, and end on the cut edge of fabric, so that both lines together form an arch in the bottom of the rectangle.
Cut out the arch lines from both pieces of folded fabric.
Pin the arch lines of the fabric together, creating the leg holes. Now pin each half of the fabric to the other half along the remaining cut edge, making sure that you don't pin the cut edges closed. You now have the base of your boxer shorts and are ready to start sewing.
Sew the two halves of the boxer shorts together first, along the pinned cut edge seam---take out the pins as you go, being careful not to sew the boxers closed, but just the two halves together.
Sew the leg holes together along the pinned arch lines. Sew one continual line over the arch, sewing in around a ½ inch of the seam that joined the two halves of the boxer shorts.
Fold under a ½-inch double hem around each leg hole, pinning in place. Sew the leg hole hems, removing the pins as you go.
Fold under a 1/4-inch single hem, then a 1-inch fold, pinning in place to create the elastic casing. Sew the casing closed along the hem line, leaving a ½-inch section unstitched for adding in the elastic.
Cut elastic to the desire size, plus 2 inches. If you are making size 32 boxers, the elastic should be 34 inches long.
Tie one end of the elastic to the large safety pin, then thread the elastic through the casing, using the safety pin to pull the elastic through.
Overlap the elastic ends by 1 inch, and sew them together, making a square of sewing on the edges, and a cross of sewing through the corners of the square to add extra strength to the bond. Sew closed the hole in the casing, then turn the boxers the right way to finish.
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