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Friday, 30 January 2015

Sheldon Wouldn't Wear These


One of this week's makes is a pair of boxer shorts, a store sample for my LQS, The City Quilter.  


Here's the pattern I used - The Essential Boxer Shorts by Fishsticks.

The pattern covers four sizes small to xlarge (men's waist sizes 28" to 42" and uses 1.5 yards fabric for all sizes and 1" braided elastic.


For the store sample I opted for the traditional fly option but the pattern also gives instructions for faux fly and no fly versions.  




In review: 
The Pattern - it's a great pattern - only 2 pieces, clear instructions and fit is correct to the sizes given.  My husband did comment that he'd want a button on that traditional fly as it opens too easily - fyi the pattern doesn't include instructions for adding a button and buttonhole.  Note: the pattern is folded like a book yet the instructions don't follow if you read them in this way.  Instead take the pages apart and read a whole printed sheet at a time in the page number order given on each sheet.  This will make sense if you use the pattern and hopefully you'll be saved the 5 mins of confusion I had before the light bulb pinged on!

My Opinion - I didn't enjoy the process of making these shorts, a bit long winded for the end result - all that sewing round and round the elastic and getting your fabric seam to lie flat in the rise as you stitch it down for a gentleman's comfort.  Let's face it in normal use this garment wouldn't even be visible to receive the public admiration my hard work deserves!!! Not in anyway the fault of the pattern just not how I want to spend an evening, so I won't be rushing to make them again apart from finishing a couple of pairs I've already bought fabric for and and made promises to recipients!

As soon as my husband saw the fabric though he said "Sheldon wouldn't wear those" referring to The Big Bang Theory character, Sheldon Cooper.  Apparently the periodic table on the fabric isn't in the right order - well personally I wouldn't have a clue!!!


Have you ever made boxer shorts and do you enjoy making them?  
Share any tips you have too in the comments.



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39 comments:

  1. I'd have to dig out an old chemistry book to know whether the periodic table was correct or not. Love your husband's comment, though. Later this year I'm aiming to make a couple of pairs of men's boxer shorts, so thanks for the link.

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    1. Well Pam my husband would certainly know, he's my very own Sheldon, thank goodness those boxers weren't for him! - Chris :D

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  2. I have never made boxer shorts Chrissie, but having seen these I could be tempted to give them a go! Love the fabric, even if Sheldon would never wear them :)

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    1. It's a great looking fabric isn't it Fiona no matter what order all those letters and numbers are in?!!! ;D

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  3. Well it still turned out nicely and no I haven't made nor am I likely to make anything like this.

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  4. I love them, especially the fabric you've used - perfect for any science-y men!

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  5. Well no, I've never made boxer shorts or any other clothing apart from the odd fancy dress outfit. I love the fabric, haven't seen it before, and I wouldn't have a clue what order they were supposed to be in! Lol x

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    1. You sound just like me, I just thought it was a great looking fabric how wrong I was!!! :D

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  6. They look great, love the fact the Pi table is not right:)!

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  7. So, if some Not-So-Clever-Fellow were to wear These to a CHEMISTRY-EXAM, would that be "cheating"..?
    ;-D

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    1. Some young chap out there might like to give it a try?!!! ;D

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  8. My youngest was just telling me the other day that the periodic table is in some special order, something to do with the numbers but sadly I can't remember what! I'm thinking these boxers look great, I've never even thought about trying to make them, but I think I'd have to use a different fabric if I made them for my son, otherwise he would tell me every time he wore them exactly what was wrong with them!

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    1. I'm so glad they were a sample and not for my husband Julia, I'd never have heard the last of it from him either! :D

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  9. Not a clue about the table but I do think they look good though

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  10. I think it was Atomic-"Weight"..? -- How many Electrons and Protons and Neutrons and/or *WINNING* Lottery Numbers!?
    ;-D

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    1. Lol, love the bit about lottery numbers!!! :D

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  11. I love the fabric. My son is a bit of a science geek, so I will have to see if he would notice about the order.

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  12. My friend and I used to teach a beginning sewing class for middle schoolers and our project was always boxer shorts just like these. Theirs always turned out great, so there's just no way to mess them up. As for the elements, there's actually a song that a lot of kids know. Google "the elements song" and soon you'll be singing it too! Love your novelty fabrics!

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    1. Oh my goodness, I found the song and then remembered seeing Daniel Radcliffe singing it on The Graham Norton Show - so found the clip of that too, here it is if anyone reading this would like to watch it!!!

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  13. I love the fabric, it looks colourful and geeky. I think these would be good without the fly and used for summer pj's with a vest top.
    Jan x

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  14. I love the geeky fabric even if it isn't in the correct order.

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  15. I had to laugh when I read your post title. We are huge Big Bang Theory fans, and absolutely love, Sheldon. I think I would probably have similar feelings with this project... perhaps hubby should give you a private parade! ;) Valentine's Day is coming up soon... Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty and congrats on having a featured post at this week's party! :)

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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    1. My husband, who is my very own Sheldon, loves The Big Bang Theory - I don't because it feels too much like I'm watching my own life. I'm just glad those shorts weren't meant for him as I'd never have heard the last of it!!! :D

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  16. Good thing you didn't make them for Sheldon! No question that making clothing, especially underclothing, is a labour intensive process. Thanks for linking up with TGIFF!

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    1. Isn't it?!!! I used to make clothes 25-40 years ago but gave up long since as the costs of homemade clothing far outweigh the cost of buying ready made. It's strange but fun to resurrect long forgotten skills :D

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  17. The fabric is to good to be hidden in a pair of pants! I wouldn't know if the table was in the wrong order either, but I do like that print. Thanks for sharing how you felt about the making of these shorts. They do look fabulous, by the way. I'm going to stick with purchasing shorts for the boys in my family and keep to sewing quilts.

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    1. Enjoying resurrecting old skills Lorna but not sure it's my sewing future!!! :D

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  18. hehe :) they look wonderful... great choice of fabric xxxx www.crazyforpurple.com

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  19. What?? The periodic table isn't in the right order! Now that bugs me. I've never made boxers or PJs. It seems like too much work for something most people won't see.

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  20. Oh I was thinking how much I needed some of that fabric but if the periodic table is all wrong it would bug me too much - it's a shame because they look fantastic!

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  21. They look great. I think they're cool. If you want to make them to be seen, you could gift them to someone who likes to wear their outer pants halfway down their butt.

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    1. Lol, my two sons 10-15 years ago would have been perfect models for them, fortunately somewhere around 16 they both suddenly learnt how to pull their jeans up properly, quite miraculous really!!! ;D

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  22. I've never made them. The husband doesn't wear them, but these are just awesome! I've got this fabric, but I bought it with my daughter in mind.

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    1. Oh, what are you planning to make for her with it - it's really a great fabric if you don't care about the order?!!! :D

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    1. Thanks Shantel, it wouldn't be right to do one any other way don't you think?! :D

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  24. So Sheldon would not wear these...would your hubby?

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