At The Makehouse: Bamboo Boxers
A little while ago I took the Bamboo Boxers workshop at The Makehouse. It is a three-hour long workshop where you create a pair of soft cotton and bamboo fabric underwear for yourself or your boxer-wearing friend. My favourite part of this workshop was getting to choose the mix and match fabrics for the boxers. All the pattern pieces were pre-cut, so students could spend some quality time choosing their colourway. I LOVE my wild magenta octopus boxers and luckily my boyfriend, who I made them for, loves them too.
We started by sewing the two leg pieces to the bum. For the majority of the project, we worked with the serger. All the fabrics for the pattern were cut from either a bamboo or a cotton knit fabric. In order to get the best stretch and durability with the boxers, it was important to bind the pattern pieces together with a serger so that the threads would not break when the fabric is stretched. A hole in the bum is never fun, especially when it is in your underwear. Using a serger also gives a professional looking finish and is a nicer feel on the skin since there is no raw edge.
Once the bum and the legs were serged together, we put together the middle front pieces. The middle front area of the boxers is lined with no seams showing, so we had to do a bit of magic to piece them together. We started by sewing the middle front piece, that would be the outer lining, to one leg piece. Then we rolled the underwear from the far side toward the front pieces and sandwiches the roll between the two front pieces. Once it was all serged together, it was easy to turn right side out. Then it was time to add the gusset which is also lined and used the same technique as lining the middle front.
After all the main pieces were serged together, the boxers started to look like the real thing! We all opted to add a band around the leg hole rather than hemming, because the band would keep the boxers from riding up the legs. This band was measured to be an inch smaller than the leg hole. For the leg band it was important to measure and pin it in quarters around the leg hole. This would avoid irregular puckering and ensure that the ease was distributed evenly. To attach the elastic waistband, we also measured the elastic to be an inch smaller than the waist and pinned the elastic in quarters. I used a twin needle to stitch on my elastic. Another option is to use a coverstitch.
If you would like to make your own boxers for yourself or someone special, The Makehouse often has the Bamboo Boxer workshop running. These boxers are also a great idea for gifts with the holidays coming up. Don’t have time to make your own? The Makehouse also has pre-made boxers to buy on their retail side of the store!
Bamboo boxers ago-go!