Want to know the key to successful sewing? Follow the directions. For this pair of boxers, I actually followed the instructions exactly as they were written and didn’t have any problems. Well, I take that back, I still had the elastic issue I blogged about yesterday, but that seems minor in comparison to the fly. It’s not that the fly is difficult either, it’s just not something I typically encounter in my sewing, but it’s definitely something that make the finished project look more ready to wear. Overall, I’m thrilled with the way this pair of Tommy Boxers turned out and I think that the fabric makes a perfect summer pair… I’m guessing my mom will love them!
This weekend I was able to sew up two of the Tommy Boxer shorts I had on my table. I’d like to say that the sewing went well, but actually, I had lots of ‘issues’ – all of them were my own fault. The biggest issue I had was the elastic waistband. The pattern has you measuring at certain intervals so that the elastic matches up with the markings on the shorts…. I never could get either pair to work out right. I don’t recall having this problem with the other sets that I sewed up, so I’m not quite sure what the problem was. Instead of using the markings, I wound up inserting the elastic into the fly fronts, stitched them down, and then evenly distributed the elastic from there.
The second thing I fudged was the fly front. For what ever reason, I just didn’t feel like following the directions (and I thought I remember what I did on previous sets) so I winged it. I think they turned out o.k. (mainly because the fabric on both of these is so dark, no one will notice), but they just don’t look as ‘professional’ as the other sets I sewed. I’ve decided that my last pair, I’ll follow the directions to the letter – not just because this one is light colored fabric, but also because it’s a gift for my mom and I had giving ‘sloppy work’ to someone when it’s a present. Now tonight…. work on the last pair!
With school out this week (can you believe it’s already time? Where did the year go?) I have come to the realization that summer is right around the corner. That also means it’s time to ramp up my summer sewing – the first item on my list? Tommy Boxers! This is one of our all-time favorite summer loungewear patterns – even my mom has requested for me to make more! Consequently, up on the cutting table are 3 new sets: one for all the girls in the family.
Pattern: SisBoom Tommy Boxer
Sleepy Owl fabric from Hobby Lobby
Skellanimals print from Joann’s
Bryant Park print from Sew Much
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