Before I launch into sew-news, I know there’s lots of you who like a chance to air your views, especially when it comes to sewing & what joy sewing brings to you – well there is the most interesting blog post over at Miss P’s which I urge you to visit & leave your views there- she is collecting evidence / amunition/ interest if you like in how well a programme about sewing might be received, what level of demand there is out there. What kind of sewing related TV programme would draw you away from your Bernina? Go on, take a look ..join in the debate.
Now onto sewnews. Despite the standard being set by Tanit-Isis & Caton Designs for crazy awesome super hero frocks, I’m afraid I couldn’t even get close to such fantasy sewing. Remember I spirited this away with me after a rummage in Abakhan in Manchester recently.
Well there was no chance in its transformation into any kind of girly wonderness. Not with a mere metre of (what now appears to be) water resistant trunks material ….
By the way, you might think there’s a theme going on here, but truly I am not a superman fan despite my recent poor attempts at impersonation.
It was destined to be made into boxers for a lucky man in my life. The lucky man in line was my youngest, around his birthday a few weeks ago. I scrabbled around madly to make him something to supplement his other pressies the night before. Boxers I thought. Having made a fair few pairs now from my pattern (Simplicity 9958) I knew it was a realistic evening’s sewing . I placed the patterns carefully to maximise the superheroes appearing in a good place, on the front, leaving the boring bit of the fabric for the back.
No one is interested in the patterns that are happening on the bum afterall (even if low slung jeans-wearing is in operation, which thankfully no longer happens to this 20 year old- maturity does kick in, honest!). It was only whilst sewing them up that I thought “ere! This fabric’s not very supple.” A seam or two later I thought a bit more, “Ere, it might be a bit robust for undergarments!”. And then it hit me. I’d only gone & made boxers out of swimming short fabric. It’s got a kind of water repellency about it. Not stretchy as in budgie smuggler fabric but you can probably visualise that semi stiff fabric that gets made into board shorts. So, boxers they are not. These are “swimming shorts” now. I didn’t bother to un baste the fly opening (gosh, that would be embarrassing, wouldn’t it?) especially as they do not have the “fishing net”/ teabag pants inside, but does that matter?
I knew there was no point in asking him to model them, so I had to do it myself….
Now on the subject of male undergarment sewing/ budgie smugglers, I came across this Jalie pattern
It’s out of stock through UK stockist, Habithat, but you can buy it through PatternReview (with a whopping $megabucks international postage) where it comes highly recommended, but seriously I am not going to pay that much, it’s ridiculous. I saw it first on a Jalie iPhone app (what a great way to peruse sewing patterns!) Now if you were paying attention you’ll have seen it also contains a thong pattern (blushes & hides face behind hands) but there are some nice stretchy “trunk-pants” & even briefs if that’s what he so desires (but please I urge you to discourage the thong….) Has anyone made these up ever? Worth a go? I bet it would be a good way to use up scraps of jazzy knits. I seem to remember Zoe making her own pattern for “Dude undies” & I want to make some now….
PS I totally love the Jalie modelling with cool kids taking on the adults