I'm so excited that I actually made underwear! I made these this morning for my son using the Jalie Underwear pattern #3242. This pattern includes a variety of styles for your whole family. This pattern has only 2 pieces. I especially like how Jalie tells you exactly what length to cut your elastic--no measuring and hoping for a good fit.
I have to say these are fairly simple to make if you are accustomed to sewing with knits already. The only part I found challenging was the topstitching around the paneled area. Jalie shows using a straight stitch, but try as I might, I could not find the right combination for my machine to do this in the manner that I found pleasing. I think a zigzag works just as well for that area.
I first saw this pattern on the Male Pattern Boldness blog. Referring to his blog post really helped me to be able to make these.
My son said to me, "now all you have to do is learn how to make socks and you can make everything I wear!"
I purchased the elastic from Sew Sassy. It's the "plush backed" brief elastic. I haven't been able to find any other brief elastic that is colored, so I think I might try using some fabric dye in the future. For the underwear, I had a large enough piece of jersey knit in my scrap bag--hurray!
thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley