Every Christmas since our first Christmas together a whopping 8 years ago, I've bought my man a pair of Christmas boxer shorts. It started off as a bit of a joke, as I wasn't sure he'd really wear them. But not only does he wear them, he wears them without fail throughout the year. Since he now has 9 pairs, odds are he'll be wearing pants with snowmen or reindeer on even if we're sunning ourselves on holiday in July.
Although I've been sewing for over 3 years now it wasn't until this year, and this post from Winnie at Scruffy Badger that I actually thought about making a pair of boxers for him. By the time I'd decided it was a bit late in the day, but I managed to find Simplicity 2741 and some fabric that was Christmassy but not thick quilting cotton, as much of it tends to be.
The pattern for the boxer shorts is just one pattern piece, cut twice. It has a fake fly front with snap closures, which I hadn't encountered before but the instructions were very clear. I often find the big 4 patterns harder to understand as I'm used to the indie patterns where every little step is laid out in minute detail. However these pattern instructions I found to be very clear, and the pictures too.
The boxers fit well around the waist as I know his waist measurement, but the legs are rather roomy so I think next time (next Christmas!) I will narrow the leg pattern piece.
I also made a pair for my Dad as although I've sewn things for my mum, sister and boyfriend before, I've never made anything for my Dad. He's a bit of an award shape so a shirt would be difficult as a surprise without taking all his measurements, and everyone needs boxer shorts!
Unfortunately the boyfriend was less than keen about modelling this make...and I really don't think anyone wants to see a 58 year old bloke with a chest drain wearing them either....(sorry Dad..)