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Date: 12/16/12 6:19 AM

I'm using a Simplicity pattern (2741) to make boxers. I'm having trouble figuring out the correct size to use since i'm between sizes. I have 38" hips and the pattern lists 35-37" as a S and 39-41" as a M. The actual garmet measurements listed are 42" for a S and 46" for a M. Is there enough ease for me to make the Small size? Or should I go with the larger? These are boxers so I want them slim but comfortably roomy, not poofy. Any help in choosing a size would be greatly appreciated!
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Date: 12/16/12 7:42 AM

Do you have a RTW pair of boxers (or similar) that fit the way that you like? If so, try measuring them or comparing them to the pattern to see which of the two sizes is closer to what you like right now.

If you don't have a pre-existing garment you can compare, you might find it easier to either (a) cut the smaller size but with extra fabric at the side seams so that you can let it out at the side seam if it's just a bit small; or (b) cut the larger size, baste it together, and then if that seems too large, either take it in or, if the difference is very significant, cut the smaller size out of the same fabric pieces (if possible).

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Date: 12/16/12 8:50 AM

Finished measurements are definitely what you want to pay attention to. Get out the tape measure and check front and back leg width (just below the crotch), and front and back crotch length. Do not trust the pattern company's size chart to provide the fit you want, particularly when the pattern is one of the US-drafted Simp-Butt-Vogue-Mccalls. (Patterns might be one area where I hesitate to embrace Buy American motto.)

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Date: 12/16/12 6:14 PM

Unfortunately I don't have anything to compare it to. I think I'm going to make the small size though and see how it comes out. Thank you for your help!

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