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Steven L.
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Date: 4/30/13 9:35 PM

Anyone have patterns, instructions, or links on how to modify or make shorts and swimwear/underware that gives a man more room in the front and is uplifting for more comfort, but yet fits? There is just not anything made (at least for those of us with a more mature figure) that is really very stylish or comfortable for men unless it is cut like a sack and only comes in one fit all size and pattern!
Other than the moderate stomach I have I look pretty darn good for my age and I'm not ready to look like an old fuddy duddy grandpa..

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Date: 5/1/13 0:57 AM

Are you looking for boxer or trunk-type patterns, or something more like briefs?

I have a Jalie pattern for men's underwear I haven't sewn up yet. It has boxer briefs, briefs and thongs (iick), and they are all fashion-forward.

Unfortunately, I just checked out Jalie's website and I couldn't find a link to the pattern; worse, it seems like they have dramatically reduced their selection of men's sewing patterns.

Kwik Sew also has/had some good patterns for men's underwear, including boxers, boxer briefs, and briefs. But it also seems they are discontinuing much of their men's pattern selection. You might have to check Etsy or Ebay for old stock of these commercial patterns.

From the big 4 patternmakers, the best you'll find are pairs of boxer shorts. I've made some boxers from Simplicity 2741 that I'm happy with, though I'd like to alter them to be a little less roomy.

In terms of belly expansion, I haven't yet come across a pattern-fitting book that covers this issue head-on. You may have to experiment yourself by making some trials. If you have some existing underwear that fits well or is close to what you're looking for, you could try to trace it and use it as a starting point.

Update: Jalie has a website for discontinued patterns, which you can download and print at home. They have this pattern for men's thermal underwear which has long-john type stuff, but also includes a sleeveless top and boxer briefs.
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Date: 5/1/13 7:00 AM

My DH just made the move from the standard white mens brief to an athletic type spandex undershort after 50+ years. He said the support, comfort and breathability is quite welcome.
So I am thinking it is the material as well as the pattern. The brand is Under Armor. Perhaps you buy some and deconstruct to use as your pattern.

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Date: 5/1/13 9:40 AM

This pattern from Kwik Sew, KS3298, is one I've made for my FIL. I also have a pair cut out for my DH, but haven't tackled those yet. My DH has what I call a Budha belly, which protrudes over the waistband of anything he wears. Although I haven't modified this pattern yet, if I was to do so, I'd trim fabric from the tops of the front pieces, where his belly causes the elastic waistband to fold over on itself in his RTW Fruit of the Loom boxer briefs. It also causes extra fabric to pool beneath his stomach.

As an example, for a woman's skirt, the waistband must be located in the proper place so that the hem hangs evenly all the way around. If she has a belly that pushes the front of the waistband down, the hem will hang lower in the front than in the back. That elastic band is going to find her waistline, wherever that might be on her body. If a small amount of fabric is scooped out of the front of the skirt to accomadate the waistband better and actually lower it in that area, the hemline will then hang evenly all the way around and be parallel to the floor.

I suggest you sew up the briefs and prepare the elastic so that it is joined in the back. Put the elastic on and position it at your waistline. Then, pull the briefs on and tuck the top edge up under the elastic all the way around. When you've positioned them under the elastic in a place that is comfortable for you in the crotch area, but leaves no pooling of fabric in the front, mark the fabric just below the elastic in your "belly area" with a chalk pencil or a water soluble marker to designate where that waistband needs to be attached. When you take off the waistband and fabric to sew it up, you'll probably notice that the line you drew on the fabric is not even all the way across. Chances are, it's even at the sides and tapers or dips down in the middle, just below the belly area. Trim the seam before attaching the elastic and you'll find the elastic will "ride" where it's supposed to in the waist area.

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Date: 5/1/13 10:26 AM

I have made the linked Jalie pattern for my dh and ds. I made dh the shirt and long johns. My ds the briefs.

The men in my family find it easier to pull the front of their knickers down when urinating, so I just made the front panel double and did not fuss with making the opening there.

My dh has a belly and wears his knickers under it. Like already posted it is easier to cut down the top of the front, instead of having extra fabric.

Wicking fabric is great for men's knickers, especially during hotter months.

Bathing suits are a challenge for my dh. He is physically more comfortable in a bikini or Speedo type of suit. He hates to have wet fabric flapping around his legs. But Speedo's are pretty much reviled, especially on a larger man, so he saves it for a private beach or wearing under his wet suit. I have not made him swim suit.

I have not make dh shorts.

As a woman I have a belly and have to adjust patterns to accommodate it. I do not have wide hips which is where most pattern companies add fabric when creating larger sizes. I have to add fabric in the front where my belly is, not the sides. There have been some great posts in the past about doing a full belly adjustment.

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Date: 5/3/13 2:25 AM

Thanks everyone. Glad I found this site as I wasn't finding anything! And the tip on marking for the belly area..that is the area that is one of my concerns, rolled material is just not tacky but uncomfortable too. That's one of the reasons's for wanting to
"do it myself". I want them to look decent as well as fit close, but with room for the "boys" to be comfortable!
I'll be checking the sites out, and looking for something I want for a pattern so to say. I have found some designs that look really nice and comfy, but they are for that old, old measurements I used to have, but little to nothing over 38" and definitely nothing addressing the "roll-over" LOL.

I had thought of cutting the top front in a V or half moon type top or using and extra wide elastic waist band in the design to minimize the roll over issue.

I'm thinking this might work also for mini brief or a modified snug boxer type brief and shorts. What ya think?
Real rusty here as it's been a looooong type since my granny taught me the sewing machine in's and out's, but not totally lost it all yet..she was a very good semstress. Guess it came with making clothes for 8 kids as a single mother!

Going to have to roll out the Necchi I have inherited and dust it off and get the oil to it. Probably have to hunt around and get a manual for it as I can't find the one for it. (I think this a Royal Series 4795) with probably less than 10hrs use on it, just dusty and unused.
Thanks guys and gals. Think of anything else let me know. I'll be checking in frequently.

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Date: 5/3/13 10:44 AM

Hi Steven a tip for figuring out where to trim away the excess fabric.

Make a muslin or mock up of the shorts, knickers etc you plan to make. Use a similar weight of fabric or similar knit to your final project. Do not attach the waistband, but sew the side seams, inseam etc. You do not need any extra details like pockets (if you are making shorts).

On a woman you would use sewing pins to pin together the front, but I suggest for a fellow small safety pins would be best.

Pin yourself into the shorts, then take a piece of narrow elastic and tie it around your body where you want the top of the shorts to be. Pull the mock up under the elastic, adjusting the fabric until it looks and feels right. Use a permanent marker mark the mockup where the elastic sits.

If you are making shorts you want the legs to be parallel to the floor.

I use the above approach for skirts and it works. I have to take away from the front and sometimes add a bit of fabric to the back. I have a tilted waist as well as a belly.

Once you have the line marked, take off the elastic and shorts and transfer the new top edge to your pattern.

Oh it is best if you can trace your patterns, so you do not muck up the original.

You will have to true the line and add a new seam allowance.

If you add extra wide elastic you will just have an uncomfortable roll of elastic folded over.

When oiling the old machine use the hand wheel to turn it over a few times to distribute the oil before plugging it in.

Good luck.

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Steven L.
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Date: 5/7/13 11:03 PM

The safety pins are an excellent idea (for us guys) I have been mulling over the mockup idea as I don't see much else on options there due to the dearth of patterns for us guys. As a matter of fact, there are very few patterns of any kind. I can remember going into the store and helping granny look thru the 4 or 5 BIG books of patterns of all kinds, not many now.
On the old machine I am going to get some non residue spray cleaner with a straw nozzle and clean some of the old dry, dustry oil off then use a syringe and needle to lightly oil just the moving parts. Most things mechanical don't need a soaking (if everything else is ok) to work smoothly.
Thanks for the tips and happy sewing!

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