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|Jalie: 3242 (Underwear for Men, Women and Children ) - Type:Mens - Underwear |
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|Reviewed by:||Peter in NYC|
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
|See other patterns in this category: Mens - Underwear Lingerie Kids(boys & girls) |
|Available for sale on PR: $12.75 (See envelope) |
|Fabric:||Cotton Jersey [See other projects in this fabric]|
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Jalie 3242 is a multi-sized men's and women's (and children's) underwear pattern, with each of the six styles offered in 29 (!) different sizes. It makes three kinds of women's underwear (low-waist bikini, high-waist bikini, and thong) and three kinds of men's underwear: traditional knit briefs, trunk (aka boxer) briefs, and jockstrap. I made the traditional briefs and the boxer briefs.
This pattern is sized from kids sizes to adult sizes. The largest men's waist size is 48"; the largest women's waist size is 44".
I made size "Z" which corresponds to a 32" waist -- roughly my size -- and they fit perfectly.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
This was my first Jalie pattern and I thought the instructions were very clear. For the boxer briefs, there's even a Jalie video available on YouTube. I followed it and found it very helpful. It's linked below; there's an ad you have to click through.
Jalie Boxer Brief video
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I'm not used to tracing multi-sized patterns but I found the process relatively easy. The instructions are printed on the same piece of paper as the pattern, which means having to have the pattern open while you're sewing, which is inconvenient. I discovered that you can download the instructions directly off the Jalie website, which I did -- much easier!
Photo of Open Pattern
There was nothing I didn't like about the pattern with regard to the drafting itself. The front pouch on the boxer briefs could be a bit wider and deeper -- easily remedied by widening the center seam a bit, I think. Many men's briefs these days are highly contoured in front; these are only moderately so.
I used two coordinating cotton-lycra knits from "Fabrics For Less" in the NYC Garment District. One is a red and off-white stripe and the other solid gray. Both have a small skull-and-crossbones print.
My two fabrics
Close up of skull print
I used 1 1/2" wide black waistband elastic from Daytona Trim for the waistband and 3/8" wide elastic for the leg openings on the traditional briefs. The boxer briefs pattern doesn't call for elastic on the leg openings, though it wouldn't have been a bad idea to use it to stabilize the jersey, which has a tendency to roll up a bit. Not necessary but could help.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The only change I made was the way I attached the ends of my waistband elastic. I lapped one end over the other and satin-stitched the raw edge on each side, resulting in a flat, smooth waistband.
Waistband edge finish
I didn't make any other changes of note other than using two different colorways of the knit fabric.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will definitely make this again and I highly recommend it to others.
This was my first Jalie pattern and my first knit briefs (I've only sewn boxers) and the experience was a positive one. Both briefs came out comfortable and nice-looking -- very wearable.
Here are the results:
Traditional Briefs 2
Boxer Briefs 2
Not bad, right -- the underwear I mean! ;)
There's a lot more info about making these briefs on my blog, Male Pattern Boldness, here and here.
Thanks for reading!
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