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Date: 7/5/12 7:14 PM

Hi - My dh asked me to make some light weight sleep shorts for this hot weather. I am looking for a good pattern. Any suggestions?

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Date: 7/5/12 10:20 PM

I have made this Kwik Sew several times for my dh (using silk crepe de chine, if you please). It's a good, clear pattern, and he loves the result.

There a number of reviews here at pr.

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Date: 7/6/12 7:24 AM

thanks Elona. Silk crepe de chine would suit him just fine

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Date: 7/6/12 9:13 AM

Simplicity 9958 is the pattern I use. I have made boxers for boys (size 8) up to XL for DH. Very little fitting to be done to them except in the length.

My DH is the talk of his poker buddies with his boxers. He has flames, snowmen, moose and even french fries. Of course, if his jeans fit better they would never see them- but that's another story.

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Subject: Pattern for Mens sleep shorts or boxers Date: 7/6/12 10:23 PM

Most popular fabric with my menfolk in hot, humid Japanese summers is linen or cotton in textured weaves...even a woven stripe in a slightly heavier fiber prevents the fabric from sticking to the skin.

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Date: 7/6/12 11:41 PM

I've made that Simplicity pattern and it seemed easy and fine. Though now that I look back on it, I think I ignored the instructions for making a fly front. I am told that NO ONE USES THE FLY anyway. What do your sources say? (Sharon1952, maybe you could poll the poker players.....)

Recently I tried this one, out of rayon lycra, and it has been very popular in the warm weather. Three changes to it:
-combined front and back to make it one-seam-ish
-made the shorts a bit longer
-stretched and sewed the elastic.
(Come to think of it, I should check my own source and find out whether the longer length makes any difference. Personally, I'd rather have thin soft cloth instead of sweaty skin meeting sweaty skin most of the way down the inseam...but does it matter to him?) Anyway, more of these are somewhere in the queue.

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Date: 7/7/12 1:58 AM

My adult son and my dh have both told me that indeed, no one uses the fly--and there's an, ahem, functional reason guys ignore the fly, but it's too clinical to post here.
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Date: 7/7/12 7:38 AM

I have made 11 pairs from the kwik sew 1672. I have the simplicity pattern but have not tried it yet. The kwik sew has the exposed elastic treatment that is in a lot of rtw and I have been getting elastic by the roll from Home Sew catalog that lets you sew through the unbraided rows. It has suggestions for cutting the elastic lengths which is so useful I tracked this similar pattern down in the child and also the youth sizes since I have 4 grandsons and 3 son in laws. I noticed the kwik sew Elona listed has the casing and drawstring used and is listed as sleep pants and shorts which might be more comfortable but dh wears his stitched through ones all the time. I am adding Elona's kwik sew to the pattern stash as I like the kwik sew for men and boys sewing as some of the big four I used had really oversized legs and my poor oldest gs looked like penguin in them so I resolved to buy a burda or kwik sew. I have made pjs pants in the past from big four patterns that fit ok but can't lay my hands on them as it has been a long while. They used the casing and drawstring method with a fly and they turned out really nice. I use 100% cotton for the shorts and pj bottoms and lightweight flannel in winter. As for the fly thing some use it and some don't though dh does and I don't want to know about the others. TMI Lol! I sew the flys since I think it gives them a rtw look. On my son in laws I just did I used a brown plastic kam snap at his request as he is going to wear his as lounge shorts about the house and to sleep in. Hope some of this is helpful to someone else. Kwik sew has had lots more mens and boys patterns and I picked up some online that were out of print while looking.

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Subject: Pattern for Mens sleep shorts or boxers Date: 7/7/12 7:46 AM

ran by JA yesterday. they have a drawer of KwikSew, but not the ones I wanted. There is hope that they will increase the KS pattern stock

I suggested linen and his first reaction was -- no way. BUT I am going to make a pair in light linen because I think he will be very surprised at how nice linen is

So.....men's shorts don't have the fitting problems that I experience trying to get a decent fit?


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Date: 7/7/12 7:52 AM

I always trust KwikSew when it comes to men's and kids' patterns. They seem to draft for someone taller than anyone I'm related to, but reducing the crotch depth is simple, if it's done before construction. If you wait to cut off excess length once the shorts or pants are put together, you risk winding up with 2" long fly fronts and pockets that have been so shortened that you can't get your hands into them. I have the pants to prove it. Just compare the pattern to a similar piece of clothing that fits, and adjust the length just below the fly or pocket level. KS instructions and construction techniques always seem to produce a good RTW-type product.
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