There were many firsts in this project – first clothing sewn, first elastic, first pair of boxers for my son… When Year of the Ninja came out I immediately knew I had to make something for my son. He is in Taekwondo and I knew he would love the fabric. I first thought pajama pants but looking at the patterns I was scared of the large pattern piece. I know, a very un-ninjalike reaction. I’ll work on it. I settled on The Oh Boy! Boxers Pattern, smaller pattern pieces! It’s also nice that it has a range of sizes from 2 up to 14.
Surprisingly, everything went together well! Even the elastic wasn’t too difficult. For me, the hardest part of the whole project was learning to read a clothing pattern versus a quilting pattern. Once I figured everything out, I realized the pattern was well written– I just needed to put my quilting mind aside and come at it from a different angle.
I did end up phoning a friend at one point to figure out the faux fly. We actually FaceTimed and she had her husband go get a pair of his boxers so we could examine them! The elastic I feared the most ended up being really easy! I do recommend the Hot Hemmer for the hems on the legs – it really helped keep the seams even and saved burnt fingers.
The look on my sons face when he saw them and tried them on was the BEST! I should warn you in advance though they seem to cause extreme energy and action in five year old kids…..
The photoshoot was a blast. He asked if he could come to my work and “do pictures” again it was so fun!
I foresee more boxers in my future!