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Made By Jaime: Boys Underwear Review

Hey everyone & welcome to The Pattern Exam’s first session! Up first is underwear! Now, my friend Becky thought it was quite strange for me to be sewing up my 7 year old some underwear, but we concluded that better they be made with love by mom than by a stranger. Ha! And in a conversation with another friend, regarding store-bought underwear for her 9 year old daughter, she informed me that she has a hard time finding underwear in that size that is, shall we say, modestly appropriate. Not in fit, but in some of the messages printed on them. Additionally, it’s a great way to use up your knit scraps and get the most from your stash!

But on to the pattern details. For this session, we made up four different underwear patterns. Below are my comments on each pattern and at the end, there’s a checklist explaining the features included in each pattern:

1. Peekaboo Patterns Classic Briefs and Boxer Briefs

Size: My son’s measurements put him at 5/6, even though he’s starting to move up to 7 in RTW clothing

Material used: An old JoAnn’s interlock knit from my stash in a firetruck print, grey rib knit

ThePatternExam - Undies | MadeByJaime

Pros:

  • Looks like standard boys underwear, even with the faux fly
  • Great fit!
  • Cutting charts for waistband, leg bands & accent pieces included in instructions and on pattern pieces
  • Size Chart included to help with choosing size
  • Good description of type of knit recommended
  • Listed pages to print for pattern options (briefs or boxer briefs)
  • Options for functional and faux fly
  • Option/Instructions for quick sew or enclosed seam leg bands
  • Options for brief or boxer brief
  • Good coverage
  • Great size range included (12 mos – 12 years)
  • Finished pictures of front and back

ThePatternExam - Undies | MadeByJaime

Cons:

  • No pattern assembly layout – could be confusing to those new to PDF patterns
  • No layers – must print all sizes

Other Notes:

  • All size lines are the same style (solid), but are clearly labeled so I don’t think black & white printing would be too confusing

2. Kiwiana Undies Pattern by Little Kiwis Closet

Size: 63 cm/24 7/8 in – my son measured 24, but the next size down measurement was 23 5/8 in so I went with the larger size.

Material used: An old JoAnn’s interlock knit from my stash in a firetruck print, grey rib knit

ThePatternExam - Undies | MadeByJaime

Pros:

  • Simple, unisex design
  • Smart construction creates a self-lining with no exposed seamsThePatternExam - Undies | MadeByJaime
  • 3/8 seam allowance
  • Clear printing instructions and pattern assembly layout
  • Cutting measurements for waist & leg bands
  • Clear, simple instructions
  • Clear pictures

Cons:

  • Sizing and fabric requirements in cm (with inch conversions, but no inch to yardage – obviously only a con to sewers used to imperial)
  • No layers – must print multiple sizes at once
  • Design might not be attractive to older boysThePatternExam - Undies | MadeByJaime

Other Notes:

  • All size lines are the same style (solid), but are clearly labeled so I don’t think black & white printing would be too confusing

3. LilBug Undies by A Sparkly Baby

Size: 6

Material used: An old JoAnn’s interlock knit from my stash in a firetruck print, grey rib knit

ThePatternExam - Undies | MadeByJaime

Pros:

  • Very simple design made for a lightning-fast sew
  • Printing tips and pattern assembly layout included
  • Only print needed size. Pattern isn’t nested but each size is offered in it’s own individual pattern pieces.
  • Provides a ton of information on sewing knits, measuring for percentage of stretch, types of knit fabrics
  • Good coverage
  • Unisex design
  • Good size range, 12m – 10

ThePatternExam - Undies | MadeByJaime

Cons:

  • No body measurement chart made choosing a size challenging. Pattern states that sizes are close to ready to wear sizes and gives the finished measurements.
  • Tutorial for leg and waistbands instead of cutting measurements or pattern pieces.
  • 1/2″ seam allowance
  • Design might not be attractive to older boys

ThePatternExam - Undies | MadeByJaime

Other Notes:

  • Waistband ended up being too loose for my son. Could have been the fabric or my not stretching it enough during the process for determining the waistband length.

4. Pirates’ Booty Boxer Briefs by Patterns for Pirates

Size: 6

Material used: Solid navy and sold red interlock knit from my stash, grey rib knit

ThePatternExam - Undies | MadeByJaime

Pros:

  • Lots of options: Pocket center option for trainers, knit waistband and legs, no exposed seams construction, exposed elastic waistband, functioning/faux fly, basic hemmed legs
  • Large size range, 12m – 14
  • Clear Size Chart & Fabric Requirements
  • Clear printing instructions and pattern assembly diagram
  • Size lines are both different colors and different line styles (dashed, solid, etc.) so printing can be done in color or black & white.
  • Elastic & band cutting chart with tips for customizing fit

ThePatternExam - Undies | MadeByJaime

Cons:

  • Only one style – boxer brief
  • Pattern not layered, must print all sizes at once

ThePatternExam - Undies | MadeByJaime

Other Notes:

  • Pattern pieces come in one file and the instructions in a second file

To add to these notes, The Pattern Exam has put together this handy-dandy chart as a review of features of each pattern!

undies table boys

So I hope this was helpful and encourages you to make some undies for your little one – they sure were quick & fun to make and my son absolutely loved them! I know your little one will too!

 

madebyjaime
I have been crafting since I was a little girl and started sewing in High School. I loved it so much, I moved on to earm a Bachelor's degree in Home Economics with an Emphasis in Clothing & Textiles. I have worked for sewing machine companies, taught quilt classes, created and altered wedding and formal attire, and am now on my way to focusing on my Etsy store, www.jaimesews.etsy.com. I love Italian food of any kind, autumn, and being a wife and mommy.

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