Today we’re working on sewing the fly and getting some real sewing done. This is a longer post but only because I have a lot of photos, not because it’s more complicated.
Folding the Fly
The two sides of the fly look the same, but mirror images of each other. We’ll start with the left side of the boxers which means the fly part is on the right.
Fold over 1.5″ and then fold over 1.5″ again. Press, of course. The second fold should be at the point where the slit into this piece starts.
Stitch 1/8″ from the edge at the top to hold the folds in place.
Now take the other side. Press over 1/4″. Use your guide if you like.
Then press over 1.5″. You’ll notice this one sticks past the edge. This is because it will overlap onto the other one giving us the fly as we know it.
And once again stitch 1/8″ from the top to secure the fly. This will make a pocket for our elastic later s well.
Sewing the shorts together
Now we get to actually see our boxers start to take shape as we do the side seams.
Pin the seams together. You’ll have to open up the hems you ironed before, as well as the vents. Use a 1/4″ seam allowance and . . .
. . . only sew down until the slit above the vent where you should back stitch to secure.
Do this for both sides.
Next finish off your seams. You can use a simple zig zag stitch or I like to use my serger.
Then I like to top stitch from the outside. It gives a nice clean finish.
(This part was annoying because I was using white thread to sew the inside, but I wanted brown topstitching so I had to keep switching threads :P)
Press hems and vents back into place.
Next pin the crotch into place and sew.
Another quick note: I like to press all my seams open before finishing them off with the serger.
And that’s all for today. Tomorrow we’ll move on to elastic.
Update: In case you missed them, here are the other parts:
Tommy Boxers: Part 1
Tommy Boxers: Part 2
Tommy Boxers: Part 4
Tommy Boxers: Part 5