One of the first things I ever sewed for my husband were boxer briefs from Jalie 2327. I’ve probably made him a dozen pairs over the last five years. While I liked the pattern and he’s worn them a lot, there were tweaks I needed to make to the original. I found that the pouch was a little too flat. I also thought the pattern worked better with a gusset. And, while I have a large stash of men’s underwear elastic, I know it’s hard for some people to come by. The only complaint though that my husband had is he wanted a functional fly.
Honestly, I had no idea men actually used the fly, I thought it was purely decorative! I did some reading and found out that not only can it be more convenient for men in the bathroom, the extra layers of fabric help with moisture absorption after they use the toilet. I did ALL this research while on the hunt for boxer briefs with a functional fly and just didn’t find one that worked. Finally, I emailed Jalie’s Emilie on a lark back in December and suggested they make a men’s boxer with a function fly and she said I was going to be very happy with the new collection.
I’ll be gosh danged if they didn’t have a new brief with not only a new-to-me horizontal fly, but also a gusset, and far more shapely pouch. It was literally every single thing I would have changed about their earlier patterns I got to test this new pattern and it’s now Jordan’s favorite.
I’ll add here that I have tried another men’s brief on the sewing pattern market that has a functional fly. I used it a few years ago and honestly I hated it. I can’t remember if it had a gusset or not. But, the fit and shaping were horrendous. I never blogged it because if it wasn’t on a model, you couldn’t tell. And, Jordan doesn’t model underwear. But, I think if you go back and look at the pattern envelope for this company you’ll see that it doesn’t fit their models well either.
The pattern is drafted to use regular elastic on an encased waistband. But, lookswise, an exposed elastic is my preferred waistband treatment as it looks closest to ready to wear. The only change I made to the pattern was to reduce the rise of the front/back and the shield by 5/8″.
The star elastic was purchased on our honeymoon in Bruges, Belgium. I tend to buy underwear elastic whenever I see it.
And the traditional elastic is from Jolee’s outside of Kansas City.
Below I tried it with the as drafted elastic at the top, a Dritz sports elastic in the middle and the exposed elastic waistband last.
As much as Jordan likes his new briefs, he politely declined to model them for my blog. But, in honor of these shorts and it’s usefulness, we’ve named this year old bodyform Gerald. This bodyform has come in so handy for modeling and evaluating garments. If we ever move out of this house I’m going to get a full size one for myself.
I LOVE this pattern. I made four pairs for Jordan in short order and will continue to production sew them for him a few times a year. And, someday I may even vary up the fabric. I’m sad to report I’m at the tail end of my Under Armour underwear fabric. It’s so sad! I used to buy it locally. But, the vendor said they got too big and stopped returning his calls. I of course now wish I’d bought it by the bolt when it was available.