Originally I titled my post "How deep is your crotch?" but I came to my senses. Many moons ago, I was unafflicted with digestive issues and thus had the leisure to grapple with mundane issues like "how curvy should my crotch curve be?"
It was end of 2014 and I had a shorts crisis. The 5 or 6 pairs of shorts I wore every week decided to call it a day simultaneously. The elastic was too worn out and the fabric was torn in many places. I was starting to look like a homeless person whenever I wore those shorts which wouldn't matter much except I wear them out to the supermarkets and foodcourts. I had the shorts for many years, like over 15 years. They were cheap, $6.90 each and very comfortable. I searched for alternatives but with my price range of under $10 and criteria of comfort, I could not settle for any. I decided I would make my own shorts.
Don't get too excited. I'm not crazy about making my own clothes. In Singapore it's super easy to buy good quality clothes at a reasonable price. Plus I dislike drafting clothes patterns. You need large pieces of paper and it's so messy and my table is really small. I have many, many reasons not to draft my own clothing patterns. Also, I'm not very good at it. My knowledge is very elementary.
So I did the next best thing. I went to the internet to look for an available pattern. I would have liked one that is ready for download but I either didn't look deep enough or I was too fussy. All I wanted was a very simple pair of shorts with an elastic band. Then I remembered Don Morin, the weekend designer had a boxer shorts pattern. Demmit! There was no download but he put up a draft and instructions which anyone can easily follow. Which I did.
The crotch curve looked a bit too curvy at the end but I wanted to follow the pattern faithfully. I know the pattern is for a man's boxer shorts but hubs has gifted me his boxer shorts over the years as his girth widened and I never found the fit uncomfortable.
I used this horrid green fabric which I bought very cheap to use as a muslin. No serging, no nothing. Just wanted to test the fit.
Sadly, the crotch curve became a big issue. Although I could wear the shorts, it was not comfortable around the crotch. I kept feeling like there's something in my crotch and it made me walk bow legged. I asked my girl to try the shorts just in case there's something wrong with my crotch. Nope. She had the same problem.
So I dug out my 3 decades old dressmaking drafting exercise book and looked for a guide for shorts. There was enough info for me to construct another pattern. This time my crotch curve looked less curvy at the bottom and after I sewed the shorts up, still using the same ugly green fabric, I was absolutely delighted to find it fitted me very well!
So the stupid thing is I didn't serge the edges because I didn't expect to like the shorts that much. But it's not too bad. It's not project runway by any means but decent enough to wear casually.
Hubs and I went downstairs to do a little photoshoot with my iPhone 6.
Oh look how I cleverly placed the fabric print RIGHT ON THE BUTT CRACK. Trust me. This baby is staying at home.
Coming back to Don Morin's boxer shorts pattern, I was thinking about the crotch curve and what I think is this. Don Morin probably used a standard that's way too big for my built but suitable for someone larger? (maybe he's the model) Anyway, I didn't pay much attention to my teacher during shorts construction time waaay back in the days.
Well, after completing the shorts, I bought a stack of very comfortable boxer shorts which were on sale. So I need not make my own shorts after all.
Today I had a change of heart and considered making another pair of shorts, this time with a nicer fabric. But I had thrown away my pattern when I cleaned my sewing room in January this year. Now this is why I should not clear up my messing sewing room.