Last weekend was the CREATE! event in Courtenay BC- demos, classes and vendors in the lovely Old House Hotel. Morgan and Matt had a table there and Morgan ran a couple of classes as well. She did some demos using the bag kit and an evening class for the Comox Trunks on Friday night. I was coming straight from work, feeling a little tired and rushed, but I was so glad I went. There were snacks, Comox Trunks Kits, and a very cozy atmosphere (though I feel bad for the people whose hotel rooms were beside the sewing room!). There were about seven of us, including experienced quilters, Morgan's mom, and an eleven year old girl. Morgan talked about the pattern, the fabric and the elastic and we all got to work. Every once in a while she would see most people ready to move on and she would introduce and demo the next step. It was fun being walked through and of course as an extrovert, I always love to turn this solitary activity into a party!create collage The only thing was- I was feeling a little selfish. The bamboo jersey is so so nice, I wanted it for my very own tush. So I talked to Morgan about making them for myself. It turns out to be super easy- in fact it takes away all the tricky stuff at the beginning!  So in case there are others out there like me, who want cozy lady trunks, I decided to throw together a second pair, sharing the modification you make when you don't need quite so much room in the…ahem.. pouch. super hero As you can see, the boxers fit just great, and you too can feel like a super hero (especially if you wear them over tights) The first step would be to get the Comox Trunks kit, or whatever fabric and elastic you are using, and of course your Comox Trunks pattern. You can follow most of the Sew-along, except we are going to start a little differently. After you've cut your pattern and fabric, we are basically skipping the "Sewing the Trunks front" post, since that is all about the pouch. 1. You will not need the binding piece, nor Pattern Piece #2. When you've cut out your size, draw and cut a straight line down piece #3 as follows: 1 lady trunks 2. You may notice the centre seam in the front panel in my above pair. For my second pair, I decided it would be nicer, and easy, to skip that seam just by cutting on the fold. 2 lady trunks 3. Here I forgot to photograph this step (Bad tutorialist!). But just put the two pieces wrong side together and baste about the edge (i suggest 1/4" SA so it doesn't show when you to a 3/8" seam to attach). After basting, we will attach to the legs just as in the pattern and sew-along 3 lady trunks And that's it! I mean, obviously the trunks aren't done yet, but that's how simply the modification is. Follow the rest of the directions to attach the back, gusset and elastic and then you are really done. I have to say- with both pairs I've made, I look at the butt and I think "NO WAY" -they seem huge and saggy but they hug the body really well. Don't worry, you are more three dimensional than the undies are. 4 lady trunks I used Anna Maria Horner's Saffron Thistle fabric for the legs (which matches this shirt, maybe I will wear them together), which is nice and soft and sturdy. For the hem, I serged the raw edge, the did a scallop stitch in contrasting thread. I used the same stitch for attaching the elastic. To cover the elastic seam, I made a little tag of thistle and put that on the outside. No scratchy edges! The funny thing is, with the contrasting legs, from the back it sort of looks like normal underwear! You can see here, that despite looking weirdly big on the table, they hug the form quite well. You can also somewhat see that the front is flat where the original pattern would bulge out with a pouch. 6 lady trunks I swear, I am going to replace all my undies with these!!
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Kimmie said:

Is this for real? I am new to this website and I do not want to be unkind, but these are not attractive.

ThreadTheory said:

I hope you can use it soon. I hear ya, these babies are like long johns but cuter. And comfy for cycling!
And in terms of toddlers- if your toddler is into super heroes, well shazam, you’ve got a costume!

ThreadTheory said:

Sorry to hear that this pattern hack isn’t attractive to you! I think women’s boxers emphasize function/comfort over attractiveness (I personally find lacy panties much prettier than boxers!). I know Nicole is excited to wear these trunks under her yoga clothing for ultimate comfort and flexibility :). Thanks for checking out our website; I hope future tutorials and posts will be more up your alley!

Beth Byrge said:

Thanks for this! I’ve been wondering about this mod since the pattern was released. I’ve stolen my hubby’s too-small RTW boxer briefs and wear them a lot, especially in the winter. They’re also great under dresses/skirts if you happen to have an active toddler to chase around!

R said:

Ohh, I was wondering just the other day if I could work out how to hack this pattern so it works for me. Thank you.

Jennifer said:

Fun! I hacked this pattern by lengthening into tights and color blocking to make superhero tights for my husband’s Halloween costume (Mr. Incredible).

ThreadTheory said:

Hi Lori,
Those trunks sound lovely! I traced from the top to the bottom where it curved at my size, so there was a slight curve in the pattern piece. However, that corner was on the fold, so I didn’t actually cut a curve out- it’s just a rectangle. I erred on the side on keeping enough fabric along the bottom to match the gusset as closely as possible. Honestly, next time I will cut the front pouch piece even thinner, because we just don’t need quite so much fabric there! Keep in mind then that you may need to shorten the gusset slightly if you do that- which I did after adding it to make sure I didn’t over do it.
Good luck with your lady shorts!


Lori Martin said:

So great to see this, last night I planned my lady-hack on Swedish tracing paper. I am making some stretch silk comox trunks for my daughters as gifts—with stretch lace waist and leg binding. They’ll be great as mini skirt panties.
I am a little unclear on this hack. I too took out the front seam, then basically reduced that curve to a very slight curve. In the photo for step 3, however, it looks like maybe you left about 1 cm of diagonal before you replaced that curve with a straight line. Hopefully this question makes sense. I’d really appreciate a clarification—thanks!

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ThreadTheory said:

I love it! I guess I can make my own long johns now- just in time for winter cycling!

ThreadTheory said:

you’re welcome! you may want to make the front panel a little thinner- having worn them a few times, I’d say they could do with slightly less fabric in the front

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Prolificprojectstarter said:

success (eventually, due to mess ups on my part) thanks for this tutorial

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Lori Martin said:

That’s exactly what I found after running up a quick muslin—I ended up with a very slightly curved rectangle that is a good 1.5 inches narrower than the pattern piece.
Can’t wait to make them up in the stretch silk!

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