When Jenni first designed the Alligator print in our Wild Ones flannel collection, I instantly loved it.
I can't put my finger on it, but something about the print was begging to be made into boxer shorts. Then when I happened upon the boxer shorts pattern in the Fabric-by-Fabric One Yard Wonders book a couple months later, I knew I had to make them. Never mind that I don't know anyone who even wears boxer shorts! The fabric and pattern combination was just too perfect to resist. I decided to make them as cute pajama shorts for me.
These came together very quickly in my short bursts of free time. Those not wrangling a newborn and 3-year-old could probably make them in 3-4 hours. I made the smallest size, following my waist measurement as the pattern suggests. They turned out really cute, but a bit snug over the hips. I don't know if it's because boxers are usually for men (who don't have wide hips and thus go by waist measurements for clothing), or if they'll fit once I lose the last bit of my pregnancy weight. It's hard to say. If sewing them again, I would go up a size.
Anyway, I sewed the pattern as written (with the fly opening), even though they are for me, so that I could test it out and share my thoughts. In the end, I just skipped the part about taking out the basting stitches at the fly, thus leaving it sewn shut. Here are a couple of notes about the pattern directions for those of you interested in possibly making these:
1. I found the fabric requirement of 1 yard to be a bit too close for comfort. I just barely had enough. Order an extra 1/4 yard to give yourself some wiggle room, especially if making the larger sizes or pre-washing.
2. The directions and diagrams can be a little vague. Mine turned out perfect in the end, and I never had to rip out any stitches, but I did find myself scratching my head a couple times. The pattern assumes some basic knowledge and experience with sewing clothing. I don't recommend this as a beginner's first garment pattern, mainly because of the trickiness with the fly opening.
All in all, these were a fast and fun sewing project, and they turned out well. If you're looking for one book that has great sewing gift ideas using only one yard of fabric, I highly recommend the Fabric-by-Fabric One Yard Wonders book as a good investment for your library. You can read my full review of the book by clicking the link to the book's page.