My first real pair of menswear: a pair of shorts for my husband using Burda Style’s Men’s Trousers 4/2012 #129
Okay, so I made him a Nevernude costume once, but other than that, my husband has been severely neglected in my clothing sewing. For his birthday this year, I thought I’d finally get around to making something for him. I downloaded the Burda pattern months ago, but just hadn’t worked up the nerve to actually try a pair of men’s pants yet. I knew the fit would be a challenge, since my husband is pretty particular about how his clothing fits. And menswear takes a lot of fabric. A lot. So shorts seemed the safest option: less fabric than pants, and they could work as a muslin for future pants for him.
I shortened the pattern to pants, and did some different detailing on the back pockets. I didn’t do pocket flaps, just patch pockets with a little leather tab on the one for fun.
The pattern uses patch pockets for the hip pockets, and I stuck to pattern on those. However, they are really shallow pockets. My husband uses his pant pockets to hold his cell phone and wallet, and whatever else. I knew those short pockets weren’t going to cut it for him. So I added a pocket to the side front of the shorts, with a velcro closure, to help with that issue.
The pattern was typical of Burda, not a lot of instructions, but a solid design that looks great when finished. You just have to know what you’re doing going in, for the most part, since the few paragraphs included with the pattern don’t really go into any detail on how to construct the pants. I used stretch poplin from Jo-Ann Stores, since it’s inexpensive and I’ve used it so often in the past with great results. It’s lightweight, but holds up will to wear and washing. And it’s super easy to sew with.
My favorite feature of the pattern is the rounded butt patch thing on the back. It’s what drew me to this pattern, and I think it’s a cool, functional design element.
I really wanted to do a good job on these shorts, since they were going to be for my husband and I am a bit intimidated sewing for him. I enclosed nearly every seam, other than the zipper fly. And other than running out of the right color bobbin thread, I’m pretty darn proud of how finished the inside of the shorts is! I mean check out that waistband and those flat-felled seams!
So why are the shorts lonely? Well. They don’t fit. Okay, they fit, but not the way my husband likes his pants to fit. He likes things baggier through the thighs than how these turned out. So, now I need to find the motivation to try again. And find someone who needs a pair of men’s shorts with shallow front pockets and a fun butt patch thing. Poor lonely shorts.