It feels like it’s been ages since we had a sew-a-long, doesn’t it?!? We’re kicking off the new year with a sew-a-long for our popular Gable boxer briefs! We see LOTS of questions about a few steps in the Gable tutorial, so hopefully this sew-a-long will make construction (including the hammock hack) a breeze for you. This month’s SAL is sponsored by Thread & Grain, Surge Fabric Shop, and of course, M4M and P4P.
Gable is a quick and comfy knit boxer brief with no back seam. Gable includes lots of options, including three different inseam lengths, an optional fly, two waistband styles, plus hacks!
Before we get started, there is a ton of helpful beginner information between the M4M and P4P blogs, in case you are new to knits, or new to PDF patterns in general:
- New to PDF patterns? Check out our helpful tips here
- New to sewing with knits? Brittany has some great info here
- Not quite sure how to measure yourself accurately? Don’t worry; check out the post here!
- Having issues printing? Most issues can be resolved by using our FAQs/troubleshooting tips
- Not in our official SAL group yet? Join here 🙂
We also have MORE helpful info specific to the Gable pattern in our Gable FAQ post.
Our first day is all about prep! First, be sure to measure yourself (or the person that you are sewing for) accurately. As with many of our Lounge & Lace patterns, we recommend a muslin before cutting into your favorite fabrics, since we all have specific preferences on the fit of our intimate garments! You’ll notice in the videos this week I’m using double brushed poly; although I’m using it so that you can see a clear front and back in the videos, it’s also a good option for a test run. Just be aware that DBP and similar fabrics do not breathe like natural fabrics, or even fabrics with a lower polyester content.
After you’ve measured, you’ll want to choose your fabric and gather your supplies. There is information about different elastics and fabrics in our FAQ post (linked above). You can also scope out our tester albums for inspiration.
Next, go ahead and print your pattern! Be sure to print a test page and measure your 1″ square before you print the whole pattern. Once you’ve got your pattern pieces printed and assembled, go ahead and cut out your fabric so you are all ready for day 2! Planning to do the hammock hack as well? You can go ahead and prep those pattern pieces, too!
Ready to get started? Check out today’s video; it’s just a quick overview of what pieces you’ll need!
If you have questions about measuring yourself, printing, putting your pattern together, or cutting your fabric, you are always welcome to post in our SAL group so we can help you! Be sure to check in each day during the SAL, and look for daily posts to enter our giveaways. We can’t wait to see what you create this week!
DAY 1: MEASURING, PRINTING, & CUTTING
DAY 2: BINDING & OPTIONAL FLY
DAY 3: ATTACHING CENTER PIECE + OPTIONAL HAMMOCK HACK
DAY 4: INNER SEAM
DAY 5: WAISTBAND
DAY 6: HEMMING
DAY 7: WINNERS ANNOUNCED
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Surge Fabric Shop offers brief elastics that are PERFECT for Gable, in addition to carrying lots of other quality products and fabrics.
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