Our Men’s Gable boxer briefs has been a big hit with our mermaid boxer-brief-wearers! We’ve had LOTS of questions come up, so we’ve compiled a list of Gable FAQ for you to refer back to.
Does this come in kids’ sizes?
There will not be a youth version released, as Patterns for Pirates has a great youth boxer brief pattern already. 🙂
Is there a women’s version?
Not at this time
Where can I get brief waistband elastic?
Surge Fabrics, Joann’s, Hobby Lobby, Sew Sassy Fabrics, or Libelle Sewing (Canada) are a few great options. Be sure to use the “search” feature in our Facebook group, too, as this question has popped up a lot already!
Can I use the same elastic for Gable/Lana/Greta?
Is there a back seam?
Are there any hacks?
Yes! Check here for our hammock and enclosed seams hacks.
What’s the best fabric for these?
Don’t forget, all our patterns include a list of recommended fabrics in the supply list! Rayon spandex (it does grow some, but some of our boxer-wearers have preferred that fabric!), bamboo knit, cotton lycra, jersey knit, athletic knit, circular knit, supplex, etc. Does your wearer have a favorite brand of RTW? You can scope out the tags in those, too, to get an idea of what fabric your wearer will prefer.
Ok, but where should I order/buy my fabric from?
You can find fabric for these most anywhere! Our team, testers, and several in the Mermaid community have ordered from: Sincerely Rylee Fabrics, Surge Fabric Shop, Bow Button Fabrics, Knitpop, Sly Fox Fabrics, Phee Fabrics, and Libelle Sewing (Canada)
Can I use doodles? What about woven?
Doodles will not have enough recovery, and woven will not have enough stretch.
Will you be releasing a boxer pattern?
Not in the near future, but never say never.
Where do I take the waist measurement?
Use preferred waist for these.
Is there a video tutorial?
Not at this time. If there is a particular step you are stuck on, post in our Facebook group so we can help you out!
What is the hammock for?
To create separation between body parts, for boxer-brief-wearers that prefer that style
Why do the pieces look so big?
The paper pattern pieces are often deceiving since seam allowances aren’t taken out yet! Don’t panic yet that they won’t fit 😉
Is double brushed poly okay to use?
The polyester content makes it far less breathable. so although it will “work” as far as stretch goes, it will depend on the wearer’s preference
Do I need to grade for waist?
You probably don’t. need to, since the waistband hits just above the hips! You can use the waistband from the larger size if proffered, though.
What height are these drafted for?
5’9″, but if your wearer prefers/is used to the fit of RTW, you may not need to add/subtract height. It will depend on your wearer’s preference.
Does it include a fly?
Yes, instructions for the functional fly are included as an option.
We hope that helps answer some of your questions about our Gable pattern! Happy sewing!