My boyfriend requested a pair of comfortable shorts for lounging around on the weekends.What’s more comfortable than an elastic waist (says the woman who wears 90% elastic-waisted clothes)? I went looking for a suitable shorts pattern for him and only found one elastic-waisted non-swimsuit men’s shorts pattern: McCall’s 6972.
I bought 2 yards of dark blue 100% cotton twill from Hancock Fabrics for the shorts. (He picked out the fabric, actually. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t making him something he would find uncomfortable or ugly.) The fabric is quite soft and has a medium weight. Twill was not one of the recommended fabrics, but he doesn’t like seersucker, broadcloth, linen, or chambray (the recommended fabrics).
I was undecided about what size to cut, but I decided to go with the larger size, since I know he doesn’t like close-fitting clothes. That was a mistake! There’s about 10 inches of ease in the pattern. I didn’t realize how that would swamp him until I basted the sides together and had him step into the shorts. He then laid a pair of his regular, non-elastic shorts on top of the in-progress shorts. The size difference was dramatic. I should have chosen the smallest size, actually.
So, I sewed the side seams at 1″, rather than 5/8″. I couldn’t bring myself to unpick the inseam, so I told him this version will just hang low. I think, for a future version, I might trace off a pair of his regular shorts and add a little extra width for an elastic waist. That might make for a better fit.
The directions are pretty clear to me, although I’ve been sewing for a couple of years now. The pattern is billed as a “learn to sew” pattern, and it includes tips in the directions.
A pattern-maker really needs to come up with a modern cut for elastic-waisted shorts for men. Simplicity has several elastic shorts and pants for women; do a little something for the guys who also don’t want to have a waistband cutting them in half!
I will post pictures when I wrangle the model. 🙂