Boy's undies from recycled T-shirts

Added May 10, 2011

by verypurplepe...

Tokyo, Japan

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Undies made from my son’s outgrown T-shirts. I copied one of his undies to make the base pattern. Then I made a pair of test undies from old T-shirt so he can tell me what he wanted to change. Yes, I made a muslin for recycled undies…. He wanted his undies to be a bit longer and not too tight around the bum, and I altered the pattern accordingly.

The original undies actually doesn’t have those side strips, the front and back pattern are in one piece. But the T-shirts were too small for this, so I added the side strips to the pattern. I think it looks even better, kinda like cycling shorts. As usual, I only use ordinary sewing machine to make them. I used zigzag stitch set on 0.5-1 on width and 3 on length. It works perfectly!

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Material Notes

knit fabric (old T-shirts)

Difficulty

Novice

Categories

Season
Spring
For
Children
Garment Type
Lingerie/Undergarments
Material
Knits/Jersey

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    May 11, 2011, 08.13 PMby hukilaulei

    What a smart idea! I’m ashamed to say I just bought my boy a pack of unders yesterday!

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    May 11, 2011, 07.11 AMby flowergirl22

    that is so good,, just even to think,,,, of using old t-shirts great,, inspiring

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    May 11, 2011, 03.58 AMby robiedodson

    I love everything you do!!! Fun to see you here on Burdastyle – one of these days let’s finally make that trade!

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    May 11, 2011, 02.36 AMby eccentric57

    To heck with the boys…I am thinking I may like these for myself. Just skip the opening in the crotch and make myself some bloomer/panties!

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    May 10, 2011, 10.26 PMby nuiwida23

    Awesome! I wish I had the guts to attempt such a thing ;D

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      May 11, 2011, 02.09 AMby verypurpleperson

      Believe me, it’s not as difficult as it looks! Knits are very forgiving and there’s no need to press the seam allowance every time! :)

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    May 10, 2011, 08.43 PMby janul

    you´re fabulous! I want to try to make some underwear too and I´m a bit scared to work with jersey…

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      May 11, 2011, 02.13 AMby verypurpleperson

      Thank you! I used to avoid jersey too because I don’t have a serger. But after I tried, it is really easy. Sewing jersey is much more faster than non-stretchy fabric, I spent more time cutting the fabrics than sewing these undies :)

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    May 10, 2011, 07.53 PMby alexus1325

    Those are seriously cute recycled undies! I found a free men’s pattern for something similar, but alas! No men in my life like that style of underpant :P

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    May 10, 2011, 05.21 PMby FabricUiPhoneApp

    This is a clever re-use….man, your little guy’s is set for life in the underwear department. No more RTW for him!

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    May 10, 2011, 03.54 PMby seasidelaundry

    From start to finish-so very clever!

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    May 10, 2011, 03.08 PMby alisondahl

    cute! you never cease to intrigue!

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    May 10, 2011, 11.45 AMby amibambini

    That is SUCH a great up-cycle. Well done you! Love it.

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    May 10, 2011, 08.48 AMby olystyrene

    Great work! What a fantastic way to recycle!

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    May 10, 2011, 07.09 AMby michelle ><><><

    Love these gota try and make some <><

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    May 10, 2011, 06.00 AMby Shira B

    Thats so cool :) it turned out so great!

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