This technique will allow you to reproduce your favourite underwear. I've used a pair of men's hipster trunks (boy-shorts) with a two piece pattern: the (front+back) leg and and front inset. The same technique can be used for all sorts of knitwear garments (including multi-piece pattern men's underwear with a front gusset/ button front. I will try to post tutorials here for different knitwear garments on a weekly basis. The entire tutorial is also on my website and can be downloaded as a printable pdf (
Any suggestions for improvement are most welcome!

Technique Materials

I would recommend starting (if possible) with a brand-new pair (the best you can afford- you’re never going to pay for one of these again) of boy-shorts which have never suffered the seam-distorting effects of a spin-cycle.
A cork-board or thick piece of cardboard.
Push pins.
Large format paper.
Fine (fabric) pins.
French curve (you could use a dinner-plate in a pinch but curves are so inexpensive now that getting one is a worthy investment).

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    Feb 25, 2012, 11.42 AMby buddingnaturalist

    You’re most welcome! I’m working on more for knitwear and wovens, just need to get better photos!

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    Feb 22, 2012, 09.49 AMby cappucine

    nice technique, thank you !!!

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