Sunday, March 6, 2011

trunks of the classic variety



What is it about the classic swimming brief that just looks right. I find the modern speedo to only work for skinny anorexic men. if a normal man wears one it just feels trashy. This months project is to make a classic brief for the pool this year. I want to learn the styling and technique to make the brief. This project will force me to get really friendly with the serger and stretch designs.





The pattern Simplicity 5046 was purchased in a bulk ebay auction


I made my pattern tests from muslin

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and then and old T-shirt for check the shape and basic fit.


ok that kinda works. now to pull out the serger and destroy an old ‘activewear’ shirt that stretches. I used another nylon shirt with no stretch for the liner

I did a lot of practice scrape to get the serger techniques right. the drawstring hem was a pain. I skipped the leg elastic on this because I was strongly told not to wear these in public (I had a strange ridge from a off center inside seam down the pouch)


I had my notes and was ready to cut the liquid teflon .. I mean spandex


here’s an in process picture of the trunks so far. decided to skip leg elastic and just hem 2 layers of spandex. torn between a belt of blue spandex or just a simple top with drawstring


I’ll post a modeled pic after the next session on this.


  1. Looking forward to seeing the finished product!

  2. Thanks. should be a good project.