Recently, Whitney Decker posted some great photos of her husband’s customised Comox Trunks to the Thread Theory Sewing Community Facebook group. I was thrilled to see the fit she achieved as well as her detailed shots of the hammock pieces that she added to the front of the trunks.
These hammock pieces are similar to what you might find in Saxx Underwear which are a brand renowned for their ability to keep everything in it’s proper place.
I asked Whitney if she might like to create a tutorial for the Thread Theory blog since I have received many requests for this alteration over the years…well, it turns out she had already gone to all the work of creating both a video tutorial and a photographed tutorial of both the Saxx hack and all her other fit alterations! She posted these tutorials on the Phee Fabrics blog.
Her video is very in-depth so I recommend watching this first and then cementing the knowledge you have gained by reading her tutorial next. The video is of course useful because it details the Saxx hack but it would also be great to watch just to familiarise yourself with how the strangely shaped Comox Trunks pieces fit together. If you are unclear on how to add length to the legs, how to change the width of the gusset or all manner of other alterations…don’t worry, her video covers them all!
Whitney even switches out the elastic waistband and replaces it with a comfortable Supplex waistband. Supplex is a performance stretch fabric that is available at Phee Fabrics (the company which Whitney created her video and blog post for). I hadn’t come across this fabric company before but I’m glad I have now! They look like an excellent source for performance knits and underwear/swimwear fabrics. Their blog features tutorials for almost every indie underwear pattern I’ve ever come across!
Whitney’s pattern hack uses a free pattern piece offered by another indie pattern company with a men’s underwear pattern: The Boxerwear Boxer Briefs by Stitch Upon A Time. This pattern is similar in fit to the Comox Trunks with a few key differences: The pouch is one piece and shaped with a dart, there is a centre back seam, I believe the legs are finished with binding or a band, and the legs are quite a bit longer. It’s wonderful that there is beginning to be enough variety available that you can pick and choose menswear patterns to perfectly suit the style and fit you are looking for! Here’s a photo of the Boxerwear design followed by the Comox Trunks so you can compare the many differences and pick the pattern that suits your needs best:
From what Whitney tells me, it sounds like the free Saxx-style hammock pattern piece is available through the Stitch Upon a Time Facebook group (please correct me if I’m wrong as I haven’t joined the group!). I think it would be fairly straightforward to come up with your own hammock pattern piece by tracing the curve of the Comox Trunks front pouch and then drawing a straight line for the hammock edge.
Amy Lawson did something similar and posted to our Facebook Group too. Has anyone else tried this hack?
Have a look at the Comox Trunks pattern >