Crunchy Chicken mentioned Frontier House on her blog a while back. The concept sounded intriguing, could modern families live like they did on the frontier in 1883?
I took it out from the library and we watched it this weekend. On the one hand, the quibbly, reality show, talking to the camera stuff puts my undies in a twist. (Here's a tip to all omnivores, don't whine about protein in the presence of vegans. It makes us twitch!) On the other hand, if you could look past that, the lifestyle and the skills needed were very interesting.
Watching the show sparked a lot of great conversation. We really pondered the "how would you do..." aspect of a ton of situations. One of them was keeping the family clothed. Of course there was mending but how would you make clothes? Where would you get the cloth? What about clothes that were worn out? What new life could a worn out shirt have? Would you be as quick to put something in the rag bag when your resources were so immediately finite? When you begin to think like this, it reinforces the need to really get all the use out of any given item that you can. Which brings me to boxers.
Many of us will admit to drawing the thrift store clothes buying line at underwear. Chile pointed this link on making your own undies out of t-shirts a while back. I haven't tried it yet but I'd like to. However, because they're fitted, it sounds like I need to be more precise in my sewing. This scares me a bit.
On the other hand, if I was making boxer shorts for a little boy (or two little boys as the case may be) an imperfection here or there would be less noticeable since these are loose fitting by nature. They could also make use of t-shirts or even the flannel shirts that my hubby wears out at the collar and cuffs but no where else. What about bed sheets that get worn out in the middle but no where else? The list goes on and on!
Check out these links for ideas:
Underwear Sewing - ideas for everyone and free patterns
Free Needle - links to many free sewing patterns
Women's Boxer Pajamas
Techniques for making your boxer shorts the best they can be
ThreadBanger Blog's Boxer Pattern
Making Boxers for Old Pillowcases - also from ThreadBanger Blog
In fact, just go over and see the ThreadBanger Blog video