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High Rise to Low Rise Men's Briefs

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In this Instructable, you will learn how to turn a cheap pair of "tighty whities" (Or any other kind of briefs) into something a little more fashionable. I discovered this when I thought to myself, "How can I get good looking underwear for cheap. I tried looking up some DIY websites, but there were no results. Good looking underwear can be very expensive (20$+) for one pair. Luckily there is a way. They also get rid of the baggy factor in the back and add a very comfortable waist band.
 
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Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

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Now all you need to do is go out and buy a pack of fresh underwear, you can use ones you've already worn but the fabric does stretch so it's best to use new undies. Just go out and buy a pack, they aren't expensive. So for this tutorial you need:
1. Fresh underwear (I'm using Merona Ultimate)
2. Sewing machine (Needle and thread wont turn out very even)
3. Sewing pins
4. Thread (Pick different colors to accent your undies)

Step 2: Put Em On!

Don't be shy, you're going to be wearing them anyway. You need to do this so you can fold the elastic band INWARD TWICE. Do it the first time and then tug onto the fabric so you don't bunch up the fabric and get a weird poof on the band. Fold it down a second time, inward once again. You should have only folded down the band two times.

Step 3: This Step Could Get Prickly...

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BE CAREFUL!!! You need to pin the band so that the fabric is evenly displaced among the band. Remember blood does stain clothing. So don't hurt yourself!!

Step 4: Remove and Sew

Remove your undies (Carefully I might add) and SEW SEW SEW. Just do whatever you feel comfortable with, if you have one of those fancy sewing machines that let you do all kinds of seams, go for it. Otherwise a straight line doesn't look so bad.

Here's a helpful hint for you: Pull on the elastic while you're sewing, it'll make it so that you don't rip the thread when stretching the band later on.
thinkpadt303 years ago
Good Job! I thought your 'ible was well-written, and it gave me the inspiration to do my own lo-rise undies. They do look and feel better than the high-rise ones, but are indeed more expensive than "tighty-whities".The best stitch to use for sewing the waist-band is the zig-zag, as it has built-in stretch.