For me, wearing shorts to work isn't an option (office-dwellers, can you feel me?), going commando=no, and I'm not wearing a kilt. What's a guy to do?
Hello mesh undies.
A moisture-wicking mesh fabric underwear for increased air-flow.
Typically, underwear are made from cotton (or a cotton-blend) which helps with breatheability and comfort. To make mesh undies the material selected must have these same characteristics, otherwise someone is going to have some unhappy junk.
Mesh fabric comes in a few different varieties. There's a blend that is mostly polyester (used for sport pinnies) which is not what we need. This type is mostly polyester and will inhibit air flow and trap heat, even with the perforations.
I choose a mesh material with synthetic microfibers that wick moisture away from the body with a blend of spandex, the same type they use for cycling jerseys.
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enough talk, let's make some underwear!
Step 1: Tools + Materials
Step 2: Rrrip
Next, I used a seam ripper to remove the elastic from the fabric.
*note: cotton fabric likes to curl on unfinished edges, so be careful not to pull too hard on the fabric otherwise you may have a misshapen template.
Step 3: Trace Template
Trace your outline onto the mesh with chalk or pencil, then remove template. You may notice some distortion from the elastic removal in the transfer. Even out irregularities by sketching with the chalk to make a more even shape (this is an approximation only, it doesn't have to be perfect).
When you have a shape you are happy with fold the mesh fabric lengthwise with the chalk outline on the outside. Holding it up to the light, line up the two sides of the template as close as you can, then cut out shape and unfold. You will have a symmetrical mesh blank of your undies.
Step 4: Finished Edge
A finished edge will go on both leg openings, but is not required for the top and bottom.
Next, the elastic is closed into a loop and the ends sewn together.
Step 5: Elastic
This style (elastic inside fabric) requires that the fabric be bunched to allow for the elastic to stretch when putting underwear on. To achieve this I pinned in select locations allowing for plenty of bunched fabric between pins, then pulled fabric and elastic taut while sewing.
Step 6: Embellishments
I also sewed in the tab from the old underwear. While the material composition on the old label does not match my new fabric, the size is correct and it gives the product a more finished look.
Step 7: Try 'em On!
These sporty undies are ready to provide comfort and aeration for your next summertime activity, or just sitting in your cubicle rocking minesweeper.
Either way, mesh undies are a great way to help keep your bits cool on these hot summer days.