Hello all!!! Welcome to the Tommy/Louey boxer sew-a-long!
To start this off I want to invite you all to join us on facebook in our group, The Lab! We will be chatting sew-a-long there and you can ask any questions you have! (we also have lots of other chatter too)
I want to do a quick show of printing how to before we get to the actual fabric. On the picture below you can see (as indicated by arrows) that you choose the pages to print based on the sizes you need, the printing guide is JUST at the end of the sewing instructions before the pattern pieces begin :) and you also want to be sure it prints at actual size! (do you see that 1 inch square in the background? Make sure to measure your square when you print - that is how you know you will be good to go !
Now to assemble your pattern (and any sisboom) I always assemble by letter row first and then put the rows together, I just find it the easiest way to do so. (Please excuse the blurry pic, I blame my toddler - she is obsessed with taking selfies lately... )
For cutting put your back piece on the fold as indicated and cut, and for the front pieces I folded the fabric and put the pattern near the edge so I would get mirrored pieces.
Now - the ironing... I don't know about you but ironing is probably my LEAST favourite part of sewing, but it is a necessity. So I recommend you grab some water in your empowerment mug and some candies to keep you going. I am partial to gummy candies! what is your favourite?
Ok - I'm ready for the ironing!
However, I do want to highlight the fly ironing. I just read the left side how-to first and did the same for the right side and then had to re-do that (oops - please tell me I'm not the only one who has gotten lazy with reading ironing directions!). So, just in case you are like me, let me show you some clear pics of the differences between the left and right fly :
Here they are side by side so you can really see the differences:
And this my friends is where we stop for day 1! That wasn't too bad was it? (even with ironing hah)