Closet Case Patterns


ed: This is an April Fools post, just in case you’re stumbling on it after the fact. There are pictures of men in very skimpy underpants, so you’ve been warned!

Hi everyone! While I’m gearing up to release my summer pattern I started working on something else, something quite different from my usual style. As you probably know, the selection for men’s patterns is quite small. Of course, Thread Theory are doing awesome work in that department, but I had an idea for something that doesn’t exist on the market and figured it would be a great gift for the man in your life, or a fun project for the guy sewists out there.

As you know, I like to name my patterns after bloggers who inspire me. This pattern is named after the godfather of men’s sewing: Peter Lappin from Male Pattern Boldnesss! Peter has always been a huge source of knowledge, inspiration and pure reading pleasure, and this pattern was designed exclusively for his impressive talents.

Introducing: The Peter!

The Peter is a comfortable, supportive, easy to make thong for men. Women aren’t the only ones who struggle with panty lines so I think this pattern will be a welcome addition to any man’s underwear drawer. Have a half yard and an hour or two? Try The Peter! I recommend modal knit blends since they breathe the best, but any stretch fabric will perform well. You could really have fun with some novelty prints with this one (snake print? gold lame? stars and stripes? Let your imagination run wild!)

Like all of my releases, I wanted to add a few fun options. I think this bodysuit version is quite unique, and would make a pretty cute couple’s outfit when paired with my Nettie pattern. The Peter is a big bang for your buck!


I’m also quite fond of this “racerfront” variation. So sporty! The Peter is very versatile.


This is the first time I haven’t modeled in my own photos! A big thanks to a couple of my neighborhood firemen for showing off this pattern to its biggest advantage!

The pattern is currently available in my store. Can’t wait to hear what you think!

  • Hehe, happy April first to you too ๐Ÿ˜‰ xx

  • English Girl at Home

    Haha brilliant, especially version 3!

  • Peter (Yes, THAT Peter)

    I LOVE my PETER!!! Thank you, Heather Lou!

    • THANK YOU FOR BEING MY INSPIRATION! The wind beneath my banana hammock, as it were.

  • Crystal Rice

    I can’t decide if these photos are more joke or gift….

  • bwa ha ha!

  • missceliespants

    Heh heh

  • It’s so early in the morn you almost got me.
    Hahah too good

    • If ONE person clicked on that link thinking I was serious, my work on this planet is done.

      • Zara

        I was going to click on it just to see where it went but I didn’t want to seem too gullible.

  • mokosha

    ehehee! that just made my day..

  • I love the new pattern, Heather! Are you planning to share a tutorial on how to do an FPA?


      Yes. Of course.

      • A Stitching Odyssey

        Oh yes, I’d be very interested in that ;o)

    • bahahahaha lmaooooo!

    • Elisabeth McClure

      heeheehee seriously this comment is almost as funny as that post. hahahaha

  • Hรฉlรจne

    This shooting must have been heaven… I was hoping to see your French guy, Heather! I mean monsieur Poisson d’avril.

    • Hahahahha, he’s a boxers man unfortunately.

  • Love you!! Now, does the pattern come with a calendar of these gorgeous men? This information is crucial to my decision to purchase.

  • lindseykelly

    that was hilarious, I was laughing so hard. Also -totally not work appropriate (and I love it- not a bad thing, just saying it added to the funny).

    • I was worried about that. But I couldn’t really be like “NSFW” and ruin the chance that just maybe someone was going to fall for it.

  • lol made my day!

  • charlotte

    I *almost* wish this were real!


  • Louise Tomlinson-Sylvest

    Happy April fools day! Thanks for the yummy eye candy ๐Ÿ™‚

    • You are very, very welcome. Although I would not suggest you google image search “male thong”. It’s a little frightening. But I’m happy to take one for the team.

  • Annika Ferk

    Thanks you so much! I just really needed that laugh!

  • Manju

    ๐Ÿ™‚ happy April fools. Btw congrats on the ginger jeans pattern…I made my first pair recently and love them.

  • Samantha Lindgren

    Yup, ya got me….! Very funny. Thank You! I needed that belly laugh

  • erin



  • Haha, best so far! So stylish…

  • bwahahahahahahahahaha!! You totally got me!

  • Katherine Jones

    best use of April Fool’s EVAR

  • HAHA, Heather you got me. The whole time I am reading I thought I was just being completely immature with the giggle. Even when my manager walked by in front of me (Thank heaven for window blinds and screen protectors, lol). I didn’t realize it was a joke until I read the comment section. Too funny. Btw, model #1.. yes, please!


  • Maria Shell

    That was fabulous. I kept think WHAAAAA? Until the very end. Thank you.

  • So I know the real reason you made this pattern. what a way to get some hot firies to drop their duds…bwahaha! Seriously great idea though. I love the way you are always a step of everyone with great, uncharted (literally! ) staples.

    • HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA omg this is the best. I’m laughing so hard right now. DEBBIE, YOU’RE SO GULLIBLE!!!

  • Haha got me!!!!!

  • HA! This was was the best April Fools! I just kept thinking, wow Heather’s really gone in a different direction with this one. Excellent work ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Margo Gillaspy

    Ha ha ha! I love it!!! Thanks for the laughs! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • ROFLOL! And Tilly’s comment? OMG.. OH, MY, GAWD….TOO FUNNY!

  • Cracking up!! Best April Fool’s post I’ve seen!

  • Heather you are the best! My husband has been struggling the VPLs when he wears his Levi’s for quite some time now, I know he will be relieved to have some new thongs! Plus I think I will be able to make him a great bathing suit version to wear at the lake this summer. As always, you have my undying support!

    • I’d love to be a fly on the wall at that beach!

  • Helene Reinders

    Oh my god, you really got me! First link of the day, forgetting it was April Fools and just thinking, wow, she made a pattern for another untapped market and wow that’s saucy! The jig was up by the last photo, but hey, I’d still sew one.

  • sewalong! sewalong! sewalong!

  • (oh, this hurts! MPL sewalong!!!!!)

  • I think you’re going to make so much money off of this pattern, you’ll never have to work again! hahahahahahaha!

  • Morgan – Thread Theory

    LOL!!!! You’re the best! And people think our Comox Trunk photos are worth raising an eyebrow at :P. You have us beat! Matt says he DEFINITELY would not model this one for the blog!

  • LOL

  • The racer front version is killing me, hilarious!!

  • OMG! MY EYES, MY EYES!!! This can never be unseen.

  • Handmadebyhumbug

    Ha! The only April Fool to have ‘got’ me. Took me until the other pictures to get it. Well done it gave me a chuckle.

    • I’ve been giggling about this all week so I’m glad I’m not the only one!

  • Lusty

    HAHAHAHAHAHA. Best AF yet!

  • Lusty

    An idea for your next mod

    • I really took one for the team in my googling image searching. There is some crrrrrrraaaazy stuff out there. Like those for example, haha.

    • Oh my! I can’t believe it really exists! This is so weird ahahaha!

  • Impeccable! I like how the design lines draw attention to all of the right details. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • anna

    I laughed so hard, I am in tears!

  • Jessica

    You are the best!

  • Lizzy

    What???????????????? the first one is fine, BUT the other two???…………….wait………………I just realizaed!!!!!!!!!! You celebrate fools day, right????????????? hahahahahahaha

  • Lizzy

    Thansk God I realized about the joke, I was very surprised!!

  • Debera Massahos

    I wish you’d contacted me to help out with *ahem* pattern testing. Just as well, I can’t imagine The Man sitting still through THAT muslin fitting…. Prank of the Day award goes to you! Loved your contribution to Seamwork, BTW.

  • I LOVE It! I can’t wait to make a dozen of the bodysuits for my guy!! I will definitely tag on IG when I’m done! ๐Ÿ˜›

  • MJ

    So, this if the first time I have received an email from you because I just found your website and subscribed. I opened this up and thought, “Oh my, what kind of sewing website have I subscribed to now?!?!” After the immediate shock, I laughed!!

    • Hahaha oh dear. What an introduction! Welcome to my blog! Here are a bunch of men in thongs! Thanks for getting the joke ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Ahahahahaha! You and Guillaume should probably have that bodysuit couples outfit.

  • I reckon Borat would be really up for the sew-a-long.

  • Gold!! Great job

  • Ezmae Watson

    Subtle AND sexy. You’re a genius.

  • Going Coastal

    Does the bloke come with the pattern? i’m pretty sure this should be mandatory ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • coco

    Falling over…LOL all over the place. And what an eye candy treat! thanks!

  • Oh lordy! How much did you pay for THAT photo shoot?! Thanks for the LOL – there are tears!

  • Ahahahah ! This is so funny!!! I actually saw it today so didn’t think straight of the aprils fool! For the first picture I was like well i’d rather do a boxer for my boyfriend but ok…… for the second pic I was like ok this is very weird, and for the third I was like this is definitely a joke! So yeah, it took me time to figure it out right!! Thanks for the morning laugh!!!!!

  • Ann T.

    You are such a funny, but very bad, girl!

    • Teehehehee, anything to get a laugh out of you guys.

  • didyoumakethat

    I am late to this, but oh my god – funniest sewing blog/pattern release pastiche ever. You haven’t even mentioned the pattern testers…

    • You should have seen in the progress makes! Aye carumba!

  • Elisabeth McClure

    Legit this was the best blog April Fools ever. It totally took some scrolling before I realized. I have been down with some weird illness and basically all I can manage is sitting on my butt and reading/short walks to the kitchen so this MADE my day! LOL Also, Tilly’s comment about FPA is the absolute best and not what I was expecting at all! Heeheehee! So thanks again for a hilarious post! U

    • I’m happy this made you laugh….. feel better babe!


  • Isabella Price

    Wow… I was so happy for this pattern… I make burlesque costumes including costumes for men and would be exactly the costume pattern to add to my portfolio. I guess people aren’t ready for this, but I am! PLEASE DO THIS FOR REAL!