Two blog posts in a week. I’m on FYAH! Today’s post is about some fancy pants shorts I made for my dear husband. I thought that these were the least I could do to thank him for putting up with me commandeering half the lounge with all my sewing contraptions and fabrics (we haven’t been able to have a dinner party for months) and also for taking all my blog photos. He is a colourful man who cycles a lot and so Ikea was the obvious choice for a hard wearing (furnishing) and cheery fabric! We got a corker, but it’s so corking I didn’t want to chop it up to make some shorts before I had practiced making some. So far the nearest thing to trousers/shorts/things to wear on the legs I have made are pyjamas and my plan was to make the super trendy and rather advanced Thread Theory Jedediahs. So I needed a practice. And lo! the rather stylish but extremely cheap navy blue linen blend something or other was used. I can’t remember where it was from, but it was a bargain. Maybe Regency Rags? God I love Regency Rags. Everything is so cheap, and good quality and comes so quickly.
My husband is the least willing model ever. I’ve seen quite a few pictures of bloggers’ boyfriends and husbands modelling things made for them looking a bit uneasy or stiff. But THIS is the best I could do and I really think takes the biscuit….
The shorts are a bit scrumpled because he has been wearing them all the time and they are linen, so here are a couple of pictures of them on a less unwilling model: a clothes hanger.
I learnt SO MUCH in making these and though my top stitching is a little wobbly to say the least (excellent choice to use white thread on navy for my first attempt at decorative top stitching. So visible!) and I put the button hole in vertically instead of horizontally, but apart from that, I think they are pretty triumphant. I’m thrilled with them. I learnt how to make a proper waistband, bind my seams, do a zip fly, do top stitching, flat fell seams and make proper slash pockets. And they have a cute contrast pocket bag. Look!
I found the pattern instructions in the booklet a bit hard to follow. There aren’t that many diagrams and I am just not sure I liked the way things were explained. HOWEVER there is an absolutely awesome sewalong on the Thread Theory website. These instructions are brilliant, comprehensive, friendly, there’s loads of photos and even a video with Morgan being super shy and nervous which is really helpful to show how to do a zip fly which I was scared about until I did.
The pattern is also just COOL. The shorts are a very stylish shape and look awesome with the turn ups and bound seams. The opportunities for doing fancy top stitching on the pockets are endless though I like the off centre mountain ranges they give you a pattern for.
You wouldn’t believe it, but Robin is very happy with his shorts and I am assured they are very comfy for cycling in. They also haven’t fallen apart, which I am delighted about as Robin cycles a LOT. The Jedediahs are awesome, and I would urge anyone who knows a man of any kind to make some because they are so fun. I also wonder whether girls could wear them, because they actually have quite a feminine shape with room for thighs. Has anyone tried?? I really enjoyed all the little details and different activities and tasks in making them. I’m already looking forward to making the second jazzy pair, and as you can see, so is Robin, the little ray of sunshine that he is….