I’m still working on sewing for men…and I just squeezed this one in before the end of February. Two months of 2014 down, two items sewn for my man.
Before I tell you about these shorts, can I confess something to you guys? I have had this pattern, and this fabric purchased specifically for this pattern, for months. A lot of months. An embarrassingly large amount of time for me to procrastinate and put this project off. I was nervous to sew these shorts for a few reasons. Josh is not your typical out of the box guy. When we purchase clothes for him, they usually need to be ordered online because stores don’t carry clothes that fit him. His inseam is long, 36 inches. His arms are long, 17 inches. And he has a muscular build.
Oh, and maybe I should tell you the pattern, huh! These are the Jedediah Shorts. It’s a great pattern with great instructions and a great sew a long to help you make it through each step of the pattern. I would definitely recommend this pattern to anyone wanting to sew pants for their man. It leaves you with a very professional pair of shorts (or pants) inside and out.
I made these out of Robert Kaufman’s linen from fabric.com. I must be on a linen kick lately.
I would, though, call these a wearable muslin, because there are a handful of modifications I want to make to help them fit better. The waist fits perfectly, but these are a bit tight in the thighs. Katie added 1/2 inch to each side of the thighs in her version and they look just the way Josh’s ready to wear pants are, so I think I will follow her lead and do that next time. In fact, I think I will copy her and make a boot cut pair of pants next time.
Josh also mentioned the back pockets. He carries his wallet around in there, and feels like they are a little too shallow, so I will add some depth to the pockets. I might even prefer welt pockets in the back. And I also think I need to add a little room in the toosh area. Can you do a butt adjustment on shorts for men?
Alright, let me point out all the things I love about the pattern. The details. I love all of the bar tacks that are added on the pockets and the fly. And the inside (which I forgot to photograph) is finished with bias tape throughout, covering all the raw edges. The inseam has flat felled seams which look so professional. And the top stitching, definitely time consuming but definitely worth it!
I’m thrilled that I gave myself a goal to sew more for Josh this year. These shorts definitely leave me feeling like a better seamstress, tackling a few new techniques and facing a few fit issues. I’m not sure what I have planned to sew for Josh next month. Maybe a t shirt? I have a vintage tee pattern that I’ve been wanting to try.