Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Making my Jeds


There's a complete sew-a-long for these pants on the Thread Theory website. The instructions are very easy to follow, and things go together flawlessly.

Other than shaving some off the hips and back seam, I only made one significant change to the pattern. I increased the width of the cut-on fly to 2.5 inches, as suggested by David Coffin in his book Making Trousers. This allows the topstitching on the outside of the fly to be wider. I increased it from 1", as called for in the instructions, to 1 3/8". Just a personal preference.

I just tape on a scrap of tracing paper and redraw. Easy.


I experimented with topstitching the patch pockets on some scraps. My fabric is a brushed cotton twill that I picked up on MPB day this past summer. It looks grey in my photos but it's actually a dark teal. Very substantial, and best of all... No stretch!


I prefer the pocket in the foreground that's edgestitched and then stitched again 1/4" away. It creates less shadow and that "stuck on" look.


I'm making my own bias binding with quilting cotton from JoAnn's bargain bin. This gizmo is the best thing since the Play Doh fun factory! I love it.


Inside the patch pockets. No one will ever see it, but I love knowing it's there.


The brushed twill that I'm using is quite heavy. I lined the fly shield with the quilting cotton to reduce the bulk. I skipped the interfacing.


I finished all the seams with my homemade bias binding. It was surprisingly easy to do, and SO worth the little bit of extra time it took. These pants are prettier inside than out! The "luxury" label is a gift from my daughter and it's the icing on the cake.
Tout fini! Time to try them on.

10 comments:

  1. These look AMAZING! I can't wait to see them on you. I love the Thread Theory patterns---sadly my husband wouldn't wear this style or I would've gotten these, too.

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  2. The contrast finishing on the inside is so lovely and looks so high end. These are gorgeous.

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  3. You are very good and your choice of bias is gorgeous. I will also bear in mind that sew-a-long you posted next time I make a new pair of trousers

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  4. these look great! i've made this pattern twice for my husband (once as shorts, then more recently in corduroy with jeans-style front pockets) and it's definitely my go-to for casual wear.

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  5. Love, love the attention to detail with your finishes on the inside of the jeans. Great work! :)

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  6. They are beautiful on the inside!!

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  7. Fabulous job! Love the elegant details inside. So nice to see someone make modern men's patterns, isn't it? I've already made a Thread Theory Newcastle Cardigan for my husband. Best part is he actually wears it! BTW, they are located on Vancouver Island in the Comox Valley, not in Vancouver (where I am).

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  8. Hi, have you seen this? http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2014/03/retro-makeup-giveaway-winner-sewing-bee.html
    I realise you live outside the NY area but even so...? :)

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  9. i love so much that you took the time to do all of that bias tape - it really takes it up another notch into a truly wonderful and special garment.

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  10. The pockets are oh-so precise, and the use of the bias binding everywhere for finishing the seams makes them as fun on the inside as out. Great work!

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