These are classic chino-type trousers which you can also make in a cuffed shorts version. I was a bit concerned about the length because I couldn’t find anything from Thread Theory about what height man they’re designed for. I can tell you that Tom is 6 feet tall and the shorts hit just below his knees which ended up looking pretty good, so bear that in mind if you’re making them!
I used a really nice soft olive cotton twill from Mood Fabrics, which turned out to have a bit of stretch in it (although this wasn’t mentioned in the listing). I was a bit concerned when it turned up that it wouldn’t be suitable for boy trousers, but in fact it was perfect. It’s almost slightly suede-y and soft…
The fun of this pattern is all in the details – many of which were very new to me.
First up: fly front! I made these before I made my Katy & Laney fly front tap shorts, and it was definitely a challenge to begin with because there are so many different parts to put together that it’s hard to tell if you’re doing it correctly. However, then I found the Jebediah sew-along, and in particular the video on the fly front – that made soooooo much more sense than the written directions for me. And I’m pretty pleased with the outcome!
On the back, we have a flat-felled yoke with perfect seam matching if I say so myself…! Also patch pockets with decorative stitching, and belt loops.
Please excuse the apparent slight wedgie in the photos… it’s just the way he was standing, I swear they fit!
One really cute detail is the turn ups: Thread Theory recommends doing bound seams on the outside leg so that when they’re turned up there’s a little peek of the binding. I was going to use purple binding but I had to constantly remind myself to make something suitable for men and not women! It’s an endless struggle… Anyhow, I went with a subtle brown pre-made binding. There are actually three types of seaming in these shorts: bound, flat felled (on the inside leg) and serged (on the crotch seam).
And most importantly: Tom likes them too!