July 14, 2014

Thread Theory Jebediahs en France


I wasn’t the only member of my family to have my birthday in Provence this year: both my brothers were celebrating too – in fact, we all have birthdays within 2 weeks of each other. So, I decided to make some boy clothes to celebrate. First up, for Tom I made my first ever proper pair of trousers, the Thread Theory Jebediah shorts. And I’m totally pleased with the result!

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).

The inside waistband is also bound… and yeah, I couldn’t resist making that bit purple. And the pockets.
I really enjoyed making these shorts – it’s so much easier to fit men’s clothes as they’re a lot less form-fitting, and it was fun to work with stable fabrics after so much knit sewing. There were definitely some steps that baffled me – the fly front and method of finishing the ends of the waistband especially – but the end result was really polished and I was proud of myself.

And most importantly: Tom likes them too!

24 thoughts on “Thread Theory Jebediahs en France

  1. These turned out beautifully (is it weird to say that about a pair of men’s shorts?)! The details really are superb, and you did a wonderful job. Look at all those Rushmores in France in Jenny-made shorts! Lovely.

    1. Jenny says:

      I reckon men’s shorts can be beautiful! Thanks Lauren!

  2. Ping says:

    I love these!!!! I was just eyeing this pattern the other day (along with the comox trunks) and nudging Boyfriend going “see? you could have a handmade wardrobe too!”

    He was not as amused as I was.

    1. Jenny says:

      You totally need to convince him! 😀

  3. Lindsay says:

    They look fantastic! I’ve been meaning to make my husband a pair of these for a while now… time to do some unselfish sewing!

    1. Jenny says:

      Thanks Lindsay – it’s a very satisfying project doing all the little details, so I highly recommend it

  4. puu says:

    i love how they are tapered – super-classy. great work!

  5. Love these! They suit your brother perfectly – he’s giving off a really awesome vintage vibe with his hair style and the longish length of the shorts :). I’m glad you had fun and also a good challenge while sewing these!

    1. Jenny says:

      Thanks! What a good pattern – really enjoyed making it and learning some new things 🙂

  6. Heather says:

    They look great! Your brother is lucky to have such a talented seamstress in the family! I love putting little colourful details in men’s clothes. When I patch my stepson’s clothes, I always do it with fun fabrics. LOL.

    1. Jenny says:

      Isn’t it fun! I keep on trying to sneak colours in 🙂

  7. tanyamaile says:

    Excellent job! It looks like your bro is happy with them!

    1. Jenny says:

      Thanks Tanya! Yes luckily I think he likes them…

  8. R Trittel says:

    These look very spiffy! Say, are you in Gordes? The village shots look very familiar to me. I love Provence!

    1. Jenny says:

      Yes we were !! Very good spotting there! It’s really beautiful

  9. Marjie says:

    4 of my kids have birthdays in November and December, and so always have splendid celebrations. It’s nice that you and your brothers have a similar tradition. The shorts you made for Tom are really nice (and you do have a handsome brother there to wear your fine shorts).

    1. Jenny says:

      Yes it’s fun having a holiday season! And I will pass on the compliment to Tom 🙂

  10. sew rachel! says:

    Those look great! I have only ever made my husband pj pants… that’s it for men’s clothing! BUT I would like to try a real button-up shirt for our anniversary… and downloaded a boxer-brief pattern from Greenstyle patterns. Maybe I’ll be brave enough to make him pants sometime soon!

    1. Jenny says:

      I started with boxers, moved onto the Colette Negroni, and now shorts! I quite enjoy doing men’s clothing because the material is so stable, and fitting doesn’t have to be as exact

  11. gingermakes says:

    These look GREAT!!!

  12. Very nice shooting in the Luberon villages…I’m living in Provence and recognized the place at the first look on Kollabora. I enjoy your so clean and fine finishing. U did a really great job (lucky brother), and had nice hollidays (it seems !!)

    1. Jenny says:

      Wow, I wish I lived in Provence!! And thanks 🙂

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