I finally made something for my fella. Shorts – just in time for summer to be over. He did manage to wear them to Wollacombe beach in North Devon the other day, but I have a feeling that might be it as summer seem to have abandoned Northern Europe completely, replacing it with rather harsh, cold winds. For the past few days we’ve been camping with a few friends in the area. Beautiful, but pretty darn cold at night.
I’m pleased I managed to spring my iPhone camera on him whilst we were on the beach, as an organised photo shoot would have had him running for the hills (I think he’d rather I wax his legs).
I bought the fabric, a really soft cotton twill at Saeeds Fabrics in Walthamstow. The pattern is the Jedediah Shorts one from Thread Theory. I made a muslin which was a good thing, as I had to make quite a few changes, including lengthening them as per his specifications, and I also graded the sizes from the waist down quite a bit to make the legs wider. I think I graded them too early though as they are unnecessarily wide over the.. er.. arse area.
A real shame I took this long to make them – for some reason I thought that making a piece of clothing for someone else would be boring, but this was definitely not the case. I so enjoyed making the shorts, especially as I got to learn a few new techniques, including a zip fly, and bound seams (which noone will ever see, but still..).
I was really glad that Thread Theory did a sew-along for them, as the instructions and illustrations that came with the shorts were a bit too sparse for me. Their video of how to sew the fly seam was especially helpful!
Most importantly, Dan is happy with the shorts. Like me, he’s super tall, so being able to sew custom made things for him will really come in handy. I think next up will be be another pair of these, but in trouser form!
Do you know any good men’s patterns out there apart from Thread Theory’s?
- Pattern: Jedediah shorts/trousers from Thread Theory – £10
- Fabric: 2m cotton twill – £14 (I used some leftover chambray for the front pockets)
- Notions (zipper, lot’s of bias binding etc): £7