IN WHICH WE FIND OUT THIS GUY'S A MODEL

Ok, real talk. This guy has taken a few of the outfit photographs you see on this blog and giving direction is not one of his strengths. The idea of making something for him was maybe encouraged by my secret desire for him to understand how freaking awkward it can be. Well, apparently he's a supermodel and didn't need direction. I mean, just look at that face he's giving. 



Flawless. 

Enough bitching. Let's talk pants. 


The Pattern
The pattern is Thread Theory's Jedediah and they are delicious. I adore men's wear and have been inspired to make some since discovering Taylor's blog. Plus I guess there's those selfless, altruistic reasons. (Lies. I just wanted brownie points). 

The Jedediah pattern was an easy choice based on all of the reasons Andrea gives, as well as seeing other beautiful versions, some of which you can see here. I hope Thread Theory create a Flickr group (I couldn't find one?) because I find them useful when planning a project. I simply can not navigate PatternReview and I used to work in IT. Maybe it's all of those oranges and blues fighting for my attention. Seriously. Someone give me a tutorial. UPDATE: There's a flickr now!


Dare I say, I had so much fun making these. The sew-along was a delight, the pattern was a breeze (every notch matched up!), my zip looks pretty damn pro, and it was a dream fitting someone who is more 'standard sized' than me. 

I would say they are a touch smaller than RTW pants. I cut a 32 and the only (!) alteration was to add ease in the front. Also, RTW pants never fit this guy's teeny butt and these do perfectly. Just something to keep in mind if you're sewing for someone with more junk in their trunk, but I'm sure that would be easy to alter thanks to the yoke.


The Fabric
This is the wrong side of a dark denim I got from the Fabric Store. Sturdy. Lovely.


Next Time
Next time I'll use a lighter weight fabric because my poor machine was crushed with the strength of this denim. You can see in some of the bulkier places - like the zipper and the waistband - she couldn't even cope to topstitch a neat line. Poor thing.

43 comments:

  1. Awesome pants! My sewing machine is the same with denim, I've just accepted that my top stitching will be tad wonky now. I'd love to try menswear, if only my brother and dad would let me sew for them I would!

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    1. Sigh, one day we'll have fancy machines that can cope with something thicker than medium weight :)

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  2. Wow, SUCH a model! If only we could all be so easy and carefree in front of the camera. I'm really glad you tried these shorts. I've been eying the pattern and finally feel like I should just go for it! Plus, I could use some brownie points, too. :)

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    1. I know right?! I should get him to give me some posing tips. Brownie points are secondary only to real brownies ;)

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  3. Very nicely done. I'm way too old to comment on the model, but he is cute!

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    1. Haha no it's fine, I think he's getting a big head though haha!

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  4. That first picture kills me, totally male supermodel ;) He is lucky to have someone make such awesome shorts for him! I don't think I will be convinced to sew for my husband anytime soon, not enough precious sewing time...

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    1. Believe me if I was moving, I wouldn't be sewing for anybody either!

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  5. Supermodel indeed! These are great shorts, I've seen them around a bit and I do notice they seem to satisfy the small bottomed model. Great colour, great fit!

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    1. Haha, the poor small-butted men need a break :)

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  6. Nicely made indeed, and man friend looks super chuffed with them! Awesome work!

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    1. Thanks Liz! He's been wearing them loads which makes me feel like he is genuinely chuffed and makes me super proud :D

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  7. hahaha the fine art of boyfriend point scoring :-)

    The shorts are great, and your tips about the fit are very helpful. Well done!

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  8. Great shorts you made for that cheeky model. p.s I hear you about PR. It used to strike fear into my (then) non computer literate heart.

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    1. Oh man happy to hear I'm not the only one! It's definitely fear inspiring.

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  9. Haha gold :)
    I really want to make these for the hubs, but lets be honest, I'm a shit wife and would rather sew for myself. o_O

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    1. Haha no way! You just want to look smokin because you're an amazing wife ;)

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    1. I know! Now I just need to get his photography skillz up...

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  11. They look great! :) Love the contrast button.

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    1. Thanks Alessa! It was in the stash and it goes perfect, right?

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  12. Hubba hubba! Good to know that your other half is as ridiculously good-looking as you are! I love these shorts-- they look great! I want to make these for my dude, but he's concerned that they're "too hipster" (hate to break it to him, but that egg's already been broken, if ya know what I mean...). I love the color-- super fab!

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    1. Yes he's a total babe and you should make them! I think Oliver had some reservations but he wore them for a long time and apparently loves them. In fact, he should probably get changed...

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  13. Fantastic shorts! I have this pattern ready to go, I only hope my model is as enthusiastically adorable as yours!

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    1. I bet your pants will be so amazing that his inner model will burst out! :D

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  14. These shorts are amazing...thanks for alerting me to the pattern and sewalong! And at the risk of sounding like a perv, Oliver is such a catch! But not a patch on you of course ;o)

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    1. Haha no he's a total catch, just don't tell him that ;) They are a really fun make - I seriously encourage you to try them out!

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  15. Total model!! Shorts look awesome, and more ease in the front, u lucky girl :P

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    1. Haha I didn't think of it like that! I am indeed :P

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  16. ah if only my boyfriend played model so nicely! love the shorts, i'm seriously tempted to make them for my man too.

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    1. They were really fun to make so I recommend them, and I'm sure you would make an incredible version :)

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  17. Shorts look amazing! And the contrast button is a nice choice! I have just finished the Newcastle Cardigan and it turned out very well, Thread Theory instructions are soooo clear, you can see my version in my blog :-)

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    1. Oh thanks for the heads up! I'm considering it next :D

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  18. Entirely fabulous!! And I'm a little envious you've gotten around to doing this - It's still on my to-sew list! Love the blue of the fabric and the mad topstitching!!! They look awesome. Your beau is a spunk ;)

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    1. Haha he's a total spunk! I can't wait to see yours, I know they're going to be amazing!

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  19. Why do dudes do so well with the camera? Luke hates having his photo taken, but he looks so handsome in every single photo!

    Speaking of, I have never sewn anything for him because I am selfish. This pattern is one that he actually likes, so I may have to hit you up with some questions! xo

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    1. Me taking nearly 2 years to sew something for Oli was definitely a combination of selfishness & there being no nice patterns available. But I've told him I will never sew 2 things for him in a row - my wardrobe needs love too :) Haha can't wait to see if you make something for the photogenic Mr! :)

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  20. Ooh, well done with the shorts - they look awesome, as does your Mr :0. I have to admit to having sewn very little for my partner... I've tried making him some basics but he needs fit adjustments, so back to the end of the queue!

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  21. That is gorgeous. The shorts are pretty sweet too. Stay away from Pattern Review. You've been warned. Hahaha not really, but I griped about the hideous and confusing layout on twitter and got attached by a random enraged wildebeest. So you have been warned. XD

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  22. Super Pants! Super Boyfriend!
    Greetings from Belgium.

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