Jedediah sewalong: Planning mods

The release of the Jedediah pants and the announced sewalong just came at the right time, since Koen was longing for a handmade pair of pants (and shorts) after the complete success of my Thurlows (isn’t it nice when our other half support us in our crafty and crazy adventures?).

We bought together some linen in enough quantities to make both garments, he washed the fabric to prepare for sewing (I was still in Vigo) and we printed out the pattern. Finally, yesterday evening I proceeded to take his measurements in order to know which size and what modifications are going to be needed.

After measuring Koen I understand that the waist measurement corresponds to where the waistband sits, not the natural waist.

Koen’s measurements:

  • Natural waist: 34″
  • Waist: 36 1/2″
  • Hips: 43″
  • Leg width (crotch): 25 1/2″
  • Knee width: 17 1/4″
  • Inseam: 33″

The last three measurements correspond to body, not garment, measurements. We were also fiddling with the measuring tape to estimate the ease he was going to need, since Koen’s not really fond of skinny pants and he has also powerful cyclist thighs. This is often one of the key points when buying pants. He’s on the thin side, but hates wearing tight pants on the thighs and at the end he gets a lot of gaping at the waist and many wrinkles when wearing a belt.

Koen showing us his sexy knee

After measuring his legs, estimating ease and double-checking with a pair of pants he likes (on the legs, not really on the waist), we decided that 21 ” for the knee and the 27″ for the thighs should be fine. So I’ll be cutting a size 36″ and making similar modifications to the ones made by Creative Counselor (not so drastic, maybe, we’ll have to see).

Tomorrow is bank holiday here so I guess we’ll be starting to draft and cut a muslin. How exciting!


  1. I look forward to seeing your mods! You’re correct about the waist measurement – it is where the waistband sits rather than the natural waist. Thanks for pointing that out! Do you mind if I link to your post during a tutorial I am making today?

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