I finished this last Wednesday, but we didn’t have time to take pictures until Saturday and I couldn’t write a post until now. Work is piling up…
Koen was asking for a pair of pants for months, so when the Jedediah pants were released, I knew I had to make them. I showed the pattern pictures to Koen and he was not very convinced about fitted pants, since he’s a cyclist and has powerful thighs. He has problems fitting pants there, so he usually buys a larger size and then he gets a lot of gaping at the waist. He wanted wide and comfy linen pants, and what is it better than making your own clothes if you really want a customized fit? His measurements were for a size 36, but I graded to a 40 in the thighs and from above the knee (the shorts line) I cut them straight. After trying a muslin, walking, sitting a crouching for 5 minutes, he was happy with the fit.
He bought the linen fabric himself when we were together in Vigo. He was lovely there choosing fabric 🙂
We had enough fabric to make the pockets of linen too but he especially requested them to be made of the same fabric as jeans pockets to make them more durable (that same fabric I used to repair one of his pockets). And off corse, he also requested bias binding made with that same fabric (that’s what you get when your boyfriend not only listens to what you say but also shows an interest in it ).
As his back pockets also suffer from wearing his wallet, he wanted them to be lined with the same blue fabric.
But let Koen show us the pants details.
After the first picture I told him to tuck his t-shirt inside his pants to show them in all its splendour.
As you will notice in this pictures the pants look a tad too short. I swear I had a moment of horror when I saw it. When it was time to hem the pants, Koen made a fuss of it. He wanted to wear these pants with sandals and he didn’t want the bottom of the pants to get caught under his heels. I think when he re-fastened his belt again he pulled the pants a bit higher than in that first foto, so it’s fine. He’s been wearing them for a couple of days like he always wears his pants: with his wallet and his keys, so I have to say that he was right and the hem comes a bit lower like that; so at the end they have the perfect length.
I would have liked to have notches on the waistband to help placing it, but at the end it worked without problems.
Contrary to my first hand-made pants, the zipper here went like a bliss thanks to the wonderful video tutorial Morgan made. And those of you who are afraid of sewing fly zippers should go there and bookmark it. Thanks, Morgan!
What gave me hell was the fabric. I had nightmares pressing it and cutting it. And it frayed like crazy. The fly looks ok now, but it took me almost tears to have it laying flat.
I made flat felled seams for the inseams and side seams. It’s a bit hard since you have to fiddle a bit with the leg and the sewing machine but it’s possible, and the linen and the widened pant leg helped here. The seat seam is a faux flat felled seam, since I could not visualize for the life of me how to do it right. I knew that I had to make a cut between the seam and the fly and I was afraid of ruining the pants, so I followed Morgan’s advice and did a faux one.
And now a gift for the eyes 😉
We took these pictures on Saturday morning, and he’s been wearing this pants the whole weekend. He’s in love with them. He says they are so comfy that he doesn’t want to take them off.