Completed: Jedediah Pants

7 Jun

Hi everyone! It’s been a wild two weeks over here… I turned 32, my mom got a hip replacement (she’s doing great!), and then I moved to a new house (which means NEW CRAFT ROOM coming soon!)! Lots of stuff going on, which meant less time for pretty much anything except packing and then unpacking. But I’m finally set up and settled in, and ready to get back to a more normal routine. This project is from last month’s Mood Sewing Network post, and I’m only just now getting around to having time to properly write about it – finally!

Thread Theory Jedidiah Pants for Matt

The most mind-boggling part about this post, I reckon, is that I MADE SOMETHING FOR SOMEONE ELSE. Clearly, that’s not me in these pictures! Although it’s my baby brother, so it’s bascially me with a beard haha. That being said, I rarely make anything for ANYONEEEE else, so this is a bit of a departure from my usual sewing. It’s been a long time since I’ve made something for a dude! Or anyone else for that matter haha.

Thread Theory Jedidiah Pants for Matt

My reasoning behind this project is pretty solid. Back around the holidays, I was wearing a reasonably new pair of Ginger jeans that I’d made for myself out of some really fabulous, really really really stretchy olive green twill. I love those pants and I’d still be wearing them right now if it wasn’t so damn hot outside! But I digress. Matt (little brother) noticed them and mentioned that he’s been looking for pants exactly like that for ages and he wished he had a pair, too. Now, Matt actually knows better than to ask me to make anything for him – he’s asked me millions of times and pretty much always gotten shot down – but I know he’s always wanted something handmade by me, his sister. His timing was good this time, though, as I’d just recently had the realization that while I loveeeeee sewing pants, I was kind of reaching a limit with what one person could reasonably wear during a season (I know I counted them, but I’m too scared to remember the exact number in my drawer. I think it was 19 D:). It was a good compromise, and I was in a good mood – so I agreed to make him his own pair.Thread Theory Jedidiah Pants for Matt

Based on the style of pants he wanted, we decided on the Jedediah Pants from Thread Theory. I’ve never sewn with a pattern from this company – it’s primarily menswear, and remember, I don’t sew shit for no one else lolz – but I’ve followed them for ages and was excited to give them a spin! Rather than go by the sizing on the envelope, Matt supplied me with a pair of well-loved pants that had his perfect fit, and I used those measurements to choose his size. This ended up being a 32, although I think a 30 would have been better (but he is pleased with the fit, so whatevs! And don’t even get me started on the brain-bending behind making loose-fitting pants out of stretchy fabric. I don’t understand it, either!). I did not make any adjustments to the size or length – this is straight out of the envelope. I know they look short, but they are actually too long – Matt likes to wear weird socks and roll his pants to show them off, and we purposefully kept them long in case he ever wants to wear them to a more normal length. They can easily be re-hemmed!

Thread Theory Jedidiah Pants for Matt

Thread Theory Jedidiah Pants for Matt

Thread Theory Jedidiah Pants for Matt

The fabric is from Mood Fabrics, which I picked up when I was in NYC in March. I found the original olive fabric that I used for my pants there, and I was hoping there would still be some left when I came back. Unfortunately, that was not the case – but this one is fairly similar. It’s the exact same color (I actually wore my pants to the store to try to fabric-match, ha!) with about the same amount of stretch, but the fabric is quite a bit thicker. It’s almost spongey and there’s definitely a good amount of poly in it, as it doesn’t really press too well. Not my favorite fabric to work with, but doable!

As far as sewing the pattern, I only about half followed the instructions. I’ve made so many pairs of pants, I have a preferred order of steps and way of doing things. For example, I sewed the inseam before the side seams – this was for two reasons. One, it allowed me to flat-fell the inseam (Matt skateboards and he wears his clothes HARD, so they need to be as durable as possible), and two, I was able to baste the side seams and have him over for a quick fit before I finished everything and added the waistband. I also went my own way with the waistband insertion; I didn’t do that weird rolled thing that the instructions tell you to do (that shit makes absolutely no sense to me and if you’re confused, I can’t explain it. It’s witchcraft and I hate it haha), but instead just applied the waistband the same way you do for the Ginger jeans. I did opt to finish the facing edge with a length of bias, instead of turning it under, because it looks super cool on the inside now and that makes me happy.

Working with the fabric wasn’t terribly difficult, but like I mentioned, it didn’t really want to respond to pressing. I have found that with poly-rich fabrics – such as this one – it helps to use high heat and lots of steam (I have a shoe on my iron that protects my fabric – but if you don’t have a shoe, you’ll want to use a presscloth, else you gonna melt and/or scorch that shit), and then hold the pressed seam (or seam allowances) in place until they cool completely. One way to do this is with a clapper – or, if you hate waiting, you can do what I do and just pin them down. Easy and fast!

Thread Theory Jedidiah Pants for Matt

Thread Theory Jedidiah Pants for Matt

My favorite thing about making pants is all the fun ways you can customize them with topstitching – thread colors, designs, all that! Of course, Matt is a boring piece of shit and wanted NONE of that on his pants (jk ilu Matt)(but still, boring), boo! So we stuck with dark olive green thread – I used a single spool of all-purpose poly, and a triple stitch to get a nice thick topstitching line – and brown thread for the bartacks. The metal zipper and button are from the Garment District, from Sil Thread and Pacific Trimming, respectively.

Thread Theory Jedidiah Pants for Matt

I *was* able to have some fun with the inside! I used a plaid cotton that was in my stash (I think I got it from my Mamaw’s stash, actually haha) to line the pockets and add that bias trim around the edge of the waistband facing. It’s the same cotton that I used for the pocket bags of my olive pants, actually. Matt was actually pretty excited about how cool the insides look, which pleases me!

Because this is my little brother we are talking about, it was nearly impossible to have a normal photoshoot for these poor pants…

Thread Theory Jedidiah Pants for Matt

“Matt, smile or something.”

Thread Theory Jedidiah Pants for Matt

“Matt, turn around so I can get a photo of your butt.”

Thread Theory Jedidiah Pants for Matt

Anyway, Matt is thrilled with his new pants (in fact, the actual word he used was “stoked) and I’m happy that he’s happy! I hope he wears them until they fall apart – whether or not I make him a replacement pair, that is TBD. I think I’m all selfless-sewing’d out for the time being, ha!

Oh, and ladies, in case you were wondering… Matt is single πŸ˜›

**Note: The main fabric used in this project was supplied to me by Mood Fabrics, in exchange for my monthly contribution to the Mood Sewing Network!


45 Responses to “Completed: Jedediah Pants”

  1. vinthillvintage June 7, 2017 at 10:29 am #

    Matt is totally you with a beard. Lol! You guys look so much alike. You even have the same stance. Pants look great! I really would like to learn more about finishing the inside edge of the facing with bias. Do you first stitch the waistband to the pants and the facing to the upper edge of the waistband, then bind the raw edge with bias, fold it down and top stitch from the right side? Or something along those lines? I like the look and want to apply it to my own sewing.

    • LLADYBIRD June 7, 2017 at 10:41 am #

      Haha yeah, I love how much we are alike! He’s one of my favorite people, love my baby brother!!!

      Finishing the edge of the waistband is the same thing you’d do if you were finishing any edge with bias, for any reason. I assembled the waistband + facing, attach the bias to bind around the edge, then attach the waistband to the pants and topstitch from the right side… but i think any order would work, whatever makes the most sense to you! Someday I may get my shit together and make a tutorial on it, but I promise it’s really easy and intuitive to do.

  2. Abbey June 7, 2017 at 11:36 am #

    Lauren, I’m guessing you and Matt have the same sense of humour! Although, I must say he’s so much better at posing! LOL. These are really nice and look super comfy. I hope he does wear them. Oh and those plaid insides though!!!

    • LLADYBIRD June 7, 2017 at 1:04 pm #

      Haha yeah, we are pretty much the same person inside and out! So obviously we get along really well πŸ™‚ And yeah, I should take some posing tips from him, ha!

  3. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas June 7, 2017 at 12:21 pm #

    LOL…love that last line… and I have to agree, Matt and you do have a similar stance. That butt photo? Could be you.

    The pants turned out really great! Thanks for the tip on choosing a size based on RTW.

    Last, but not least, I love Matt’s shoes and socks! They deserve to be showcased with cuffed hems!

    • LLADYBIRD June 7, 2017 at 1:05 pm #

      What can I say, our genetics run deep in the Taylor family, ha!

      Thank you! And yes, i agree, his socks and shoes are always so great! He usually has on way cooler socks than what you see in these photos, actually!

  4. bethnegrey June 7, 2017 at 12:57 pm #

    He had just better love these — they look great! And the two of you are so brother-and-sister in the very best possible way!

    • LLADYBIRD June 7, 2017 at 1:06 pm #

      Thank you! And yess, it’s definitely obvious that he and I are related! I love it! I don’t favor my other siblings nearly as much as Matt!

      • bethnegrey June 7, 2017 at 5:52 pm #

        I don’t know what I didn’t think of this earlier…. Since he’s a “sock guy,” have you ever knitted him some crazy socks? πŸ™‚

  5. Tomasa June 7, 2017 at 12:57 pm #

    You and Matt do look very much alike! The pants fit him beautifully and they look very comfortable. I am sure he loves them especially since they were made by his sis.

    • LLADYBIRD June 7, 2017 at 1:07 pm #

      Thank you! I know he’s excited to have custom pants made by me… and the gratitude I got for making them, I could get used to that!

  6. Natasha June 7, 2017 at 1:17 pm #

    I can’t get over the brother looooveee ( *boring piece of shit) but I love it! These pants are fabulous (obvs). The secret insides are fantastic.

    • LLADYBIRD June 8, 2017 at 9:00 am #

      haha, thank you!!

    • Julie June 25, 2017 at 6:38 pm #

      OMG…I laughed out loud at that too!! So funny!

  7. seagyrl June 7, 2017 at 1:22 pm #

    You’ll have to bring Matt with two t’s out to California when you visit. I got a slew of cute single nurse friends that need to import a good guy and if he’s related to you, he must be good. Nice pants too. πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD June 8, 2017 at 9:00 am #

      Omg he would love that! (both the visit and the cute nurses). I can totally vouch that he’s a good guy, but I also need to know if you have any cute MAN nurses for me? C’mon now! πŸ˜‰

  8. misscrayolacreepy June 7, 2017 at 1:49 pm #

    Stylin dude!

  9. bb June 7, 2017 at 1:52 pm #

    Is he todays give-away?

    • Lodi June 7, 2017 at 4:33 pm #

      Hysterical, you!

    • grenli June 7, 2017 at 6:14 pm #

      Oh, behave! πŸ˜‰

    • LLADYBIRD June 8, 2017 at 9:01 am #

      Sure, but you gotta pay for shipping πŸ˜‰

  10. Megan June 7, 2017 at 5:30 pm #

    Too adorable!

  11. grenli June 7, 2017 at 6:13 pm #

    Our Lauren? As a dude? Be still my heart! πŸ˜‰
    Sweet pants! And I dig your brother’s socks and sense of color.

    • LLADYBIRD June 8, 2017 at 9:01 am #

      In case you were ever curious what I’d look like with a beard! Ha! πŸ˜‰

  12. Europa_66 June 7, 2017 at 6:57 pm #

    Great Post Lauren

    3 things: 19 pairs?!, Happy Birthday and yer bro’s freakin’ adorable-not necessarily in that order!

    • LLADYBIRD June 8, 2017 at 9:02 am #

      Yep! They aren’t all Gingers – but most of them are. I stopped posting about them when it started getting super duper duper redundant haha

      and thank you!!!

  13. Anonymous June 7, 2017 at 9:30 pm #

    Great post! Did you read the recent NYTimes article about Nashville’s fashion scene? It was a comparison to Cincinnati, I believe.

    • LLADYBIRD June 8, 2017 at 9:07 am #

      I had not heard about that, googling now! Thank you for the head’s up!

  14. Jane June 8, 2017 at 10:18 am #

    Awwww, how great that you made something for your brother. Love his orange vans. Lots of stuff being thrown your family lately–happy to see that you have each other.

    • LLADYBIRD June 11, 2017 at 4:54 pm #

      Yeah, we’ve really strengthened our relationships and while the surrounding circumstances have been beyond shitty, it has been a big silver lining πŸ™‚

  15. Stephanie June 8, 2017 at 2:27 pm #

    Atta boy.~

    (They look great!)

  16. Johanna Imhoff June 8, 2017 at 4:43 pm #

    How did you know I was wondering?! Lol. It’s so hard to meet people.

    Awesome job on the pants. I haven’t sewn anything for my brothers yet (except ties for one bro’s wedding party) because there are three of them, and I feel the need to be equitable, so it’s overwhelming. I knitted hats for each of them for Christmas once and then I never wanted to knit a hat again (but I did).

    • LLADYBIRD June 11, 2017 at 4:54 pm #

      LOL seriously! I feel ya on that haha!

  17. Tumultuous Tailor June 9, 2017 at 4:52 pm #

    Great model! And the trousers are simply amazing πŸ˜‰ I must admit I’m pretty selfish when it comes to sewing and so far managed to make only one simple t-shirt for my fiancee… Maybe he will be lucky enough someday to get the trousers πŸ˜€ I still find sewing for others way more difficult that sewing for myself!

    Have a lovely weekend! xxx

    • LLADYBIRD June 11, 2017 at 4:56 pm #

      It is so difficult to sew for other people! Although I think it’s more of a self-imposed problem – they rarely notice the things are freaking out over. I think most people are just happy to have something made just for them πŸ™‚ But still – I’d rather sew for myself so yeah, it takes a lot for me to decide to make something for someone else haha πŸ™‚

      Happy weekend!

  18. Aubrey (@alwaysaubrey) June 11, 2017 at 11:42 am #

    I love that you plugged that he is single. LOLZ

    • LLADYBIRD June 11, 2017 at 4:56 pm #

      Well you know, we got some thirsty girls out here these days LOL

  19. Miss Celie June 11, 2017 at 11:06 pm #


  20. Joanne June 13, 2017 at 2:15 pm #

    These pants turned out so rad!

  21. michellerivera1 June 14, 2017 at 2:49 pm #

    Wow! What a lucky brother…. mine has only gotten a knitted beanie out of me.

  22. lsaspacey June 21, 2017 at 10:30 am #

    Suggestion: make him another pair right now, keep them a secret, wrap them up and store for a year or so (OR until you think he might be starting to chunk up) and then give them to him for the nearest special occasion. You’ll get the credit for a thoughtful gift but the labor and unselfishness will be distant memories.


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