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Jedediah Shorts Sew-Along

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Welcome to the Jedediah Shorts Sew-Along – Thread Theory Design Inc.’s very first sew-along.  This sew-along will take two weeks with four posts a week during which we will photograph and explain the sewing process for the shorts variation of the Jedediah Pants pattern.


Jedediah Information page

Each post will involve about half an hour to two hours of sewing.  You can follow along at our speed or go at your own pace as the links for each post will remain posted in the list below even after the sew along has been completed.  That way, if you don’t have time to join in the sew-along this August or if you make versions of the pants or shorts in the future, you will always be able to refer back to the posts that you found most helpful!

On top of the information included in our posts, you can also ask questions or comment about sewing methods that you use so that we can all give each other support throughout the project…kind of like sewing in the same studio together!

The sew-along will begin on August 15th, 2013! Follow our sewing progress using these links!

  1. Sew-along announcement – grab your sew-along button to display on your blog!
  2. Preparations – Fabric Requirements, Garment and Body Measurements, making bias binding from a vintage handkerchief
  3. Fitting and Sewing Resources – Links to some great blogs and You Tube videos (scroll past my Rosy Ladyshorts photos to find the links)
  4. Assembling Your Pattern – this post was made using the Newcastle Cardigan pattern but the techniques and tips hold true for the Jedediah Pants
  5. Lengthening or Shortening a Sewing Pattern Tutorial – Learn how to adjust the length of the Jedediah Pants before cutting into your fabric
  6. Grading to Create a Custom Fit Tutorial – If the body measurements given aren’t a perfect match, consider grading to create a custom fit!
  7. How to Save Fabric when Cutting out your Shorts or Pants (guest post by Meg of Made by Meg)
  8. Cutting out Fabric (Thursday, August 15th) – 1 1/2-2 hours
  9. Sewing the Slash Front Pockets (Friday, August 16th) – 1- 1 1/2 hours
  10. Sewing the Back Patch Pockets and Back Yoke (Saturday, August 17th) – 1 1/2 hours
  11. Sewing the Outseams with contrast binding (Sunday, August 18th) – 1 hour
  12. Sewing the Inseams (Thursday, August 22nd) – 1/2 hour
  13. Sewing the Fly – We made a video for this post! (Friday, August 23rd) – 1 1/2 – 2 hours
  14. Sewing the Belt Loops and Waistband (Saturday, August 24th) – 2 hours
  15. Sewing the Hem and Cuffs (Sunday, August 25th) – 1/2 hour
  16. Celebration post with photos of all the finished shorts! (Friday, August 30th) – Be sure to email your photos to us! ( OR you can join the Kollabora Jedediah Shorts Sew-Along photo contest – prizes will be awarded on Sept 17th!


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  7. Just started to sew my first pair. Hands down best pants pattern I have sewn so far. The pictures and descriptions are great as they are easy to follow along. My next project will definitely be another Thread Theory pattern. Maybe the great the hoodie…

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  9. Ok, I just found this and it is amazing. I love your patterns! More specifically: I love that you are offering patterns for men. My husband is a small man and so I will need to grade down a couple more sizes than you offer, but I am so on board with this. A quick google search has just proven to me that these turn out awesome pretty much every time. So excited to try these out.

    Thanks also for so thoroughly linking to all the sew-along posts! That should make these trous a breeze to make up.

    • I’m glad you found us! Good luck with your Jeds :). If you have any questions along the way, please feel free to comment on the sew-along posts or send us an email ( Happy sewing!

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  12. I am working on a pair for my husband for Christmas – stoked about how they are coming together with customized stitched bike tire tracks on the back pockets :-). Thank you for the best instructions with the pattern that I have ever come across!

    • Wow, your pocket stitching sounds awesome! I bet your husband is going to love them 🙂 Thank you so much for your comment, it is wonderful to hear how much you like the instructions!

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  16. I just want to thank you, Morgan, for such a great sew-along and pattern, plus all of your thorough answers to my many questions along the way! I can’t believe I actually made pants! I just finished my first pair, and my boyfriend loves them! I will definitely be making many more versions in the future 🙂

  17. Great sewalong! I just finished my shorts and they were a blast to make. Just letting you know the link for Step 9 (slash pockets) is busted 🙂 x

    • Thanks for letting me know that the link was broken! I’ve fixed it now 🙂 I’m so glad you are happy with your shorts – are you posting pictures on Kollabora for the contest? I look forward to seeing your version!

  18. Argh! Where is number 9 – the pockets! Luckily my wife held my hand through it!

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  23. I’m also planning on making the pants too so we’re not alone 🙂 I have fabric for both, so it’s possible I’ll squeeze the time to make both 😉

  24. Ok! Thanks for your reply. Since this is a sew along :), I have a question for you… My hubby has a waist of 39.7″-> size 40 but a seat of 42.5″ -> size 36. With the slash pockets, I can’t grade-in the hips or can I? What would you suggest! … Thanks

    • Good question! I will post a tutorial on how to do this grading (or remove the hip curve if you prefer a straighter fit) today so that you will be ready for the sew-along to begin tomorrow. Thanks for bringing up this point!

  25. Thinking of joining in this sew along, cause I never make anything for my other half! Well more than thinking cause I just bought the pattern… – But, summer is really ending here in Germany, so I wanted to make the trousers (pants) instead. do you think you can give a few tips for the pants version during the sewalong? greetings from Germany.

    • Hi Eadaoin! I can definitely give some tips on the pants; many of the steps are identical, but I will make reference to any of the steps you need to do for the pants variation as well!

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