Day 8: Jedediah Sew-Along | Finishing the hem and cuffs August 25 2013

Jedediah Sew-along

This is it!  The last day of the Jedediah-Shorts Sew-along!  Today we'll be sewing the cuffs, or if you prefer, sewing your 3/4" hem.  To accompany us as we finish our epic sewing process is some epic Gregorian Chant.  Is this not what you usually listen to while sewing?  Well you should!  Nothing like solemnly belting it out along with the rest of the choir while you victoriously finish the final step of a project :)

First things first, put your shorts/pants on the wearer and make sure that they will end up being the proper length.  I pre-folded the cuff and pinned it in place so I would see exactly where it would fall.

Jedediah Sew-along

We decided that Matt liked the 'hipster' length that I cut his previous pair of Jedediah Shorts to sew we took two inches off of this pair as well.  If you are going to hem the shorts using a 3/4" hem instead of the cuff, you will need to take even more length than this off so that your shorts don't end up looking like capris!

Jedediah Sew-along

Now that we've determined the proper length, we can go ahead and sew the 3/4" hem.  First, fold the hem up 3/4" and press:

Jedediah Sew-along

And fold up the hem 3/4" again, press and then pin in place:

Jedediah Sew-along

Now, we are ready to finish the hem by stitching 1/8" away from the top edge, all the way around the pant leg.  I like to start at the inseam so that the back stitching isn't very visible when the shorts/pants are being worn.

Jedediah Sew-along

Okay, time for the cuff!  This is a quick and dirty version of a cuff that I designed to look like the shorts have been casually rolled up (and what better way to display the awesome binding fabric you chose?!).  All you have to do to form the cuff is fold up the hem, with right sides together 3/4" and press:

Jedediah Sew-along

Then fold up the cuff again, this time 1 1/2" and press again.  Put a few pins in the roll to keep the side seams lining up.

Jedediah Sew-along

Jedediah Sew-along

And now, stitch in the ditch along each side seam to keep the cuff in place!  It's as simple as that!  If you are using a floppy material (such as linen), you could hand tack a few spots along the top of the cuff so that it doesn't flop downwards in the middle, but if you are using a stiff denim or twill you won't have to worry about that.

Jedediah Sew-along

Jedediah Sew-along

And we're done!!!!!!! Yahoooo!!!!!

Jedediah Sew-along

Jedediah Sew-along

Thank you so much for joining us on our first sew-along!  We had a lot of fun and hope that you did too!