Jeans ahoy!

27 May

I’ve wanted to try out making some jeans for a little while now, but after seeing Poppykettle’s delightful Turquoise Terror Jeans, I knew they had to be moved up the list of ‘to do’ projects.

My inspiration lies with Sass and Bide‘s Rabbit Boy jeans – I had a pair quite some years ago now, and I LOVED them and wore them to death! Literally. To. Death. They were stitched up a few times, but eventually they left this world. You can see a good pic of the Rabbit Boy style on missea, about halfway down the page.

I’m basing my pattern on V8774 (pic below) which I traced off today. Step one, ‘tracing’, complete.


I’m using the below denim from Darn Cheap Fabrics – eventually (sorry about the dodgy photo). I wouldn’t hold your breath on these ones though folks. I still have to finalize that darn Beignet, then I imagine there’ll be a bit of drafting and testing before I even get to cut these bad girls out.

My Rabbit Boy denim

I’ve also started pondering a Ceylon. What do you think about this Blue Fitzgerald Liberty Tana Lawn for it? Like?

Fitzgerald 03632155D

Or how about this Japanese Cotton from Tessuti?

Green Hanataba

So that’s what’s going to be coming up and across my sewing table in the near future (well hopefully it’ll be near!).

On a different note, I spent the weekend back at my mum’s place, and got to have some serious play time with the gorgeous puppies (family too lol). Check them out.

This is Oscar, a scatty Jack Russell…

Jack Russell Terrier

Here’s Alice, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and very cuddly and floppy (and pretty!)…

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

I also got to meet some new additions to my Godfather’s household;

Sam, a black Labradoodle pup who I’m sure is on some kind of amphetamines,

Black Labradoodle

And Sam’s little brother, Fred who likes to chew jewellery and pull hair

Chocolate Labradoodle

And while we’re talking doggies, here’s a pic of my Grandparents’ pug, Jazz, who recently passed on to the land of doggy heaven šŸ˜¦


So if you didn’t already pick, I am somewhat of a ‘dog’ person, and really miss having one around the house. But it is now very exciting when I do get to play šŸ™‚

What did you get up to this weekend? Much sewing time?


13 Responses to “Jeans ahoy!”

  1. Caffy May 28, 2012 at 12:31 AM #

    Hey Zo!!

    I was instantly in lurve with that Japanese cotton. Really caught my eye. Good call with the jeans, a mission it’s going to be… For sure, but very good for the old progression with sewing and dressmaking. I might even give it a go, one day!!

    Muchos love, Bundana

    • ZoSews May 28, 2012 at 7:58 PM #

      Hellloooo! I do really like that cotton too, it’s the one I was going to go for, but then the Liberty jumped in and threw me a curveball. Denim freaks me out a little, I hope my machine will like it šŸ™‚ x

  2. Mon May 28, 2012 at 7:50 AM #

    You should start working on some doggy designs!!!

    • ZoSews May 28, 2012 at 7:56 PM #

      Cute! šŸ™‚ “Doggy Jackets by Zoe”

  3. Natalia May 30, 2012 at 11:25 PM #

    Hi beautiful!

    I think that this post is really interesting…and i love ur pictures! do u want to follow each other? I’m already following u!

    xx from

  4. Leith June 3, 2012 at 9:08 PM #

    Go the Liberty! Totally matches the style. But buy the Japanese cotton. It is seriously the loveliest cotton I’ve ever sewn with. I made Simplicity 2360 and tiny pocket tank with that cotton.

    • ZoSews June 4, 2012 at 7:59 PM #

      You are a bad influence – enabling my fabric addiction šŸ˜‰ Appreciate the feedback!

  5. theperfectnose July 21, 2012 at 4:55 PM #

    Nice, can’t wait to see how these turn out. What sort of fabric will you be using for the final version? Any stretch?

    • ZoSews July 21, 2012 at 9:27 PM #

      Just a denim for these – no stretch šŸ™‚

  6. theperfectnose July 21, 2012 at 5:00 PM #

    Wait a second, I’d found you before! On Burdastyle! OMG! How did I – crap too many tabs open and I’m confusing myself commenting between two different blogs. XS *Sigh* Bailey’s headache in a bottle I loved you well…


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