Cisse shorts

It was about time to sew some pants again, here at the Abfabulies home. I’d had the Cisse pattern from Zonen 09 lying around for quite some time now, and now was as good as ever a time to start using it.

I went on a fabric hunt in my own stash, and I found some petrol blue ribbed velvet.

Originally, I planned to sew long pants, but when it turned out that I would have to be pretty precise if I wanted to use this fabric, I chose the safe way out: a short version.

While searching for fabric, I also came by my stash of binding. The fluorescent green that I used before when I made our boy’s school backpack drew my attention, and I added some in the pockets.

Cisse - Zonen 09

And in the side seams.

Cisse - Zonen 09

And while I was at it, in the back seams as well.

Cisse - Zonen 09

In between, I also bought a Silhouette cameo. Since then, I’ve been pushing quite some heat transfer through it, but I’ll show the results of that in another post. In my heat transfer stash (really, I need to work myself through all these different stashes) I also found fluorescent green. I was starting to recognise a pattern here! I used the Cameo to cut some stars, and pressed them on.

Cisse - Zonen 09

Since 3-year olds aren’t usually that handy yet with buttons, I used elastic and jersey instead, as I had done before when I made some Jacob pants and underwear. Never change a winning team!

Cisse - Zonen 09

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any fluorescent jersey, so I took a slighly less bright green version. I attached the elastic inside the jersey to the fabric as well, to avoid that it would start curling inside afterwards. Time will tell whether that was a smart move or not.

Cisse - Zonen 09

It took me quite some time to finish these pants. I copied the pattern in February already, and I made slow progress since. Not because it’s a difficult pattern, but simply because, well, me. But I don’t regret this slow progress. In fact, taking my time resulted in more precise finishing, less mistakes being made and a better eye for details. Maybe I should work this slow every time I make something.

How about you? What does your finishing usually look like? Better not to look at the inside of the garments you make? Every stitch done perfectly? And no lying 😉

To Pim – Pimmed – Pimmed

As it goes with toddlers, they can grow a size overnight. And most likely, that grow spurt will occur right before you leave on holiday, so that all of a sudden you run out of fitting shorts.

Insert – what else – Zonen 09. Pattern: Pim.

Because I had to move fast, I went for the simple model. No pockets, no loops. And since a simple version goes very fast, I made 3.

Zonen 09 - Pim

Pim really stole my heart. The shorts are rather – well – short, and that’s what makes me go all melancholic about them. They show me that my boy is growing taller and taller, but they also show me what’s left of those cute baby buttocks that I love to squeeze.

Zonen 09 - Pim

Yes, you are reading it right. I turned into my own grandma.

Nothing left for me to say than Pim for the win! I’ll be aiming for more of them next summer.

Fabric

  • Orange-brown nicky velours: from the cousin bag
  • Moustache fabric: Ordered online, but I can’t remember where
  • Blue fabric: Juffertje Uil

Foxy pockets trousers

We already had an owl version of the Jacob trousers, and a fox version soon took over my thoughts too.

Jacob met vossenstreken

For this one, I went back to my pile of hubby trousers that are ready to be recycled. Why they just keep on piling up? A while ago, there was a screw protruding from below his bicycle saddle. That screw kept stroking my hubby’s toosh, not knowing that I’m the only one with that privilege. To keep a long story short, this screw ended up making a hole in each one of hubby’s trousers. Except for this hole, the fabric was still in good condition. So I piled these trousers up, and they are coming of good use now.

Jacob met vossenstreken

Making smaller trousers out of bigger trousers, it’s quite handy. Although I must admit I’m starting to run out of fabric when it comes to these Jacob trousers. Flared legs need more fabric, and size 98 Jacob trousers will be the largest ones I can make from the bigger ones.

Anyway, recycling trousers means you measure everything out precisely, to make sure you get each part cut. And then I made a rookie mistake: I cut 2 left back legs. And I did not have enough fabric left to cut another right one. Sigh. Time to improvise.

Jacob met vossenstreken

I used some of the fabric that I was about to use for the foxy back pockets to add a strip somewhere in between the right back leg. Utmost concentration to make sure I would get it right. And still I almost made the same mistake again.

For the pockets, I rounded the corners of the pocket flap, and I used white cotton to make that flap. To turn it into a fox, I used red-brown nicky velours.

Jacob met vossenstreken

Its nose is a kamsnaps button. The eyes I made out of flex foil.

Jacob met vossenstreken

At first I refitted the original waist band, but just as with that other pair of recycled trousers it turned out that this made it more difficult to pull them up and down. So I cut everything loose again, and I cut another strip of the red-brown fabric. Since it’s a bit stretchy, it could serve as binding.

Jacob met vossenstreken

It does make it a lot easier to get to the potty in time (kind of a must, if you are a toddler).

Jacob met vossenstreken

And while I was cutting loose waist bands anyway, I got the other pair out again as well, and replaced the waist band with binding too.

Jacob met vossenstreken

Looks a lot flashier, doesn’t it?

Do you recycle cloths now and then? Or do your bicycles know to keep their screws to themselves?

Used materials

  • Main fabric: Corduroy from a recycled pair of trousers
  • Waist band, added strip and fox nose: nicky velours from my cousin’s bag
  • Fox face: white cotton
  • Nose: kamsnaps
  • Eyes: Flex foil

Jacob – Owl version

Jacob number 3 turned out to be another one in corduroy.
Jacob - Uiltjesversie
Level up for this version: pleated pockets.
Jacob - Uiltjesversie
And of course I had to go the extra mile: owl pockets.
Jacob - Uiltjesversie
Now we have someone walking around with eyes on his back(side)!
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How to make owl pockets

What do you need?

  • Fabric for the pockets
  • Scrap fabric for the owl’s nose
  • Scrap fabric for the owl’s eyes
  • Buttons for the eyes
  • Fusible web: to attach the application

The pocket part

  1. Round the bottom corners of the pocket on the pattern.Jacob - Uiltjesversie
  2. Draw the pattern on your fabric, and cut the pockets out.
  3. With a large stitch, sew 2 rows next to each other in the seam of the rounded corners. Leave some thread.
  4. Pull the ends of your thread on both sides, to gather your fabric. Do this until you like how the corner is rounding up.
  5. Fold the seam inward, and iron.
  6. Make the flap now, before you continue with step 7.
  7. Put the flap on top of your pocket, to see what it will look like once you sew them onto your trousers.
  8. Decide where you want the owl’s nose to come, and cut the nose out of a piece of scrap fabric.
  9. Sew the nose onto the pocket, appliqué-style.
  10. Sew the pocket onto your trousers.

Jacob - Uiltjesversie

The flap

  1. Round the bottom corners of the flap on the pattern.
  2. Draw a rounded wedge in the middle of the flap. Jacob - Uiltjesversie
  3. Draw the pattern on your fabric, and cut the flap 2 times.
  4. Put the right sides of the flaps on each other, and sew them together, leaving the upper seam open.
  5. Clip the edges.
  6. Turn the flap, and iron. Topstitch if desired.
  7. Decide where you want the eyes to come, and cut them from some scrap fabric.
  8. Sew the eyes onto the flap, appliqué-style.
  9. Decide where the buttons need to come on the flap, and sew the buttonholes.
  10. Use the flap to decide where the owl’s nose should come (see the pocket part)
  11. Sew the flap onto your trousers, after you’ve sewed the pocket on already.
  12. Sew the buttons onto the pocket.

Jacob - Uiltjesversie

Used materials

  • Blew corduroy: Juffertje Uil
  • Appliqué fabric: From the scrap pile
  • Buttons: From the button pile

Jacob - Uiltjesversie

Recycled Jacob

After the previous Jacob I sewed turned out to be so easy, I aimed higher for this second one. With fold. With pockets. And with application.

Gerecycleerde Jacob

Gerecycleerde Jacob

I recycled one of hubby’s trousers to make these. Doing so made it easy for myself, since I could simply reuse the waistband. With belt loops.

Gerecycleerde Jacob

And with nice finishing on the insde.

Gerecycleerde Jacob

To keep these boyish enough, I used some of my scrap fabric to apply a tree on one of the pipes. An apple tree.

Gerecycleerde Jacob

I’m not quite sure why, but this pair is harder to put on than the previous pair. I suppose it’s linked to the type of fabric. This fabric is more rigid, so less stretchy, than the corduroy I used for my previous pair. I’ve also wondered whether the fold has something to do with it. All in all they do make these trousers a bit smaller.

Gerecycleerde Jacob

Once I get them on, the waisteband is a bit loose, making me want to use the buttonhole elastics to make them smaller again.

Gerecycleerde Jacob

No matter what, it does suit our little boy nicely. So yes, Jacob number 3 is on its way. To be continued.

  • Pattern: Jacob – Zonen 09
  • Fabric: A pair of hubby’s trousers, scrap fabric for application

Flower Power Jacob

Zonen 09, that means patterns that are here to stay, just like Burda or Vogue. Trendy patterns, for trendy sons.

A son, that I had. The Jacob pattern too. A son who fitted into the smallest size, for that I had to wait a bit. But look, I got there eventually. And pragmatic as we are, I made a bigger size already. Calculating in some growth.

Flower Power Jacob

The fabric I used is corduroy I got at Vermiljoen. I only had 70 cm, so to save some fabric I made this first version without pockets.

Flower Power Jacob

I also chose for a faux fly and buttonhole elastics, making it easy for our little guy to get his trousers on and off. Now that the potty training is ongoing, that comes in really handy.

Flower Power Jacob

For this pair, I left out the trademark fold of the Jacob. Not because I don’t like it, on the contrary, but I was a bit afraid that the combination corduroy-flowers-fold would be a bit OTT. Personally, I think the flowers are already pretty close to OTT on their own, to be honest.

Flower Power Jacob

But our little boy seems to like them.

Flower Power Jacob

The Jacob pattern is really easy to make. The explanation is so clear, that it made me feel as if I can sew just about anything. So next time, I’m taking it up a notch. For Jacob number 2, I’m adding the fold. And pockets.