Monday, June 22, 2015

Soft Denim Overalls

It does not take a lot of browsing around to notice that denim overalls are all the rage these days. And the cool things about kids is that they (together with adult supermodels) actually looks great in them. So yeah, I'll admit it...this post is a projection of what I really want to wear myself but know not to do. Oh boy, I would look so ridiculous, especially in the loose baggy version I have made today, ha.

These overalls are from the Japanese sewing book called Boys and Girls Clothes and Goods. Or at least that is what the Etsy shop calls it...what do I know since it is all in Japanese.
I bought the book at the Etsy shop called Pomadour24. I can totally recommend that shop. Tons of different books. Unfortunately does it seem like this book has since sold out. But here is a photo of the book cover and the style that I made in case you want to start searching for it elsewhere or ask if they can get more. The service is great and friendly there!

I have to make the dress version too. So so cute!!

I did have some problems with the fit.
The biggest size in the book is 130 cm...and since W is around 123 cm that should not be a problem. But when I did the first fitting halfway through they were too short. We could choose between the pants being pulled up way too high (the style is obvious meant to be loose fitting and low hanging so that looked ridiculous since the crotch is fairly long) or we could keep the crotch loose and low hanging and then the front flap would stop somewhere mid chest...and that looked ridiculous too.

Luckily the pattern had me adding 3 cm seam allowance to both the top of the pants and the bottom of the front flap which later was suppose to create a casing for the tie band. SO I ripped that seam up again, sewed the waist seam with 1 cm (so I lengthen the pants overall with 4 cm) and then I quickly drafted and cut a separate casing to sew on afterwards. Before I finished I did another fitting which was lucky because it turned out the sides of the front flap was now too long. Gah. SO I ripped up some of that waist seam again and curved the bottom of the front flap so the center part stayed long and the sides pieces were shortened with 2 cm. and THEN things finally started looking okayish.

What's the morale of this story? Doing a midway fitting if you are sewing a new pattern is a very good idea...even if it means you won't finish the garment that day!
Yes, yes I'm patting my back for remembering it this time, hehe.

As you can see here it is a very loose style. And if I ever made another pair (if she wanted to wear them, wah) I would probably add even more length to the back so they were even more hanging in the bum area.

I decided to add an elastic too in the casing so it was not only the tie band that should gather the whole thing. I think that gives a better control of the gathering.

I love that the pattern comes with a gathered front side of the front flap and a non-gathered piece for the inside so you do not add unnecessary bulk there. Good pattern making there!

The fabric is tencel denim that I also used for my Ishi Dress. See it HERE.
Perfect for this garment.

The t-shirt is another Celestial Tee from Figgy's Patterns. You can see my previous version HERE.

And I have made it in this ultra lovely soft stripy bamboo knit from Fabric Depot's webshop.
When I grabbed the link for this post I noticed it was on sale. I might need some more. It really makes stunning garments because it is oh so soft and the drape is simply perfect!

So yeah, I might love this outfit but W's facial expression clearly shows her opinion about the pants. Ugh. I kind of knew it beforehand but hey it was worth a shot. And the t-shirt has been worn a lot already, soooo I guess that is something.

Thank you!


  1. Oh how I perfectly get you! If only I could pull this style... LOVE LOVE it! And that fabric works so good on this!! The tee is obviously perfect and W. is such a beautiful princess <3 maybe when she turns 16 you'll be able to give this style another try, I bet she'll love it by then. :)

  2. Ha! Love love this style on little kids, totally hate it on adults. Lol too bad she doesn't like them, they look adorable!

  3. I would totally wear this! And W looks like a supermodel! I love seeing the end result, it turned out awesome. And I totally haven't made mine yet! yikes I better hurry before the trend passes.

  4. Perfect overalls! I would use it myself he he he There's always overalls on my girl closet I juts love it!


  5. What and Odyssey! Find ways to fix things is what make projects interesting -I think-The overalls are great and your daughter looks gorgeous in them. Very model like and fashionable! Mi respects for using Tencel, it is not the easiest fabric to work with, but is very lovely to wear!

  6. Love the outfit. The overalls are cool as! It is a shame sometimes our kids think differently to us. I know for sure my daughter would not wear overalls, but sometimes you gotta make something just to make it right? The dress version of this pattern on the other hand looks like something my daughter could live in! Off to check out the shop ;)

  7. I can't tell you how much I love that last photo. So, so awesome! Just a bit skeptical. I LOVE her expressions. It was a valiant attempt! Who knows - maybe she'll come around to them??

  8. These are perfect! I love this look so much -- and I know what you mean about adults and overalls. She wears it beautifully, though! I mistakenly tried wearing overalls when pregnant....let's just say that I won't be revisiting that look again, ha ha.

  9. These are soooooo cool! I am loving all your sewing from Japanese patterns lately.


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