Men’s Blue Linen Summer Coveralls

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What does one make with three yards of blue linen from Mood Fabrics?

If you’re me, you sew yourself up a pair of summer coveralls!

I loved the color of this linen the moment I saw it.  Is it sky blue, azure blue, French blue, or Wedgwood blue? (I’m not very good at labeling colors.)  Regardless, I love it.  (You can check out Mood Fabrics’ selection of linen and linen blends here.)

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I had purchased Kwik Sew 3389, a men’s coveralls pattern, last year but wasn’t sure whether I’d actually wear coveralls, so it sat unused.  But thinking about this lovely linen and the summer weather right now, I thought this classic utilitarian garment sewn up in a luxurious summer fabric would look — and feel –  cool.  I see men wearing coveralls (as well as jumpsuits) with more and more frequency in those street pics taken outside the big men’s fashion shows that show up on fashion blogs and on Pinterest.  I’m (arguably) on trend!

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I sewed a size Small.  I altered the length (slightly shortening the chest, inseam, waist, and rise — I’m 5’7″) and narrowed the shoulders roughly 1″.  I don’t know if I’ll wear these over other pants, but it’s nice to have the option.  I can (and will) definitely wear them over a variety of shirts.

I reinforced all the major seams that take weight (like the shoulders and front and back waistbands) with rayon seam binding to prevent stretching.  In addition, the waistband is underlined with tightly woven cotton shirting.  I used the same cotton shirting to make my two deep side pockets, as well as to reinforce the tops of my front and back patch pockets (to prevent stretching at the opening).  I interfaced the facings with a lightweight woven fusible interfacing.

The only style change (aside from using linen instead of duck or denim) was to add self-drafted sleeve tabs. I like the way the sleeves look rolled up and the tabs keep the rolls in place since linen droops.  I left the pants long so I could roll them at the hem (they’re just pinned in these photos).

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The collar, center fronts, and waistband are all topstitched in a pale gray thread (which matches the hidden zipper).  There’s one (vintage) button closure above the top of the zipper (the pattern called for a snap).

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The coveralls have two front patch pockets, two back patch pockets, and two deep side pockets.

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In addition, an opening behind the pocket allows you to access your pants if you’re wearing them underneath.

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Like just about any garment, these coveralls can be dressed up or down.  They can be styled like a 70′s  jumpsuit, a gas station attendant’s uniform, or prison garb. Pick your fantasy.

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I love my new coveralls.  They’re incredibly comfortable, lightweight, and easy to wear.  Yes, linen wrinkles and looks slouchy, but it’s part of the charm of the fabric.

Anybody else up for a pair of summer coveralls?

Thanks for reading!

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Comments


  • oonaballoona
    July 23, 2015

    yes. yes. YES. i have been waiting for these like a kid at christmas. impeccably done and so much AWESOME!

  • LinB
    July 23, 2015

    Ahh, the linen. It is so soft, so sweat-absorby, so so nice. Also you did a fine and workman-like job sewing up your coveralls.

  • ouija
    July 23, 2015

    Do excuse my language, but there’s only one phrase for these: cool as f**k.

  • Amanda S.
    July 23, 2015

    These are fun!

  • Nicki
    July 23, 2015

    You are awesome. Loved reading this and admiring your handiwork.

  • patsijean
    July 23, 2015

    I love your coveralls. You look great in them and the color is perfect.

  • Marilyn Denman
    July 23, 2015

    Love love love the jumpsuit. It looks wonderfully cool and comfortable.

  • justine
    July 23, 2015

    I am so inspired and love this! Just found the perfect coverall short jumpsuit pattern!

  • Mouse
    July 23, 2015

    Azure. They look very comfortable and I like the tabs. Is there a way to adjust the waist such as a cinch?

    • Peter
      July 23, 2015

      There is not, but it would be easy enough to add some elastic to the back (or front) waistband or create a channel for a tie.

  • TinaLou
    July 23, 2015

    Spectacular, Peter! Hot fun in the summertime! (PS – Good thinking with the tabs, too; totally takes them out of uniform space)

  • Lori
    July 23, 2015

    Those are so great, I remember my Dad wearing those working on the farm and the extra pocket to reach into your pant’s pocket. Excellent job.

  • ThoughtSew
    July 23, 2015

    I totally heart these–and you look terrific in them! I have to admit that I wasn’t so sure about this project, but I’m so glad I was so wrong. It’s a great look!

  • Cynthia
    July 23, 2015

    you look amazing as I said you would. Ok did you know what you were looking at with the hood of the truck up?? Great jumpsuit, great choice of fabric and great pics. Thanks

  • David Coffin
    July 23, 2015

    Smashing: fit, fabric and finish—bravo, Peter, looking great!

  • jake
    July 23, 2015

    Dear Peter,

    Please send one pair of linen coveralls, size L. I need them ASAP, as I want to wear them right now. Thnx.

    kidding, sort of. I think I would look really good in them.

    they look great.

    Cheers,
    Jake

  • Sewgirl66
    July 23, 2015

    Awesome summer look and as always, beautifully topstitched and finished. Linen is such a wonderful fabric for summer.

  • ooobop!
    July 23, 2015

    I love linen with a passion. That colour is gorgeous and you totally rock them! :-)

  • Jeannie Neely
    July 23, 2015

    Just fabulous, they look great on you and you did a terrific job with the sewing, as always!

  • Laurie
    July 23, 2015

    Trend or not, this is very cool……and another opportunity to appreciate your exceptional topstitching

  • DebB
    July 23, 2015

    Those look so cool and comfy! Wonderful execution as always. My hubby had a denim jumpsuit in the 70′s as well as one in a white linen blend. There was no room for anything extra under those ( :-) ) and I almost lost him one day when he was wearing the white one. He stopped at the local convenience store and some ladies wanted to kidnap him!! So– be careful out there!

  • Kate Carvalho
    July 23, 2015

    Oh my God I love these! You look soooooo cool. Great job!

  • Connie
    July 24, 2015

    I can’t believe it, but you look great in the coveralls and they look comfortable. I didn’t expect that at all.

  • Patrick Minor
    July 24, 2015

    Peter!! It looks great!! Well done.I want to make a romper/coverall situation.

  • Alan Rhoads
    July 24, 2015

    The only thing I think is that you should add some elastic to the back. It would add some definition to your waist and make your dierre look better.

  • Alice Elliot (ustabahippie
    July 25, 2015

    The jumpsuit looks terrific! I’d wear it anywhere. I’ve always loved that asylumwear look!

  • Nancy K
    July 25, 2015

    It looks amazing on you! Certainly doesn’t look like you are going to work on cars. Beautifully done.

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    July 25, 2015

    I reckon I could write a love poem about linen – it’s just the loveliest fabric. I know it crushes and creases a little but once you embrace it’s quirky qualities it’s just superb to wear and sew. Love all the little details on these – they must have have been a blast to sew.

  • Ami
    July 27, 2015

    These are awesome!!

  • Anushka
    July 27, 2015

    These are brilliant! I absolutely love them!

  • Cennetta
    July 28, 2015

    Outstanding, Peter! You’ve made overalls fashionable. ;-) Two snaps up.

  • Jennifer
    July 31, 2015

    Wow!!! very nice!!!! Outstanding job, as always!

  • Fiona
    August 1, 2015

    Peter you just make the most amazing stuff and look so great in it! Such a wonderful idea in linen, you must be getting a lot of wear out of these in the gorgeous weather you guys have been having!

  • Stephanie
    August 7, 2015

    I LOVE this outfit! Great use of fabric, perfect fit…perfection all around!

  • Sonja
    August 8, 2015

    This look has me smiling from ear to ear!