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.)
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!
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).
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).
The coveralls have two front patch pockets, two back patch pockets, and two deep side pockets.
In addition, an opening behind the pocket allows you to access your pants if you’re wearing them underneath.
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.
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!