Hey everyone! I’m stretching a little outside of my personal style comfort zone this month – in overalls!
Overalls are a hot trend right now, and some of the versions I see people wearing out in the real world are pretty rad! I haven’t worn overalls since I was 10 (and, realtalk: Mine had embroidered Disney characters peeking out of the front pockets, ha!), so I wasn’t sure how I would feel about wearing them now as an adult. Overalls seem very utilitarian to me, and I don’t exactly have a job/lifestyle that warrants that sort of garb. At any rate, I was getting inspired by all the pairs I was seeing and decided to use my Mood Fabrics allowance to give them a shot!
As much as I like denim – for, well, everything! – I wanted this pair to be a little less rugged, a little more refined. I went with this navy Organic Cotton Twill from Mood Fabrics. This is one of my favorite fabrics from Mood – a perfect bottom weight fabric, suitable for practically anything you want to make. There’s a great color selection, it’s 60″ wide, and less than $15/yard! I love love LOVE this fabric, and beelined straight for it (well, with my mouse haha) when I decided I was gonna make these overalls. I chose navy because it works great with my wardrobe (but, unfortunately, not so great for these photos. Oops), but there are tons of awesome colors to choose from.
My pattern is the Jenny Overalls from Closet Case Patterns. What I like about this pattern is that it is, again, a little more sleek than your typical utilitarian overalls. The high waist and wide leg make these feel less like I’m supposed to be a farmer, which I can appreciate. I cut a size 4 at the waist and a 6 at the hip, and made no other alterations. Sewn up on my regular sewing machine, with regular polyester thread and an 80/12 needle, seams finished with my serger- done and done! This was such an easy and satisfying make.
While I did enjoy making these, the jury is still out on whether or not I enjoy wearing them. Still feels weird having a bib cover my front, which also makes them a little too hot for me to wear if the temperatures are high (I swear, my tolerance for this heat is lowering every single year). Another issue that I have is what top to wear underneath – due to the high waist, you really want something fitted or cropped. This is not something I considered when I made these overalls but it’s certainly something to keep in mind if you are thinking about making them! I definitely think they are cute, and I get loads of compliments whenever I wear them out. So I don’t know! In the meantime, I’m wearing them around intermittently and trying to get a feel for whether or not I’m an overall girl 😛 What are your thoughts?