Dungarees have become one of my staple items even before the lockdown started – they’re super comfy and have excellent pockets! I’ve got several handmade pairs from patterns that I already love (the Sew House Seven’s Burnside Bibs, the Hayley dungarees from Hello Workshop and the Marilla Walker Roberts Collection) but when I saw the new Patsy Overalls from French brand Ready To Sew, I knew it was time to try something new!
The recently released Pépite collection features 3 patterns each designed to be quick and simple projects.
The pattern designer even gave herself these requirements to follow whilst designing their new range to keep things as simple as possible!
“ 1 – The design must not require any notions apart from the fabric, thread and pattern (no zippers, no buttons, no snaps)
2 – All designs must be appropriate for advanced beginner to intermediate level sewers.
3 – The search for simplicity and ease in sewing should not be to the detriment of style and form.
4 – All patterns must call for a fabric that can be natural such as linen, hemp or ramie canvas. There is no point in blaming sewists for their use of rayon if we only design patterns that look good in those kind of fabrics.”
I loved that they wanted to make fuss free patterns that didn’t need anything beyond the fabric, thread and scissors. Plus, I had a stash of linen that I was dying to use so this seemed like the perfect opportunity!
The Patsy Overalls feature a loose fit tapered leg design with deep pockets built into the side front panel as well as patch pockets on the bum. The neckline is slightly gathered (or as gathered as you want it to be) on the front and back with a fastening cord that ties on one side.
I made my normal size and shortened the legs by 5cm and the bodice by 1.5cm.
I used a green linen that had been sitting in my stash for a while. I bought it from My Fabrics last year with the intention of making them into the True Bias Lander Pants but I decided I wasn’t too keen on the fit of those trousers on me.
I’m glad I didn’t use it though because it was perfect for this project!
I really like them! They’re super comfy – so perfect for doing lots of nothing and lounging around the house which is all I’m doing at the mo!
I have a few little issues with the fit as it is. Ideally, I should’ve rounded out the crotch and bum curve a little more and maybe even lengthened the front crotch slightly for comfort’s sake. I also wish I’d lengthened the strap more too! I already made it a couple of centimetres longer than the pattern but could’ve done with an extra 10 centimetres to be able to tie a bow. I also think the front pockets sit slightly low for me too though I don’t know how easy that would be to adjust.
Also those niggly bits aside, I really do like them and I genuinely think I’ll get a lot of wear out of them!