June 6, 2014

I feel bad that I am always making stuff for my daughter, but rarely sew something up for my little guy.   I wanted to make something a little nicer for him that he could wear to church or similar events so I started searching around for something on the internet.  I was pretty excited when I found this little vintage gem for a couple of bucks on ebay.  I love the classic and timeless nature of it.

The pattern is Simplicity 6948 and it’s dated 1975.  I like how the longer version starts to even bellbottom a little bit :).  I went with view 3 which is a shorts overall with a criss cross back, suspender type straps, and topstitching.  The only change that I made was to only do the front pocket and omitted the back pockets.  I havn’t sewn with a lot of vintage patterns so I was surprised to see that this pattern came in only one size – size one – and not stacked like current patterns are.  It’s a bummer too because I would love to make it again for him when he grows, but wouldn’t want to buy the same pattern again in another size.

The fabric is from and is Kaufman linen / denim.  I am really happy with the fabric.  It’s a nice heavier weight chambray type fabric that sewed up crisp and neat.  I really like the color too.  The perfect shade of blue.  The buttons are from the garment district.  I felt like they were a lucky find as they are the perfect color and feel very vintage to me.

As far as the pattern goes it was pretty straight forward.  The only time I was confused was when it came to the strap facing.  It does a crazy little overlap in the back and it took me a few reads and matching up notches to get it right.  I also find it a bit shapeless so I may pull the sides in a bit more next time or taper the bottom of the shorts.

I’ve already started on version two in a black and white striped linen.  Hopefully I can show it to you soon.

He is so over this photoshoot.

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  • Reply Jne4sl June 6, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    Aw, such wonderful photos. Cute britches, I think shapeless is just part of the charm with this pattern. Something kids can always pull off and there are at least other patterns now if you get tired of it. I have pics of my husband and his cousins in very similar things and MIL made my son a couple from her old pattern. It looks like he has some growing room for now and you might never need that size up if he’s potty training by then.

  • Reply Kristi June 6, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    So cute, and classic. Boys always get shortchanged, its so much harder to find fun patterns for them. This is adorable.

    Why is it that vintage patterns only come in one size? I made a dress from an 80s pattern a few months ago, and the fit was a bear since there was no easy way to alter it.

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  • Reply Kathy {Kathy Sews} June 6, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Oh. My. Goodness. That is an adorable lil creature there. Love his little overalls!

  • Reply Chloe June 6, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Very cute! I am awash in nephews, and have yet to make anything for them, but you may have inspired me… I love the back, the tricky strap attachment worked out really well.

  • Reply Anna June 6, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    so precious! I have a jumper that my grandma made for my mom, really similar and so cute!

  • Reply gingermakes June 6, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Ahhhhhhhh my little boyfriend!!! He is so cute. I can’t get over it! The overalls are so, so cute! I should make a pair for my nephew. 🙂

  • Reply Seamstress Erin June 6, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Your toddler and his overalls are absolutely adorable!

  • Reply ShanniLoves June 6, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    what a cutie!

  • Reply Annika June 6, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    oh he is so adorable!

  • Reply liza jane June 6, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Oh my gosh, he is adorable! Black and white striped linen sounds awesome.

  • Reply Crab and Bee June 6, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    What a sweet face! And very cool you’re exploring vintage patterns.

  • Reply Dk's Wife June 6, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    When an adorable outfit. You little guy is so cute.

  • Reply Amy June 6, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Love the outfit and the fabric you picked. You son is adorable!

  • Reply kristin June 7, 2014 at 2:26 AM

    he is scrumptious! i love little boys in overalls, it’s just so adorable – these are great for summer, too!

  • Reply finishedgarment June 7, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    I don’t just have the same pattern (size 2), I wore it as a kid! Super cute!

  • Reply oona balloona June 9, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    can’t. stand. ANY of this. (meant in the complimentary sense.)

  • Reply April Boyer // Modern Handmade June 11, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    He is just too cute and I love those overalls! I have a lot of vintage patterns and it’s definitely a bummer they are one size only. Can’t wait to see the striped version!

  • Reply Helena October 22, 2015 at 2:28 AM

    I recently bought this pattern to make some overalls for my daughter! Yours are lovely! Can’t wait to make some!

  • Reply Terri March 15, 2020 at 10:35 AM

    I have this pattern and fabric laid out on my dining room table as we speak! I’m making the overalls out of linen from for my nieces little boy. My pattern is size 1/2. I’m curious what size you made and what size your little one was at the time you made it. That was six years ago, so I’m sure he’s quite the young man now.

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