I have been wanting a pair of black overalls for awhile now. When Republique du Chiffon released the Danielle Dungaree pattern I knew this was the perfect pair to make up for myself. Luckily for me, they had an english version available in a printed pattern. I had a hard time locating a copy in the US, so I ended up ordering one straight for Republique du Chiffon in France. It was honestly pretty affordable and only took a week or two to get to me which was much better than I had expected. In fact, I am obsessed with their new Gaston Trouser pattern and will be buying a pattern as soon as they have an english version available.
I particularly wanted this overall pattern because of a combination of the skinny leg, waistband, and unique bib shape. I felt that those details, combined with a black material help the overalls feel a bit more sophisticated and less juvenile.
I did make a few changes to the pattern. First of all I thinned out the leg below the thigh quite a bit to make it more skinny and then added a little cuff at the bottom. I also had to shorten the torso by quite a bit to make the bib and crotch hit me at the right place. I cut 3/4″ off of the bottom of the bib and then 1 1/2″ off of the top of the trouser section before attaching both to the waistband.
The fabric for the overalls is a cotton lycra from The Fabric Store in LA. I chose it because it isn’t too thick and doesn’t have a sheen to it. I like the natural texture to it. It has the slightest bit of stretch that really helps with fit and comfort. It really was the perfect fabric for this project. I had the hardest time finding buckles but ended up getting some vintage ones on etsy. I love that they are more of a brass instead of the silver ones I could find here.
Although I am still working on how to exactly style these, I decided to make up a few Rumi Tanks to pair them with. I am wearing the gray one in the photos, but you can also see the striped and camo green versions below. All three three lightweight jersey fabrics are also from The Fabric Store. They are the perfect weight for tops – soft and lightweight without being sheer. I love this pattern so much. Easy to sew and a great sporty shape. I want to make the dress version next.
I am pretty sure that you are going to be seeing a lot of these overalls during the rest of Me Made May. I love them so much. I want to make another pair but as shorts too.