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Made By A Fabricista: All Aboard the Overall Train

To say I love overalls is an understatement. Throughout 2020 I lived in one pair of ready to wear overalls.  It was my go to outfit.  I knew though it was time to make my own pair.  Enter in the Jenny Overalls from Closet Core Patterns. I used this Autumn Orange/White Cotton Stripe Bottom Weight from Fabric Mart and it was a match made in heaven. 


Now these overalls are a bit different from my usual pair.  First the silhouette is more of a vintage style.  Think Rosie the Riveter. Wide legs, high waist, and a bib that fits the bust area well!  The overalls also feature zippers, not a button fly for getting them on and off.  You have the option to use one zipper or two depending on your hip size. So if you need more wiggle room to get them on you can opt for two zippers.  I am a glutton for punishment so even thought I only really needed one zipper to get in and out of them I installed two.  I liked the waist band option for the two zippers.  Could I have just done a faux zipper on one side, yes, but I like to be extra!

During the construction I also learned how to install jeans buttons.  They aren’t has hard as I thought they would be.  I did need a couple tools that may seem odd for a sewing room.  For one you will need a hammer. Then you will need an awl, anvil and of course marking tools. The jeans buttons come in two pieces, the actual button top and the post that connects the button to the pants.  With proper placement and a couple firm taps you can have your jeans buttons attached in no time. 

These overalls are one of my most favorite makes ever.  If you decide to make then yourself just make sure to pick a good bottom weight type fabric.  Go slow on the zippers, they were a little tricky but once I got to the second one in it was a lot easier.  And don’t let the buttons or hardware buckles intimidate you!  I created two videos for YouTube on how to install the buttons and hardware.  You can find the jeans button tutorial here and the buckle hardware video here.  I hope you check them out and make sure to shop Fabric Mart Fabrics for the perfect bottom weight to sew you these overalls for yourself!



HANNAH   @modistra.sews


Unfortunately Fabric Mart Fabrics sell out quickly!
You can find similar fabrics by shopping the following category, COTTON BOTTOM WEIGHTS.
You can also shop our selection of Closet Core Patterns HERE.

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