I had the best time making this overall dress – I skipped over my usual hesitation and just went for it! No fear!
This item was my entry for the Ready to Wear Copy contest over on The Monthly Stitch. I’ve seen many cute overall dresses, and many fashion bloggers wear them with striped tops. The one I chose to use to copy is Keiko Lynn, a favorite blogger of mine because of her colorful and fun ensembles. This is a very toned down outfit for her, so I thought it was one I could actually copy and wear in my less than high-glamour lifestyle! She has some killer accessories in her shot (as she always does) but I didn’t have access to either a similar hat or thigh high socks. I paired my outfit with gold earrings and my beloved gold Birkenstocks.
I will show you the top in another blog post, since there is a little surprise hidden in those overalls.
The dress was a hack – I used the Grainline Moss mini skirt to make this and drafted the bib and waistband myself. I couldn’t really find exactly what I was looking for as I searched for patterns, and I’m so glad I went with the Moss, since I knew the fit was perfect, I could focus on the many other details of this dress without fiddling with it. Doesn’t it fit perfectly? It feels great on, too.
The medium weight denim I used has quite a bit of stretch, and denim is so easy to work with! Just a few places where I had to pound some really thick seams – but that was fun to do! I also got to hammer on the buttons for the buckles, so all aggression I had for the day was expressed joyfully with my hammer!
I did have some zipper woes. I didn’t interface for the zipper because I thought the denim certainly had plenty of weight to hold a zipper. But I forgot that exposed zippers are put in much like welt pockets, and will fray badly in some fabric, like – haha- denim. I had to unpick my zipper, interface, then redo carefully without unravelling the 2 corners! This is an example of where a set of instructions would have helped, but I was full speed ahead! The Grainline instructions are wonderful and I’ve used them for several Moss skirts, but I moved the zipper and made it exposed, so I was improvising that part.
My favorite details I added – back waistband and facing (added to the yoke) pulled tight to create a great fit across the small of the back, the strap holder under the top overall strap to keep them crossed in the correct place, and the size and shape of the bib turned out really well, and I drafted that pattern piece myself.
I had to stand back and marvel at that topstitching. It is beautiful! I did that with my new BERNINA 350 PE I have on loan while I’m a BERNINA ambassador. It purrs and smooths over all those layers of denim like buttah. Such a pleasure to use!
The longing for a denim overall dress is now satiated. I can sleep once again.