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1940's denim overalls

Added Feb 2, 2012

by LadyArian

Berkshire, Unite...






From Folkwear’s Rosie The Riveter pattern

Now, let’s face it, I’m not thin. But luckily, I am an hourglass, so this pattern is quite good for me, since it has a defined waist (which inexplicably didn’t fit when we were taking photos earlier. I am hoping I’ve lost weight, rather than done bad sewing!).

This did take a fair amount of adjustment to get right, since my body is quite an extreme hourglass, so the pattern needed some peculiar tweaking, not least all the darts in the bodice. The original pattern has 2. My version had to have 6. And even though I’ve taken 4" off the width of each culotte, I guarentee I could take at least 2" more! :) I also added to the waistband because of my tum, but strangely, that didn’t affect the pleats at the front of the trousers. I am confused.

Having said all that, I love these and they could easily become my favourite bit of workwear. They’re extremely comfortable, practical and far more flattering than other work overalls! The pockets are deep and nicely set into the side, and the pleating allows for a really flattering shape. All in all, I love this pattern and the next thing I’m making is a pinstripe version for work :). Hopefully, it’ll hang better than the denim ;). I also fancy a chiffon version, but I haven’t found a cloth I like yet…

However, a word to the wise – when bending down to saw some wood in brand new overalls, don’t use the green thread in the back of the thread drawer just because it was a pretty colour. Use good quality thread which you know the age of, or the last picture will happen and you’ll be embarrassed :D.

Material Notes

Heavy denim




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Beach, Bohemian, Casual, Grunge, Punk, Vintage

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    Feb 4, 2012, 02.49 PMby rshelly13

    I made some 1940’s british land girl breeches. i have been wanting to make an american version and thanks to you, i can now find a pattern. the land girl pants that i made had additional hem tape in the inside seams to keep it from splitting as you bend over. this may help your pants. they were designed to work in and i love them.

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      Feb 5, 2012, 04.12 PMby LadyArian

      Completely agree :). Once I’d made the denim ones though, I realised that they could be adapted to a lovely summery playsuit if in chiffon – the pattern has a lot of adaptability, which I do approve of ;). I’ve also made Folkwear’s Ao Dai, which again, is a beaut of a pattern. Unfortunately it doesn’t fit me any more :(. Boo.

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