Marilla Walker Roberts Collection Dungarees

il_570xN.847751986_ekz3I’ve wanted a dungaree dress for a while and thought this winter would be the perfect time to make one! I’ve purchased the Roberts collection pattern by Marilla Walker. The dungaree dress comes in a pack with a jumpsuit, a woven t-shirt and the overalls.

When there was a popup fabric sale here in Wellington I purchased 5 meters of black cotton/poly twill which I used for this dress and for my Sew Teahouse dress. The fabric has a really nice heavy weight and doesn’t crease easily and bonus it was only $3 meter!


I cut a size 3 (I’m generally a 38 bust/ 40 hip). Due to a number of silly errors made while sewing I had to grade the pattern down to a size 2 on the top section of the skirt. Don’t sew when tired friends! Thankfully it still fits perfectly.  I’ve worn the dress in these photos with a Grainline Scout Tee which I made a couple of years ago. I can see myself wearing this garments with lots of knit tops and button-ups.


I sewed the dress as per the instructions and didn’t need to make any adjustments. I added buttonholes and buttons to the top of the dress instead of snaps. I always find snaps really fiddly to insert! Please let know if you have any tips. I purchased these beautiful Mark Jacobs buttons from The Fabric Store a while ago and they felt right on this project. These are two buttons on the side tab and the straps which connect to the bib.


This dress has great pockets horray ! No handbag required.

I didn’t have enough fabric to line the inside of the bib so I used a lightweight cotton from my stash for a bit of interest. I interfaced this fabric to give it extra strength. It makes me happy adding unique design details to my handmade clothes.


Yes I did feel awkward taking this photo but it had to be done. I love pretty lining!

My favourite part of this dress is the way the back straps sit around the back of the garment.


My friend Dianne inspired this make. I wore my No Regrets pin as a homage to her inspiring style.

I wasn’t sure if I could pull off this look but I can and I love it! It’s a great layering piece and really fun to wear.

Thanks for reading!

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