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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Just finished making this Marilla Walker Roberts Collection Dungaree Dress, and I think I kinda love it ☺️

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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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