I’ve wanted to make some denim dungarees for a while. I purchased Mc Calls 7547 pattern a few years ago, and it matured in my stash until the perfect fabric came along.
I bought two lengths of denim from Miss Maude. One I used almost immediately to make this bomber jacket. For the second piece, I used the fabric’s reverse side to make these dungarees. The material is beautifully soft yet durable cotton that feels lovely to wear.
Dungarees are quite a big project. I worked on them for quite a few days. Where possible, I constructed as many elements as possible before changing the thread and cotton for topstitching. See my guide here for topstitching tips.
I like the pattern as it includes a side zip which makes getting in and out of this garment easier. The length of the straps are just long enough for my 165cm frame. I would recommend checking this before you cut them out.
I have been trying more big 4 patterns. They are excellent value for money and tend to be a great base to work from.
I decided to size up the waistband 2 sizes to allow for garment layering, which works perfectly. I used to be really concerned about my tag size now. I just want enough ease to be comfortable and to reflect the style of garment I’m trying to create.
I cut out this garment without a toile and went for it! Thankfully the dungarees fit really well. I found the instructions confusing in places, so did a combination of guessing, Youtubing and looking at blogs for hints. They came together pretty much perfectly in the end.
Due to my work dress code, garments like these that only get worn on weekends get very few wears. But, I know I’ll have them for many years so it’s ok!
I’m glad to have finally made the artist dungarees of my dreams. They are the perfect addition to my me-made wardrobe.
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They look great Emma, fantastic job.