Monday, 18 February 2013

Vintage Dungarees

I have had a bee in my bonnet about making some dungarees for my youngest and I didn't anticipate how difficult it would be to find a pattern for some. My first searches only came up with patterns for very young babies and I needed something above an age two.

A lot of the newer styles are not traditional dungarees as I recognise them, mainly romper suits and short legged sunsuits. I could of course adapt the short style ones but I really wanted to find what I was looking for. So I went vintage.

I found this on sale with a seller on Artfire and the delivery charges were perfectly reasonable so I took a chance.

I had spotted a little girl in a pair of red spotty ones earlier in the month and thought she looked adorable so I bought some pinwale microdot cord from Dots and Stripes to see if I could recreate the look. I have to be honest, they are nowhere near as cute. My red is very, well, RED. I think the style and shape of them is very comfy and appropriate for a two year old. I like the pleats at the front they add a girly touch.

They have a zip fastening on the front yokes as well as button closures on the straps. I am not 100% sure why, you can get them on and off perfectly well with just the buttons because the fit is generous. It must be purely a detail. I wanted to make them up as per the pattern so I went along with it. I think next time I would omit the zip. Or sew the straps and leave off the buttonholes. No need for both really.

The leg cuffs are deep and folded back on themselves to the right side to create what the pattern describes as crushed cuffs. The length can easily be adjusted by making them bigger or smaller as required. I have hand stitched a few catching stitches on either seam to stop them unrolling when worn.

The pockets on the back are huge! 

The lines of the back are clean and uncomplicated.

She has a dirty backside from sitting in the sandpit, but at least it is good fun dirt!

 I like the practicality of these dungarees and I know they are a bit old fashioned and I won't get away with dressing her like a baby for much longer. (I am hanging onto this time for as long as possible - sniff sniff!)

The only thing I don't like is the colour, it is a bit too bright for me. She does look cute though so maybe it will grow on me.


  1. These are really cute Katy. I see what you mean re the zip, but I like it :-). I like the colour too!

  2. They are so cute,don't worry,red fades super fast but I am with Justine and like them!
    xx N

    1. Thanks Nicole! I am getting used to the colour now.


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