Lily’s handmade overalls. McCall’s 7547 in Fabric from Fabric.com Total cost : around 27$
Pattern 2$ on sale at Joann Fabric
Checked fabric twill around 22$ , including shipping from Fabric.com
Overalls buckles from Wawak approximately 3$
Lily wanted a pair of UNIF overalls for Christmas. A. UNIF is a clothing line heavily influenced by 90’s style and is quite popular in the surf /skate youth culture here in Southern California. Well, no way was I going to drop 160 bucks plus shipping, on a pair of simple cotton overalls that I already had a pattern for! I would sew them some myself, since I found almost the identical cotton twill on Fabric .com for 7.50$ a Yard!
Of course. Lily balked at this idea, as kids that age want the NAME brand, but she wore them to a NYE party and three other kids asked her if I would make them a pair, too, I was like, “I won!”
UNIF Apex overalls 158$
Since the McCall’s pattern was designed for stretch wovens, and was fitted, I sized up to a 12 for Lily’s pair, which she wanted looser and not so skinny. I had to make the legs a bit wider, too. The directions and pattern are good, except for there is some weird waistline ease added to the pants of the overalls. You are supposed to ease the excess fabric into the waistband, for what reason , I have no idea, since they could have easily just added a dart. It was impossible not to get some gathers at the waistline because of this extra few inches of ease. I did my best, though. The rest of the construction went easy enough. And yes, the pattern is very fitted. Lily has a 25 inch waist and the size 12 only just fits her. Keep in mind you won’t find the typical Big 4 excess ease on this one.
Before she went to the party I took her and her little sister out for burgers and we went and rode the Go Carts and played in the arcade. New Years’ Eve at In N Out and Gold N Stuff in Ventura. A nice ending to the year.
PS I’d like to thank those of you who lent your support over my dad’s passing in my last posts. It means a lot to me.
Happy sewing and happy new year!