Whew! It’s been a week of sewing challenges for me. Many fails you’ll never see, and one I saved from my scrapped pile (see my Instagram for the Arenite Pants save).
Today I want to share one of this weeks successes! Being a large framed 6 foot tall woman, I have always felt too conspicuous in overalls. So I never wear them. Ever. But this year I wanted to try something new, and when I saw the flirty, feminine design of these burnside bibs, I knew I had to make them.
check out this flirty paper bag waistline. It’s like hello!
I used a mid weight Essex linen from fabric.com in denim blue. (Affiliate link used)
The PDF pattern has layers (jazz hands yeah) so I selected size 16 and 18 and graded down from just below the 18 waist to a …. well that’s what you are supposed to do but I knew I liked my modified Free Range Pants leg width so I just centered them between the size 16 legs and it worked perfect! Risky I know, but I was feeling punchy after all them sewing fails.
I didn’t like that I had to print both versions out to get all the pieces I wanted. Version 2 has a fitted back with a side zipper but also a cute curved bib so you have to put it all together to get it.
I got distracted by my homeschool boys constant bickering (gotta get these kids outside! and threw away the the curved bib along with version 2. Ugh!
Oh well, the straight bib looks cute too. My only struggle was how you slip the INSIDE OUT bib facing over the RIGHT SIDE OUT bib and sew the top, then flip inside out. I just could not visualize that ahead of time, but just by going through the motions it all came clear.
Next time I will make the shoulder straps wider because when you fold and stitch them the straps narrow down quite a bit. There was only about a 1/4 inch difference between my shoulder strap and back ties. Maybe I did something wrong?
Also, the tie sort of slips around on your back so you never can tell if it’s straight back there.
Oh, and I did not have to lengthen these or make any adjustments to the crotch. Yay! It fits!