PATTERN REVIEW – MAKE IT YOURS SHORTS DUNGAREES
I love shorts, I love making them and wearing them, so I’m not sure what took me so long to make some shorts dungarees. As soon as I saw the Make it Yours Shorts dungarees I knew they were the perfect ones for me. They aren’t too fitted, a lovely casual boxy fit.
SELECTING A PATTERN
It means if there’s ever a sale I can see what I’ve found along the way. The Make it Yours Shorts dungarees have been there for some time. But as soon as I saw this fantastic organic cotton canvas from Sister Mintaka I knew they were a match made in heaven.
SHORTS DUNGAREES PROCESS
These shorts dungarees call for 1 and a half meters of fabric but doesn’t mention the fabric width. But the cotton canvas I ordered from Sister Mintaka was slightly narrower than the usual 140cm. I decided it would probably be fine and I would risk it. I’ve realised I am the opposite of a perfectionist. I hardly ever toile, I guess procedures and often miss steps. It’s probably not the best sewing method but it seems to work for me!
I actually spent quite a white cutting out the fabric as I couldn’t work out if the print was directional or not. I decide it was as a couple of the oranges looked like they were hanging down. So, I made sure all of them were facing the right direction and cut out my pieces. There are no lay plans included with this pattern, but I don’t often follow them, preferring to see how it best fits so I can save fabric.
The instructions for the shorts dungarees are super comprehensive, with detailed notes as well as photographs for each step. I started by making my straps and attaching the buckles, then made the patch pocket for the front. I decided as the cotton canvas wasn’t super heavyweight that I would overlock as much as possible beforehand. This saves time and also works like a stay stitch to stop the fabric stretching as you sew the garment.
I then sewed the front and back centre seams and pressed before adding the patch pocket. Following the notches, I added the side pockets, with one pocket bag on each side before sewing the side seams, encompassing the pockets. I then sewed the crotch seam and all that was left to do was hem, and attach the jeans buttons.
This is quite a quick sew, and a really enjoyable one – the instructions has a bonus section to show how this can easily be turned into a dungaree dress.
I didn’t make any adjustments on these, but I think next time I might think about making a slightly longer version so I could do turn ups. I would also consider adding buttons at the sides.
WOULD I MAKE THE SHORTS DUNGAREES AGAIN?
I absolutely love this pattern, it’s a classic dungaree pattern and I love the boxy fit of the shorts. Next time I think I’ll make and oversized version for a super casual look. I’d also like to make a plain pair to really accentuate the details and stitching.
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