PATTERN REVIEW – MAKE IT YOURS SHORTS DUNGAREES

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

I’ve now started using the wishlist feature on the Makerist website, it’s really handy. Anytime I’m browsing, which is often, I just add patterns to my wish list so I don’t forget them.

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.

close up of sun candy cotton canvas fabric with orange print

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!

Dog's bum laying on sewn garment

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.

close up of shorts dungarees pocket construction

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.

Ruby Rose fastening buckles on orange print shorts dungarees

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.

ADJUSTMENTS

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.

Ruby Rose posing in shorts dungarees and boots

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.

close up of Ruby fastening shorts dungarees buckle

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Ruby x



1 thought on “PATTERN REVIEW – MAKE IT YOURS SHORTS DUNGAREES”

  • Those are adorable!
    Your sewing method sounds a lot like mine – I hate making toiles and layout my patterns to eke out every bit of fabric. ☺️

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