Last year I purchased Kwik Sew 3389 with the intention of making a pair of coveralls, and I've finally decided the time is right.
I spent the last two days working on them and hope to finish them tomorrow. I'm making mine out of a beautiful blue linen rather than a more utilitarian fabric.
The Kwik Sew instructions are very clear and I've made only a few alterations to the pattern, mainly shortening them a little in the chest, the waist, the rise, and the inseam. Since it's all one piece, it has to fit: there aren't many places to adjust it.
Now you may be wondering what the difference is between coveralls and a jumpsuit. Coveralls are something worn over other clothes (hence the name) whereas a jumpsuit is usually worn next to the skin, am I right? (More discussion of men's jumpsuits here.)
I'm not sure I'll be wearing these over other pants but I'll probably wear them over a shirt; I have to see how they look when they're finished. The sewing has gone well but there's a lot of seaming (and many of the seams are reinforced with rayon binding) and topstitching, not to mention side pockets and patch pockets -- it all takes time and this somewhat loosely woven linen is a little hard to handle (and prone to fraying and growing).
Some of my inspiration for this project is below:
|Levi's for Band of Outsiders|
I'm really looking forward to getting these finished and seeing how comfortable I am wearing them -- it's a new type of garment for me. The linen makes them very cool and, since they cover most everything else, an easy thing to pull on for a summer morning dog walk. We shall see. Does any guy you know wear coveralls (as fashion, not uniform)?
Have a great day, everybody!