I've owned this vintage Seventies men's overalls pattern -- Butterick 3571 (up top) -- for a few years now.
Somehow I never managed to sew it up, don't ask me why. But this week I wanted to sew something to accompany a new plaid flannel shirt I recently completed and I thought denim overalls might have just the right sort of Seventies vibe.
They also had, for me, a strong Kristy McNichol-as-Buddy-on-Family vibe, if that means anything to you, so I wasn't entirely surprised when I discovered that Butterick 3570 is the women's version of my pattern, nearly identical right down to the embroidered turnip. Good God, I'd stumbled into dreaded unisex territory!
I was on the fence for an hour or so, then finally I decided to just go for it. So far, I'm glad I did: these are fun to make.
In case you were wondering about that embroidered turnip on the bib pocket, the instructions go into great detail on how to create one.
Since I've never embroidered anything in my life, let alone a root vegetable, I explored possible alternatives today in the Garment District. A few possibilities:
I found the hardware I needed at C&C Button on 38th St. For the price of these, I could have picked up an old pair of overalls at the thrift store and cut off the hardware, but I do like to support my local notions stores.
Below are a few progress pics.
Here's my denim and the back pattern piece:
These overalls have four matching patch pockets. Why there are no side pockets in this pattern is anybody's guess, since you always find them on store-bought overalls.
The fronts and backs attached -- looking like overalls sans front bib:
There's still quite a bit to do, but I do intend to have these finished for a mid-week photo shoot. In the Nineties I actually owned a pair of overalls and wore them a lot, so I'm cautiously optimistic about these. My denim is a little lightweight for this project, but if I like the way these turn out, I suppose I can make them again in something sturdier.
Have any of you made overalls from scratch? Did you wear them?
Have a great day, everybody!
PS - Any Kristy McNichol fans out there? (And let's not forget brother Jimmy, who had his own short-lived McCall's pattern line.)
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