The Come On Eileen Overalls
Fabric | Canvas furnishing fabric
Pattern | Self drafted
Year | Since the dawn of cotton pick’n time
Notions |zip and overall kit
Time to complete | 4 hours
First worn | for the photos
Wear again? Maybe with a jacket
Total price | $10
That’s me in my army camo overalls with a big cheesy grin smeared across my face, the biggest cheeks this side of Australia. To my left, my younger sister and older brother .
Here I stand in my 2012 overalls, army camo? a no no, unless I was doing a round of paintball. Do I like these? I’m really unsure at this stage. I am a big type nerd. I love typography and this is what drew me to this fabric. It all comes down to my mood as to whether I’ll wear these again. Given the nature of this challenge and the lack of childhood photos I have in my possession I shall run with it and just smile on reflection. If it wasn’t these babies it was an all-in-one baby romper with snaps around my butt or a hideous helping of white satin and itchy synthetic lace. If I ever wear them again it would be with my leather jacket and tights, always adding a little slice of rock n roll to the equation.
These weren’t at all hard to make, a pair of shorts with bib and braces attached to the top. I inserted a side zip and carriers for a belt to travel through to pull my waist in, otherwise it looks like I’m wearing a sack. I think there is quite possibly an art to wearing overalls, I’m slowly learning as I go. I found a number of different shapes and sizes on Pinterest that got me all excited about making these ones.
The pockets are external, pocket pieces stitched on top of the fronts of the shorts. I’m glad I did this because the word Manhatthatan spread across my crotch and it looked weird to spell the least.
The overall buckle kit was a dream to install and gives it that real overall look— so to speak, as opposed to just buttons.
This is the only view of the back we managed to capture, If you up the brightness on your computer you might be able to make out the the back detail. hehe
So down to naming this challenge; it was a toss up between Dexy’s Midnight Runners-Come or Eileen or Bananarama’s-Cruel Summer because of their fun use of overalls from the 80’s. It has to be ‘Come on Eileen’… Poor old Johnny Ray.