The “Smurftastic” Overalls
Fabric: Denim, thrifted $.25
Pattern: Advance 2994, $2
Year: c. 1940s
Notions: zipper, two buttons
Time to complete: ~4 hours
First worn: May 2012
Wear again? Yes, around the house.
Total Cost: ~$2.25
For this challenge, I felt that I couldn’t just make another 1940s dress. I mean, really, I don’t even need a 1940s-themed challenge to do that. So instead I decided to make the quintessential 1940s play and work uniform — denim overalls. Like most weeks, I started these at the last moment and omitted an important step — washing the fabric. We’ll learn more about that problem later.
For anyone who is scared of attempting slacks and overalls, they really are quite easy — or at least the construction is easy. It’s the fitting that usually is the really pain for us seamstresses. I would have to say that if I bought overalls off the rack, they probably wouldn’t fit much better than these. I have a ridiculously exaggerated hour-glass figure and finding any sort of pants that can handle my upper thighs and hips is a real challenge. Because of this, I’m glad of how these ended up fitting.
I made the shirt about two years ago and though I don’t remember many of the details of its construction, I know that it’s Simplicity 1554. Dude, I just typed that pattern number from memory. That’s how often I use that thing. I had originally planned to wear the overalls without a shirt but then felt that they looked a bit more period with one.
And now, my reference to the washing (and the post title).
Because I hadn’t wash the denim, the blue dye used rubbed off on my hands during construction. I wish I would have taken a picture, but my hands looked corpse-like. Because of this, I made sure to line the bodice and wore the thing with tights underneath. Yesterday, I wore this outfit to the Maker Faire and by the end of the day, my hands had returned to their charming Smurf-like palor. Every time I interacted with someone, I had to explain why my hands were blue. So, moral of the story: wash that fabric!
Whether or not I wear this outfit again depends on how much it shrinks when I wash it. There’s just so much of my body I’d like to highlight in a full-body jumpsuit. That said, I thought I looked fine enough wearing it out yesterday.