I’ve been treating myself to a little ‘me time’ during the evenings and for the first time in a while I actually made something for myself! Sewing is another one of my favourite hobbies and before I had the allotment it was what I would spend most of my spare time doing. However, it’s now the one hobby that always gets pushed to the back burner and I miss it so much!
I’ve been wanting to make myself some dungarees for a while now and as soon as I spotted the Turia dungaree pattern by Pauline Alice I knew that was the one! As you know I’m a huge dungaree fan and own a couple of pairs already, but you can never have enough right? Due to my height I always struggle to find trousers to fit and often have to buy them from the tall section (which is limited to a few shops!) plus I also wanted a working pair made from thick cotton drill making my search for the perfect dungarees pretty much pointless… So out came the sewing machine!
Luckily I had some beautiful 100% cotton drill fabric in a khaki/brown colour in my storage and it was perfect. The pattern itself was really easy to make and I enjoyed every second of it. I learnt how to sew a flat bed seam and took pride in my neat top stitching, even adding pretty floral metal buttons for the dungaree hooks. I made a slight improvement to the length of the bib as I wanted it to cover my chest and also changed the pocket on the front to cater for pens (I’m a proper geek!) Obviously I also made the leg length a tad longer to cater for my 36″ legs but I’m thinking they will look great in the summer rolled up with my salt water sandals on too!
I am so happy with the finished dungarees and can’t wait to start wearing them up the allotment, I feel like a proper Land girl in them! I’m so in love with the design and the pattern that I plan on making more. The pattern also includes a short’s version and there’s a hack over on https://www.paulinealice.com/ to make it into a dress which I really want to sew for Summer.
And whilst I had the sewing machine out to play I made up an applique sign to hang in the shed… because every shed needs a name!