Overall Dress & Vintage Style Top
I have this love for overalls and overall-dresses, probably because you can’t find them anywhere. Nor can you even find a pattern for them. One of those ‘I want it because I can’t have it’ situations, I guess.
So I finally decided just to make my own by altering a skirt pattern (Simplicity 2656). Well, not altering as much as making additions. All it needs is a bib and some straps and it’s an overall dress.
I had this black and khaki plaid cotton (with just a touch of stretch to it) in my stash. (I apparently have an affinity for plaid prints as well overall dresses.) Not sure the print turned out to be the most flattering for this cut/style of garment, but I still enjoy it.
1940s STYLE BLOUSE
As you are probably aware if you follow this blog (or know me in real life), I hoard patterns. In particular all of the vintage and retro style ones. Always looking for an excuse to use them. And wouldn’t a vintage blouse pair just perfectly with an overall dress?
I altered the pattern by putting in a shirring effect (casing with elastic sewn to the inside of the shirt) in place of the darts. This makes the top comfortably fitted both in the front and back (and eliminates the need for a side fastener).
The fabric is this vintage-looking cotton (I also had in my stash) with a small floral print in red, blue and goldenrod on a white background. I also used it for this 1930s Dustbowl dress I made.