Monday, December 5, 2016

Mod Farmgirl Look

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.

Simplicity 2656

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.


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?

Simplicity 1692

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.


  1. I love how, on top of your sewing prowess, you have excellent taste. Your choice of designs appeal to me immensely. Are the jeans in the second outfit rear-zip? I've been looking for a pair of those since I was 8 years old!

    1. Those are actually a pair of high-waisted denim capris made with Butterick 5895 (need a pair?) And yes (good eye!) they have a centerback zip 😉