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Jenny Overalls In Black Denim

Hello hello hello, I’m Sam and this is my 2nd blog for Minerva and I’ve had so much fun with this make, let me tell you more ….

I’m totally obsessed with dungarees and denim but finding the right match can be a chore. I was sent 3 metres of the Lady McElroy Heavy Denim Fabric in black and it's the perfect match for the Jenny Overalls by Closest Case Patterns. The fabric is sturdy with a tiny bit of stretch, not enough to distort the sizing but enough to make the garment comfortable. Please don’t be put off by the fabric being called ‘heavy weight’ its perfect for dungarees, jeans or even a pinafore. The denim has a lovely smooth texture on the underside and a diagonal twill weave on the outside, when you're sewing be careful to make sure you sew with the twill weave on the outside. The black is solid so I know after lots of wear and washes it won’t fade or show any white fibres unlike some other black denims. The only fault I have with the fabric is like all black fabrics it attracts any fluff or white threads lurking around my home within a 5 metre radius, so a sticky roller is a must.

I have made this pattern before and love it as it is so haven’t made too many adjustments. I’ve added one inch to the front crotch and taken a couple of inches from the width of the leg. I had a difficult time deciding on the leg length so went for a custom ankle skimming length, I think this will be perfect with lots of different footwear. I used a bronze metal zip I purchased from Minerva separately and added bronze metal buttons and clips to finish the make.

I love the pockets on this pattern, there are six in total. Although this pattern looks like it's for the most experienced sewist don’t let that fool you, the in depth instructions and blog posts by closet case patterns walk you through every step, making all the tricky parts a breeze to understand. I would recommend taking your time with the zip and waist band because they are a little fiddly. My zip is slightly visible and I don’t mind this but I’m sure on future pairs that I make I can stop this from happening. Another great feature of this pattern is when its been designed every effort has been made to ensure the finish on the inside is just as pretty as the outside. You can make the inside of the pockets a secret feature by using any pretty cotton fabric you like, I used some penguin fabric I had in my stash.

I’m going to get so much wear out of these dungarees, the light stretch in the denim makes them super comfortable. These photos were taken at the end of August so it was warm enough to pair them with a t-shirt and sandals but during the warmer months they are going to look great with boots and a long sleeve top or snuggly polo jumper. 

Thanks for reading, I hope you liked my make,

Happy Sewing,

Samantha @purplesewingcloud

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