Overalls progress: Drafting the bib.

I got around to drafting the bib front for my overalls. I decided on a sweetheart neckline and a high bib like the one in the 40s. The cool thing is that now I can really visualize what the overalls will look like.

Im debating either making the straps them the the back piece (making it one piece) or simply sewing the straps to the notched places.

I also began sizing the slacks portion of the pattern. I pulled out an old pattern I made up after a lot of trial and error then compared that to the new pattern and the sloper I made. I was surprise this 47" hip pattern was larger than my sloper and my original pants pattern.

The curve at the waist on the old slacks is fairly high compared to my sloper and the new pattern, so I think Im going to go with the new pattern with that.

One thing I've discovered I have to do when modifying pants is the cut of the seat.

Most slacks have a fairly gradual curve, but because of my paunch, if I don't make the curve more dramatic, I get a really tight look there and it makes the pants cut into me *cough* and they also look too small.

Plus, that sharp incline is where the great drape of the pants starts. Mmmm, the drape.

My next step is to make up pieces for the top, and alter the back of the slacks. Then I'll be ready to cut into the fabric.

Stay turned!

7 comments:

  1. Hmm, I don't know what's best to do about attaching those overall straps. Let us know what you come up with.

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  2. How were the original versions made? I would think they'd have been cut separately and sewed on, to make the cutting layout more flexible and possibly save yardage.

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  3. It took me a bit to gather what you were talking about, LBC. You mean the straps on the overalls. I've seen them attached but I might want to try something different :)

    Yardage would be my only obstacle in just making the back and strap one large piece. We shall see.

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  4. Oh, I can't wait to see them when they're done. I have a special place in my heart for sweetheart front overalls.

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  5. Neat! When I made my overalls (EvaDress pattern) I lined the inside and sandwiched the straps in the back seam. This would only work with lightweight fabric, but since you're looking forward to drapiness, I assume that's what you're using.

    I'm wondering if the "shoulder" dart might be a problem later - that looks like a lot of layers to go through for a buttonhole. There's the side dart option, but that probably wouldn't give such a tight, smooth fit. How about just turning the darts into a princess seam? Just sumpthin that popped into my head, plus it might be pretty with neckline...looking forward to seeing the next stages! :)

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  6. I think Ill be okay, Beth. Im doing the whole thing with flat felled seams, so 3-4 layers of denim should be alright. I've budgeted braking about 3 needles. I hope thats Ill I brake! :)

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  7. It looks very promising; I'm looking forward to seeing the finished prodcut.

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