Completed: Jenny Overall Shorts

29 Aug

I’m just gonna go out and say it now: these pictures are shitty, but I’m posting them anyway. Considering how long it took me to even get photos in the first place, lord knows I’m not gonna make the effort to re-shoot them. Sorry, not sorry!

Also, if you’re seeing this post twice – that’s because I mistakingly published it yesterday, realized my error, and immediately deleted it. I wasn’t going to say anything at all (honestly it’s an embarrassing mistake) but I’ve gotten several comments and emails expressing concern, so I wanted to clarify. The error post yesterday was meant for the Mood Sewing Network.Β I was just typing it in my blog because I like the format better, and unfortunately I hit the wrong publish button lol. Oops! If you already read the other one, I would still suggest reading this one as well because both posts are different – and this one has more (shitty) photos ! Ok that is all!

Organic Twill Jenny Overalls

So these are the Jenny Overalls from Closet Case Patterns – one of many, many overall patterns that are currently available. I’ll be the first to admit it – I haven’t been a big fan of the current overall trend (“current” being the key word here – 90s-era Lauren definitely had a pair of denim overall shorts with Mickey Mouse embroidered peeking out of the pocket. God, I loved those things. Wore them with my purple Looney Toons baseball cap and my Adidas slides with white Tommy Hilfiger socks. You’re welcome for that mental image). In fact, when this pattern first came out – my initial reaction was “meh.” Everyone who was at my weekend workshop in Alexandria VA can attest to that, ha! I received a copy of the pattern from Heather, but truly I was more interested in the pants than anything that has a bib attached to it.

Organic Twill Jenny Overalls

So what changed? Honestly… I blame Heather. Shortly after the pattern release, she posted an ass-load of photos of her galavanting all over London & Stockholm in her cropped Jenny Overalls. Every outfit looked rad as shit, and I eventually swayed my overall stance. I think my biggest issue is that overalls seem very utilitarian – which really is not a look I typically go for. This specific pattern is more 1940’s Rosie the Riveter glam, with a high waist and wide legs. Make them out of something other than denim, and they seem pretty sleek. I was willing to give it a go!

Organic Twill Jenny Overalls

Organic Twill Jenny Overalls

For this pair, I went with the shorts version although in hindsight I kind of wish I’d made the cropped legs (more on that in a minute). I cut a size 4 at the waist, grading out to a 6 at the hip. Those of you who have been following my blog for a while may notice a size discrepancy here – I pretty much exclusively make a size 2 in Closet Case Patterns. Well, my measurements have always been right between the 2 and 4, so I simply sized down instead of up. Aaaaand the 30s are hitting hard, which means I’ve gained a little bit of weight! Just enough that I needed to go up a size – and in the case of my hips and thighs, 2 sizes. Just a head’s up! The sizing on this pattern is still pretty consistent; MY size in particular has been the inconsistent one!

Organic Twill Jenny Overalls

Organic Twill Jenny Overalls

Organic Twill Jenny Overalls

Rather than use denim, I used Organic Cotton Twill from Mood Fabrics as my main fabric. Again, if you’ve followed my blog for a long time you are probably aware that I LOOOOVE this fabric. It’s the best! A great bottomweight, 60″ wide, available in an array of great colors… and less than $15/yard? YES, SIGN ME THE FUCK UP. I can also personally vouch that this stuff washes and wears beautifully. So it was a no-brainer that I opted to use it for this particular project.

As far as construction goes… not too much to report on this particular make. The instructions are great, easy to follow, and I really found this project to be super satisfying to work on. It’s similar to making a nice pair of jeans – lots of pressing and topstitching, and working with an easy fabric. I didn’t make any fit or construction adjustments to the pattern, other than (accidentally) using too long of a zipper. The only thing I’m not crazy about is how bulky the seam allowances are by the zipper – once you factor in pockets, the lap over the zipper ends up pretty thick. I don’t think swapping out for buttons would change that, and I’d rather have the pockets and just deal with bulk, so it’s not a big deal I guess.

Organic Twill Jenny Overalls

Organic Twill Jenny Overalls

So… as for the verdict? Well, they did turn out really cute! Every time I wear these out, I get loads of compliments. I think the dark color and subtle topstitching do help to make these look a little less farmer-y (you do you, but personally I do not want to look like a farmer), and the high waist and comfortably loose leg are definitely chic. I like that the bib is proportionally small, and that the straps cross over. All in all, it’s a nice look.

But… is it a look for me? Not really. I feel kind of uncomfortable in them, to be honest. The fit itself isn’t uncomfortable – the sizing includes an appropriate amount of ease, although I will say that I’m not used to wearing anything quite this fitted at my waist these days (with no stretch whatsoever), so that has taken some getting used to! I also feel weirdly overheated when I wear these if it’s super hot outside, so I can’t wear them if it’s higher than, say, 85 degrees (aka most of the summer in Tennessee). I don’t know why the addition of that bib makes them feel unbearable in the heat, but it’s a thing! Which is why I wish I’d made mine with longer legs – I think they’d be more practical, as I could just wear them in cooler weather. Finally, it has been surprisingly hard to style these. Since they are fitted and high-waisted, they really only work with tight or cropped tops. Anything loose- even if you tuck it in – just looks kind of weird in my opinion. I realize there are lots of tight top patterns out there (including Nettie!), but I don’t have any in my wardrobe as, again, I don’t like wearing tight things in the heat! Pretty much the *only* thing I own that looks good with these is the shirt I’m wearing in these photos – a Papercut Patterns SJ Tee.

Were I to make these again, I’d do the longer version and cut the waistband on the crossgrain so there’s a bit more stretch. Styling-wise, I actually do wear pretty fitted tops the rest of the year so that wouldn’t be a problem.

Organic Twill Jenny Overalls

Overall (lol see what I did there), I do like this pattern and the resulting overalls are pretty cute! The jury is still out on if I really feel sartorially comfortable wearing these, so I’m giving them a few more goes before I make a decision. I’m glad I made them because I did enjoy the experience, and if I decide to pass them on I’m sure someone else will love wearing them πŸ™‚

Note: The fabrics used in this post were provided to me by Mood Fabrics, in exchange for my participation in the Mood Sewing Network. All opinions are my own!

32 Responses to “Completed: Jenny Overall Shorts”

  1. Dina P August 29, 2018 at 8:57 am #

    First, super cute! I love that fabric. As for the overalls, I had the exact same feeling when this pattern came out. I was like, “You were excited for what?!” But then over the course of a few months, those damn cute photos of everyone’s Jenny overalls, pants, and shorts came at me and I finally gave in. Mine are railroad striped and long and I really love them. I made two mods which were to add buttons to both sides and cut the waistband on the cross grain. FWIW, I’m a straight 10 in her Gingers and a 12 in these and the Carolyn’s so I think it’s a different block that’s caused the discrepancy for me.

    • LLADYBIRD August 29, 2018 at 11:06 am #

      I think I’d probably be happier with these if I’d cut the waistband on the cross grain. It’s not unwearable, but I’m not totally comfortable with a rigid waistband that has no give! Should have guessed that, oh well! Yours sound super cute!

      • Dina P August 29, 2018 at 3:49 pm #

        It didn’t do the waistband it on the cross grain because I was clever, mostly it was to alternate the stripe direction! But I did also think that I might like a little give there too. I’ll post my pics one day soonish πŸ™‚

  2. LinB August 29, 2018 at 9:09 am #

    I like bibbed and strapped skirts and trews because the extra structure helps to keep them from falling off as I walk about. I hate bibbed and strapped skirts and trews because they are hell on earth to take off in a hurry for bathroom business.

    • LLADYBIRD August 29, 2018 at 11:06 am #

      Haha I totally agree! Pretty much every time I need to go to the bathroom, I reconsider the hassle of getting them off and back on again haha!

  3. Becky August 29, 2018 at 9:13 am #

    You look very cute in these. So, it could be a look for you once you get used to it. It is not a look for me, and never has been. I feel the same way about jumpsuits or any article of clothing which requires me to partially undress to go to the bathroom. It’s a thing for me. I don’t like dropping trou throughout the day! So, great for people who are not bothered by this, but I am not wearing any garments that create this problem.

    • LLADYBIRD August 29, 2018 at 11:07 am #

      I do love the way they look, I’m just not sold on if it’s the look for me. It feels weird! but I agree with you, I don’t like undressing that much to go to the bathroom! I hate jumpsuits for that reason (just a personal preference, people can wear them if they want!), but at least with the overalls you get to keep your shirt on πŸ˜›

  4. arannaknits August 29, 2018 at 11:35 am #

    🐞I think the coverall shorts look great on you✨


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  5. Becky Thompson August 29, 2018 at 12:25 pm #

    I think they are super cute and I’d wear them except for the issue with undressing to go to the restroom. I can’t stand the thought of my fabric straps dragging on the ground in a public stall (GAG). And sometimes it’s a race to the bathroom while struggling with straps. I love the look but I’m with you on the whole utilitarian thing.

    • LLADYBIRD September 1, 2018 at 7:35 am #

      Yeah I’m not terribly thrilled with wearing anything that risks dragging on the floor when you are using the bathroom! So that’s a knock for me.

  6. Anonymous August 29, 2018 at 1:39 pm #

    YOU are amazing! Great job on the overalls!

  7. Hailey August 29, 2018 at 8:25 pm #

    These are great! I always look forward to your posts πŸ™‚

  8. V August 29, 2018 at 11:08 pm #

    So if you’d made them as shorts only, or in the future as wide leg crop pants/long pants, you’d like them far better than you do with the bib? I’m very tempted by the pattern, but as just a pant. I’m not a skinny jean sort of girl, but the flared leg of these has huge appeal.

    • LLADYBIRD September 1, 2018 at 7:36 am #

      I’d probably like them best as long wide leg crop pants. I don’t particularly like this leg shape for shorts (but, to each their own). I think the long version just as pants would be cute, though.

  9. accordion3 August 29, 2018 at 11:59 pm #

    I don’t get the current overalls thing either. I had a giant pair when pregnant and loved them. That was 14 years ago!

    Yours are terrific and possibly removing the bib and straps is the way to go forward.

    • LLADYBIRD September 1, 2018 at 7:37 am #

      Well the waist isn’t particularly comfortable and I don’t care much for this shape of leg as shorts, so I think I don’t think I’d wear them even without the bib and straps πŸ™‚

  10. PsychicSewerKathleen August 30, 2018 at 9:16 am #

    I agree with everyone else’s assessment that they do look really cute on you πŸ™‚ But then let’s be honest, EVERYTHING looks cute on you because YOU are cute. I think if you aren’t comfortable you could reduce these to a neat pair of shorts; remove the waist band and replace it with something more comfortable like a back elastic? They fit you so well, the fabric is gorgeous and I would imagine as shorts, they would get a lot of wear – what do you think?

    • LLADYBIRD September 1, 2018 at 7:38 am #

      Thank you! I really don’t care much for this shape of leg as shorts so I’d more than likely just gift them to someone else rather than try to refigure the pattern.

  11. bethnegrey August 30, 2018 at 12:15 pm #

    These really are cute — I have (real deal) overalls in my closet since I’m a docent at an old woolen mill in Salem (in operation from 1889-1962) but I’m getting a bit age-y to wear these. Sigh. I think of one of my not-so-long ago fashionista HS kids and can just see her rocking these with a long-sleeved knit top, tights (likely striped) and booties. And then I think of the poem “When I Am Old I Shall Wear Purple” πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD September 1, 2018 at 7:38 am #

      haha that is great! I say you keep wearing the overalls, never too age-y for that sort of look!

  12. flyingmuse August 30, 2018 at 5:19 pm #

    I couldn’t quite get into this pattern either, but I was almost swayed by all those London photos, too. Haven’t taken the plunge, but I do think they look good on you! Also, I completely relate to those 30s hitting HARD. Let’s all agree that going up a size is entirely acceptable because, um, I am not currently seeing any other options. πŸ˜‰

    • LLADYBIRD September 1, 2018 at 7:39 am #

      haha right!? I’m like… ok, if this is where my body wants to be, then so be it. I am not going to argue!

  13. liz-o-matic September 1, 2018 at 7:26 am #

    I’m glad we had the same reaction to overalls in general (although the Jenny ones are the best of the bunch). I’ve come to realize I am uncomfortable with any fashion trend I wore in middle school/high school and is now coming back 😦
    Also, in regards to these being too hot for TN summers…. you could always go full 90’s and wear them with tights and boots in the fall/winter πŸ˜‰

    • LLADYBIRD September 1, 2018 at 7:41 am #

      It hasn’t made me uncomfortable yet! Some of the old trends I am DELIGHTED to see their return (like those tattoo choker necklaces – I loved those things! haha!). But this is kind of a weird one for me. And i did think about wearing them with tights! I’d have to find a good tight color that works with the navy.. maybe black. I am really overthinking this haha

      • liz-o-matic September 1, 2018 at 8:08 am #

        Go with Oxblood red or burgundy or wine!!! Those would be awesome with Navy! ….Damn….now I’m getting all nostalgic and want to make a pair just so I can wear them with tights (and Doc Martins!).
        However, I’m afraid we’re going to have to agree to disagree on those tattoo choker necklaces πŸ˜‰

  14. Kausalya September 2, 2018 at 7:38 am #

    In terms of bulk with the zippers + seam allowances, I used the patch pockets that were released with a free pdf extension on their website and side buttons instead of a zipper and there actually ended up being very little bulk to deal with at all! There are only two layers of fabric for the fly-shield and two on the front and I actually ended up interfacing the area!

  15. Laura C September 5, 2018 at 7:27 am #

    This post made me laugh into my tea because I too had a Disney themed pair of overall shorts that were lime green and had, I think poor or tigger coming out of the pocket. Thanks mom!
    And now modern day I have some carhart overalls for working in but hate anything but crop tops to wear underneath.
    So I either am reminded of difficulty bathrooming as a child or looking like an old man while wearing half a shirt…
    well anyways, this post made me laugh. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  16. Megan September 15, 2018 at 5:50 pm #

    I really like them, they look very nice on you. Hope you do get wear out of them!


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