Pauline Alice Turia Dungarees

Pauline Alice DungareesThis is the latest sewing pattern from Pauline Alice. Is it possible to love a person you’ve never met simply because of their smile? Pauline Alice’s happy face makes me want to spoon cream onto strawberries and roll on clouds, chuckling like a cherub. She just has that effect on me!

As soon as I saw her dungarees I was charmed. Plus, I wanted to learn how to make them. I ordered the pattern, snapped up some cheap stretch needle corduroy from TMOS, bought buttons and buckles, ordered some topstitching thread and needles… Yes, you’ll need to gather your arsenal for a make such as this. But what fun!

Topstitching & ButtonI absolutely love the pattern – the artwork is delightful, instructions come in three – three! – different languages (Spanish, French and English) and are easy to follow. The only point at which I became tremulous was attaching the buttons, so I took lots of photos and will share those very soon.

If you’re a fan of pockets there are five – count em – on these dungarees. Perfect for listening to the radio on your iPhone during a dog walk. Yes, that it is a Mickey Mouse patch.

dungaree pockets

There are lots of flat felled seams. You’ll definitely know how to make those after this make. I kept my contrast top stitching to an absolute minimum, on the bib section only, and very glad I am too. It’s great for detail, but my goodness, you had better be accurate – which I definitely wasn’t in certain sections (cough-crotch-cough). Below, you can see how thick topstitching thread is compared to some silk thread.

Topstitching thread

Last time I blogged a make a reader left a comment. ‘The dress is fine, Karen, but where’s Ella?’ So for that reader and others, here’s Ella. There has been a certain amount of rigorous telling off this week. She’s been alarming grown men and children with her barking, a consequence of twilight dog walks when anyone approaching us is spotted as a potential attacker. It’s fine, Ella. The kid on the tricycle isn’t going to mug your owner and when the man in running shorts bursts into tears, that’s when you need to feel guilty. (I’m kidding. Just.)

Dungarees and Ella

Trouser hemsThese dungarees are designed to have a cropped ankle. It’s worth bearing this in mind if you prefer a longer length. But if you like the cropped look you have lots of opportunity to share fun socks with the world.

I’m really happy with my Turia dungarees. They’re fun to wear and comfie. I wanted the perfect dog walking outfit, and I think I’ve found it! Plus, now I know how to sew dungarees. Would you wear a pair?

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66 Responses to Pauline Alice Turia Dungarees

  1. sewbusylizzy says:

    I do like these on you – and I like them in a darker fabric. I saw this pattern & thought I’d never wear it. Then again I thought I’d never a jumpsuit either! LOL.

  2. Fadanista says:

    This is an epic dog walking outfit – you should see what I wear! I might have to indulge myself with a pair of these, but not until next year.

  3. Carolyn says:

    These look great and so much fun to sew and wear! I loved this pattern as soon as it came out (and yes, Pauline Alice is adorable!), but I was waiting for a few other versions to start popping up. I love how you’ve paired them with a bright top to contrast with the dark fabric. Cute and comfortable. 🙂

  4. Miriana says:

    Those dungarees are cool! Reminds me of my misspent raving youth.

  5. michelenel says:

    Beautiful. I love dungarees. The last time I wore dungarees was when I was pregnant with my 2nd in 1983!!! I may have to try a pair and see how comfy they are in a wheelchair because ALL clothing sits and behaves differently when sitting and it is all a bit frustrating trying to find comfy clothes.

  6. Sassy T says:

    Love these, and you suit them to a tee!

  7. Tanya says:

    1! !!Hi Karen

    I love your dungarees!! Where is this TMOS store you purchased your fabric from? I tried to Google it and got nowhere!!

  8. How adorable! Perfect for dog walking or for me – working in the garden! I see dungarees in my future 🙂

  9. Jacq says:

    Love them on you – although personally I don’t think I can get past the fact that I last wore dungarees when pregnant in 1989, too specific a memory! ‘TMOS’ makes me laugh, I love that you’ve abbreviated – it’s my favourite place to buy fabric – on the last 2 visits he set one friend’s fabric alight (to demonstrate content) and threw a bottle of water over another friend, filling her shoes, thus demonstrating that the queried fabric was indeed waterproof! Free entertainment and great fabric! 🙂

  10. Jo says:

    Oh I LOVE them!! From “what the hell dungarees??” to “must have that pattern” in about 30 seconds flat!

    May I ask – as you’ve sometimes mentioned FBA’s, I hope this won’t be inappropriate 🙂 – do you think they would work for the busty among us? That niggle of doubt is the ONLY thing stopping me clicking through to buy them immediately!

    And very good call on the corduroy. As easy to wear as denim, if not more so, but much more stylish in my opinion 🙂

    • When I was in my 20s, my best friend in the whole word (who was very well endowed) used to wear dungarees and she always looked soooo cute in them. The good thing with those braces is they can be adjusted. And I chose black cord because whenever I looked at denim options I kept imagining myself unblocking a sink! Plus, I love cord and it is mega comfy, as you say.

  11. They look so much fun! And so comfy! And autumnal. I don’t feel nowhere near enough ready for a pair of dungarees, but kinda want to make them after seeing your photos!

  12. I have been doing flat felled seams this week, so satisfying. I think they look great on you. I am a bit short for Dungarees. I have my denim ones from 1991 which I keep for nostalgic purposes and fancy dress parties when I go as a member of Banamarama. Great make Jo x

  13. Rachel says:

    I absolutely adore these! I’ve been planning a denim version, but I want needlecord too now!

  14. Heather says:

    These are awesome! I saw this pattern too and was mitten! I love them in the corduroy!

  15. Katrina says:

    These are adorable! To be honest, I never though overalls could be this flattering, but you nailed the slightly-slouchy fit!

  16. Jenny Lester says:

    Lovely Karen – superbly made and modelled – outside my fave place to eat when I visit TMOS which I will do again in October. Hope he has moved into his autumn winter fabrics by then!

  17. I have this pattern waiting for me and I’m just itching to make it! I can just picture the short version with tights and boots when it gets colder…

  18. Jo says:

    Ahhhhh amazing! Love your choice of pink topstitching. I am so tempted to make these, but think I may have to wait until I’m a little bit more experienced with my sewing. Maybe next year. I think I’d like them in an aubergine needle cord!

  19. Pam(Sweetpeagreen) says:

    I’d be interested to know how you found the topstitching thread with your machine? I wanted to topstitch some jeans, but my machine hated the thread, it looked very ugly. I found it so stressful trying to get it to look nice, that I only used it on the pockets. I even used a proper topstitch needle! Next time, I’m using normal thread and the triple stitch.

    I’d seen this pattern and wasn’t sure , being a lady of a certain age, but I love your version, and they look fantastic in cord. I might well put this on my list

  20. Vairë Gwîr says:

    I just bought these yesterday night! I absolutely love their slouchy look, and I’m gonna be a copycat and wear them with a stripey t-shirt when I make them. Ooooh, looking forward to having time to crack on.

  21. stgilbert says:

    Love them!

  22. Andrea says:

    I also saw this pattern and thought I would not wear it ( although did in the past) but seeing these on you, perhaps I should have reserved judgement! They look great in the dark cord!

  23. thewallinna says:

    I so would! I’ve been oh’ing and aww’ing since I saw the teaser on Pauline’s Instagram. I would make them in denim, cord and cotton twill to wear for all occasions!

  24. Ann M. says:

    Very well sown and they look great on you!

  25. Ann M. says:

    Sorry about the bad spelling above. I blame my IPad.

  26. Alex says:

    Love the Mickey Mouse patch! The whole make looks great, but that patch brought a big smile to my face 🙂

  27. Megan says:

    I really love them, very flattering. Last time I wore them was on my big trip to Europe back in 1983. I have some pin wale which should suit.

  28. SarahStar says:

    Oh, YES!! Cord dungarees with pink topstitiching?? Genius. I’m dying to see how you did those buttons, too. I remember making a jacket once that had those and getting things horribly, horribly wrong – yours look perfect. Great make!

  29. paulinealice says:

    Oh, these are amazing! I was really looking forward to see your take on the Turia dungarees and I absolutely love them!!! And thanks for your nice words 😉

  30. Bella says:

    I’ve made up the shorts version of these in linen and I absolutely love them. Now I’m plotting all different kinds of variations! Yours look great and I especially like your patch!

  31. Julie says:

    I want these in my life!!

  32. Ybat says:

    I really like the way they look on you and how you’ve styled them. When I saw this pattern I thought how cute but then I remembered that the last time I wore a pair someone told me that I looked fat so as tempted as I am by this pattern I think I will skip it.

  33. Nikki says:

    Yep, I definitely would wear them. I really need a pair or 2 for gardening (jeans show too much when squatting down!). I really love some of the 1940’s type dungarees but the pattern I have looks awful on me, these would be much better I think. Yours look fab!

  34. Roobeedoo says:

    Oh lord. You can’t make me! First time round they were denim and size 16 and I / they looked terrible. It was around 1981? Second time around, they were red and size 10 and I wore them all the time with doc marten boots. It was 1995 and I had one small child and another on the way. For me, dungarees will always be about being overweight or pregnant. Which is a real shame, because yours are super-cute!

  35. Molly says:

    These are fun, they’ll be great for days when you don’t feel like putting pants on!
    Also, I’m pretty sure I’ve never heard the term dungaree recently and only on sewing blogs, we call them overalls in the US. I wonder where dungaree comes from (overalls is easy because they go over all of you!)

    • Nikki says:

      Dungaree is/was a fabric, so likely to be because they were originally made from that fabric. They have always been called dungarees in the UK, overalls here are all-in-one suits that people working in dirty jobs wear to protect their clothes.

    • Molly says:

      Overalls in the UK can also be called boilersuits and jumpsuits but in the US they are coveralls. I occasionally buy the paper (forensic) type suits for work and end up searching several different terms trying to find the best price as they’re mostly interchangeable now.

      As Nikki says, dungaree is a twill fabric (as is denim) and very likely that, in a similar way to jean cloth, its original use in the particular style of the garment christened it with the same name.

  36. I love love love your dungarees! I’m still chuckling about the TMOS 🙂

  37. Alison says:

    making dungarees & dungaree pinafore dresses formed the core of my wardrobes when a student at the begining of the 80’s – think I may be a bit long in the tooth now to get away with them but your blog has rekindled many comfy memories for me today – thank you xxxx

  38. Rochelle New says:

    Those are so seriously cute!! They look ridiculously comfortable and perfect for dog walking 🙂

  39. I used to love dungarees so comfortable. The black needlecord was a perfect choice for these. You have a great sense of style.

  40. Caity says:

    Those are so cute! I love the top-stitching.

  41. Stacey says:

    Amazing what a little detail like the colour of the stitching can add to an outfit … great work!

  42. Kathy Lynch says:

    You’ve chosen the perfect fabric for these, in my humble opinion, Karen! And boy! they really suit you! Don’t feel neglected because TMOS hasn’t tried to drown or set you alight….I think that means he LOVES you!!! 🙂
    P.S. Have to say, your “cream on strawberries, rolling on clouds” made me happy! So funny.

  43. Carol says:

    I was just talking to a friend recently saying how I would love a pair. I think I just might have to try making my own. These look lovely and comfortable on you, exactly what I’m looking for.

  44. Happy Hermit says:

    These look great! I wear dungarees for work … do you think this pattern would be up to a life on a gardener if the right fabric was chosen? Any info on construction gratefully recieved!

  45. I need these dungarees in my life!! I love the colour contrast too!

  46. C says:

    Wow! The second pic looks almost velvety. Nice, nice, nice

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  48. Molly says:

    I’m a dungaree & jumpsuit fanatic with an obscene number of patterns for both and I probably own around half a dozen actual garments of varying styles, not including the ones my sisters have borrowed and never returned… They’re so very practical and comfy and can be worn in a variety of ways (slung down, one shoulder, open, closed), I wear them when working on location because they have so many (deep) pockets, I don’t have to keep running to my kit box and and I can easily keep things separated.

    Yours are the bees knees. I’d be tempted to add inside tabs and an external button to the lower leg so you can roll and button up your legs for a truly cropped look, I also have dungarees that zip off the legs into shorts, great for unsettled weather and hiking. And pockets over-laying pockets for those that can’t get enough!

    I have a toile sat on my shelf, along with a floral printed heavy canvas waiting to be made up into a gorgeous pair of seventies (Butterick I think…) bell bottomed dungarees. I had to grade the pattern up severely and then decided I should probably try a better matching toile fabric weight before cutting the real deal, to determine just how much they are going to “bottom out” in stiffer fabric! They’ve been sitting waiting for me to get on and do that. I might just have to now in time for autumn…

  49. photosarah says:

    These are fabulous. Love the fabric choice.

  50. Love these, Karen! Also magic that you picked such a great contrasting top stitching thread, although I can see how that would make me very nervous as my top stitching isn’t always the best. (There’s always at least one area where it looks like I sneezed mid-sew.) What a fun thing to wear into fall and winter. And with a striped top! Just perfect. 🙂

  51. LinB says:

    Strike another blow for colloquialisms, I guess. What you made and are wearing is what I would call “overalls,” to be distinguished from “coveralls” that, well, cover everything. “Dungarees” is what my father’s generation called what we today call “jeans.” Such fine distinctions only matter when you work at Wrangler (now owned by the VF Corporation), who’ve made dungarees and overalls and coveralls since the 1930s. Some pairs of those original overalls are still in circulation. Coe’s Grocery Store in downtown Greensboro, NC (USA) maintains a collection of 30-40 pairs in varying sizes and states of disrepair, which are loaned out to local artists for special occasions and are rented to Hollywood productions companies for moving pictures. (I only found this out last week, when two of my co-workers squeezed themselves into some overalls for a guitar and mandolin and banjo fest last week. I’ll send you pictures.)

  52. Janet says:

    I had a bright yellow pair of dungerees in the 80’s that I wore til they fell apart. After seeing this cute pair on you I’m definitely going to have to make some for me!

  53. Lisa says:

    After an intense overall-wearing period in the 90s I didn’t think I’d ever wear these again. But since I’ve seen some gorgeous versions like yours popping up, I’m going to give these a go. Thanks for the follow-up tutorial post on metal buttons too!

  54. New Capel Street: Fabric Division says:

    Oh man. I have been trying to talk myself out of buying one of those 40s-repro patterns for dungarees. They didn’t suit me when I was 4, or 13, it’s unlikely they’ll suit me at 27! I still want the damn pattern, and when yours come out as awesome as they did, it is not helping. Love your blog, read it all the time, by the way!

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