This 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!
I 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.
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.
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.)
These 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?