Kid’s Clothes Week winter edition ends today and I have my second project to share. It’s a good one to round out O’s winter wardrobe.
Last summer I made O some poorly fitting overalls and I asked for pattern recommendations. One suggestion was the adorable spruce suspender shorts that I made for O’s first birthday. I got another suggestion to try a Citronille pattern which I still hope to do some day. Nicole was kind enough to look through her pattern stash for overalls that might fit O. A bit later a lovely little paper package arrived all the way from Australia. It was so thrilling! And inside was this pattern for O (Simplicity 9044) and a girls overalls pattern for E that I’m excited to try out soon.
I haven’t used many vintage patterns so I was a bit cautious. This turned out to be a straightforward sew and I found that directions to be completely adequate, although without the chatty hints and tips of an independent/Oliver+S pattern. The main fabric is corduroy from my mother in law, likely 20+ years old. I didn’t have enough corduroy for the linings so they are quilting cotton. I’m not sure about my choice of yellow buttons but they’re what I had on hand in the correct size.
I figured that these were going to be on the snug side for O so I skipped the second set of strap buttons and the side tabs that are intended to tighten things up if the overalls are a bit big. It turns out that the fit is great with lots of room for O’s toddler belly and big diaper. The length is perfect now but I wish I’d added a bit more with a cuff now, just to prolong the wear. I love him in these little overalls.
O is growing up more than out so this pattern should still fit come spring. I’d love to make him another pair with the short length option. Next time I’ll add the little side tabs because I do enjoy those vintagey details. Thank you Nicole for such a sweet pattern! O has decided that these are perfect for his favorite activities- playing in the dirt, picking up rocks, eating rice crackers, and jumping in puddles.
If you chose to participate in Kid’s Clothes Week I hope that your sewing went well! I am happy with two projects complete. Now time to start dreaming big about spring sewing.