At Pauline Alice, Friday is dungarees day, but for me, dungarees could be every day! I fell in love with this pattern as soon as she released it as I have always loved dungarees but haven’t worn them many years. Anyway, this is the Turia dungarees.
I really loved Pauline’s blue version for last spring and I couldn’t wait to sew a turia dungarees as well but I was waiting to find the right fabric. Then, a few month ago, I found this very nice rust fabric on sale for 4$ the meter. I pictured the dungarees in it, but I had to wait for spring to show up. It’s not really a wintery garnement right!
When March arrived, I washed the fabric and bought the pattern to start as soon as possible! I spent quite a long time looking at the different versions online to have a better idea and decide myself on which type of dungarees I wanted. At first, I could picture it as a dress or short dungarees, but ended up trying the trouser version. Worst case, this fabric was so cheap that I could just try and see! I almost never wear trousers as I like myself better in dresses or skirts, but it was my chance to try something new.
The pdf pieces take quite long to tape together and cut compare to the Cami dress which had only 16 pages, however it is still quicker than the Quart coat I recently finished, and worth it.
My advice would be to buy a lot of thread as it is uses a lot! I had a small bobbin and had to buy another as the entire dungarees has double stitches details. I hesitated to use a contrasting thread but bought this one to go with the fabric and really like it. I followed Pauline Alice’s explanations all the way and they are very clear. She also made a tutorial that you can find here with pictures which could help you during the more difficult steps. Basically I haven’t found this pattern very difficult, but it takes time and you need to be detailed. I really love the detail of the flat felled seams, that I’ve never done before.
As I’ve just said, instructions and pictures are really easy to follow and understand, as always. The doubles stitches give a very professional look to the garment, and as I’ve never sewn a pair of trousers before (I don’t really wear many), I’m really happy to have challenged myself with this project. The only thing I could say is that It would have been better to finish the sides with a bias, to have nicer finishes.
Regarding the fabric, I used a thin velvet in a middle range quality, but I really love the colour. I pictured it as a mini skirt when I bought it, but I’m really happy with the look of the dungarees. Mixed with a breton t-shirt : I love it and I can’t wait to wear it outside when the weather warms up. I realise that this garment doesn’t fit me as well as a dress but it’s very comfy, especially for weekend or holidays. I will definitely sew another one for summer.
Have you ever tried a dungarees? Do you ever think to wear them? It looks like it is very fashionable again this year. Have a nice week y’all !
Pattern : Turia dungarees, Pauline Alice
Level : intermediate
Size : 36
Fabric : Thin velvet, Fabricville (MTL)
Photographs : Westmount Greenhouses, MTL