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DIY Cute Overalls From Scratch Sewing Pattern

Jan 21, 2011 by

Overalls have a love hate relationship with me. Everyone seems to love them in Summer but I’ve always been a bit meh. I wore a pinafore (the dress version) for many years as a child and loved it to death but I just couldn’t make the leap as an adult because I have a fear of looking like some kind of cliche farm girl -_- BUT I am trying to branch out and try new things and as Liz Lisa has come out with a few cute sweet looking versions and I had denim left over from repairing James’ brother’s jeans last year I figured what the hell, nothing to lose!

This is what I ended up with ^_^

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And worn!

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This is roughly what you should end up with:

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Now cut two pieces to be used as a waist band, again make sure you cut these long enough that you can get them over your hips easily and include an extra inch for seam allowance.

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Now let’s make some shorts!

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Get two of the pieces and put them together with the nice side of the fabric inside like this:

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The side that sits on the outside of the hips is on the left in the above photo. Using your overlocker/serger go down that side.

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Repeat on the other two pieces.

Now overlock the diagonal parts of each fabric pair together. You can see below in white all of the areas which you should have done at this point:

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Now let’s put the two pant legs together. Starting with one, fold the top layer open like this:

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Fold the other in the same way and placing it on top so it makes a kind of pants sandwich XD Pin down the seam like this:

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Flip the top pants leg over so you have access to the other side.

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…and pin the other two loose edges together.

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Now when you flatten it out  at the waist again you should have something that actually looks remotely like shorts!

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Again using your overlocker stitch right up that seam from one side of the pants to the other. You have officially just made a basic pair of shorts :D Try them on and make sure they fit and you can get them on and off easily. They should be reasonably loose around the waist (we’ll be keeping them up with elastic later).

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Now this is completely optional but I decided to change the fit of the shorts and make them a little looser for easier lounging around so I added some inserts on the side:

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Right! Now turn them right side out and overlock around the leg holes to prevent fraying.

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Now let’s make the top section! Cut out a rectangle that is around as wide as the pants are when laid flat and as tall as you want the front section to be. Also get the waist band pieces you cut out ready, we’re going to sew them together like this:

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So using your overlocker again stitch together like this:

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Fold it in half to find the middle and match that with the seam down the front of the pants. With the good sides facing each other pin it in place.

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Keep pinning all the way around:

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On the back measure how much waist band you need and trim/overlock the seam together so it forms a continuous loop and pin it at the back too!

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Now overlock all the way around the top where you just pinned!

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When you fold it all up it should look something like this:

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Overlock any raw seams left. Now let’s put in some darts to make the whole thing a bit form fitting!

Turn the whole thing inside out and put it on. Fold a seam along the top and side edges and pin them in place. Now pin two darts from the fullest part of the bust down to the waist. Here’s a picture of me wearing it as I pinned it in place roughly:

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The darts will make it fit around your bust and waist much more nicely.

Take it off again and clean up the pins so they are all straight and completely symmetrical.

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A good dart should look something like this, see how it’s a big curve?

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Using your sewing machine stitch all the seams around the edges in place.

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Should look something like this:

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Now fold along each dart line and stitch along the line of pins:

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Make sure you go completely off each edge so you don’t have odd bubbles when it’s right way out. Should look like this:

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This is optional but I decided to add in two more side darts so it was more tummy flattering ^_^ So that’s the front part finished, congratulations if you made it this far!

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Now it’s time to add some elastic to the back so you’re not showing everyone your underwear when you bend over XD

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So measure how much elastic you need to be comfortable and stitch it in place along the waist band part. You will need to stretch the elastic while you stitch so it grabs the right amount of fabric.

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Taadaa:

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Now decoration and cute making! Grab your stretchy lace and measure enough to go from the front part, cross over your shoulders and then sit at the waist at the back. I’m using pre-made stuff but you could use anything. It’s kind of similar to that stuff they use for cheap garter belts but it’s not made of ugly satin XD

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Stitch in place at the front like so:

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And the back! I also added a strip of it around the waist to cover the seam.

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Then I added another round at the leg holes.

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The leg areas can also be flipped inside for a more subtle look which I prefer.

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Lastly I decorated the front with some pretty buttons…

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And that’s it! Start to finish it probably took me an hour to make, and I’ve never made anything like this before so I was making it up as I went along XD I figure pretty much anyone could make them!

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So there you go! Pretty massive sewing tutorial, what do you guys think? I made this pair nice and short so they would be awesome for lazing around the house in Summer but I’m thinking that next time I might make one with longer legs and cuffs on the end and maybe wear it out with stockings and a cute blouse for a casual nautical look, we’ll see if I find any cute fabric!

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  • Amber

    Adorable :]

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Thank you!

  • http://candy-coated-life.blogspot.com Rebecca

    That’s amazing! Now if only I could find a pair of shorts that I like… XD

  • http://ricebunnei.blogspot.com/ Eli

    I want a pair of those. So super cute, I’ll have to try it! C:

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      :D You should give it a try, they are super comfy!

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  • http://www.rainbow-floor.blogspot.com Oami

    You are amazing girl, I need to try your ideas more often (^u^)

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Haha thank you! Definitely give it a try :D

  • http://blarglefargle.blogspot.com Rai

    Too, too cute! You could sell these for a good price I reckon <3

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Wow really? You always give such nice compliments! I don’t think they’re that well done XD

  • emma_G

    I would so try these if my legs weren’t so chunky ahhahahaa. I never wear shorts! I am quite jealous of all these girls wearing short shorts this year :)

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      I never wear shorts either XD At least not outside of the house! I don’t have the confidence to do it!!

  • http://conigliodellamoda.blogspot.com/ Piperita Patty

    Great tutorial!!! Your overall is adorable and the buttons give to it a nice sailor vibe!!!
    I really love the result. I have a lot of jeans scraps so I’d like to give it a try, but I maybe I’ll exercize my sewing machine skills a bit more before.
    I really like your sewing tutorials!

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Thanks so much Piperita! I would love if you tried it out :D

  • http://icepandora.blogspot.com Mei

    I’m jealous and so envy you!
    That you create this is truely talented! xx~

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Aww you are so sweet Mei!

  • http://icepandora.blogspot.com Mei

    I’m jealous and so envy you!
    That you create this is truely talented! (Link removed, see comments policy ~Violet)

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Thank you so much for your comment Mei!

  • http://ran-ganji.blogspot.com ran

    It’s totally fantastic
    I love it !!!!
    I want it !!

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      :D Thanks Ran!

  • http://kittybeingherself.blogspot.com/ Kitty

    Aaah yay! I’ve been after a super cute over-all pattern for ages. These are so lovely :3

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Thanks Kitty! I hope they work out for you too :D

  • http://aimiyalove.blogspot.com/ Aimiya

    OMG, perfect! My mom got me a bunch of denim fabric for Christmas, and I was just wondering what to do with all of it!

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      :D Very glad to have good timing!

  • http://doomicornrainbow.blogspot.com Jacque

    Hi Violet, I really like these overalls,and they seem relatively easy to make. However, I had a question. I don’t have a serger, only a basic sewing machine, so is there an alternative method of sewing it that you could do, or would it fall apart easily?

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Hey Jacque, if you don’t have a serger then I would suggest using a zigzag stitch to seal all of the raw edges. Or perhaps rolling them over twice so the edges aren’t exposed otherwise it might fall apart more quickly. I hope that helps!

  • http://retro-jet-girl.blogspot.com RetroJetGirl

    way cute!!! These would look awesome with red & white nautical ribbon trim on the edges :P

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      :D I’m totally scheming a nautical pair next!

  • http://twistedodeath.blogspot.com/ Nicole

    this is amazing! what a very helpful tutorial, I would never think of sewing but now, I think i can!

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      I’m so glad you found it helpful!!

  • http://miniblog.create-magical-nails.com/ Minnie

    That is simply amazing, Princess!! I’d love to see you wearing the pretty piece:D

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Haha I don’t know if I’m brave enough to wear it and show everyone!!

  • http://jin-lim.blogspot.com/ Jin

    Amazing tutorial! I like the lace details. You’ll have to wear this and show us next time.

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      I don’t know if I’m brave enough to post photos wearing it online!! XD

  • Lady Connie

    Adorable! I don’t have time for anything, but I think I’ll try it during summer or spring, but maybe a bit longer and legs shaped like bloomers!

    Take care

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      I hope it works out for you ^_^

  • http://daydreamreece.blogspot.com/ reece

    That looks super cute! I can’t wait to see an outfit post with them :D

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      I don’t know if I’m brave enough to post me wearing them XD

      • http://daydreamreece.blogspot.com/ reece

        maybe with an awesome pair of stockings you could find the courage ;D I believe in you

        • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

          XD I am getting braver and looking for nice thick stockings for winter!

  • Jaede

    Violet, amazing as always. Can’t wait to see you modeling them !!

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Haha I seriously don’t know if I’m brave enough to model something that short XD

  • T-chan

    I wanna see how they look on you!

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Haha ok I’ll post it soon XD

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  • christine

    so did you purchase the denim, or was it made from old jeans?

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      I purchased it to patch some jeans up, this was the left over :)

  • Cyndie

    When i was 10 i had a phase which i wore nothing but one peice outfits. i had a few really pretty ones that looked like this but was made out of stretched cotton instead of jeans. this really brings back memorys. I might have to make something like this now. <3

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      That sounds adorable! when I was little I wore exclusively pinafores and chucks :D

  • Antoinette

    These are SO cute! How much of lace did you use??

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      I’m not sure sorry, probably a couple of meters?

  • Emil John leum

    That outfit is so cute, if, I can find some time to pull myself away from my orphanage project, I would love to sew a few for some friends, what a wonderful project, I need to mention that your photo is adorable, thank you,
    John

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Thanks very much :)

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  • http://vistemechic.blogspot.com Nany

    Fantastic! … I love it!

    xoxo

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Thanks for reading!

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  • Yasmin

    These are so super cute! I’ve been wanting to make myself a pair for ages, as I have some patchwork ones that are really comfy, and you just got me inspired again!

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      I’m so glad you’re inspired!

  • Emma C

    Wow these are really cute, also I was wonder if you could give me advice. I want to make overalls like these

    http://fancifulfrenzy.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Steampunk-Shorts.png

    I’m not sure how to about it since they are a little different from typical overalls

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Thanks Emma! To make those kind of overalls, you would just need to make a pattern for regular shorts but extend the top sections much higher and fit it using darts. I’ll add it to my tutorial list :D

  • Sarahy

    You guys should make instructional videos (on youtube)
    which will make it easier to comprehend
    and DIY.

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      I actually do have a youtube channel which has videos for some of these crafts but it’s quite hard to keep up with several a week :)