Patsy overalls made from Pre-loved denim
If you haven't followed my sewing adventures with pre-loved denim on Instagram, let me introduce you to my Patsy overalls made from pre-loved denim.
Recently, I posted a message on the Facebook of my village and the surrounding villages to ask people who intended to put their old jeans in the dumpster to drop them off so that I could recycle them rather than throw them away ;-)
As a result, I found myself with a small mountain of old jeans in my workshop.
I have a multitude of projects for these jeans which all have holes or stains, but whose fabric is still spot on in some places, but above all I had a personal project that was running through my head for a while... making a pair of Patsy overalls ! I had a vision of a pair of overalls made from a patchwork of pre-loved denim with classic straps and ties (the original pattern includes ties).
To modifiy the front bib you just have to square it at the top and for the back bib, I personnally used the back bib pattern piece from the Partner overalls and traced the top onto Patsy's back bib. But you can easily free hand this by adding a 28° angle where the straps will be attached.
I filmed and photographed some key step when sewing the overalls and saved it in my highlights on Instagram, it's called "Pre-loved denim" : https://www.instagram.com/ready_to_sew/?hl =en
Feel free to check it out to inspire you or help you if you want to make your own recycled Patsy!
I choose to make my Patsy half a size smaller than my usual size (like most of my patterns, Patsy comes in half sizes) because I knew this denim will give a little bit and I wanted a slightly closer fit.
I had to cut the pattern into several pieces to be able to fit them into two men's size jeans and make a nice shades of blue and a patchwork effect.
I also reused the back pockets of the jeans. You may have noticed that the two pockets are not the same size ;-) I find that quite charming.
The darker part on each side of the waist corresponds to the trace left by the pockets I unstitched. It's funny to see how denim can fade with time.
For the pocket and bib facings, I used an old blue tencel shirt, it was stained and damaged at the collar, but the rest of the shirt was in good condition and the fabric was impressively soft. It's like a caress each time I plunge my hands into the pockets of my overalls.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this article and that it inspired you to make your own clothes with pre-loved denim or just to recycle your clothes !
I had a lot of fun sewing these overalls. I love sewing denim because it's a stable material, the only technical part lies in the hem, but I give you lots of tips on my highlight. I know it's a garment that I'm going to wear a lot and on top of that, it's durable and ecological and this is making me really happy !
In these photos the overalls are worn with the Jeanne T-shirt.