I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it, but I have a weakness for dungarees. I think these are a great choice of clothing for both boys and girls and one that gets easily passed from one generation to the next.
Still and although a dungarees pattern has always been on the top of my list, none of what I’ve tried seam to met my expectations – the instructions were too difficult to follow, the pattern lacked some basic features or the sizing was totally off. I love the look of vintage dungarees patterns, but great instructions for these are hard to find and most of the indie patterns I’ve tried failed at providing me with a final product I could be proud of (obviously, it could be my fault, so I’m refraining from mentioning any names/brands here).
Still, that all changed with the recently released Loveralls pattern(s) from Petit a Petit + Family! Cool patterns alert for boys and girls (well, maybe the Loveralls skirt is a bit more suitable to girls, but I leave it up to you).
First, the Loveralls Dungarees these were love at first sight!
I was beyond happy/excited (and so nervous) to join the testing for Loveralls Dungarees, but it actually exceed my expectations!
This pattern includes 3 versions, several extras and options, and great, easy to follow instructions (illustrated step-by-step). Seriously, a (sewers) dream come true!!
I made a corduroy version for my girl (using the most amazing Liberty corduroy that was a gift from my friend Carla) and I could be more happy about it. These are absolutely fantastic!!
These are not a fast sewing – these took me approx. 6 hours, but worth every minute. You can’t see much because of the busy print, but there’s so many details (and topstitching) and the final result is very neat and professional (you’ll be so proud of it) – you really have to try it!!
I made version B minus the heart-shaped front pocket (because of the busy print) and the back pockets (as I ran out of fabric, as usual!) in size 9 years and love the fit on her.
Don’t be fooled by my girl’s photos – these dungarees are also perfect for boys in denim, cords or twill!
If winning the best-drafted dungarees award (by my standards) wasn’t enough for Celina (aka, sewing superstar), a few days later, … she introduce us to the Loveralls Skirt 😉
It’s actually very difficult to choose a favorite from both patterns – my girl prefers the Loveralls dungarees (because pants are so much perfect for her busy days), but my heart is bouncing towards the Loveralls Skirt!
Similar to the Loveralls Dungarees, the Loveralls Skirt also offers 3 versions plus a number of extra and options.
I made a similar version to the dungarees, but this time I added the heart-shaped front pocket and back pockets. I used a (slightly) stretch denim from a local shop and a Liberty remnant from my stash. Again, these look so professional and because I had finished the Dungarees a few days before, this were a quicker sewing project! (it’s hard to believe I did these myself).
Both patterns are not difficult to tackle – there’s lots of details and topstitching – but other than that, these are perfectly fitted for a confident beginner (or a novice that loves a great challenge).
As I was involved in both testing, I know how hard Celina and each tester worked to achieve a perfect fit and flawless instructions for each pattern. Every little piece was meticulously checked and there were so many different testers (and kids) trying the samples and providing feedback. It was truly a labor of love and I’m sure it shows!
Seriously, you need both designs in your life – and because the size ranges from 12 months to 12 years, you’ll be sure to get a lot from your purchase (I always love that!).
There are a few promotions available at the shop (check the bundle option) and you can get an extra 20% off with the coupon code BLOCKPARTY. This coupon is applicable to all the patterns in the shop for the entire month of November.
XX Ana Sofia
Sizes made: size 9 for both versions
Difficulty level: Advanced Beginner
Fabrics used: Liberty tana lawn (gifted and remnants from another project) and stars denim from a local shop