There’s something about my boys and overalls. I like it when they wear them, they don’t — at first. Both Spud and FB staged overall boycotts immediately upon receiving their first pair; then, once the stalemate ends (their choice), I can’t sew fast enough to keep up with demand.
Having sewn four or five pair of these overalls, I was still happy with how nicely these came together. Kwik Sew 2785 is certainly not sew-it-in-an-evening type of pattern, but the end result is a quality garment. I sewed these in about a week of sitting down and sewing whenever I had a free window of time.
As I so often do, I was sewing in a race against growth spurts; I cut these out before Christmas and thankfully had the forethought to add length to the size 2T. They fit my just-turned-3 FB quite well. After threading the straps through the buckles, I always leave the ends unsewn which makes it easier to adjust them on the fly.
I bought this denim a couple of years ago after scouring fabric stores and online shops for railroad stripe denim. This was all I could find, and then not long after, I started seeing Robert Kaufman’s Railroad Denim everywhere. I often tend to be ahead of the curve for some reason, but I promised myself I wouldn’t buy any blue and white railroad stripes until I used this yardage up. One more pair of overalls to go and then we’ll see.
Even though this fabric wasn’t exactly what I wanted, it was perfect for this project–a sturdy denim with a little stretch, and the red stripes are unique. My just-returned-from-the-repair-shop serger finished off the seams without a hitch and I’ve washed these three times without a hint of raveling.
Another happy overall convert. He likes the pockets, I liked the excuse to topstitch in red. This year’s garden season will give them a real workout. Spud can’t wait for me to finish his pair.