1930’s Sweetheart Overalls

by Jeanie B on November 14, 2011 · 16 comments

in 1930s,Vintage Sewing

How nice to be in Sew Retro’s new home – I haven’t posted on the new site yet, good to be back.

A real treat to make these. A sweetheart of a pattern from Decades Of Style pattern company (pattern no: 3008) – the instructions are bold and clear. They took me two days to complete without much fiddly finishing off.

What else can I say in praise of these overalls – they are really comfy, I went out dancing in them last night – rigorous Lindy Hopping in very hot sweaty conditions. They stood up to a lot of twisting and leg kicking – I did remember to reinforce the crotch seam mind you.
The fabric was a cheap polyester, for ease of care really – I made the overalls as a dancing outfit specifically and they’d need a good old wash after each outing. I’d make them again in a nice medium weight suiting for posh wear I think.

More sewing details can be found on my blog, I did have a few button hole nightmares!

The cheesecake photo shoot serves to show off my newest Cruiser Bike that I got in the summer.

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A.J.A. November 14, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Great overalls, and your fit is sooooooooooo nice!


Ginny November 14, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Oh my those are lovely! Another pattern to add to my want list I think. Very nicely done :)

(Beautiful bike too!)


Atomic Mum November 14, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I love the pattern, love the fabric, love the bike, you look great. Did I say I love the pattern, can I have one of each please. Great work!


Erika November 15, 2011 at 2:16 am

Perfect for dancing! I just love the 30s, those pant’s legs… And the neckline is adorable. I also lindy hop, and washable is indeed the trick =)


Emma November 15, 2011 at 3:41 am

Lovely! I recently made a pair of 1930s overalls myself, but I like your pattern and result better. The sweetheart neckline is awesome and the pointed midsection too. :)


wundermary November 15, 2011 at 11:59 am

I love these and they look great on you!


Ange November 16, 2011 at 1:57 am

Fantastic! You make me want to make some, I never would have gone for a pair.

Nice work (and great for cycling).


ladya November 16, 2011 at 3:52 am

I love it, beautifully made and it looks stunning on you.


Sølvi November 16, 2011 at 4:19 am

This is beyond cute – I love it!


Haselinchen November 16, 2011 at 4:53 am



Debbie November 16, 2011 at 9:26 am

Sooo cute! Nice job!


BoPeep November 16, 2011 at 9:49 am

I’ve made this pattern as well, but had to fuss with the bodice a bit. Yours fit like a glove! Great job!!


puu November 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm

so glad to see these made up and see how great they are–your construction looks immaculate and they look super-fun!


Jeanie B November 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Thanks guys for all the supportive comments – and the *Bike love*!
BoPeep – I’d be interested to see your version, I love what you did with the plaid 40′s jacket a while back.


Jamie November 16, 2011 at 5:34 pm

They’re so darn cute, I just love them!


Naomi November 20, 2011 at 8:01 pm

AMAZING! Seriously! I may have to try something like this in the near future!


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