1930’s Sweetheart Overalls

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.

• Meet the Author • Jeanie B


Crafty swing dancing writer.


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16 comments… add one

  • Great overalls, and your fit is sooooooooooo nice!

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

    (Beautiful bike too!)

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  • 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!

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  • 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 =)

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  • 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. :)

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  • I love these and they look great on you!

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

    Nice work (and great for cycling).

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

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  • This is beyond cute – I love it!

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  • LOOOOOVE! Want One!

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  • Sooo cute! Nice job!

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

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

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  • 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.

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

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

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