Sew For Victory: Simplicity 3688 Dungarees

by Ginny on April 1, 2013 · 7 comments

in 1940s,Pants / Trousers,Vintage Sewing

Another Sew For Victory project here! For mine I made something I always seem to be in dire need of: trousers. I used the ever popular Simplicity 3688 repro pattern, which I’ve made once before, but with a twist. I used the bodice of a dress pattern to draft a bib pattern to make them into dungarees (overalls, for the US readers).

They are made in a soft slightly brushed navy cotton drill with a small amount of stretch, just enough for comfort. I made the bib bodice detachable by adding buttons inside the waistband to attach it to, so I can wear them just as trousers too. I lined the bodice with a lovely repro quilting cotton print that I now wish I had more of for a dress!

I put side seam pockets in, with a small facing section of the main fabric at the opening edge of the back half of the pocket to help prevent the lining peeking out if the pockets. Anyone know a technical term for this? I feel like it ought to have a specific name.

Anyways, I suspect they’ll get worn to death- I’ve already worn them four or five times in the couple of weeks since making them!

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Ripple Dandelion April 1, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Oh, I love them! How clever to make the bib detachable. I also morphed a dress (Collette Parfait) and pants (New Look) to make overalls for a Rosie the Riveter outfit. I’ve worn them since and I do love them. Many of the advantages of a dress, with legs! If only one didn’t have to go to the toilet…

Your version is great, especially the neckline.


Michelle April 1, 2013 at 1:02 pm

LOVE the addition of the bib. So clever!


Evie April 1, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I just bought some denim to do the same thing! I wanted a pair of 1940s overalls, and figured I would use that pattern as a base, since I already know exactly how it fits me. Very cute!


Katherine April 1, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Adorable! I’ve noticed pinafore bids/overalls are on trend for this season too.


raywuwei April 2, 2013 at 11:52 am

Oh my word, so cute! I love your choice of lining fabric, and the cut of the neckline and the back are so flattering on you. Lovely work!


EmSewCrazy April 2, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Super cute! Looks like a great fun basic!


Kat April 3, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Those are freakin’ adorable


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