Dungarees for Minerva

Hi there!

So this post was actually written quite a while ago, but was written for Minerva so the date of publishing was down to them.

There’s been a continuing theme around here for some time of learning to properly fit trousers to my obviously slightly unusual shape.  This make was one I think of as an absolute turning point in that journey, but boy, did it take some getting to!

For quite a while after committing to this, I totally psyched myself out of it.  I was convinced I’d overreached, I made a start and then didn’t know how to finish, I procrastinated like a mad woman.

And then, I got on with it.

I made these McCall’s dungarees in black denim.  And I love them!

I made more adjustments to the pattern than I care to think about, having got the smaller sized pattern from The Fold Line for winning their star maker of the week one week (thanks Kate and Rachel!) for my Flora dress.  When it arrived, I realised that OF COURSE my bum is not a size 14 in a big 4 pattern, and so began the spiral of talking myself out of it.

In the end, I made it.  I graded out probably 2 sizes at the hips, I changed the crotch curve, I extended the back crotch drop a few cm…. and I made more toiles than I care to think about.

There are problems with this.  The waistband is on upside down.  The back straps didn’t come to a neat triangle as the instructions said they should, so i just topstitched the hell out of things until they looked about right and carried on!

And I ended up with a garment that I surprise myself by absolutely loving!  I really wasn’t sure that they would be my style, but actually, they so are!

Head over to Minerva now for more details and lots of photos!

And don’t give up on yourself; you can make it!

Becca x

Minerva provided the fabric and notions for this make free of charge: all opinions are my own.

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