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Pattern Review: Make My Lemonade Aldo Overalls

Threads #219, Fall 2022
Sewn by Faith McClean. Tested by Sandi Barrett, Marlborough, Massachusetts. Make My Lemonade Aldo Overalls. Fabric: cotton twill, MoodFabrics.com.

That ’70s Vibe

MakeMyLemonade.com

Skill Level:

For adventurous beginners or above. Instructions are not detailed and are translated from French; you may need a translation app to confirm some instructions. However, a photograph accompanies each step, and the pattern website features video (in French) documenting the sewing process. All seams and notches match.

Size Range and Fitting:

adjustable straps on overalls

French sizes 34 to 48 for finished hip measurement 36-1/4 inches to 47-1/4 inches. The pattern’s size chart lists key finished garment measurements but provides no body measurement chart.

Fabrics:

Any bottom-weight woven can work, from twill to pin-striped wool suiting for an updated office look.

Style and Sewing Details:

For this overalls-jumpsuit, the halter-like, wide-strap top is self-lined and has adjustable back straps with rectangular rings and strap sliders sewn to a high-waisted men’s-style trouser with center-front leg seams, fly-front zipper, and pockets.

  • Side-front (called the leg yoke) and back leg pattern sections must be taped together before cutting. This is noted on the pattern but it’s easy to miss.
  • The pattern illustration shows flat-fell seams for the center leg and decorative pocket stitching. These steps aren’t included in the instructions.
  • Understitch the halter area to keep the lining in place.
  • Our tester suggests that a soft dress fabric would flow well, but calls for widening the legs and moving the zipper closure to the side if using such a fabric.

This review was originally published in Threads #219, Fall 2022. Have you made this pattern? If so, be sure to share pictures in our Readers Closet gallery.

Photos: Jack Deutsch. Illustrations: Cassandra Bernier.

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