That ’70s Vibe
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:
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.
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.