Friday, 15 November 2013

DIY: Overall Dress


Over the summer overalls become a very trendy thing to wear over almost anything, and I was all on board as soon I saw them (who wouldn't be). 
But as the summer progressed I started to see overalls being worn in creative ways, included "overall dresses", which is essentially the top part of a pair of overalls attached to a skirt. 
Although many places like Urban Outfitters and ASOS were selling a variety of different kinds of overall dress, I though it would fun, unique and a lot less expensive to make my own. 
I didn't take me long to make them and I bought everything for less then $20 (yay savings!).


STEP 1: You'll need to find your self a pair of overalls and a skirt. 
The overalls could denim or a cotton blend material like mine are, whatever floats you're boat. 
It also doesn't matter whether the overalls are shorts, pants or a skirt because your only concerned with the top half anyway. 
I went out to my local thrift store and found these two pieces for really cheap. 

Your also going to need a sewing machine (or you can do it by hand), two colours of thread, some pins and a pair of scissors. 


STEP 2: Start off by cutting the top of the overalls off, this will be the the part that you will sew onto the skirt. The overalls should already come with a stitched line that separates the bottom from the top, so use that as your guide on where to cut. 
     

You should then be left with just the top part of the overalls. Don't forget to be neat when cutting the top off because the hem at the bottom will be one showing over the skirt, and you don't want to look messy. 

STEP 3: Carefully pin the skirt to the overall piece you just cut. Pin the skirt on the inside of the overall top, so that the hem of the bottom of the overall half in the one that shows on the outside. 
I would say pin about an 1" of the top of the skirt to the inside of the overall half, just to make share that everything is secure and it doesn't fall apart. 

STEP 4: Secure the two pieces together by hand sewing a loose stitch around the whole thing by using a different coloured thread from your fabric so its easier to see when removing it later. 
This step  is to make sure that you like where the skirt sits on the overalls and to make sure their secured properly before you machine sew. Its hard to go backwards from there if you were to mess up or not like the way it turns out. 
If you feel comfortable enough with a sewing machine you can skip this step and sew the two pieces together with the machine after pinning it.   

STEP 5: After sewing the loose stitch you can then move on and finishing sewing by machine. Remember to use the same colour thread as your chosen fabric. 
After your done, remove the loose stitch and your ready to go! 



The overall dress is a new and creative way to wear an ever growing trend. 
Style it with a long sleeve shirt and a sweater for the colder months, or even through them over a cute sweater and a pair of Docs and you have the perfect summer to fall look. 






Talk to you soon <3