Turia dungarees

Ever since making my Roberts collection dungarees I wanted to try the Turia dungarees. The Roberts are more of an overall and the turia more of a traditional dungaree. My Roberts are now about 2 inches too big and I was missing having them in my wardrobe!

After buying some bargain denim from BnM (£18 for 3 metres) and trawling through Instagram and blog posts I set about making my version. 

I decided after seeing everyone else’s to lower the front by 2 inches and extend the bib by the same amount. I thought the length of the front looked a little odd especially the pockets. I wanted the bib to hit more around my hips than the waist. Turns out this was one of my more stupid ideas. My hips are the widest point and I’m more suited to clothes that hit at the waist. This is what they looked like:

I kept trying them on after a sewing session here and there and I just wasn’t happy. A quick tweet and Amy and Rachel suggested adding a waistband. I had thought of it but dismissed it due the closure. I figured it was worth moving to make them more flattering. 

I feel more comfortable in them with the waistband and it’s less obvious that I’ve had a baby! Thanks to breastfeeding I’m in pretty great shape but I still have a belly. 

After some stalling I finally finished these last night and installed the buttons this morning. I took my Turias and my wee family to Haworth – home of the Brontes and braved the snow(!) to take some photos. 

I slimmed the legs down – I sewed a 38 grading to 40 but then ended up taking them in by a good two inches. Could be the stretch of my denim as I fit the finished measurements (hips 39 inches, waist 28 and bust 34). I also sewed the straps in at an angle after someone commented about the straps sitting funny. 

The excess fabric is because the hem is caught on my boots. I also ommited the zip closure and added jeans buttons. 

The clips I pinched from my Roberts dungrees which were originally from eBay. 

The topstitching isn’t actually wonky!! I used the bib to display my pin collection. 

We had a lovely day wandering around Haworth drinking hot chocolate and people watching. 

Now onto the next project… I have no idea what to sew next which isn’t like me at all! I’m still on a shirtdress kick so possibly an archer-Alder mashup. 


3 thoughts on “Turia dungarees

  1. Wow Amy these look so so good! I’ve had tad the Turia pattern for ages, but only made the dress hack version. Seeing yours is definitely swaying me towards trying the full length bottoms version – love the roll ups on the bottom 🙂 x


  2. They look great! I really like the addition of the waistband and all your cute pins pinned on the bib.

    I also found the original bib sat too high up for me proportionally so I lengthened it by an inch and then removed 1/2 inch from the crotch length so the shorts sat on my high hip, rather than my waist.


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