Monday, March 18, 2013

Pattern Review: Whimsy Couture Overalls

A little while back, I was so excited to actually win a giveaway (seriously, I never win anything)!  I won a 6 pack of PDF patterns from Whimsy Couture.  I'd had my eye on a few of their patterns, so I was really happy to have the chance to try them out.  One of my first projects was a set of overalls for the girls.

I have to say, I'm loving this look!  It's just so adorably retro.  Maybe it just reminds me of something my mom would have put me in back in the early 80s, but it still feels like the perfect piece for a little girl today!  I had this really fun pink corduroy fabric printed with little brown buttons that are made to look like flowers and it just seemed like a great fabric for this pattern.

So, on top of the cuteness factor, I'd definitely recommend this pattern.  The instructions are super easy to follow and the pattern is simple to put together.  Like all PDF patterns, you have to tape together oodles of sheets of paper, but it's not that bad.  

So, funny story...I cut a longer length hoping the girls would be able to wear it for the remaining cold weeks of this winter plus next winter as well.  I guess I went a little overboard, because when I first put it on one of the girls, the ruffles went down to her toes.  Whoops.  So, I hacked off a few inches and rehemmed the ruffles and we're good to go.  I saved the excess in case they grown 4" by next winter (entirely possible with my amazon children) and I figured I could add another tier of ruffles if needed.

Okay, on to the meat of the review!

The Pattern:  Whimsy Couture's Girls/Boys Overall
Sizes Included: NB - 5T
Size Made:  A 3T/4T hybrid (my girls are very tall and very skinny, so I cut the 3T width but the 4T length)
Fit: Pretty much spot on, aside from me cutting it a leeeetle too long for my girls.  The legs are wide, so if you don't like that look, you may want to remove an inch or two from the width of the leg.
Fabric Used: Lightweight corduroy
Difficulty: Intermediate
Special Techniques: Buttonholes, Gathering (optional)
Pros: The instructions are very clear and easy to follow.  The top of the overalls are finished by using a facing, so for those who are unfamiliar with this technique, it adds one more trick to your sewing repertoire.  There are 3 length options (full, capri and shorts) with optional ruffles for the girls version.  There is also an option to add snap tape for smaller sizes to facilitate diaper changes.  If you aren't adding the ruffles, it sews up pretty quickly!
Cons: The length options are kind of up to you to figure out - it's a full length pattern piece and you have to know your inseam measurement to get the shorts or capri version cut properly.  The pattern does offer a general guide to getting the right length for shorts and capris, but it's not exact.  PDF patterns do require printing many pages and cutting them out and taping the pattern together.
Overall: A great staple pattern with lots of ways you could customize it!  

Also apparently great for munching on a plastic cookie!  The girls have picked these out pretty much every week as soon as they are out of the laundry, so they are a hit with mamas and babies alike!  I'm looking forward to making a capri length pair for spring...stay tuned for those!

All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way for this review.  I won this pattern in a giveaway and chose to review it for personal reasons only.


  1. I have been looking for an overall pattern for my boys. Thank you so much for the review- I think I may try to make a shorts version for summer.
    Turned out beautifully!

  2. This is so cute! I've only made dresses and skirts so far but would love to try something like this. :) Thanks for sharing!


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