Brownie Overalls



Chelsea Hall

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Outline the story …

This year’s theme “Into Another World” really made me think about what kind of world I would want to step into. I have never really liked formal wear, or the idea of going to the ball: I really wanted magic and whimsy in everyday life. I had wanted to make overalls for a while now and I felt this garment was the ideal for a hard working house fairy that loves cereals and honey. I need to show off multiple skills to bring overalls up to a contest standard. When I was in middle school I owned the most comfortable pair for overalls, I wanted to combine that with the whimsy of Brownies (small helpful sprites). This is the first time I will be attempting pants and I am using a vintage pattern. I will be making some adjustments to the pattern in order to have a better fit and function. I have only made five other pieces of clothing but I am hoping to accumulate skills until I can make a pocket wardrobe.

Outline the construction…

I chose medium weight cotton in a brown and floral print. I chose cotton because it is an affordable biodegradable option and the print is busy enough that I don’t need to be to close with pattern matching. I started by adjusting my pattern: I took three inches out of the leg length to accommodate my height, I cut out two of the larger pockets and moved them to the butt and finally I added about two and half inches to the waist band to give myself proper ease. I copied the pattern to pattern paper and cut out the pattern and fabric. After sewing the darts, it took me a couple of read through but I figured out the pocket construction. The assembly made perfect sense once I got past there word choice. I attached the pockets and sewed the inseam on each pant leg. I then unfolded the legs to line up the crotch seam, I pushed one seam in each direction trying to minimize bulk but I am not sure this was the right choice. I then had to lay out the pants right side out to figure out how to line up the outer seam properly. Finally got right sides together and ready was to sew. After the pants were constructed I constructed the bodice, I used iron on stabilizer but it is integrated into the garment so it shouldn’t fall out when washed. When attaching the waist band I realized that the opening for the buttons was on the wrong side of the pants and I had to redo several steps. The final steps were buttons, hand sewing button holes and felling all of my seams.




  1. Kitty Mortensen Kitty Mortensen on April 19, 2024 at 6:03 pm

    The button up side is so cute, and I love the vibe. Well done!

  2. Avatar Lowana O'Shea on April 20, 2024 at 10:27 am

    What a beautiful fit and such neat stitching on your overalls! Well done 🙂

  3. Avatar Courtney Chu on April 22, 2024 at 3:35 am

    I love the pocket on the front as well as the buttons on the side! Having to undo where the buttons go after re-reading is so relatable though, I have to do that all the time!

  4. Avatar Jenny B on April 23, 2024 at 6:51 pm

    These are really beautifully made, and you’ve achieved a great fit – I hope they’re as comfortable as your old pair!

  5. Constance MacKenzie Constance MacKenzie on May 13, 2024 at 7:18 pm

    I love your fabric choice and the overalls are very practical and they look great well done.

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