Hey Everybody! I’m back with another overalls post. I can’t seem to get enough of them lately and based on some recent pattern releases, and what I see in stores and on Instagram , neither can anyone else. LOL
I was lucky enough to be a pattern tester for Helen again, and when she sent me the line drawings and sample photos for the Yanta Overalls, I squealed with delight. They looked like the perfect combination of comfy and stylish. I believe she describes them as “artist overalls” which I just adore. I love that they aren’t overly fitted, yet aren’t shapeless and I especially love the back detail. I mean look at those straps and the cool triangle. It’s great! (You can still sort of see my chalk marks in the photo below. Oops!)
I made a straight size 12, which is my usual size in Helen’s Closet patterns. The only alterations I made to shorten the body by one inch at the crotch lengthen/shorten line, and then by another inch at the leg lengthen/shorten line. I think those adjustments worked out perfectly. I could probably take another inch out at the leg for a more cropped look, but I’m happy to cuff these if the weather ever warms up. ;) In some of these photos I’ve turned the hem up by one cuff.
The only major change made to this pattern during the testing process was to swap out the inseam pockets for front patch pockets. The inseam pockets look great when your hands are in them, but depending of the fabric you choose, they can look a little floppy or heavy as you can see in the photo below.
This really didn’t bother me in my version, but I can see how it might bug you, especially in a more fluid fabric. Speaking of fabric, I used Viscose Linen Slub from Blackbird Fabrics for these overalls, and I LOVE it. It’s such great fabric. It has great drape and feels really soft to wear like linen, but I find it doesn’t get as wrinkly. I actually have it in a couple more colours because I love it so much.
I should also mention, the instructions that go with this pattern are awesome! Helen does an excellent job with her illustrations and graphics, and her instructions are always chalk full of tips and tricks.
Can you tell I love this pattern? I imagine I’ll be wearing these a ton and I’ll probably make a couple more pairs too. I think a shorts version is in my future for sure! One other thing worth mentioning, my husband really isn’t into overalls or jumpsuits, but he really likes these. When I finished them, and showed him, I expected him to be like “meh”, but he was like, “hey, those are pretty cute!” So win win! Ha!
Hope you all are having a nice Spring so far (or Fall depending on your hemisphere)!