I have tons of Frida dresses and Mona jackets in my closet, yet overalls have always played an essential part in my wardrobe. I think it’s crazy that Wear Lemonade doesn’t have any “dressy” overalls yet! It’s been two years since we started making patterns and I thought that it might be too difficult to make own own sophisticated model. However, since the Paloma overall shorts are only available by pdf subscription and you’re getting good at making all different styles, I thought that we needed some that are more chic, that you can wear all year long and that would also be easy to make. Mission impossible? Of course not, with Laure! She did an amazing job finding a way to make them have lovely flared legs while keeping things simple! Laure, if you’re reading this (I’m sure she will soon), I love you. Thank you for Fiona and everything else! Soon I think I’ll make a pair of seventies overalls for every day of the week (I already have three, I’m planning on making a pair of vertical striped ones soon!)
‘Fiona’ overalls have flare legs or bell bottoms, depends on if you’re a disco diva or not… The wide leg and high waist make anyone’s legs look miles long… They aren’t too tight around the thighs (we love that), they have a high waist with a wide belt that erases love handles (oh yes!). There are large back pockets on the derièrre that lift everything up like a Wonderbra (amen). Fiona is the perfect way to slim down before hitting the beach! Okay, okay, no, but they really are easy and perfect for beginners that would like to get started sewing… The straps may be worn crossed or not, they may be made with snaps or buttons, it’s up to you! I plan on making one for me with little blue and white stripes out of denim, another in navy blue with polka dots, and a pair of pale pink ones but I haven’t found the right pink yet. I’m afraid that it might look like I’m naked from far away, if you know what I mean… It’s hard to find the perfect pale pink. Either it looks too nude or like colored toilet paper. It’s not going to be easy, but I haven’t given up!
I haven’t lied, it’s really easy to make the Fiona overalls if you cut the fabric before hand. I think that it can be done in 3 hours… I promise! I’ll be back later this week to tell you about our new pdf subscription program: the Lemonade Pattern Corner! I can’t wait to show you more, but those who have already subscribed can go ahead and check out the new space online. And good news: you don’t have to use PayPal to subscribe!
Here’s what you need to know about Fiona:
- You can find the pattern here, and the PDF version is available in your subscription center!
- You’ll need 2m80 of fabric from a bolt 1m40 wide for the largest size or 3m of fabric from a bolt 1m10 wide for the biggest size.
- I suggest using fairly thick, stiff fabric. Corduroy, denim, plaid or even upholstery canvas!
- You’ll need 2 nice buttons
- 1 small button, or a snap or a pants hook and eye for the back belt!
- 1 pants zipper, 22cm long
- 3 episodes of your favorite series!
Hugs and kisses, I’ll be back soon with decorations and good vibes! The Greta pattern will be available more quickly than we thought so we’ll be caught up with all our sewing! Thank you for your patience and kind words!
Translated by Whitney Bolin