A few years ago now, I treat myself to a pair of wool dungarees. I’d had my eye on them for a while. However when they arrived I was a bit disappointed with the finishing of them and wasn’t back sewing myself at this point. I didn’t wear them as often as I’d have liked to because everytime I put them on I discovered a new hole or unravelling at the unfinished seams of the wool. I was afraid it would get to be an embarrassing gape in an undesirable area in a public place. Something has to be done. Bear in mind please, this is a saga so exit now if you’ve got a cake in the oven.
Then, after wearing for a few months during that winter. I have a photo from the exact day that they were ruined when I took a tumble down the stairs.
Then May came about in 2019 and thought I’d use the opportunity to remake what I could during that month.
So after all the unpicking and recutting had taken place, I set to remaking again and managed to get some in-progress pictures.
Then after all this, I put them somewhere and couldn’t find them. It’s bugged me for a full year searching high and low. Then just this morning after a household emergency (a fan and a light blowing up in the bathroom) I had to close a door that I wedge open and they were hanging behind the door.
The whole process of remaking these was a long one. Developing a pattern to use to recut took time and lots of tweaking. I’ve learned a lot along the way and it encouraged me to explore the design further and draft my own design which I’m extreme happy with and this has basically been what I’ve been working on when I am able enough to sew. Well, that and trying to work out the perfect basic woven top/shirt for my body which I’m also reaching a happy conclusion with. I’ve worn dungarees my whole life and am happiest in them so am looking forward to my future of making using some of my nicer pieces of material to make using my own pattern which is quite a bit different to the remade wool pair.
Thanks for reading about the dungarees saga, I’ve written more about the pattern development further back in my blog Let The Dungarees Making Commence if this post isn’t blether heavy enough for you.