We are living in an overalls world, and I am for sure an overalls girl. Once I laid eyes on the Patsy Overalls sewing pattern from Ready to Sew, I immediately started dreaming up a whole army of them for my closet. With the relaxed fit, tapered leg, and interesting paneled seams, these deceptively simple overalls are a wardrobe staple you’ll be reaching for again and again. Find my full sewing pattern review for the Patsy Overalls by Ready To Sew, complete with sizing details and fabric suggestions in this blog post!
Since I now work from home, I’ve been striving to create a new “uniform” for myself. My current wardrobe still reflects the old retail manager lifestyle I’m no longer living. As much as I love a structured sundress or skinny jeans with a dressy top, those pieces just aren’t what I’m drawn to wearing for a day spent running after my toddler at the park. Go figure! These days, I’m looking for relaxed, timeless pieces with a modern twist that I can comfortably wear for playing on the floor with my kiddo, or going out on a casual coffee date with friends. I am so excited to say that the Patsy Overalls definitely meet those criteria!
Also, is anyone else as OBSESSED with overalls and pinafores as I am?! Anything I can throw on in 30 seconds while looking cute is a must-have for me, haha!
The Patsy Overalls Sewing Pattern:
My favorite part about this design is the deceptively simple details. The paneling throughout the jumpsuit, the slash pockets on the sides, and the shoulder tie…*chef’s kiss.* Details like these make this piece look elevated and unique, while the relaxed fit and beginner-friendly construction make for an approachable pattern.
This was my first time using a RTS pattern, and I have to say I really enjoyed it! The biggest hurdle for me (as an American) was figuring out how to convert the metrics used in this French pattern to inches. I found this conversion template to be an essential tool throughout the process.
The Construction + Sewing:
At first glance, the many panels looked like they may be slightly out of my reach. But with no fitting required and no closures to sew, once I got started I thought “What the hell was I so worried about?”. In fact, the most arduous task was assembling and cutting out my at-home printed pattern pieces…especially since I wasn’t paying attention and first assembled the wrong size range. Definitely a face palm moment, but hey- if you’re gonna fuck up you might as well do it early amiriiiiiight?!?!?
This piece also took me a little longer to construct (probably about 6 hours over the course of a week) because I opted to do french seams. With all those long-ass seams from the paneling running the length of the garment…it added up. But the effort was well worth it and looks amazing! I am so happy with the results!
I chose to hem the bottom with the cuff on the outside. Cuffing my pants has sort of become my signature style. I know I’ll probably end up rolling the hem further for a slightly cropped effect anyway, so I figured I might as well embrace the look.
The only semi-issue I had with this pattern was the facings. They kept wanting to pop back out at the sides when I put the overalls on, but it was nothing that a little stitch-in-the-ditch couldn’t fix.
The Fabric + Suggestions:
The pattern suggests using a more structured woven fabric, and I luckily had just the right amount of this olive chino twill in my stash. And would you believe I even had the thread to match?!
I wouldn’t recommend this fabric, per se, since it has built-in stretch that isn’t necessary for this pattern and was kind of annoying to work with (since I knew I wouldn’t be benefitting from it). When I make this again, I’d love to try it in printed linen or floral cotton. Something a little more breathable and fun, like the ones pictured below:
- Gingham Linen in color Paprika from We Are The Fabric Store
- Signature Linen in color Copper from Blackbird Fabrics
- Brown Ditsy Floral Fabric from Spoonflower
I would 10/10 recommend this pattern for beginners or anyone looking for a quick make or wardrobe essential. For me, I have a difficult time finding beginner-friendly patterns with a more advanced or interesting design element. No circle skirts or boxy tops for me, please (though I do love this one from Closet Core Patterns). Maybe I’ll do a post about more progressive-looking beginner patterns in the future. This will absolutely be on the list!
Thank you so much for reading this sewing pattern review for the Patsy Overalls from Ready To Sew!
If you love overalls as much as I do, check out my sewing pattern review for the Kwik Sew 4138 Overalls. They are hands down one of my favorite makes ever!
Happy Making, loves!
SIZE: I made a size 42, which ran true to size. My measurements are:
KNOWLEDGE OBTAINED: French all the seams. You won’t be sorry.