I’m so excited to have you sewing along with us! Here’s how to join in the fun
1. Pick up a copy of the Okey Dokey Overalls or Oopsy Dasiy Overalls Jumper (or both!)
2. Check here on the blog everyday this week (see schedule below)
3. Join the Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop Facebook Group: Participants are encouraged to post in-progress photos, ask for help and advice, etc. throughout the week
4. Upload your Finished Photo to the Okey Dokey Overalls or Oopsy Daisy Overalls Jumper Album for your chance to win a gift card!
5. Share your photos on Instagram with the hashtags #okeydokeyoveralls or #oopsydaisyjumper and #peekaboopatternshop for your chance to win a gift card!
Sew Along Winners for $20 store credit to Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop will be chosen for both the Okey Dokey and Oopsy Daisy for each category:
1. Fan Favorite on Facebook: Based on number of photo likes
2. Designer Fav on Facebook
3. Random Draw from Facebook and Instagram
That’s 8 chances to win!!!
Sew Along Schedule:
Monday: Choosing Your Size & Fabric
Tuesday: Pockets & Front Facings
Wednesday: Faux Fly & Bib
Thursday: Back & Straps
Friday: Final Assembly
Saturday-Sunday: Sewing/Catch-Up Days
Monday: Winners announced and a few features shared
Let’s get started!
Choosing Your Size:
Make sure you measure your child’s hips and height and choose the corresponding size from the size chart. If your child’s height and hip size don’t match up go by the hips size and adjust the length accordingly. I always recommend checking the finished garment measurements for a custom fit. The Okey Dokey and Oopsy Daisy have plenty of room for layering over clothing so there is no need to size up.
Choosing Your Fabric
For a traditional overalls look I recommend going with a bottom-weight fabric: denim, twill, corduroy, etc. If you are using denim one of the best sources is an old pair of jeans! By up-cycling you get fabric that is already distressed and it gives the finished product a more authentic look. In larger sizes this can be a bit more difficult but it works great for the little ones 🙂
Although I recommend bottomweights you definitely can use quilting cotton and the results are adorable! I would avoid it for the pants length overalls on older kids since they tend to be rough on the knees but as a jumper, shorts or pants for a baby it’s a great option
Both patterns include detailed information on hardware so make sure you read that section 🙂 For the buttons I have recently found some that go in without a hammer! I don’t know which stores carry them but I found mine at Wal-Mart. They just push right together and are super easy to install! Here’s what my packaging looks like. I bought my buckles there as well and those buttons were hammer-in so I used these instead.
Cutting Our Your Pieces
Make sure you print your pattern out at 100%. Tape everything together along the dashed lines and then it’s time to start cutting! A couple things to note:
Remember if your overalls hardware is a different size than recommended (not a problem at all) you’ll want to adjust the tip of the strap to the correct width. For the pair I’m sewing this week I’m doing a size 12 mos. but my buckles are 1.25″ instead of 1″ so I’m going to widen the straps as I near the top:
If you are making the jumper the front and back are pieced for an authentic denim look. However if you are using a busy print you might prefer to skip this. Just trim 1/2″ off the center front and center back and then cut on the fold instead
Come back tomorrow for pockets!