So obviously I had to share this goodness. And, man, you do not know how long I’ve been waiting to share this with you.
I regularly pattern test for a few people and sometimes patterns come along and I’m just so excited by them. The Jenny overall pattern by Closet Case Pattern has definitely been one of these oh-man-this-is-so-amazing-I-want-to-share-this-immediately patterns.
Heather released this pattern this month, and I even wore it to meet up with her when she was in London.
Sadly, the cheap-o zipper I used broke and I’ve had to work out how to fix a zipper into a finished pair of overalls. But now that’s all fixed I can finally share some photos with you.
(Also morale of the story: do not buy cheap zippers people!)
I’ve not been in a very picture-taking mood, so it’s taken me a while to get the snaps. But now that’s out of the way I can share all the goodness with you. So here we go – a down and dirty review of Closet Case Pattern’s Jenny overalls.
This is the newest release from that style goddess – Heather from Closet Case Patterns. The Jenny is a wide-legged overalls and pant pattern with a fitted waistband that sits high on the waist.
There’s a lapped zipper on the side (on two sides in some of the larger sizes) which could be intimidating, but Heather’s instructions really walk you through each step. So before you get a chance to freak out, you’re done!
FYI because of my issues with the zipper I had to reinsert the zipper and I lost the lapped zipper look. I could probably retrofit it to get the lapped zipper back, but I love this gold on black action, so probably will keep as is.
This gorgeous heavy-weight denim was given to me by the lovely team at Hart’s Fabrics. It’s a really beautiful quality Italian denim that has a really hefty weight behind it. The original fabric was not quite as black as this – it has more of a mottled look which I really like, but I had my heart set on a jet black pair of overalls. In the end I dyed the finish overalls using one of those Dylon throw-in-the-machine dye packs in soft black.
Sadly this denim is now out of stock. But fear not – they recently ordered in some beautiful jet-black denim that is all sorts of amazing.
What I love about sewing with heavier fabrics like this denim (and this canvas) is that it makes sewing such a joy. It stays in place without pins, barely frays, and you can get away with finger pressing as you go.
It’s the little things 😁
Sourcing good overall clasps and a few useful tools
Just a quick word about finding dungaree/overall clasps. I don’t know about you but I sometimes find the quality a bit mixed. And if you made a Cleo last year (like I did here) you know how hard it is to source clasps sometimes. Last year it turns out that stocks had almost disappeared!
Luckily it looks like supply is back. I know Tilly and the Buttons has good clasp sets (I used a silver pair for my Cleos). The bronze set I used here is from Jaycots and I’m really happy with them. Heather also kindly sent me a pack of the clips she’s selling and those are great quality too.
A final few words of advice on inserting your clasps. It can seem a bit intimidating. You need a hammer and ideally a few other tools. But it’s actually not too tricky once you grasp a few basic tricks.
First, I’d recommend using an awl. It’s a funny looking letter-opener type tool. It helps you pierce a neat hole in your fabric and to make the hole wider without tearing your fabric. They’re not very expensive and they come in super handy whenever you insert metal jeans buttons, rivets, and clasps.
Secondly, I’d try and get a toolkit to instal grommets. It’s not quite made for clasps (the clue is in the title) but the kit really gives you more control by holding the button/ firmly in place while you hammer. I used the tools from this kit that a friend gifted me last Christmas.
And trust me this works. I actually started one side with a hammer and a flat surface. It went in OK, but the second side I did was a bit of a disaster! The screw ended up crooked and the button a bit battered.
But after I pulled out my kit, I got a new screw and redid the button which came out perfectly.
Construction and alterations
As I was pattern testing I didn’t make any alterations to the pattern and followed the instructions.
Even though I didn’t make any changes myself, I know Heather’s made some modifications to the pattern since I made this. The big ones are:
– the legs are now slimmer than they were in the tester version
– the waistband has a little more ease than in the tester version
– the rise has been adjusted so it sits lower than the tester version (I have a short rise and even these can be a bit eye watering if I try to make certain movements!)
I mean, you don’t need me to tell you that this is an amazing pattern.
Not only is it i-n-c-r-e-d-i-b-l-y flattering, but the instructions are (as always) super easy to follow. I also really love the fact that it’s a wide legged overall pattern, which I just find a little more flattering on me than narrow-legged patterns.
And, I mean, how amazing would these look like in linen for the summer or velvet for the winter? Oh man, in a deep plum velvet for Christmas. I mean seriously.
OK, so basically, this is definitely a pattern you need to add to your arsenal (as well as an awl and a toolkit for installing grommets).