Phoebe the Second

Good things come in twos, yes?  Or maybe more than two, but let’s start somewhere, shall we?  I really liked wearing the Phoebe dungarees I made a couple of weeks ago, they’ve been absolutely perfect of the allotment, so I knew I’d need another pair!  Instead of soft, buttery linen, this time I picked out some denim – also lightweight – from the pile of South African purchased fabrics.  I think this is a blend of fibres, the fabric has a sheen that pure cotton denim wouldn’t have.  I had thought I’d make a summer version of the Tea House Dress, or the Assembly Line’s V Nick Dress with it, but I now have better plans.  I want another pair of Phoebe Dungarees.

denim phoebe 1
Phoebe Bib & Tucker from Pattern Union

This time I wanted a shorter trouser length.  The brown linen ones are the perfect length for long trousers, not long enough for me to stand on the hems and get them all muddy!  But, for a lightweight pair that will be worn in the summer, I thought it would be a good idea to have a cropped length this time.  I took 20cm off the length, and in hindsight could have done more!  I drew a rectangular pocket to put on the back and re-used the Zadie jumpsuit front pockets.  Other adjustments – I moved the waist seam on the trouser piece to halfway between the low and high waist, but kept the bib on the high waist line.  These feel more comfy than the first pair, but I still feel the waistline needs to come up.  If I take it up any further though, I’ll need to reduce the amount I took out of the crotch depth.

collage denim phoebe
New pocket details

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Buttons are from the deep stash, bought three years ago in South Africa, just waiting for the right project. I realised after I’d already sewn – and cut – the buttonholes that they really go the wrong way!  Usually, with buttonholes, they go in the direction of stress.  So really, on these bibs, the buttonholes should run perpendicular to the top of the bib.  That would mean no pulling and gapping and trying of the button to escape (see the above photo). So, that’s for the next pair! 🙂

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I am happy overall with this pair, the back pockets are a perfect addition.  I’ve worn them both on and off the allotment and they seem to be most practical for all jobs.  Perhaps a denim or twill pair for the cooler weather should be on my list for Autumn.

denim phoebe 6

 

Author: Anne W

I love fabric, and sewing. And I could do nothing else but sew, all day, every day, if I could!

6 thoughts on “Phoebe the Second”

  1. Looking great, Anne! Unless you’ve run out of thread or something, perhaps you could still shorten these… 😉
    Ever thought of a pair with a bit of stretch in the fabric? 😘

  2. I really like this pair! I remember a long discussion about the direction of the buttonholes among the testers, but they were designed for the little knot rather than a button. The fit on these is excellent and your bust darts are absolutely spot on. Bravo!

    1. Yeah, that’s what I thought, but I’d rather have a button than a knot! 🙂 I am loving these dungarees though, definitely need more in my life!

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