I am so excited to show you all my new favorite overallsâ€”the Yanta Overalls by Helenâ€™s Closet! Helen so kindly gifted me this pattern, and then Fabric-Store asked me if Iâ€™d like to try some of their linen (that would be a big fat DUHâ€”â€”Iâ€™m a linenaholic) so I put the two together to help me this lemony, bright, happy pair!
I had been brooding over how I wanted to hack these when I saw the post by @alexandria_arnold on Instagram. She made the straps into those cute ties and instantly I knew I had to copy!!
Here is how I did it:
- I took the strap pattern and extended the length about 12- 15 inches longer (maybe I forgot to take the exact measurement). I figured I could just trim it if it was too long.
- I made 2 tabs from rectangles that were 3â€ by 6â€. I sewed them RST and then turned them right side out and topstitched the two long parallel edges.
- When sewing the facing to the bib of the overalls, I inserted the tabs like an upside down â€œUâ€ just overlapping the inside short edges of the tabs by 1/8â€. I then sewed the overalls as indicated in the pattern.
- When I did the straps for the back, I put them in like the pattern suggests, but instead I let them be long and put them through the tabs Iâ€™d created to tie them into knots. At this point you can shorten them if you donâ€™t like how long they are!
The other thing I did to my overalls was to take them in at the legs. I sewed the size for my hips (which are a smaller size than my waist and bust) going off the finished measurements to decide. I wanted a less-baggy fit for this pair.
When I sewed the inner seam of the legs I took it in about 1/2-1â€ in the thigh (I have thin-ish thighs). I liked the slimmer look of the leg.
One more note: When I sewed the pale pink linen pockets I doubled up the fabric instead of just folding under the edges, because I thought it was too translucent for a single layer.
I love these overalls and Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™ll be making another pair in the future! The linen is so nice and they feel so substantial and perfect for both summer and fall.