Review: McCall's 7547 | Velvet Overalls!

9:30 PM

Happy New Year! This is my last completed garment of 2017, McCall's 7547.
I haven't worn a pair of overalls in years! I remember having a fabulous pair of Guess overalls when I was in high school in the mid-80s. They were a real "it" item. And I think the next time I wore overalls, they were a pair of maternity ones, and that was over 20 years ago. I've talked before about how jumpsuits and anything one-piece was simply not an option prior to me sewing my own wardrobe.
My fabric is a Dark Brown Stretch Cotton Velveteen. The color is really odd. In warm light, it looks like a dark brown or dark pewter. But in cool white light, like what's in my studio, it's looks charcoal. And also, this velveteen is super stretchy... lots of crosswise give.
I cut the size 14 in the bodice and added an inch to the length. I could've added a little more because I ended up taking it apart and using only a scant 1/4" seam allowance. I also added 2 inches to the length of the straps. I found that they had no ease. At least with a pair of ready-to-wear overalls, you get adjustable straps.
I cut the pants in a size 16 and I added 4 inches to the length and still ended up only using a 5/8" hem.
The were too big in the waist so I took the darts in.
I lengthened the front pockets by an inch. 
The overalls are closed with a side laped zipper and a hook and eye.
My top is McCall's 7686, view C with the other sleeve added on. My fabric is a Pewter Jersey Knit Covered in Circle and Baby Sequins.
I can't promise that y'all won't see an evening gown or two this year, but for now I'm really enjoying making cute everyday clothes. I was so busy the past year with trips to the garden center and Home Depot, that I felt like I spent so much time in workout clothes. So I'm making a concerted effort to get dressed and start back looking like "me" again!

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16 comments

  1. Great job Erica...love your work:) Question?? how do you press your velvet? Everything is laying so flat...I been been having problems with this for a while:(

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    1. Lots of steam and a pressing cloth! I gave a lot of tips on sewing with velvet in this tutorial: http://www.ericabunker.com/2017/10/how-to-sew-velvet-kimono.html

      Thanks Lora!

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  2. I love this! I already know my daughter wants these in velvet, too!

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    1. Thank you Mary Katherine!

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  3. Stunning, both pieces! Looking cute on the weekends is top of my sewing agenda this year. I feel so sorry for my family,only seeing the rag-a-muffin version of me, lol.

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    1. That’s something I have to consciously be aware of... looking “decent” when I’m not going anywhere! Thanks Pamela!

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  4. The jumper turned out really nice. Love the fabric and it fits you perfectly!

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    1. Thank you Blue Label Boutique!

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  5. Both pieces look really great. The overalls fit you so perfectly.

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  6. Erica you are an inspiration. You manage to make even overalls look sexy and classy. Love seeing your styling.

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  7. This jumpsuit is fantastic and it fits you perfectly.

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  8. These are AMAZING and you look AMAZING in them! I have been lurking this pattern and wondering if I could pull them off and now I just have to try them! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  9. I LOVE these overalls!! You look amazing! Beautiful job overall!

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