My love for the Marilla Walker Roberts Collection pattern goes on! Honestly I hope she's sold a shipload of these because I feel like I've had my money's worth from this one pattern many times over. (See View A jumpsuit here and View D top here.) View C is a dress with overall/dungaree-style bib and straps, and I made version C2, the longer length.
I used a fabulous new vibrant blue denim we recently got in from Art Gallery Fabrics, who seem to be moving more and more into garment fabrics, much to our joy! At time of writing there are just 2 metres of this left but we do have rather a lot of other denims in at the moment, any of which would also work well for this pattern.
For the bib lining I used some precious Marimekko 'Unikko' fabric from my stash. One of those large flowers fitted beautifully and little glimpses of the lining during wear make me happy. It's also inside the pockets.
This marked my first foray into applying jeans-style snaps to fabric and I'm glad to say it was a success. Snaps on all the things now!
I bought these snaps and the setting tools from the Needle Nook at Highgate. The instructions blithely suggest you 'hit lightly with a hammer', which had the result of nothing happening at all. Instead I recommend you belt it with all your might, many times, and offer up a prayer to the sewing hardware gods that your finger and thumb stay out of the way.
I topstitched in yellow and I have to say using a proper topstitching needle in the machine really does make a big difference. (Using the proper tool for the job... who'd have thought?)
Apron Dress (pattern G) from Stylish Dress Book 2 which I made pretty much exactly a year ago and have thrashed (worn back then with same Alabama Chanin top!). As a comparison, I am loving having the very functional pockets and the extra details of the snaps in the Roberts dress, and the narrow straps make this feel like a kind of 'updated' apron style.
As an overalls fan from way back, I find myself wanting to reach for a front bib pocket! So there may be another of these in my future with a traditional front pocket.
Roberts Collection by Marilla Walker, View C2
100% cotton Textured Denim by Art Gallery Fabrics in Bluebottle Field, Marimekko cotton for pocket and bib linings. The main fabric requirements stated were spot-on at 1.7m of 150cm wide fabric for this version.
At first I cut a size 3 graded to 4 at the hips which is the size that works for me in the jumpsuit. However this version is designed with a lot more ease, and in this substantial fabric looked too baggy. I spent some quality time with my unpicker and cut it down to a straight size 3 and am very happy with the fit - I advise to note the finished measurements listed on the pattern!
If your fabric has a bit of give in it, you may with to use a stabiliser e.g. light interfacing along the seamlines of the front and back bibs to prevent stretching out of shape:
In summary, I love it!
- Jane & Fiona xx