I finally made the Yanta Overalls. These have been on my radar for ages and being a big fan on dungarees I’m not quite sure why it took me so long to finally get round to sewing them..
I get monthly emails from Guthrie and Ghani in Birmingham advertising their Sewing Society kits and when the Yanta Overalls came up in May that was the prompt I needed to finally sew them.
This is the first time I have sent for one of the Sewing Society kits and it came with everything you need to sew your garment. The Yanta’s came in a choice of 3 colours – Navy, Pacific Blue and Teal – I chose the Pacific Blue which is a lovely mid blue colour on good quality linen.
Included in the kit was 2.6m of linen (they also did a kit for larger sizes that had 3.3m fabric), iron on interfacing, 2 coordinating buttons, 2 reels of gutherman thread, an invisible zip, Prym sewing machine needles, a woven label and of course the pattern printed out on good quality paper. The instructions come through in an email as a pdf and can be downloaded and printed at home and you also get access to a hints and tips video.
The only downside to the kits is that as far as I can tell if you already own the pattern there isn’t an option of buying the kit without the pattern. Other than that it is very well put together and works out cheaper than buying all the elements separately.
The only other pattern I have sewn by Helen’s Closet is the Blackwood Cardigan but I remember the instructions being very well put together and likewise these instructions were very easy to follow. Sizewise my measurements put me at a size 8 bust, 14 waist and 10 hips so because I wasn’t making a muslin (something I rarely do and have mostly got away with😅) I cut the 8 for my bust and graded to the 14 for both waist and hips, it should also be noted that there is a generous 5/8″ seam allowance which allows for some adjustments.
First up in the instructions is making the pockets and there are a lot of them, 5 in all – 2 back and 2 front on the trouser section and then the breast pocket. I particularly liked the design of the breast pocket which once attached is divided into 2 with some stitching along the centre. I sewed the breast and front pockets on but just basted the back pockets into place to that I could check the positioning once I tried then on.
Probably the hardest part of the construction is attaching the straps to the back, there is quite a bulk of fabric to get through the machine so this took some time making sure everything was lined up.
I basted the side seams together to check the fit and they were pretty oversized – picture some clown trousers and this is pretty much what they look like around the hips. I took 2/8″ off the side seams going all the way down to the trouser hem and then tried them on again.
There was still plenty of spare room around the waist so I ended up taking another 1″ off the top of the side seams and ran this 6″ down whilst slowly grading back out to my original seam. Once I had done this I was really happy with the fit.
I actually decided to omit the zip because I can just get them over my hips without it and don’t see the point of adding one just for the sake of it. As nice as the buttons were that came with the kit (they won’t go to waste and will be used for another project) I decided to use some alternative buttons from my stash. I picked these buttons up at a charity shop a couple of years ago and think they work well.
The final touch was my brooch, there is a lady over on Instagram called Corrie @ceramic67 who makes some lovely jewellery and this is one of her latest additions, you can check her our here: