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Waves and Wild Heyday Dungarees

May 9, 2022

I am so pleased with my new dungarees made with fabric from Minerva! As a Minerva Brand Ambassador I get to choose fabrics to review and once I got my hands on the Waves and Wild Heyday Dungarees pattern, I was thrilled to be able to test out this cotton canvas fabric in the most beautiful teal colour. I really like my pair of Lucy and Yak dungarees and I wanted to be able to make myself endless pairs without paying a fortune, so I finally got around to buying the Heyday pattern from Waves and Wild which is pretty similar in design.

I got the pattern printed in A0 size at a copy shop so I didn’t need to piece together a4 sheets, which made making these dungarees a breeze! The pattern is really simple because as you can see, there’s not much fitting involved or even shaping or closures!

I prewashed, dried and ironed the fabric in case of shrinkage, and got to cutting. I did alter the pattern by lengthening the bodice and the legs by one inch each (i.e. at the lengthen/shorten lines provided in the pattern design). I’m glad I did this as a long bodied person I think the rise would have been verging on uncomfortable had I not, and I wouldn’t have been able to turn up the ankles.

The fabric is a dream to sew, and although it’s quite sturdy it didn’t give me chub rub on the inseam as it softens up nicely!

The only problem I had with these was that I didn’t adjust the pocket placement after having added in extra length to the top part, so the pockets sat a little too low for my liking. So much so, I had to remove the front two pockets before I could wear it as they looked a bit silly. The back pockets are still a bit low, but they’re not as much of a focal point (at least not for me!), so I didn’t bother removing them!

I wore the dungarees on the way to Paris, and then for the day when we went to Montmartre. They are really comfy and I love the colour, and they have washed really nicely. These are definitely as good as my Lucy and Yak’s in term of quality!

Thanks Minerva for providing me with 2.6m in order to make these! I’ve already cut a second pair in some fabric I bought from Tissus Reines.

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