Turia Dungarees

Whilst I was in Montréal I met Hélène’s daughter Raphaëlle and she was wearing the Pauline Alice Turia Dungarees made by Hélène. She looked gorgeous and I remembered that I had planned to make myself some last winter, so thought I’d make them this winter instead. Coincidentally, I am part of a couple of challenges, one of which is entitled “June Jumpsuit Jump-in”, and I figured this is near enough a jumpsuit as it has all the required components – it’s one piece and provides difficulties with bathroom visits! I also have an occasion which calls for “farm wear”, so these are the first part of that outfit.

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The dungarees are designed to be cropped length, but we all know how disgusting that looks on me, so I lengthened the legs to ankle length. I made no other changes, and used my hip measurement to choose the size rather than my bust measurement and they fit really well, although next time I make them I might lengthen the body a smidge.

According to the pattern the Turia dungarees feature front and back patch pockets, zipped sides, classic pinafore back and adjustable shoulder straps. Pretty normal dungarees then. I just realised that I put a zip in one side only, not realising that I should have put them in both sides. Clearly I don’t read the instructions! I don’t understand why you’d put a zip in both sides, one is ample.

Something clearly went awry with the back pockets: I can barely get my hands in them, but no matter because the front pockets are more than big enough.

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I threaded a belt through the belt loops the first time I wore the dungarees, but decided to try wearing them without a belt the second time, and think I might prefer it. What I don’t prefer is the sloppy way the straps are threaded through the buckles resulting in this very untidy look. I think I might have to stitch them down so this doesn’t happen again.

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I’m really surprised I prefer this look as I would have thought that I would like them pulled in more.

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I also feel as though the bodice is now the perfect length for me.DSC09172

I used some corduroy that has been lurking in my stash leftover from a pair of trousers I made for Mark and which I clearly have never blogged. The colour is, frankly, rather disgusting. My friend Suzanne described is as “grandpa brown”, and I think she’s pretty spot on. I don’t mind it at all, as it happens. The hardware came from the throwout bin at Knitwit, and I was pleased to note that I bought two lots of buckles as I plan to make the shorts version of this for summer.

And finally, I tried for a “yeehah” moment. Not sure I pulled it off though!!

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Fadanista

21 thoughts on “Turia Dungarees

  1. Lots to say about this one! First, I love these dungarees on you. Corduroy is an awesome idea and this “non colour” will go with everything. About the back pockets: reading your post, I remembered that Raphaëlle had asked me right from the start to put on larger back pockets. So I enlarged them and sewn a button on, so she could use them to carry her books securely. 😉

    I also replaced the side zip with a buttoned placket – a classic feature on dungarees. As for the straps, I think the loose ends are meant to be worn downward (somewhat hidden behind the bib). Lastly, I would totally see Mark in dungarees like these, playing Mr. Douglas in The Green Acres. You remember this TV show where a former NY lawyer tried to turn into a gentleman farmer? But the comparison stops right here as Mark is skilful whereas Mr. Douglas was so clumsy!

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  2. LOL at the yeehah moment. You may need some line dance tuition! I looked and looked at this pattern a few months ago and may now revisit it. What a fun outfit. I’m currently making a dungaree dress. Great minds think alike!

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  3. Well, there are dome mysteries with these pant, you’re right! And you’re also right about the conditions that define a garment as a jump suit 😀 I have been eyeballing this pattern for a while now and I like your version, I think I will need to give it a try now 🙂

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  4. You look so young in these cute dungarees! I like them more without the belt, too, and what a luck since it will be easier at the bathroom visit! I would prefer much bigger back pockets. All the front pockets are so generous, so bigger would be better.

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  5. I lived in dungarees in my mid teens (much to my mothers disgust) so I think yours look great. I’m wondering now if I could still rock the look as well as you are…..

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