I’m a bit of a slow adapter to fashion trends. My year and a half in the Instagram sewing community has helped immensely, but I still fall short of a trendsetter. To some extent I don’t think I’ll ever be on the forefront of fashion trends. However as I am able to make styles work on my frame and as I release 25 years worth of voices and in my head telling me something won’t work because it didn’t back when I only wore RTW, I am able to close in on the lag.

Take the Burnside Bibs by Sewhouse7 for example. Released just over 1 year ago. I simply thought to myself, “This is one I can let pass.” Overalls didn’t work in high school (6′ = high waters and wedgies) So why would they work this time around? I knew I could make them long enough so that wedgies and high waters wouldn’t be an issue – I also knew cropped pants are in. But I couldn’t shake years of resolve that I would never wear overalls of any kind.

For me that started to change once I saw Heather’s modified Burnsides. I could see those on me. Then a friendly phone convo with my sewing buddy Leslie where we discussed evolving style and Burnside bibs among other sewing and non-sewing related things got me excited to try them. As I stalked the hashtag I started to fall in love with them exactly as they were and decided to make version 1 without any hacks except length.

Version 1 has an invisible zipper for a more fitted style. The back still has ease, but it’s not baggy. I really feel comfortable showing you my backside in these bibs. It’s the perfect balance of flattering and modest. And the wrap style of the straps through the belt loops is the showpiece. Literally. I wore these first on a date with my husband and people were going out of their way to come up to me and gush over the overalls. I’ve received compliments before on what I’ve made, but nothing like this. I happily told them I made them and they in turn started telling their friends and making me show them off. That made me feel a little self conscious, but also proud, and excited to share them with you, because these are a must-have casual wardrobe gem.

This was my first time working with linen (I actually made these before my York Pinafore) and I am officially hooked on the substrate. I used this mid-weight seafoam green linen from Indiesew and I was surprised how soft it was even before I washed it. It only got softer after washing. This one is out of stock but the linens they have in stock are well curated high quality pieces. I find linen in general to be challenging to cut and sew perfectly because it doesn’t hold it’s shape while being handled. It is a good idea to press often when working with this fabric. I still need to re-hem these because they aren’t perfectly even, but it’s barely noticeable, so they haven’t yet made it to the mending pile. I’d rather keep wearing them.

I made the size 6 (measurements 35 | 27 | 37) in version 1 with the scooped neck, back pockets, front tie and full length legs.  The adjustments I made were: +1/2″ to the rise | +3″ to the legs | +1.5″ to the bib | -1″ to the outside seam allowance.

I paired the bibs with the newly released Kila Tank by Allie Olson. This is a well designed basics pattern that works perfectly with ribbed knits. I made two Kila’s out of the same fabrics that I used for my Nikkos, specifically the rust and heather charcoal. I have a blush version cut out and ready to sew now that I realized these get worn on repeat during the summer and I don’t have enough.

I raised the front neck scoop to my preference, and I cut a size 8 when my measurements were closer to a size 6. The pattern has a lot of negative ease which is necessary for rib knits, but I didn’t mind if mine fit a little looser.

I really like the combo of these two patterns. The Nikko I made will also work with the bibs to carry me through fall. Have you made either of these patterns yet? How do you feel about the overalls trend? I’m a big fan.

Time Investment:

Burnside Bibs: Trace paper pattern: 1 hour | I forgot to time cutting | Baste  for fitting: 34 minutes | Assembly: 5.75 hours

Kila Tank: Cut: 9 minutes | Assembly: averaged 30 minutes each

I am a part of the Indiesew Blogger team and this post was compensated by Indiesew. As always I express my true honest opinions and only rave about things I love. If I don’t like something I either tell you, or I don’t blog it ?


  1. Love these on you, Michelle! Every new pair of Burnsides I see makes me want to bump them up on my sewing queue, and yours are just fantastic!

  2. Hi,
    I have also just purchased this pattern with a linen blend fabric to use with it. I am similar to the same shape/build you are and really appreciate all your reviews of patterns. I love knowing what modifications you used so that I have an idea of what to be looking for. Thank you for your posts. I love all your creations.

    • Hi Megan, I’m so glad the reviews are helpful in your sewing journey. It is really handy how social media helps us find people with similarities that we wouldn’t otherwise come across in our own circles.

  3. Chante McLin Reply

    This came up on my newsfeed this morning and I love it! I just ordered this pattern and I was in a quandary over what fabric to sew these in. You did a fab job and you look amazing in them! I am NOT an overalls person, hey I grew up in the 70’s so I thought that I was “over” overalls, but I am so glad I saw you in these. I will def be making these in the fitted version cuz “baby got back!” haha! Looking forward to more of your content.

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