6.03.2016

Big Apple, Big Overalls: The Schnittchen Rachel!

oonaballoona | schnittchen rachel overalls | a sewing blog by marcy harriell

I don't really know how to explain myself. I saw Schnittchen's off-the-wall overalls pattern and fell in love. They (quite rightly) did the sample up in a chambray... something chic and understated, to balance out the crazy.  


BUT WHO NEEDS BALANCE WHEN YOU CAN HAVE AFRICAN WAX PRINT CIRCLING YOUR REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS LIKE A ROADMAP

oonaballoona | schnittchen rachel overalls | a sewing blog by marcy harriell

It happens on the back, too. But this is the best shot my photographer got of the back. I think she was day drinking.

Highlighted female parts aside, I was actually quite thoughtful in my print placement! One could even say it was INTENTIONAL! This wax print was scored at Metro Textiles. I used both sides of the yardage to get a mirrored balance-- the cotton is so saturated, there's only a slight difference on the reverse side, not enough to tell. One of the things I love about quality wax print! My main goal was to avoid a yellow hole at center front & back, if ya know what I mean. Mission accomplished in that respect.


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

oonaballoona | schnittchen rachel overalls | a sewing blog by marcy harriell

Phew. I do enjoy a good laugh. And I THOROUGHLY enjoyed this project! Perhaps I should tell you how it came about, eh? You know what my problem is? I DON'T KNOW HOW TO TELL A GOOD STORY. Well, I mean, I can, if I really put my mind to it, but 87% of the time, you would think English is my second language. Ruggy will often ask me to explain something, and then glaze over as I murder poorly constructed sentences at a loud, fast pace, finally ending with: ENGLISH. I CAN'T. 

Ahem. 

I'm the next blogger in Schnittchen's Sewing Around the World tour, and despite my tenuous grasp on the official language of my country, I represent 'Murica! I've sewn up a Schnittchen pattern before (the Eve jacket) and I was so pleased with the outcome and the quality of the design, saying Yes to this invitation was a no-brainer. This pattern was no different--well drafted, with super fun details! I followed the instructions included in the paper pattern (which, to be honest, means I glanced over them and then went full steam ahead. What can I say, I "grew-up-sewing" on Burdastyle instructions).


I didn't find the photo instructions on the website, but I did use the line drawing to visualize the "bodice," which, as you can see, has multiple pieces that get lost in all my print mayhem! I'm going to need to do a colorblocked version of this, for sure. I did run into one hiccup: there's one little line in the drawing, on the front, that shouldn't be there--that teeny horizontal guy I've circled in pink. The actual pattern pieces match up perfectly, no worries there, just ignore that guy if you're sewing this up. 

I made two changes to the pattern: left the pocket flaps out, and added a pleat to the side after the whole shebang was finished. I just pinched the fabric in by about an inch and a half at the side seam, folded it towards the back, then blind stitched it down by hand. I love the original wide shape, but giving it a wee bit more shape gives it a wee bit more chance of it being Ruggy friendly.

oonaballoona | schnittchen rachel overalls | a sewing blog by marcy harriell

Because I think you know where my body-con man stands on this jammy. 

BUT I LURVE IT. 

Thanks for asking me to hop on the train, lovely ladies of Schnittchen!

this raucous romper was made through a collaboration with schnittchen, who provided the pattern and a stipend for fabric. 

36 comments:

  1. Absolutely stunning! Love the fabric - it seems to be very "you" in the best possible way!

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  2. Oh, I just ADORE this one!!! The print and it's placement is perfection. I love the low bodice and the buttons. Bonus, your hair is gorgeous.

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  3. That's amazing. Seeing you pull that off makes me wonder if I could wear that without looking like a clown. Not sure at all.

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    1. to be honest, with my love of prints, i contemplated the possibility of clown quite a bit...

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  4. Love it and I Love how you embrace the rooftop! I've had this pattern cute While and questioned what fabric to use and then questioned if my daughter would like it......But this is brilliant and I Love it so it's going down!

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  5. Love it and I Love how you embrace the rooftop! I've had this pattern cute While and questioned what fabric to use and then questioned if my daughter would like it......But this is brilliant and I Love it so it's going down!

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  6. No explanation needed Marcy they are gorgeous. I know you must have the most colorful wardrobe closet in New York!

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  7. Oh my goodness! These are so awesome. I love everything about them- the volume, the print, the funky. So cool.

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  8. THESE ARE SO COOL!!! I love them. And you. In a non-stalkerish kind of way.
    I know I don't know you, but these are amazing and you could totally make a burlap sack look couture.

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    1. hahahaaaa! only, the burlap would have to be neon...

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  9. You know I can see you strolling down the avenue in this, hair flying, bag on your shoulder - a blur of activity! This is so you!

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  10. Cute, cute, cute! This is really so you!

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  11. Ohmigosh! These are adorable and brave and I love them. They seem to fit your personality perfectly and I applaud your choice in pattern placement from both an aesthetic and feminine feminist point of view. You go girl!

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    1. brave, i like that! i'm going to tell ruggy that when i wear these in front of him.

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  12. I love these, and you look fab in them!

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  13. Great fun!! Really enjoying the up on the roof vibe too!

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  14. O Marcy I just love reading your posts! I know no one else who could pull this look off but man you do it with aplomb!

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  15. soo stinking fantastic and so you! awesome way to do overalls!

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  16. this is awesome! and so are you of course. It's gorgeous! so colourful and fun and vibrant. So you! I'm a little bit envious that you can get African wax print fabric where you are :)

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    1. it was oddly hard to find for awhile! now wax print---and neoprene--- ERRYWHERE.

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  17. Freaking awesome! I couldn't pull off this print like your majesty can but I love the this pattern. Amazing as always...

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  18. Okay well.....my comment is about the same as the one for the last project. Glad you avoided the "yellow hole at center front & back".....

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    Anyway, they be jammin' I am looking at some African Wax and I want to makes some items for my dance classes as well as everyday wear. Well done...well done indeed.

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    1. seriously, never ending print placement with me :0!

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    2. Good job with the placement and really great choice of pattern with this fab fabric! :)

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  19. That looks amazing. I so have to try that pattern!

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  20. Absolutely love it my dear, and you look stunning in it.

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  21. One word Amazeballs! (Sorry if that sounds cheesy) your hair is pretty fabulous too! Love it all!

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  22. Girl you are sooo awesome. If I knew you, we would be friends.
    If I'm in your town, I may give you a call for tea or coffee.
    This jumpsuit is so cute. You cut the pattern just right. Thanks for sharing your skills with us.

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  23. I love this! and you could always dye it a darker color so the black outlines don't stand out so much...like a deep purple or something.

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i thankya truly for taking the time to comment, i love a good conversation-- and hope you know my thanks are always implied, if not always written!