Jenny Overalls + Trousers Pattern
Inspired by vintage work-wear, Jenny is a modern interpretation of classic overalls and wide-leg trousers with an ultra-high rise, sleek, functional details and a comfortable all-day-long fit.
Make a more sophisticated version of dungarees with our well-proportioned bib and optional utility pocket, or omit the bib entirely and make a pair of wide-legged cropped pants, full-length pants or shorts. Optional details abound; mix and match the curved slash front pockets, faux fly front, single or double zipper waistband and rounded back patch pockets. To personalize even further, go all out with high contrast topstitching, or take a more minimalist approach for a clean, elegant finish.
Pattern Difficulty: IntermediateLearn more about how we rank pattern difficulty
- Bottom-weight woven fabrics: denim, twill, canvas, gabardine, medium weight linen, jacquard and brocade.
- Medium-weight woven fabric for pockets: shirting, chambray or quilting cotton (0.5 yd/0.45 m).
Yardage (sizes 0-20) - 45inch / 1.14 m wide
VIEW A - OVERALLS WITH PANTS~ Sizes 0-8 = 3.25 yd (3 m), Sizes 10-14 = 3.5 yd (3.2 m), Sizes 16-20 = 3.75 yd (3.5 m)
VIEW B - OVERALLS WITH SHORTS ~ Sizes 0-8 = 1.75 yd (1.6 m), Sizes 10-20 = 2.25 yd (2 m)
VIEW C - TROUSERS ~ Sizes 0-6 = 2.75 yd (2.5 m), Sizes 8-14 = 3 yd (2.75 m), Sizes 16-20 = 3.25 yd (3 m)
VIEW D - SHORTS ~ Sizes 0-8 = 1.5 yd (1.4 m), Sizes 10-20 = 1.75 yd (1.6m)
Yardage (sizes 0-20) - 58inch / 1.5 m wide
VIEW A - OVERALLS WITH PANTS~ Sizes 0-8 = 2.5 yd (2.3 m), Sizes 10-14 = 2.75 yd (2.5 m), Sizes 16-20 = 3 yd (2.75 m)
VIEW B - OVERALLS WITH SHORTS ~ Sizes 0-8 = 1.5 yd (1.4 m), Sizes 10-20 = 1.75 yd (1.6 m)
VIEW C - TROUSERS ~ Sizes 0-8 = 2.5 yd (2.3 m), Sizes 10-20 = 2.75 yd (2.5 m)
VIEW D - SHORTS ~ Sizes 0-14 = 1.25 yd (1.2 m), Sizes 16-20 = 1.75 yd (1.6 m)
- Fusible interfacing (0.5 yd/0.45m for 58” wide interfacing, 1.25 yd/1.2m for 20” wide interfacing)
- Sturdy pants zipper: One or two 7” (18cm) zippers depending on the waistband style chosen
- 5/8” (16 mm) button: One or two depending on the waistband style chosen
- One pair of 1.5” (38mm) overall buckles & buttons for View A & B (can substitute button & buttonhole closure)
- Marking tool
- Polyester thread
- Optional: topstitching thread for higher contrast details
- Optional: tailors ham, for pressing back darts and crotch seams
When purchasing a PDF pattern, all size ranges are included with your download.
At this time, only sizes 0-20 are available in print format.
PDF File Details
|Sizes 0-20||Sizes 14-32|
|Letter / A4||Pants: 44 pages, Shorts: 31 pages|
|Copyshop / A0||3 pages|
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From the Closet Core Community
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I’m fairly beginner, so I followed the pattern based on my measurements, and found that it ended up fitting much too large. This is my first pair of pants I’ve ever made, so I’m willing to admit it may have been user error, but I did have to take several inches off the waist/hip area for a well fitting pant. That being said, this is only my second sewing project since some basic sewing with my mom when I was a kid, and I found the instructions very helpful and easy to follow! I was able to learn a bunch of new skills that I’d never tried before (pockets, buttons, zippers!). Overall very happy with it, although would probably go down 2 sizes or so next time I use the pattern!
I bought this pattern to make the cropped trousers, not the overalls. I love wide leg trousers, but they often don't fit me well because my waist measurement is larger relative to my hips and thighs. I find the Closet Core patterns to be really well drafted, so I decided I would start with the Jenny pattern and modify as needed. I made the shorts first just to understand how the pattern fits, and they are so cute! The straight waistband was a bit rigid for me so for my next make I replaced it with the slightly curved waistband from the Ginger jeans pattern, which worked very well (I took 3/8" off the top of the pants first to account for the greater width of the Ginger waistband). Now I've just finished my cropped trousers, to which I also added a front stay. I love the adaptability of this pattern.
This pattern was perfect and easily adjustable. I love overalls but they're always too short in the waist-to-crotch length or super baggy. It was clear where to add length exactly where I needed and fits awesome in the waist. Very true to size (unlike many commercial patterns which often require some form of divining to figure out what size you need).
Another fabulous pattern, well drafted and easy to follow. I have already made Jenny twice, and can see me making the trousers too! Highly recommend
Great pattern as usual with closet core! Fit is comfy and flattering (I think!). I am not sure if I completed the zipper part correctly even after checking the step by step on the blog. It seems like I may have used up a little bit too much of seam allowance on that side. A video tutorial on that step may have helped me (it may exists though?). Besides that explanations are super clear and make for a very enjoyable experience when you take your time! I bought the pattern for the overalls version but will probably also make some pants given the nice fit!
Made for my daughter and she loves them. Even though advanced for my skill level, the instructions are clear and the tutorial for the zipper was so helpful. The fit is really nice and I will be making more.