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Make a DIY detachable dungaree bib
Temporarily turn your trousers into overalls or skirts into pinafores using this simple tutorial to create a detachable bib.

Posted by shaunimagnifique from Leeds, England, United Kingdom • Published See shaunimagnifique's 7 projects »
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You Will Need

A pair of trousers or skirt
Leftover fabric (matching if you like!)
Matching thread
Mid-weight fusible interfacing
5 small buttons
  • How to make a piece of clothing. DIY Detachable Dungaree Bib - Step 1
    Step 1

    Try on the trousers (or skirt) that you're making the bib for, so you can see exactly where they sit on your waist. Take a measurement along the front of your waist for the width of your bib, and then take a measurement for the length of the bib - it should sit just above your bust.

  • How to make a piece of clothing. DIY Detachable Dungaree Bib - Step 2
    Step 2

    If you're brave, you can get straight to cutting your fabric, but I drew out this plan of my measurements, adding seam allowances on each side and an extra 3.5" on the bottom. The extra 3.5" gets folded and sits underneath the waistband of the trousers, so you may want to adjust this measurement depending on the depth of your waistband.

    Cut out your bib.

  • How to make a piece of clothing. DIY Detachable Dungaree Bib - Step 3
    Step 3

    Apply a strip of interfacing to bottom 3.5" of your bib. This will provide stability when you sew in button holes later.

  • How to make a piece of clothing. DIY Detachable Dungaree Bib - Step 4
    Step 4

    Turn the sides of your bib in by about 0.7cm and press. Turn them in on themselves again, pin and stitch. Do the same with the top edge of your bib.

  • How to make a piece of clothing. DIY Detachable Dungaree Bib - Step 5
    Step 5

    Press the bottom seam allowance to the wrong side of the bib.
    Fold along the fold line - wrong sides together - and pin in place and stitch. The bottom of your bib should be quite sturdy, with your interfacing encased inside.

  • How to make a piece of clothing. DIY Detachable Dungaree Bib - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cut two long lengths of fabric, twice the width that you intend them to be, (remembering to add a seam allowance). I based mine on the laces from the Kielo Wrap Dress which are 3.25cm wide when finished. My finished braces are 66cm long, but I found it easier to cut them quite a bit longer so there's a bit of wiggle room for adjustments later.

    Fold each lace, right sides facing, pin and stitch one end and side. Trim your seams, turn out and press.

  • How to make a piece of clothing. DIY Detachable Dungaree Bib - Step 7
    Step 7

    Pin the finished ends of the braces - one at each corner of your bib - and machine stitch them in place.

  • How to make a piece of clothing. DIY Detachable Dungaree Bib - Step 8
    Step 8

    Following your machine's instructions, sew button holes on the bottom interfaced panel of your bib. I chose to do 3, but you might want to do more depending on the width of the bib and the fabric you use - no matter how many you do, I'd recommend always having a button hole at the centre front.

  • How to make a piece of clothing. DIY Detachable Dungaree Bib - Step 9
    Step 9

    Sew buttons to the inside of your trouser waistband to correspond with the button holes on your bib. If your waistband is elasticated like mine, you'll need to try the trousers on to work out where your buttons should be positioned once the elastic is stretched during wear.

  • How to make a piece of clothing. DIY Detachable Dungaree Bib - Step 10
    Step 10

    Try on your trousers with the bib attached and find a comfortable length for your braces.

    Cut them to length (plus a little bit extra for seam allowance) and sew a button hole close to the end of each one.

  • How to make a piece of clothing. DIY Detachable Dungaree Bib - Step 11
    Step 11

    Turn the raw edges inside, pin and top stitch closed.

  • How to make a piece of clothing. DIY Detachable Dungaree Bib - Step 12
    Step 12

    To attach your braces, sew 2 buttons to the inside of the waistband of your trousers. I measured mine so each sits 6cm from the centre back.

  • How to make a piece of clothing. DIY Detachable Dungaree Bib - Step 13
    Step 13

    Button your bib and braces in and out for a multi-functional garment!

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