Hello, Burnside Bibs! These are my best companions to go shopping with during these social-distancing days. Perfectly colour-coordinated with mask and gloves, they are an injection of fun to these strange times we’re living in right now.
Here’s a close-up of the cheery, clownish but classy fabric that I got for a steal at around 5 bucks a metre:
This fabric is put together by some patient soul (and/or machine) with fabric squares sewn up like a quilt. I got it at my favourite no-name fabric store on Nachalat Binyanmin (the fabric district in Tel Aviv) and I’m sorry I didn’t get more of it in pink and another in a darker shade of blue.
Anyway, I love pairing up my bibs with my cheery, clownish but classy Rocket Dog sneakers.
Two years ago, when the sewing bug bit, one of the first patterns I bought was this beauty. My bibs have served me well since, so kudos to Sew House 7 for creating a workhorse outfit for me. I’ve gotten so much wear out of these I’m surprised they haven’t fallen apart. I wear them everywhere – to the store, to work, to play, and even to London:
The Bibs, Rocket Dogs and I were burning up the sidewalk and the London Bridge. Here’s a picture of our mask-free, roaming-free days last August.
The pattern offers two versions with variations that you can mix and match to make the Bibs your own. There’s the option for the bib to be scooped-neck or squared; for the back to be more fitted with darts, or sans darts for a looser fit; and for the legs to be cropped or regular length. The version you see here is squared, loose and cropped. But I’m short, so the pants look regular length on me.
Sizes run from 00-20, and I sewed up a size 2 with zero modifications. The pattern is rated intermediate, but I’m sure a brave confident beginner would accomplish this with pizzazz. Especially when with the stellar instructions provided
There are no fastenings to fiddle with, only waist-ties to cinch up it up together when you opt for the loose-back version. The fitted version does require the skill of putting in an invisible zipper, which may be intimidating. But what the hell, go for it!
I made a fitted version with the zipper before this easier one and it turned out fine. I will share pictures of those bibs later when I can get my kids to do another photo shoot for me.
In the meantime, stay home, stay safe but enjoy the flowers!