The Essential Coverall was the first pattern I’ve tried of Brindille and Twig’s. I loved the look of it on their website and wanted to challenge myself with some new skills – adding feet to an outfit and creating an elasticated back.
I made two versions of this outfit. The first one made with an elasticated back in a very blinding bright yellow jersey fabric, and the second with in-seam snaps in a much nicer Miffy jersey fabric purchased from MyFabrics last year. I also practiced with using my Cricut and HTV on the yellow version. Most of the make could be done on my overlocker which is always a plus.
What I Loved
- The PDF pattern was extremely easy to print and stick together.
- The instructions were fantastic. They’re ideal for beginners, photos are there to help you through every step of the process, and every step is explained perfectly, making it easy to follow. I learned two new skills with these outfits and didn’t struggle as I have with other patterns.
- Different style options are available. You can make the Essential Coverall with an elastic back, a snap in-seam – or both. You can add feet or finish the legs with cuffs.
- The final outfit is super cute. It fits well and the version with feet is ideal for the winter months.
What Wasn’t So Great
- The pattern states that you shouldn’t omit the snaps after size 2. I tried omitting them on size 18 months and it was a bit of a nightmare to dress my daughter in. To be fair, it does say snaps are recommended for all ages but after seeing others in the B&T Facebook group making them without issue, I risked it and it didn’t work.
- I also wasn’t too keen on the “tucked in” look that you get with the envelope back. I think it might look better on a young baby as opposed to an 18 month old.
Tips for Next Time
- Metal snaps are the best – so much more sturdy than plastic snaps and less bulky. I used the Prym Love brand on the Miffy coverall.
- Maybe look for a way to make the feet more sticky so they’re not so slidey in toddlers who, well, toddle.
While I won’t be making any more Essential Coveralls with an envelope back, I really love the snap crotch version and probably will make this again for my daughter. If I’m lucky enough to have another child, I think it would make the perfect sleepsuit and could see myself making a whole wardrobe full for a newborn. I think, again, though, I’d opt for the snaps over the elastic back.
The Essential Coverall can be made in sizes premature to 5-6T and requires a light or medium weight jersey, ribbing for the cuffs and neckband, snaps (I used metal), and 1/4″ elastic (if you want to do the elasticated back). The PDF version of the Brindille and Twig Essential Coverall can be purchased from their website for $9.50.