Burnside Bibs

Sew House Seven



Buy the Burnside Bibs sewing pattern from Sew House Seven. The Burnside Bibs are not your traditional work overalls. Yes, they are comfortable and easy to wear, yet they are much more stylish and feminine than traditional versions. The straps that transition to narrower ties offer many options for how they can be tied. And like so many sewing patterns, you can influence how casual or dressed up they become simply by fabric choice. Choose a fabric with some drape, such as Tencel, and pair them with a silk blouse and heels for a dressed up look. Use a more traditional denim or linen and wear them with a tee shirt, sneakers or clogs for a more casual approach.

The Burnside Bibs feature a front waistband, curved front patch pockets, optional back pockets, and cross-back straps that transition to narrower ties that thread through back waist belt loops forming back waist gathers. They may be tied in many ways – at the back, front or sides. The legs are somewhat wide and can be made full length or cropped. There are two front bib options – a scooped neck or the traditional straight front. Both bibs work with either Version 1 or Version 2.

Version 1 is a more fitted back pant with back waist darts and an invisible side zipper opening; however, the ties still form a small amount of gathers at the back waist.

Version 2 is a looser back pant that slips on over your hips and does not have a closure to sew. This version is fuller and more gathered in the back. Use your hip measurement to determine your size for Version 2.

Suggested fabrics: For a dressy, flowy version, use light to mid-weight woven fabrics that are not too stiff and preferably with some drape, such as Tencel, linen, wool gabardine or sandwashed silk. For a more utilitarian and casual look, use fabrics such as denim, canvas or cotton twill.

Fabric requirements: 112 cm (44” ) wide fabric: cropped, 3 – 3.8 m (3-3/8 – 4-1/8 yards); full length, 3.3 – 3.9 m (3-5/8 – 4-1/4 yards) // 147 cm (54”-60”) wide fabric: cropped, 2.3 – 2.8 m (2-1/2 – 3-1/2 yards); full length, 2.5 – 3.3 m (2-3/4 – 3-5/8 yards).

Sizing: US 00 – 20 (approx. UK 6 – 22). Please check the size chart and finished garment measurements.

Notions: Thread; 18-23 cm invisible zipper (Version 1 only); lightweight fusible interfacing.

This sewing pattern is available in PAPER and PDF formats. The PDF pattern will be available immediately for download after purchase.

PDF pattern includes: Print-at-home pattern that fits on US letter or A4 paper; US copy shop file; A0 copy shop file; instructions. The print-at-home pattern is a layered PDF, so you can select your size before printing.

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Additional information


Denim / Corduroy, Heavyweight Cotton / Twill / Gabardine, Linen, Silk / Satin / Sateen, Wools / Suiting


UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48, UK 22 / US 18 / EU 50

Sewing level

Confident Beginner

Make time

All day

Pattern format


PDF Printing

61 Pages

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    Burnside Bibs


    I made these Burnside Bibs during the course of one day in a cotton/linen blend. I sewed a straight size 14 and they fit brilliantly with no alterations.
    They are very comfortable to wear and planning a denim pair for the Autumn.
    I’m so impressed with this pattern. I usually have to fiddle to get a good fit. It is an intermediate pattern but nothing too challenging that a confident beginner couldn’t tackle. The instructions are excellent and all the notches lined up as they should.

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    Burnside Bibs


    I chose version 1, which has a more fitted trouser and an invisible side zip and I opted for a straight across bib. The pattern also includes a looser trouser with pull on waist and a curved bib so you can mix and match the style elements. Size wise, following the body measurement guidelines, I cut out a size 2 bib; widening to 4 at the waist, and a size 4 lower half. I could manage to squeeze a full length pair out of 2 metres, wide width linen but I wanted the summery feel of the cropped style. I used the pattern cropped hem line; I am 5′ 5″/ 164cm in height. It’s a well written pattern and fitting is minimal as the apron ties bring the waist in and out, the trickiest thing for a new sewer is the invisible zip and there is quite a lot of top stitching.

    The only changes I made was adding a layer of Liberty lawn to interline the pockets as they are sewn on to the front and I thought the linen would bag out in use. I also added a light fusible interfacing strip into the zip side seams. Otherwise, everything was as written in the pattern. A future change I would make for the next pair is to stay stitch the underarm section of the bib and maybe interface it with a very lightweight fusible as it did go a little out of shape at the edges.

    The fit was good for me, especially in the trouser section. Dungarees are not the most flattering look on the derrière but I think these have the balance about right and you could easily make a few adjustments to make them more fitted, or choose the looser trouser pattern and have a baggy look. The size 2 bib is very slightly short and in hindsight, size 4 throughout would’ve been fine but the difference is minimal. They are a satisfying make and great to wear on a hot day out, the leg has just the right width to it so it looks wide leg and not like clown pants!

    More photos on my blog post! https://verykerryberry.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/sew-house-seven-burnside-bibs-in-linen.html

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