The Tipa Dungarees pattern has been designed for the fit and comfort of women, featuring shaped hips, front and back darts and room for a puku (tummy).
It has a relaxed and simple style and can be worn with layered clothing underneath.
Play around with fabric drapes to create your desired look. Choose light weight cottons and linens to create a loose bohemian style, or choose stable fabrics like drill or canvas for a traditional structured dungaree.
Variations include front and back hip patch pockets, front bib pocket, along with your choice of short or long trouser leg length and turned up cuff for the shorts.
Tipa is the Māori name for a scallop. Its shell has a flat top and a rounded bottom, much like our dungaree silhouette.
- Instant PDF download of pattern and full tutorial
- Women’s sizes 6-24
- Shorts or trouser length variations
- Simple hem or turned up cuff hem
- Darts for complimentary shaping through the hips and tummy
- A relaxed fit with lots of ease
- Hip and bib pockets
- Common pattern adjustment guide
- Exclusive access to resources page for additional tutorials and hacks (like strap loops!)
- A4 / Letter, A0 copy shop version (2 x A0 pages), Projector files
- Full tutorial, photos, videos and support to help you create these dungarees
The Adult Tipa Dungarees has been designed with confident beginners in mind. The tutorial is detailed with full colour photos and includes a full video tutorial.
You will be sewing darts, zippers and turned up cuffs. All techniques are thoroughly guided in our tutorials.
The more advanced sewist will appreciate the professional finish and versatility of this pattern and the ability to play with variations.
Look for light to heavy weight fabrics that can be easily pressed to create nice edges.
Main Fabric: Light – heavy weight cotton, chambray, denim, linen, sateen, drill / twill etc.
Lining Fabric: Light weight cotton, poly cotton etc.
Optional: Small piece of iron on interfacing for button / dungaree button placement, recommended for light weight fabric.
Fit and Ease of the Dungarees:
The Tipa Dungarees have been created to shape through the hips and tummy with plenty of ease for comfort and underneath layers.
When you are choosing what size to create, measure around the hips (the fullest part of hip). Use the hip measurement to determine what size you are in this pattern.
This pattern has been created using Standard American Measurements and might seem different to what you usually buy in stores. Therefore, use the size the chart says you are to fit the hips, and if required, lengthen or shorten the dungarees as needed.
Since there is shaping through the hip we have also included the “finished high hip” measurement – this is to guide you in feeling confident the sizing will fit you through the hips.
Create a toile: We recommend using the front, back and strap pattern pieces with spare fabric to create a toile first as this pattern fits from your shoulder to ankle, there are variations between human proportions within these measurements.
Fabric and Fit Chart:
Additional Notions Required:
- 0.75m (1yd) light weight lining fabric
- Small piece of iron on interfacing, similar weight to chosen fabric if using light weight fabric or dungaree clips.
- 2 x medium buttons (approximately 2.5cm / 1” in width) (or alternatives like snaps, velcro, dungaree clips (35mm (1 3/8″) / 38mm* (1 1/2*)) (*preferred, depending on what is available to you)
Invisible zipper: Size 6-14: 25cm (9 7/8”), Size 16 -24: 30cm (12”)
What You Get When You Purchase:
This pattern is available as a PDF digital download.
Digital file emailed and stored in your Below the Kōwhai account for future use. Includes files for pattern to print at home A4/Letter, A0 copy shop pattern (2 pages), Projector files and instructions.
These downloads will also be available in the “My Account + Downloads” section of this website. This is where the most up to date version of your patterns will be and you can access them any time. In the future I may revise this pattern. If you’re sewing in the future, check back for the latest version.
You can print the Adult Tipa Dungarees pattern at home. The digital pattern is 46 pages long in black and white, and can be printed on A4 or US Letter paper on your home computer and then assembled for use. You can choose which sizes to print using the “layers” feature when viewing the PDF.
You can print the Tipa Dungarees at a copy shop. There are 2x A0 pages within this file that will both need to be printed.
Specialty Projector file’s include all the things you love about projector sewing! Unfolded pattern pieces, directional placement, large lines, moveable area and calibration grids, just to name a few features!
You will also receive a comprehensive tutorial with instructions, photos, video and tips to guide you in your sewing of this garment. Please view this tutorial on your device or computer to save the trees, or if you must print, print in colour.
What’s a PDF?
A digital document viewable in Mac Preview or Adobe Acrobat Reader. You will be able to save, view and print these documents on your computer or device.
Returns and Support
Your computer saves this digital product. Therefore, I am not able to offer returns on any purchase unless at some fault of my own. So, please choose carefully and make sure you are purchasing the correct pattern with your correct email address!
In lieu of returns I offer comprehensive online support to those who are sewing. You can contact me on Facebook, Instagram and email, and you can expect a prompt reply! I will endeavour to help you in any way I can.
So, what are you waiting for? Create your own Tipa Dungarees with this pattern and show off your creations!
This sewing pattern is by Sophie Laughton-Mutu. Sewists around the world have tested and tried this pattern. Please leave a review, or pop over to our Facebook page to show us a photo of your new Tipa Dungarees!