• Adult Tipa Dungarees sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Adult Tipa Dungarees sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Adult Tipa Dungarees sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Adult Tipa Dungarees sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Adult Tipa Dungarees sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Adult Tipa Dungarees sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Adult Tipa Dungarees sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Adult Tipa Dungarees sewing pattern by Below the Kowhai
  • Dungaree Clips silver
  • Dungaree Clips bronze

Tipa Dungarees – Adult

(13 customer reviews)

From $5.23 USD

Women’s sizes 6-24

The Adult Tipa Dungarees are a relaxed fit with simple style lines, with shorts or trouser variations and a cuffed hem.

See more versions from our testers here

PDF Pattern
Digital file emailed and stored in your Below the Kōwhai account for future use. Includes A4/Letter, A0 copy shop, Projector files and instructions.

Paper Pattern
Pattern printed on quality pattern tissue paper with full colour instruction booklet and pattern envelope sent to your letter box. Worldwide shipping available.

Dungaree Clips
A pair of 38mm (1 1/2″) dungaree clips in silver or bronze colour, the perfect size for our Tipa Dungarees straps!



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.

See the original Children’s Tipa Dungarees here

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 OR printed paper pattern and instructions
  • 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, or have the pattern sent to your letter box!
  • Full tutorial, photos, videos and support to help you create these dungarees
Sewing Level:

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.

Fabric Suggestions:

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.

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:

Adult Tipa Dungarees measurement 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 or printed paper pattern.

PDF Pattern

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.

Projector Sewists can use the speciality projector file to cut their size.

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.

Paper Pattern

Pattern printed on quality pattern tissue paper with full colour instruction booklet and pattern envelope, with access to exclusive online hacks and tutorials. Shipping worldwide. Click here to view our shipping and delivery information.

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.

Get Sewing!

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!

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Additional information


PDF Download, Paper Pattern, Dungaree Clips – Silver, Dungaree Clips – Bronze

13 reviews for Tipa Dungarees – Adult

  1. Suuz

    Love the adult pattern, it is a fast sew and i think it is a real addition to my closet. I made the shorts because it is summer at the moment but i am sure i will make the pants as wel!

  2. bypaary

    Absolutely stoked to have made my first ever dungarees. I’ve been meaning to make one and I’m so glad I was able to make the Tipa! Love the easy instructions! Thanks for another great pattern!

  3. lizleitch23

    What a fantastic pattern! So easy to follow, so easy to sew and so easy to wear! Added bonus – perfect for discrete breast feeding 🙌 I’ve already made the Tipa skirt hack and it’s part of my winter wardrobe rotation. Another one knocked out of the park – thanks Sophie!

  4. philippa.fergusson

    What a joy to find sewing this womens pattern is as fun as sewing the kids version. Well designed pattern, clear instructions and a great fit made this an easy way to dive into sewing for myself again. I made the trouser version in a heavy weight linen.

  5. Lucy Maybank

    Another amazing BTK pattern. Easy and quick to sew, great resources to help you through that tricky zipper and make you feel like a pro!

  6. sunbirdsews

    I am in love with this dungarees. It looks classy and is easy to make too. Thanks to the instructions, they are super clear and very well formatted.

  7. Sharaine Talip

    Love this pattern! I’m a huge fan of the child Tipa dungarees, so the adult version didn’t disappoint. Another amazing BTK pattern with helpful, clear instructions and excellent guidance along the way.

  8. ej_garnett (verified owner)

    The adult Tipa is a really enjoyable sew. I learned how to insert an invisible zip (great instructions included to help!). Like all BTK patterns these have a very professional looking finish. I made mine in linen with knotted straps and I’m waiting for the perfect green cord for my next trouser pair. It’s a perfect pattern for those learning to sew for themselves. Can’t wait to twin with my kids sometime too!

  9. hannahevans5

    Dungarees for us too!!! I have loved the Tipa dungarees for my girls ever since testing and the release, but now I am over the moon to have the most comfortable dungarees for ME!!! The back strap shape, great pockets, the choice to knot the straps, add buttons or dungarees clips are all fantastic options and I love both my shorts and long pair!! Can’t wait to make a cooler weather pair too in cord 🙂 Sophie’s tutorial is as amazing as ever, and check out the video tutorial too for more visual help!!

  10. Amber Moffatt (verified owner)

    I love the child’s tipa dungarees and now in adults too, this was such a fun project to do and Sophie tutorials were simple to follow even for a newbie , I highly reccomend getting these , even if you struggle sewing a zipper there is easy ways around it.

  11. Rebecca Blank (verified owner)

    Love this pattern! It’s as easy to follow and as beautiful a finish as the kids Tipa which I’ve loved making since it’s release. Beautiful fit on the dungarees, with clear and easy options for adjustments to get it just right.
    I used cord for winter, and have plans for some linen as it drapes beautifully with this pattern, and some heavier weight for the dog park visits.

  12. illicium

    I absolutely loved sewing up a pair of Tipa Dungarees just for me! The pattern was so well put together and easy to understand, such a lovely sew.

  13. Linda Harmer

    Like all of Sophie’s patterns, this has clear step-by- step directions to help you create a professional garment. These dungarees are very flattering and comfortable to wear. I can’t wait to make a shorts version as well. And I always appreciate how the inside of the clothing looks just as nice as the outside.

    For those who use projectors, these are the best projector files I have ever seen. Clear lines, big margins, and it even includes a layer with lines you can use to help adjust length.

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