Review of Dickies and Craftsman bib overalls

#1: “Old style” Craftsman overalls (2011)

I’ve worn these for a long time and they are really comfortable. I doubt I own any item of clothing as comfortable as these overalls, actually. They have regular pockets on the bottom and two small pockets in the bib with a pen pocket in between. They are discontinued now and have been replaced by the “new style” Craftsman overalls. My only complaint is that the denim is not very durable and will start to fray slightly after a lot of washings. The hardware is actually brass but coated with gray.

#2: “New Style” Craftsman overalls (2o14)

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They changed a bit from the old style. Now, there is a zippered pocket on the bib, with a worse design than Dickie’s zippered pocket because it has less room. Instead of two small pockets on the bib, now there is only one. The hardware is now dark silver and the denim is darker too. I think the new denim is more durable but also less comfortable.

#3: Dickies bib overalls

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Dickies makes the least comfortable overalls of the three but they use the most long-wearing denim and have the most protection. Their zippered bib pocket is better than the new Craftsman one’s. Otherwise, the pockets are the same. Dickies uses red and blue in their color scheme, making the overalls have a more urban appearance than the very rural-looking Craftsman bibs.  They appear to have changed the pocket, judging from the Amazon link, to the old Craftsman style pocket. I’m not sure, though.

 

All three pairs are triple-stitched and $30-40, although the old ones would have to be bought used.

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What colors should work clothes be?

I’m pretty obsessed with workwear, so I looked again at Carhartt’s website and all their colors. My favorite are Carhartt Brown (horse farm brown) and Red. (Alabama) However, if I had a clothing company, I would take a way more honest approach to colors. You would simply buy the color that is most likely to stain and ruin your work clothes. For example, if you dig around in the grass a lot, then you would get Grass colored pants and a Manure colored jacket. (which is the same color as dirt, by chance)

Take a look.

Chalk white: hydrated lime, chalk, any other white powders. Nearly white but slightly tan.

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Dust Tan: The same color as the ever-present nuisance barn dust. I’ve seen some stuff that must of had at least an inch of dust on it.

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Grass: Explains itself. Anything on your knees or crawling should make this necessary.

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Manure brown: mix of horse and cow manure color.

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Oil Black: Good for welding, mechanics, anything else mechanical.

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To be fair, companies have already used some of these colors. Carhartt uses Oil Black, Manure Brown, and Dust Tan, but they call it Dark Brown, Carhartt Brown, and Weathered. (in order) The main difference is that my method makes it easy to select the clothes you buy based on your job and its particular stains.

Should I add any colors?

Carhartt Arctic Vest review

Good Side:

Made of USA fabric. Pretty durable and warm. Protective. 

Nice collar. Not too expensive. Looks nice.

Good hand warmer pockets and inside pocket. 

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Bad Side:

Stiff at first unless you wash it, which makes it slightly less durable.

Not triple stitched, unlike most Carhartt products. Made in Mexico. (better than China though) No hood. I don’t think you can attach one either. Zipper can stick in the fabric. 

Pushes into your neck when you sit down, especially for the first month

Ratings: 

Durability  * * * *

Looks         * * * *

Warmth    * * * 

Pockets      * * * 1/2

Price          $65

Overall       * * * 1/2

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Carhartt Arctic Vest Link

How to make the most durable jeans in the world.

Being somewhat of an outdoorsman, I am definitely into durable clothes. Recently, I’ve discovered a way to make super durable jeans. (also works on overalls, though) There are two ways to do it- the nice looking way and the strange looking way. It’s pretty easy to do this, you don’t even need a sewing machine. I’ve walked around woods with thorns everywhere, and they won’t penetrate the legs of my jeans because of this trick.

Materials:

Start with a good pair of jeans. New ones are best, and the legs should have a little extra room so they don’t get too small after you improve them (only if you’re using the fancier method, though) Here are my best ideas:

#1. Wrangler Premium Performance Cowboy Cut (in prewashed, since it’s heavier denim)

#2. RIGGS workwear jeans (in blue)

#3 Levi’s 501’s (medium stonewash, since it’s the heaviest denim)

#4 Roundhouse Made in USA jeans 

“Nice looking Way”  Steps:

1. Buy the jeans or use used jeans. Make sure, again, that there is a little extra room in the inside of the leg.

2. Get about a quarter yard of 12 oz denim at joann fabrics or somewhere like that. Also buy the same amount of “iron on webbing’ to stick it to your jeans. They’ll help you buy that.

3. Turn the jeans inside out, and following the instructions on the iron on webbing, iron on the 12 oz. denim to the FRONT of the INSIDE of the jean legs. Where your knees are, but all the way to the bottom and up to the crotch. Have someone knowledgable in ironing do this if you aren’t very good at it. My grandma helped me.

Optional: Also add denim to the back of the legs. I’ve never done this though. You might want lighter denim for the back.

4. Let sit a while. Optional: Hand sew the bottom of where the denims meet, by your feet. You can do that with the top too.

5. Turn outside-out and admire the fact that you know have jeans with 26 oz. legs. The knees will never wear out.

Method #2, the ugly method:

Same as method #1, except you put the denim on the outside of the legs, instead of the inside, so you can see it. It’s easier, but looks stranger. If the jean legs are already sort of skinny, this method doesn’t constrict them any more.

Walmart Work Clothes Reviews

You can call me a Walmart addict. Sure, I don’t like how they treat their employees, but when you barely have any money, you find that your poorness takes precidence over any moral concerns you may have with big box stores. Hopefully, in the future, I’ll only buy things from small local businesses. I already make a lot of work clothes myself, which is pretty cool. (takes a bit of experience, though)

But here are my reviews for all the Walmart work clothes I’ve ever bought.

Jackets etc.

Dickies Hooded Jacket or “canvas lined overshirt” ($25)

****/5

This is really the most bizzare-ass jacket around. It seems like a regular medium-duty jacket, but then you notice it has a sweatshirt zipper and hood. However, it’s not a sweatshirt. It has rather thin but durable poly lining on the inside. With the small price, however, and the hood, they make good farm jackets. The canvas isn’t as durable as Carhartt or even Walls canvas, but their jackets cost more than $25, esp with a hood. It’s 5 times more comfortable, though, and that matters just as much. These come in a lot of colors. I like brown and green, but they also have navy blue and black (which shows dirt and dust). If you get some heavy-duty thread in the same color, you can hand sew for any repairs you may need to make.

Carhartt Arctic-lined Vest ($60)

****

Carhartt isn’t usually available at Walmart, but I thought I’d review it anyways. I got mine for $55, but they might cost more at some places. The first time I sat down with this vest, even though it’s the shorter version, it jammed up into my neck. It still did this for a few months, and to this day sort of slightly does it. Carhartt clothes take forever to break in and even longer to wear out. Their material is really durable but not comfortable. The inside poly lining is, though, and it’s thick. The vest is sort of warm, but not half as warm as their coats, making it a summer/fall thing unless it’s layered a lot. So 5 * for durability and 2 * for comfort. 

Walls Coveralls ($65)

****

I only have one problem with these. They’re not bibs, because they have sleeves. Basically, there are two parts of them right beside the leg pockets that are not sewn together. I don’t really know why. In Alberta, the wind goes right through these holes and freeze you. So I sewed them up by hand, which only took 20 minutes. Otherwise, these coveralls are super durable and warm. I love them. If you live in a cold climate, I would get a pair or two just because they’re so simple and warm. Good for shoveling because the wind can’t get up your butt under your jacket. 

Liberty Bibs (32$)

I can’t really give these a rating, but they seem to be sturdily-constructed and the pocket arrangement is nice. I would buy them, but I took a liking to Sears Craftsman Bibs and Dickies Bibs. Buy bibs in a waist size 4 inches larger than your actual waist size for a roomier fit.  Otherwise, they’re not very cozy.

Dickies Bibs ($30)

These are made from sturdier denim than the Craftsman Bibs. They’re less comfortable, though. Notice a pattern here?

Rustler Jeans ($16)

***

Not really worth the price. Those stores like TJ max and other discount stores probably have slightly better prices for the same quality or slightly better quality for the same price. They’re alright, though. I would get real Wrangers if I actually wanted to impress people, however.

T-shirts ($1-5)

*****

I love the T-shirts when they’re on sale. They always have funny graphics, too. Even at regular prices, they’re only five bucks. I got some for a dollar once, though. Good for farm work and gardening. And tractor pulls and whatever else in the summer, or layering in the winter. I’ve worn 3 T-shirts at once during the winter pretty often. It helps with warmth.

Thanks for reading! Give me your opinions too, and I might add them in here! 🙂