If you had told me even 2 years ago that I would feel fabulous wearing a boiler suit, I would have laughed in your face. But this is what sewing does. When you are able to adjust clothes to fit your body just so, it’s so empowering and you feel more confident and vibrant. And you can wear things which are trendy, which previously might have been out of your reach.
This is an OOP Mimi G Style pattern for Simplicity. I found my copy on ebay. Again, this pattern doesn’t seem to have been that popular. I will say that there are 9 inches of positive ease on the bodice of this pattern, and 7 inches of positive ease on the pants part of this pattern. So use your judgement as to what kind of fit you want, and look at the finished garment measurements which are provided. I wanted a relaxed fitting garment, so went with my regular sizing and am very happy with that.
Let me tell you about the fabric. The fabric is a brushed cotton twill trousering purchased from Croft Mill fabrics. That link should hopefully take you to the original listing (sorry, now sold out), but there you might get an idea of the original colour of this fabric. It is a beautiful weighty, yet soft, fabric, but was much lighter than what you are seeing in my final boiler suit. Almost beige colour? So I decided to dye the fabric using two Dylon machine pods in the colour way, Olive. Much prefer this colour BUT, I don’t know why, there seems to be some variation in colour which is most apparent on the back piece, as you will see in the photograph below. I cut the legs out in the same direction. We will call it a design feature (makes it more industrial, right?) and it doesn’t stop me from loving this piece.
What I hadn’t fully appreciated when I started making this garment is that the waist casing is not just sewn inside the bodice, but is a separate band – almost like a waistband, which means the garment could end up being very blousy on top, or very long in the crotch! I ended up shortening my bodice length but this is something you should check. I also chose to use some cotton to cut an inner yoke and finish the inside shoulder seams using a burrito method.
The weather of late has been so awful (storm Ciara, followed by storm Dennis with storm Ellen on its way), that I have not had a chance to wear this boiler suit yet. But I can’t wait for warmer weather to wear this with sneakers or sandals.
This utility jumpsuit in two lengths features a button front bodice with collar, chest pockets, drawstring waist, and side pockets.
6 – 24
I cut a size 18 through the bodice and graded out over the waist and hips.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Kind of. Mine is much more relaxed in fit. There are 9 inches of positive ease in the bodice, and 7 inches of positive ease in the pants and finished garment measurements are given, so use your judgement to get the fit you want. I am very happy with the relaxed fit of mine.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, although I am not sure the seam allowances for the collar in the instructions are correct. I think the seam allowances for the collar stand/ band are 3/8ths inch. Also, you are told to leave 7/8ths inch at the top of the zipper. I wish I had listened to my instinct and just left 5/8ths inch as the top of the zipper is not quite caught in the casing. No biggie, but minor irritation.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I just love the finished garment. So on trend and comfortable. Nothing to dislike.
A heavy brushed cotton twill trousering that I over dyed to get a darker colour khaki that I wanted.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- 5/8ths inch full tummy adjustment, which I also took through the pocket and fly pieces
- 1 inch full bum adjustment. I also ended up adding a further 0.5 inches to the top of the back of the pants as a cheats full bum adjustment
- 5/8ths inch full bust adjustment, moving the bust dart down by 3/4 inch
- Deepened (scooped) back crotch by 0.25 inches, and added 0.25 inches to back side seam
- Lengthened sleeve by 12 cm and added a cuff (from Vogue 9077) and sleeve tabs (from Simplicity 8084)
- Added back patch pockets (from the Dawn jeans, as they were to hand)
- Shortened bodice by approximately 8 cm
- Did nothing to length of pants. They are long but I think I will wear them rolled up so, for now, leaving as is
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I am tempted to sew this up in another colour but I have to wear this version first! I do recommend.
If you have this pattern languishing in your stash take it out and sew it for summer! You won’t regret it.