OOP Simplicity 8060: DIY Khaki Green Boiler Suit

Simplicity 8060 khaki green boiler suit

Hi Everyone,

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.

Simplicity 8060 khaki green boiler suit

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.

Simplicity 8060 khaki green boiler suit

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.

Simplicity 8060 khaki green boiler suit

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.

Simplicity 8060 khaki green boiler suit

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.

Simplicity 8060 khaki green boiler suit

Pattern Review

Pattern Description:

This utility jumpsuit in two lengths features a button front bodice with collar, chest pockets, drawstring waist, and side pockets.

Pattern Sizing:

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.

Fabric Used:

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.

Conclusion:

If you have this pattern languishing in your stash take it out and sew it for summer! You won’t regret it.

Until soon!

Simplicity 8060 khaki green boiler suit

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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

11 thoughts on “OOP Simplicity 8060: DIY Khaki Green Boiler Suit

    1. Thanks Rachel. Maybe. I think I definitely could wear it with my biker boots and the sleeves rolled down. Dunno about wearing a jacket over, just cos of the sleeves. Just needs to warm up a fraction.

      1. Looks wonderful ❤ oh, how I love a nice green boiler suit!
        I was planning to make this pattern last summer, bought beige twill, dyed it dark olive, as I couldn't find that color in my area. Then started reading pattern reviews about a lot of ease in the finished garment, realising I am the smallest size and don't know how to fit it. I guess I need to to make a muslin first

  1. You look fantastic in that jump suit, stunning even. Its fitted beautifully and the colour suits you so much. I’ve been pretty anti all-in-one syles since they’ve become trendy again as they did not suit me in the 80’s. However your success is making me think this is a style I ought to reconsider. Congratulations on making a really knockout garment 👍

    T x

  2. That looks brilliant. I’m still resisting this trend because I wore them in the 80s and hated having to get undressed to go to the toilet, and the faff of trying to hold up the fabric off the dirty toilet floors or coming back with a damp back or worse. (I’ve just remembered that one and why I stopped wearing my boiler suit to go out.)

    When looking at ease, I’m petite and at the bottom end of the standard size range, and I’ve noticed that many patterns give the same ease throughout: 9″ of ease on size 18 is a smaller percentage (21%) than 9″ of ease on size 6 (30%), so what could be an attractive softness on one size could be swamping in fabric on a smaller size.

  3. This looks great on you! I completely missed this pattern when it was in print–it must have came and went before the boiler suit trend really took off.

  4. Thank you so very much for your enthusiasm and genuine love of sewing for your self. I have always had a hate hate relationship with clothes due to my curvy short body and never feel confident in RTW.
    I’m a quilter and have never sewn any clothes for myself, but after reading your blog I think I am ready to give it a try. I guess I just need to dive in.
    Wish me luck!

    1. After a rubbish day your comment really cheered me up! I really hope you try it out. It’s a long road learning how to fit yourself, but there is so much inspiration and resource out there nowadays. You’re half way there with your quilting skills!

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