This Month's Box
Thelma Boilersuit from Merchant & Mills
Basic pants fitting, setting sleeves, inserting sewing a collar, buttons and buttonholes, sewing a yoke, sewing patch pockets, creating a placket
Matching thread, fusible interfacing, pocketing, coordinating buttons, and a sewing machine needle
US Sizes 2-14
- Light Olive Green Cotton Canvas - It seemed a no brainer to use a military green in these boxes. It was the summer of Top Gun after all! So when we found this olive green canvas, we snapped it up. Made from 100% cotton, the cloth is medium weight and supple, with a dry hand a slight nubbly texture.& It's the perfect combination of sturdiness and wearability, plus an absolute classic in both color and weave. You'll be able to wear this boilersuit for years and years to come!
- Denim Pinstripe Stretch Drill - A yarn-dyed denim print with vertical railroad stripes is a perfect amount of pattern to brighten up this pair of coveralls. With the feel of a traditional denim, at 9.5 oz, this fabric has structure and strength while a healthy dose of spandex (3% in fact) keeps it pliable and wearable. Plus, like any good denim, it will get better with each wash. And if that's not a reason to wear the heck out of your new handmade boilersuit, I don't know what is!
- Old Rose Cotton Twill - People often think of twill as a sturdy weave, like denim, but with the right fiber, it can be light and soft. This cotton twill is medium weight but is supple and thin, making it an amazing choice for this boilersuit. Plus, the rose color feels lived in and soft, just the right balance of color and fade. If you're looking for a twill that will look as amazing as it feels, this is definitely the fabric for you!
This box arrived just in time for the cooler weather. The trousers by The Assembly Line are great. I was a bit skeptical of the double pleats on the front and double darts in the back. Once I was done, I felt like I stepped out from the 1920s or 30s. I'm 5'10" and normally need to find jeans/pants with a 34" inseam. I was very surprised at the length of these trousers since their website state that they draft their patterns for a height of 5'6". I decided not to add any extra length and they ended up being just right -- with a narrow hem -- when I wear flats. I would definitely add an inch or two next time to widen the hem and make them a little longer to wear with any type of small heel.
I also really loved the buttons that were included in the box.
I am already planning on making another pair of these trousers for this winter.
I love the fabric, pattern and notions, but the pattern calls for interfacing which was not included. I thought it would be and had to make a run to the fabric store.
Everything comes in a lovely box and clearly lovingly packaged. The fabric is gorgeous
The pattern has been really nice to work with, everything is really clean and finished. The needle works very well for this fabric, and I love how the kit was packed. However, I have a few concerns with the accessories that came with the box. The fabric ended up being really think for the pattern - some of the seams had 4-5 layers of fabric, making for bulky seams. The fabric is also a heavy weight when the pattern recommended light to medium weight. I still think I can make it work, it just made it difficult to work with.
Additionally, I received 2 sets of thread and it was not enough to complete the project. It got me through most of it, and I tried my best to preserve it. I'm not sure anyone could make the entire coat with only the 2 thread.
I'd still order again because of the ease of everything coming in one kit, and I realize this is a new service so I'm hopeful it will only get better!