PATTERN REVIEW | V-Neck Jumpsuit by The Assembly Line


I have a lifetime love affair with Clothkits. My mum made me clothes from their kits in the 80s and now my daughter wears them, and the new versions today. Clothkits is always my go to for sewing supplies that I know will be good quality and well designed. 

My home and studio is a 1970's narrowboat. It's a beautiful place to work but space is very tight! Even so, I couldn't resist breaking my habit of small-scale projects and trying The Assembly Line's V-Neck Jumpsuit. I loved looking at the #talvneckjumpsuit hashtag on Instagram and seeing everyone's creations in so many different colours and fabrics, and for different bodies. I chose a gorgeous soft olive green needlecord from Clothkits that was a dream to work with. They even matched the thread for me! 


The V-neck jumpsuit has a relaxed fit with a dropped crotch, buttons at the front and 3/4 long sleeves. It features pockets in side seams and an optional belt. It looks great in any light to mid weight fabrics such as tencel, denim, cotton twill, wool and needlecord.



Having not made anything for myself in over a decade the clear step by step instructions by The Assembly Line were so helpful. I've struggled with fitting in the past, but this jumpsuit was easy because the shaping is created by a separate belt. I haven't made the matching one yet but it's on my list.

Out of curiosity I recorded how long each step took me, and I can confirm that it's true what everyone says about the prep and cutting taking the longest time. The jumpsuit took 12.5 hours altogether, including a basic toile of the body, and was worth every minute. It felt so good to slow down and make something with care. 

I know I will wear it lots and I look forward to mending it with love over the years when needed. Next up is a denim version, where I plan to add pockets to the back, contrast top-stitching and turn ups.
Thank you Clothkits!
Sarah in her 1980s Clothkits jacket, and her daughter wearing the very same one!
Sarah wearing her 1980s Clothkits padded jacket, and her daughter wearing the very same one.