Homer and Howells Lennox Boiler Suit In Lilac Cotton Twill by Elle

Hiya, I’m elle aka @elleandthestitches and I am so incredibly excited to talk to you today about my latest make, this Lilac Lennox Boiler Suit. In my opinion, the boiler suit is a garment like no other, I think it is pure chic, casual comfiness. It is the cool aunt of the ‘shirt and jeans combo’ and I am even more obsessed with it than I thought I would be when conceiving the idea. 

When Sew Me Sunshine offered to partner with me on making this garment, I was over the moon as they always have the most gorgeous and brightly coloured fabrics, which is definitely my jam. I was torn between the Hot Pink Twill and this Lilac Twill, but I am so glad I went with the lilac as it is such a beautiful colour and goes so well with the rest of my wardrobe. I ended up finishing this garment the night before my trip to Vienna which meant I could have a festive photoshoot in one of Vienna’s Christmas Markets! This boiler suit is perfect for layering, so I wore some thermal leggings and a handmade self drafted roll neck underneath. I apologise for those of you who feel queasy at the sight of an unironed garment, but I only had hand luggage and there was no iron in my airbnb!! 

So, more about this twill - It is a medium weight fabric which was perfect for this pattern as it had a nice structure for the collar and the fly zip but wasn’t too heavy that I was restricted. I actually made my wearable toile out of a heavy weight cotton canvas and while I do like the very boxy menswear type feel to it, it wasn’t the most practical as it felt quite heavy and was almost crunchy when I sat down- if that makes sense!! This lilac twill was lovely to sew with and pressed really nicely. It also wasn’t too thick, so I had no broken needles and there wasn’t an issue when I was sewing multiple layers like when attaching my waistband pieces, which is always a bonus! 

With regards to the pattern, the Lennox Boiler Suit is from Homer and Howells and I made a size 12 with variation B, the elastic waist back. I also took a total of 4 inches of length out of the trousers but kept the bodice the same. I took about 3 inches of length out of the sleeves.

I also ended up using a fun cotton I had in my remnant box for the pocket lining, which is this ‘boobs design’ and I am totally obsessed. Putting my hand in my pocket has never made me smile so much before! 

I had actually ordered some sparkly lilac buttons to go with this but sadly they didn’t arrive in time, so I had to use some blue buttons I had in my stash. I am now thinking that I should leave them on as actually they give a bit more depth to the outfit? I think the blue really pops but also fits in with the colour pallet. 

All in all, I am so pleased with this make and cannot wait to wear it all year round! Thank you Sew Me Sunshine.

You can find the entire Robert Kaufman Ventana Cotton Twills fabric collection that we stock here

*Elle was provided the fabric of her choice free of charge for her blog post & also provided with a £50 voucher *

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