The Intrepid Boiler Suit is a top-to-toe cover-up that can be made as practical or glamorous as your heart desires! The design features a shoulder yoke, classic shirt collar and slightly tapered leg. The suit fastens with a zip down the centre-front, whilst the waistband casing allows you to cinch in the waist with a belt or elastic. You can certainly do more than fix the boiler in this suit … and we guarantee once you have this on you won't want to wear anything else!
Loose-fitting but not baggy. There is a seam around the waist to allow for adjustments to the length of the body - vital for ensuring you can sit down comfortably!
VARIATIONS Add as many pockets as you like! Shorten or omit the sleeves for a pinafore version. Once you have the right length in the body you can join the pieces and cut in one for a more stream-lined look. Experiment with fancy top stitching or flat-felled seams for full industrial chic.
LEVEL Intermediate or confident beginner! There's quite a few processes including a yoke, sleeves, waistband casing and inserting a zip.
FABRIC For full workman chic choose a light-weight denim or cotton twill. For a smarter look a light wool or wool mix (eg. viscose/crepe) in pinstripe or houndstooth check would look great. Go glamorous in heavy-weight silk or polyester crepe or cosy up in a firm wool jersey or ponte version. Avoid anything too stiff or bulky.
Sizes 8-12 - You will need 3m/3 1/2 yards of 140cm/56" wide fabric.
Sizes 14-16 - You will need 3.5m/3 3/4 yards 140cm/56" wide fabric.
Sizes 18-22 - You will need 4m/ 4 1/2 yards 140cm/56” wide fabric
Zip – for sizes 8-16 you will want a zip approx 50cm/20" long. For sizes 18-22, or if you are tall you may find a 56cm/22" long zip more comfortable.
OPTIONAL: 4cm wide elastic to go inside waistband casing – you will need the length of your waist measurement minus 10cm.
UK 6-22. Please see ourSize Chartpage for more information.
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How to download your Alice & Co Pattern
Alice & Co patterns are provided in three different page formats and are designed to be printed in colour.
Once you have purchased your pattern you will be given a download link. This will also be emailed to you so don't worry if you don't want to download it straight away!
The download will consist of a zip file containing 4 separate PDF files:
1x Pattern Instructions 3x Patterns in A0, A4 and US Letter sizes
*Please make sure you read the following instructions carefully before printing!*
For A4/US Letter: it is vital to make sure your pattern prints at full scale or the sizing will not be correct. Your print settings should be set to 'full scale', '100%', 'actual size' or equivalent according to your printer software.
There are two test squares on the first page of every pattern: a 5cm and a 2" square.
Print only this page first and check your square measures up, before printing the rest of the pattern.
For A0 copy shop: follow the instructions given by your chosen copy shop. Services are also available online - we recommend Patternsy - who print on lightweight tissue paper with very speedy delivery to anywhere in the world! Once you have purchased your pattern from us, simply click on the link above to go to their website and follow the steps to upload your pattern.