Boiler suits have been back for a while now, and they don’t seem to go away any time soon. I’ve made my fair share of more feminine jumpsuits the last couple of years, but I really like the workwear aesthetics of boiler suits, too. There are several great patterns out there, and one of my favorites is the Jean-Paul coverall from Readytosew.
This pattern is very popular, and I can understand why, because lots of fun and interesting details make it a very satisfying sew. It comes with a few variations with short and long sleeves and patch pockets at the front and back. It also has a detachable martingale at the back for subtle shaping.
As if that wasn’t enough, you can buy an extension pack, too. A number of exciting possibilities are available with this, like hidden button closure, a waist tie, 3/4 sleeves, slash pockets and even a skirt.
My first version is made in cotton twill and is really comfortable to wear. It’s in one of my favorite colors, a deep khaki green. I made it in January 2020. It is a mix of the two views with hidden button placket, slash pockets and belt loops.
I did a lot of topstitching on this one, and the lighter thread enhances the details very nicely.
The second version is made in a tencel/linen mix. It is softer and more feminine. I left off the collar on this one, and chose the waist tie for more waist definition. I made it with 3/4 sleeves, no back pockets and slash pockets in the front. It turned out to be really versatile.
I made both versions in size 40 which seems to be a good fit for me in most Readytosew patterns. The instructions are impeccable, all the Readytosew instructions are really well written.
For more inspiration I recommend having a look at the #jpreadytosew handle on Instagram. There are so many gorgeous versions out there! With more than 500 entries, this is a huge success. I would really like to try the dress version next.