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The Assembly Line Hoodie Dress

Updated: Oct 3, 2018


The Assembly Line Hoodie Dress

In the same way as some people window shop at Tiffany I regularly lurk on The Draper's Daughter website. They have the most amazing fabrics and as well as familiar indie sewing pattern companies, they also stock patterns from companies I haven't seen anywhere else. I was particularly drawn to The Assembly Line from Sweden, I really like their aesthetic, creative, comfortable and stylish my only problem was deciding which one to start with. It was a toss-up between The Apron Dress and The Hoodie Dress I love the style of the hoodie dress, but have found hoodies a bit of a pain under coats etc in the end I decided to make a version without a hood although I am still dreaming about the Apron Dress, so it's only a matter of time...


The pattern arrived quickly with a little note with a couple of fabric samples attached - I love this idea. If you're anything like me, you never order samples from online fabric shops due to nothing other than impatience, but this is a lovely way to have a feel. In fact, the cotton sample attached would have been perfect, but I had just bought some similar fabric from Leon's fabrics in Chorlton in a colour that looked blue to me but was marked as plum. I love those not quite sure what colour it is colours.


It comes with a label!

This is a single size sewing pattern, so I needed to be careful with which size to choose. As the design is pretty roomy, I made sure to have a good look at the finished garment measurements, based on body measurements alone I could have gone for a large but opted for a medium.



This is a single size sewing pattern, so I needed to be careful with which size to choose. As the design is pretty roomy, I made sure to have a good look at the finished garment measurements, based on body measurements alone I could have gone for a large but opted for a medium.



I can't tell you how marvellous it felt to be using a printed pattern again, I've been in pdf hell for so long I'd forgotten how joyous a printed pattern is. You get your single size pattern on proper paper, all of which made the entire cutting out

process so much more enjoyable. I was pleased to find that a facing was provided for a version without a hood, so that saved me a job.


The pattern is classed as easy, and I'd definitely agree, it comes with an excellent instruction booklet with detailed examples for types of seams. I decided to use a double topstitch, but cheat and not use my twin needle. My Janome works brilliantly with a double needle, but it's a pain to keep switching between the double and single needle, so I did one row of topstitching close to the edge with my stitch in the ditch foot and then another row with my 1/4 inch foot. That way I could be sure the stitching was evenly spaced but only had to swap is the feet - a lot less faff then changing the needle.



Cheating a twin needle topstitch

All in all the whole process went like a dream, the pattern is brilliantly drafted, and everything fitted perfectly. Even the set in sleeves went in with no issues at first attempt although I did have to adjust the bust dart which was a bit too long, in fact, I could probably do with adjusting it a bit more.


I love the finished dress, maybe I could have even gone another size down (and ironed it better!), but it's so comfortable and I know I'm going to get lots of wear from it over the autumn. I think I could easily wear leggings under it if it gets cold over the winter. I don't see why it could be made in a sweatshirt fleece and will probably give it go soon.