I first came across The Assembly Line over on Instagram, and as soon I saw their fabulous collection I knew I had to contact them to see if they would consider working with me on a wholesale basis... and I'm so pleased that they were open to the idea!
The ethos behind the brand is to design contemporary, functional and, at the same time, gorgeous items of clothing for us all to make and cherish. One of the styles that I was particularly drawn to initially was the Cuff Top, shown above, which, at that time, was one of their newest designs.
For my first make I chose our Draper Denim by Robert Kaufman, this lightweight denim has a lovely sheen to it which gives it an elevated look.
The instructions are really clear and easy to follow even though they've been translated from Swedish. I really like that they give you technical tips along with different options for sewing a seam for example.
It's classed as suitable for beginners and I'd say that it is, with no bust darts and grown on sleeves, it sews up really quickly.
When you sew the elastic to the sleeve it's really important to make sure that the elastic is evenly distributed.
To do this I recommend that you divide both into four equal sections and use a pin as a marker, as shown in the photo above.
Next, match these pins first and pin in position, again as shown above, and then stretch the elastic and pin between these points.
I was so pleased with my first make that I very quickly made a second one, this time in one of our Nani Iro double gauze fabrics.
As you can see this style works equally well in both printed and plain fabrics.... for this summer I'm planning to make a dress version simply by tracing off the pattern pieces an lengthening them.
Click here to see the full range of patterns by The Assembly Line.