Hello Refashioners! Special announcement for you today – I’m launching a second collection of sewing patterns for my pattern company, Capital Chic Patterns. There are four new patterns in the Winter 2016 collection.
This collection has been a long time, I mean a really long time, in the works. But now launch day is finally here and I’m so excited to show you what I’ve been working on…
First up for Winter 2016 is Cuba Libre – designed to be the ultimate silk shirt pattern. This shirt is really loose fitting, it’s supposed to offset slimmer skirts and trousers. Personally I have been wearing my many versions of this shirt with my Martini View B skirts and I think it’s a perfect match. The shirt has pockets on the front and there is a full collar, collar stand and tower placket at the cuff. All of the details and techniques are fully illustrated in the instructions so not to worry if you haven’t made shirts before. Using silk or silky poly fabrics make this shirt look its best, but I know these fabrics can be hard to handle – I will be posting tips for working with these fabrics up on the Capital Chic Blog in due course, so pop on over and follow my other blog if you haven’t already.
Of course, Cuba Libre also works really well as a shirt dress. View B is a slightly above the knee dress with the same shirt-tail shaped hem.
For fun, I added a View C, which is a full length maxi. While you could make this up in fancier fabrics for an evening look, I think it lends itself best to beach wear.
Then there’s Grasshopper. This is my take on the optical illusion silhouette that was popular a while back. I think this one looks great with black (or darker colour) side panels and a print or even lace for the front and back panels, but it’s also a flattering and interesting shape made in a single, solid colour.
The idea is to create the illusion of a curvy figure even where that doesn’t quite exist, as in my case.
Grasshopper View A has a kind of cap sleeve – it’s not really a sleeve, more a shoulder portion, but hopefully you understand what I mean.
View B omits the cap sleeve, which leaves a cut away armhole.
I pictured this version more as evening wear, but if you like to wear jackets at work, this could work in the office too.
A personal favourite in this collection is Sangria – this is such a simple dress made of scuba jersey, but with all the fun digital prints you can get on scuba these days, it can still make a real impact.
Sangria is designed to be snug without being too clingy.
There are short sleeves with this dress which are bound at the edge. The sleeves are snug enough to work well under jackets – I have personally road tested this fact many times!
Construction is a lot simpler than the other patterns, so this would be great if you are working with scuba for the first time.
The neckline is a simple round neck band and there is a long zip at the back to help you get in and out of it.
And finally… Gimlet!
This one is really fun to make. It has inside out darts, that is, the darts are on the outside.
The idea is that you can use contrasting lining which peeks through for a pop of colour at the front and back necklines. You can use contrasting thread for the darts, too! Gimlet’s front is asymmetrical and it forms quite a pretty round neckline that isn’t too risque.
Instead of going for a contrasting colour for the lining, for this sample I’ve used a satin lining which provides a contrasting texture (ie, shiny vs matt). The effect is a bit more subtle but it looks lovely.
Here’s the back – not asymmetrical and the lining peeps out a bit less, but it’s still quite an unusual design, I think.
Please do head over to www.capitalchicpatterns.com for full details of the patterns, sizing, prices, etc.
Thanks for your support everyone – normal refashioning service will be resumed shortly!