Do you know what? I had another blog post lined up for you today of a totally different nature & that will have to wait because in the meantime I am just so excited to have been given a sneaky advanced notice that there is a new Indie Pattern Company on the block! Launched today, Capital Chic is the sewing style emporium of Sally (aka CharityShopChic) who I had the pleasure to meet at the Minerva meet up. Not only was it amazing to meet her in real life – at last! But my eyes were transfixed by her “self drafted” evening ensemble.
First glimpse spotted here….
It reminded me (& Karen) of my long lost black tie outfit pattern from the 80s, which is why I think I coveted it from afar. And I mean, Sally looked stunning, the choice of fabric, the lines, the clever design that can be two piece if you want, but doesn’t have to be is just genius.
NB This is my old fave Vogue pattern, not one of Capital Chic’s patterns.
So when Sally emailed me with details about her new pattern company, Capital Chic, & I read the descriptions of the first collection of six cocktail-named patterns I couldn’t wait to find out whether it was actually the “Martini” that I had had an early glimpse of – & it was!!!
So, what kind of pattern company is Capital Chic?
Well, the six patterns in the first collection are available by PDF and feature work wear, cocktail wear and day-to-night looks for ladies. I think the patterns certainly deliver on their intention to have a modern, fashionable feel, with clean lines and excellent attention to detail. And there are some corkers here my friends! They are designed for intermediate sewists and above, and include interesting twists on basic shapes by incorporating panels for using contrasting fabrics; interesting dart lines; opportunities (encouraged by the designer) for embellishment, quilting (yes!!) & modern hemlines & takes on the traditional. Can you tell I’m a fan?!
Let’s have a look at three of my faves, & then I recommend you go & look for yourself at the other three.
Let me show you the Martini first- in a different colourway than that above….
It is described thus:
Martini is a cocktail dress with a twist. In today’s crop-top shape with an above-the-waist skirt, the silhouette helps create the illusion of a narrow waistline. It comes either as separates, so you can show as much or as little skin as you like, or as a lined dress that looks like separates but without the risk of showing any midriff. The top has a slightly sporty look with the armholes cut with a hint of racer.
And then there is the Bellini blouse with its capped sleeves & choice of collars – & get this – embellishment is actively encouraged!
Bellini is a loose fitting, cap sleeved blouse with either a cutaway collar or a scalloped collar. This blouse is designed to be worn with the top button closed but can easily be worn with the neck open. It is a versatile basic that will add options to any wardrobe. The blouse closes with buttons at the centre front and features bias-bound armholes, a machine rolled hem and french seams throughout. Full illustrated instructions for these techniques are included.
And picking my third fave, it’s a tough one to narrow down, but I do really LOVE the choice of colours in this skirt- & the design looks so amazing by making the most of the contrast. This is the Champagne skirt.
It’s being worn with another version of the Bellini top btw & just might be the first one that I make myself ….
This is a skirt that,
is a basic, versatile pencil skirt design that’s perfect for taking you from the office to after-hours drinks.
There are two options, both with a coordinating or contrasting hem band. The band for View A is straight at the front but party in the back with a small flounce taking the place of a vent.View B has more of a trumpet shape with a circular flounce front and back for a flirty feel. Both versions lend themselves to colour blocking, or to fabrics with two good sides/two different textures, such as satin backed crepe.
So, head on over to Capital Chic to see for yourself – check out the line drawings & see that there are two variations per pattern. And if you get enthralled you can always snap yourself one up! And I’d like to wish Sally the best of luck with this very exciting enterprise. I love your patterns!! Can’t wait to make my first one up
Source for all non-Badger generated photos are from Capital Chic.