Who is Capital Chic Patterns?

Indie sewing pattern start-up Capital Chic Patterns launches
its first collection of fashion-forward patterns

It’s so exciting to see another Independent sewing pattern start-up! Capital Chic Patterns has launched its first collection of six PDF womenswear patterns featuring workwear, cocktail wear and day-to-night looks. The patterns are designed by the blogger behind Charity Shop Chic (charityshopchic.net) and are designed to have a modern, fashionable feel, with clean lines and the best attention to detail.

Named after cocktails, each of the PDF patterns comes with two variations included. The collection comprises two skirt patterns, a blouse pattern, a sweatshirt pattern and two dress patterns. Each of the designs, is inspired by the catwalk, red carpet fashion and London street style, contrasting with many existing indie pattern offerings based on vintage or retro style.

1. Martini
is a cocktail dress with a twist, and we love it!. Not everyone can wear today’s crop-top shape but on this dress, it can look stylish on any shape with its above-the-waist skirt. The silhouette helps create the illusion of a narrow waistline, and  can be made as separates or as a lined dress that looks like separates but without the risk of showing any wobbly midriff! The instructions include full descriptions of advanced techniques such as boning, french seams and inserting the zip guard, making it ideal for sewing intermediates looking for a challenge.

2. Champagne is a basic, versatile pencil skirt design that moves from the office to after-hours drinks with ease. Both views feature 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.

3. White Russian is a fairly close fitting sweatshirt, intended for pre-quilted jersey or sweatshirt fabrics or for quilting your own design. Pattern includes a long sleeved raglan sweatshirt with cuffs, and a quilted T-shirt version with turn ups instead of cuffs. The pattern comes with templates for lion and fox quilting or appliqué designs which are a trend must-have plus fully illustrated instructions for these techniques.

4. Manhattan is based on a pencil skirt silhouette with a curved side panel for added interest. Features include a sexy, jagged hemline, exposed zip for a night on the town, or curved side panels to showcase special fabrics for a skirt that’s boardroom-appropriate. This dartless skirt sits at the waist and fits snugly with minimal ease.

5. Bellini is a loose fitting, cap sleeved blouse with cutaway collar or scalloped collar. Either collar option provides a blank canvas for embellishment. Add sequins, beads or sew-on gems for a glamorous night-time look, or go for a contrasting fabric such as leather/pleather for an edgy look. The blouse features bias-bound armholes, a machine rolled hem and french seams throughout. Full illustrated instructions for these techniques are included.

6. Cosmopolitan looks flirty, but actually means business. This camisole style dress can be paired with a jacket and flats for work, then ditch the jacket, add a pair of heels for an instant evening-friendly look. Special T-shaped darts at the bust mean striped or plaid fabrics really come into their own, but this dress can look just as stunning in solid colours. The blouse version (shown here) features a pleated peplum with just the right amount of ‘pep’ and the same T-shaped darts for interest.

The patterns’ difficulty ranges from intermediate to advanced, perfect for those looking to move on from sewing beginner styles. Techniques such as using boning, French seams and machine-rolled hems are all explained in detail by following fully-illustrated instructions. This is a great way for those new to sewing to learn and improve their sewing repertoires.

The patterns are available now for digital download from Capital Chic Patterns  as print-at-home and/or print-at-copyshop PDF files. The patterns currently come in five UK sizes from 10 to 18, and they are nested for easy blending between sizes. A wider size range may be available later in the year, depending on demand.