Snuggly Sweatshirt

Winter is coming!!

And I’m not happy about it. But at least I’ve got a snuggly sweatshirt to keep warm with.

almond rock captial chic white russian minerva sweatshirt

This is the White Russian by Capital Chic Patterns. As soon as I saw this pattern my eyes popped out. I knew I’d be making it when the weather turned.

almond rock captial chic white russian minerva sweatshirt

I used this amazing flecked sweatshirt fabric from Minerva Crafts — seen previously by Rach here and Katie here. It’s sold out in black but also comes in burgundy. Yummy.

Buying ribbed fabric by the length is so much easier; it’s not as thick as packaged ribbing but I like it that way.

almond rock captial chic white russian minerva sweatshirt

You’ll notice I shortened the height of the cuffs, neckband and hems. I prefer them being thinner and less obvious. I did this by eyeballing what looked better to me.

I used half a metre of the ribbing and it was just enough to cut the bands to the size 12 pattern pieces. If you wanted to cut a bigger pattern size you’ll need more of this but it’s pretty bargainous.

almond rock captial chic white russian minerva sweatshirt

I sewed this up using the overlock stitch on my sewing machine as my overlocker is poorly. It uses one needle and stitches a clever little seam about 5mm wide made up of two stitch types on top of each other. It’s quite a slow stitch basically. But even with that, this took only three hours to make!

almond rock captial chic white russian minerva sweatshirt

So there you have it. Snuggly and quick to sew, what more could you ask for!?

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Raise your glasses! *clink clink*

Oooh happy news in Sewing Land!

A new pattern company for us to drool over and patterns which can race to the top of our sewing queues.

almond rock capital chic patterns

Capital Chic is a new, independent sewing pattern company based in London and offering work wear, cocktail wear and day-to-night looks. The designs have a wonderful modern, fashionable feel, with clean lines and excellent attention to detail.

The patterns currently come in sizes UK 10-18 and are designed for the intermediate to advanced sewer. The Summer 2014 collection comprises six patterns (each with multiple options) which if you haven’t guessed are available right now as print-at-home PDF files.

And lookie! All the patterns are named after cocktails… mmmm delicious.

Here’s a little taste of what you can expect:

Martini almond rock capital chic patterns

Martini is a cocktail dress with a twist. A crop-top shape with an above-the-waist skirt, the silhouette creates the illusion of a narrow waistline. It comes either as separates OR as a lined dress that looks like separates. Genius.

White Russian almond rock capital chic patterns

White Russian is a cute sweatshirt; use pre-quilted jersey or sweatshirt fabrics for quilting your own design. The pattern comes with templates for lion and fox quilting and appliqué designs.

Bellini almond rock capital chic patterns

Bellini is a loose-fitting, cap sleeved blouse with either a cutaway collar or (my favourite) a scalloped collar. The collar provides a blank canvas for embellishment (sequins, beads or sew-on gems), or contrasting fabric like leather/pleather for an edge.

manhattan almond rock capital chic patterns

Manhattan is a more than just a pencil skirt thanks to the curved side panel. View A has a sexy, jagged hemline and exposed zip, or View B for a chance to showcase special fabrics in the curved side panel.

Click through to see the final two patterns in the collection Champagne and Cosmopolitan, and make sure to visit all the patterns to see line drawings for the garments, oodles more photos of the variations for each garment… you won’t be disappointed.

So have you spotted someone familiar in these photos?

Bellini almond rock capital chic patterns

Capital Chic is designed by Sally, who you should all know from her fabulous refashion blog Charity Shop Chic. Did you know she’s a self-taught pattern maker and sewer? And if you haven’t guessed her influences include the catwalk, the red carpet and London street style.

I love that Sally has focused her creativity on pattern drafting for the rest of us! It’s really nice to see extra touches like French seams, zip guards and boning included in the patterns and instructions. Plus I’ve had the pleasure of sharing a cocktail (or two) with her in the past. Congratulations Sally!

I can’t wait to sew up the Bellini blouse and share it with you all. So tell me which is your favourite?

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