Sally's new line of patterns is called Capital Chic and focuses on work wear, cocktail wear and day-to-night looks. The first collection features 6 patterns with clean lines and a modern style aesthetic. The patterns are available as print-at-home and print-at-copyshop PDF files. You can check out the whole collection over at captialchicpatterns.com.
Disclaimer time - Sally gave me the option of testing what ever patterns caught my fancy for free, in exchange for my feedback. The two patterns I chose to test were the cocktail dress Martini and the button up blouse Bellini. I also used it as an excuse to buy a bunch of fabric. Sorry stash busting pledge. I tested the beta versions of the patterns, however no major changes were made for the final version. So what you see in my sample garments is what you'll get in the purchased version. OK, now on to the fun stuff.
Martini - Have I ever told you that I'm secretly a cocktail dress junkie? It must stem from some past life hobnobbing with Don Draper at ritzy bars. Oh Don, you're such a cad, now bring me another cocktail. Being a fictional character, Don never did bring me that drink. That's OK, I sewed myself a martini instead.
Fitting - As someone with a bottom heavy hour glass figure, very little fitting was needed on this pattern. The skirt portion fit perfectly with no changes. Due to my low set bust I had to lengthen the bodice by 1" to keep the bottom of the crop top below the girls. I also made my standard fitting adjustments of 1/2" forward shoulder and dropping the bodice darts an 1".
Sewing confessions - I only skimmed the directions before choosing fabrics and didn't realize that the CB of the bodice self fabric is not attached to the zipper. Probably would have chosen a black lining instead of cobalt if I'd known that. Oops (I did read the directions later, cause that's good testing and froggie was holding a ruler in a threatening manner.)
Bellini - I also wanted to sew up one of the more causal patterns. You know, something a stay at home mom actually needs in her wardrobe. It also let me buy this cherry print broadcloth from Fabricmart. Cherries girls, Cherries!
Fitting - Due to the looser fitting style, I didn't need to make many fitting adjustments on this pattern either. I made the standard for me adjustments of 1/2" forward shoulder and 1/2" sway back. Looking at the finished garment I could have used a larger sway back adjustment The shirt was also lengthened 5/8" for personal preferences.
This garment was the first time I played with the buttonhole attachment on my snazzy Bernina 350. In my excitement I made them a little too far away from the edge. Whoops. It's good to know I'm human, right? ;)
To celebrate the launch of Capital Chic Patterns I'll be giving away a digital copy of the Martini pattern. To enter leave a blog comment and your information in Raffelcopter, so I have information to contact you if you win. The drawing will run from 6/26/2014 till 7/3/2014. Till then enjoy a candid of the Martini dress in action. The boy says we must DANCE!
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