Comino Cap - How I love you

7.09.2014

I've got a scandalous confession to make today. Since the beginning of the summer I've been having a long and passionate affair with a pattern. It's identity had to remain a secret for awhile, but finally I can talk about our love. Let me introduce you to my summer pattern soul mate, the Comino Cap from Kitschy Coo.
Oh my Lord, I was already a raving Kitschy Coo fan girl, but this pattern takes me over the edge.
-Top and dress options, check.
-Two bodice variations, check.
-Super cute, comfortable, and easy to make, check, check check!

I fell for it hard and made a bunch of versions. To keep your eyes melting into your face, I'll show only the basic variations I've made.  Trust me, there's about umpteen sweet heart tops in my drawer and I've yet to make the one piece bodice dress version. But I will. Oooooh yes and maybe throw the lady skater skirt on it cause the patterns can be mixed and matched. Double your Kitschy Coo, double your fun wild hacking plans.

All garments are a straight Kitschy Coo size 4 and I've noted the specific fabric details for each with the pics.

Sweet heart top variation 
My first "real fabric" version of the Comino Cap and still a favorite. I should note that this shirt is "version 1" of the pattern and has slightly shorter cap sleeves/deeper neckline than the release version. These fabrics were gifted to me from the lovely Gillian Crafts and I believe they are rayon jerseys.   The contrast solid green is on the drapy side, while the stripes are more stable.

On the sweet heart versions I did take ease out that seam line because of my hollow chest.  I'll break out the alteration into a separate "how to" post since this one is already picture heavy.
This top is in a twice a week rotation and I'm still grumpy when it's dirty. It goes with so many things.

Sweet heart dress variation
I waited until all the major pattern changes were finished to whip out a dress version.  Mostly because I'd been hoarding this recently purchased Hilco print "Fly me to paradise" for just such a project. The contrast top is Lillestoff solid dark pink jersey.  Both knits are of the stable variety with good stretch recovery, however the Hilco base is a touch thicker than the Lillestoff base.  I think the stiffer knit works well with the A line shape of the Comino Cap skirt. The skirt has a lot less volume than the lady skater skirt, so you can squeak out the dress version in about 1.5 yards. I've lengthen the skirt by 3" because those of us with big butts need more length for bending over.
Put your hands up for birds! Tweet, tweet.

One piece bodice top *with bonus toddler photobomb*
Say you're not in the sweetheart top mood, but love a good cap sleeve tee.  Just make up the one piece view.  I've made mine in the Tomahawk print, part of the new Arizona line from Art Gallery Fabrics. I'm pleased to report that the knit base they've used is great.  It's also a stable knit with good stretch recovery, but in a lighter weight.  It washes up very soft and is easy to work with.
With no princess line seam to match up, this version can be knocked out in a couple of hours. I've got plans to make a couple solid color ones to coordinate with some print skirts.  Then maybe bring a leash along to the next photo shoot to keep "someone" from hogging the center of the frame.
I could sing the praises of the Comino Cap for a lot longer but I think you get the idea.  If knit dresses and tops are your thing, then you'll get a lot of mileage out of this baby. Head on over to Kitschy Coo's website, grab your copy, and start plotting knit fabric combinations. Use the coupon code VATFREE for a discount on the pattern and fabric orders for the next 24 hours. If you wear a size 4 I'll be over with cookies to "supervise." Mmm yeah, use that fabric.

21 comments:

  1. these look great! love the sweetheart neckline.

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  2. I WANT THE DRESS. Also, Des is my hero.

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  3. I wasn't going to buy this one, but this post convinced me. I do love kitschy coo.

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  4. Ooooo! I love all of these! It would have been so had to keep these babies under wraps! I really like that there are so many variations in one pattern.

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  5. These are really cute! I can see how they'd be great for casual summer days and how the tops will go with so many things. My favorite is the sweetheart top in stripes - adorable. :) Love the photobomb too!

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  6. www.tresbienensemble.comJuly 9, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Fantastic summary of fabric choices and review of the pattern, Heather! This definitely looks like another home run pattern. I will, eventually, get over my fear of sewing knits. I'm clearly missing out on the party!

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  7. They all look awesome! Seems like the perfect pattern to use when you don't have quite enough fabric - no sleeves to cut out, and narrower skirt! Love it!

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  8. Holly Guacamole! I need this pattern NOW! Thanks for posting details about fabrics, it is so useful.

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  9. Now I have some taping to do tonight, thanks for the coupon code! xx

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  10. Thanks to this and the coupon - I bought this and the Trifecta tee. Need moar time to sew!! This dress is fantastic! Love that sweetheart neckline. g

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  11. I Love ,Love, Love and Want, Want, Want !!!

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  12. Great looking garments, another pattern I need to buy!

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  13. Hee hee, padding out your to buy pattern list as usual. But I think you'll really get a lot of use out of this baby.

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  14. Very cute! And I can't think where Desmond gets it from.

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  15. Did you sew these with a serger, or could you use a regular machine with a zig zag stitch?

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  16. I sew them with a serger. The pattern does have directions for both types of machines if you're more of a zig zag fan.

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  17. Hee heee, He got all of his cute from me. :)

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  18. These are so cute on you, lady!!!

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  19. Haa haa Crazy kid. They are really comfy and you can put in an order if you'd like.

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  20. Thanks Sonja. :) Seems to be a Nettie or Comino Cap type of summer for me.

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