Capital Chic Patterns launches Winter 2016 collection of fashion-forward cocktail dress sewing patterns November 18 2016

London, 18 November 2016 – Independent sewing pattern company Capital Chic Patterns has launched a brand new collection of patterns for women’s dresses and separates, including a classic, elegant silk shirt pattern and a versatile scuba jersey sheath dress.  The Winter 2016 collection also includes two tailored dresses, one intended for colour blocking to produce an optical illusion effect, the other featuring external darts which reveal a flash of contrasting or co-ordinating lining at the neckline. All of these designs could be made in formal fabrics suitable for this year’s holiday parties. Read more...

Indie sewing pattern startup Capital Chic Patterns launches first collection of fashion-forward work wear and cocktail wear patterns June 26 2014

Independent sewing pattern startup Capital Chic Patterns has launched its first collection of six PDF womenswear patterns, featuring work wear, cocktail wear and day-to-night looks. The patterns are designed by the blogger behind Charity Shop Chic ( and are intended to have a modern, fashionable feel, with clean lines and excellent 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.

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 explained in detail; following each set of fully-illustrated instructions is a great way for sewists to learn and improve their sewing repertoires.

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

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The patterns

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. Martini’s 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.

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

White Russian is a fairly close fitting sweatshirt, intended for pre-quilted jersey or sweatshirt fabrics or for quilting your own design. View A is a long sleeved raglan sweatshirt with cuffs, and View B is a quilted T-shirt with turn ups instead of cuffs. The pattern comes with templates for lion and fox quilting or appliqué designs and fully illustrated instructions for these techniques.

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

Manhattan is based on a pencil skirt silhouette with a curved side panel for added interest. Choose View A with its sexy, jagged hemline and exposed zip for a night on the town, or View B for a skirt that's boardroom-appropriate with a chance to showcase special fabrics in the curved side panel. This dartless skirt sits at the waist and fits snugly with minimal ease.

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.