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.

Elevated design complexity, atypical construction techniques and slightly unusual shapes (while remaining thoroughly wearable) are intended to provide an interesting but achievable sewing experience for intermediate to advanced sewists who relish the challenge of more complex designs.

The patterns’ difficulty ranges from intermediate to advanced, perfect for those looking to move on from sewing beginner styles. Techniques such as sewing shirt tower plackets 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.

Each of the designs is inspired by the catwalk, red carpet fashion and London street style, contrasting with many other indie pattern offerings aimed at beginners or based on vintage or retro style. As before, the patterns are designed by the blogger behind the popular sewing blog Charity Shop Chic ( and are intended to have a modern, fashionable feel, with clean lines and excellent attention to detail.

The patterns are available now for digital download from as print-at-home (A4) and print-at-copyshop (A0) PDF files. They come in five sizes, from UK 10 to UK 18, and they are nested for easy blending between sizes.

The patterns

Cuba Libre is a very loose fitting shirt or shirt dress with a yoke, collar and collar stand, cuffs and cuff plackets, patch pockets and pocket flaps. View A is intended to be the classic easy fit silk shirt with plenty of volume to offset pencil skirts and narrow fitted trousers. View B is a knee length dress suitable for day wear, keeping the shirt hem for interest. It can be worn with or without a belt for a different look. View C is a dramatic maxi dress, which lends itself to evening wear or summer holiday fabrics.

Sangria is a smooth sheath dress made from scuba jersey. Its simple shape lends it to office wear, when made in solid colours, or more formal wear when embracing some of the modern digital prints on the market. The short sleeves are fitted enough to work under jackets. This dress features a neck band, bound edges on the sleeves, and a twin needle hem. There is an invisible zip at centre back. In terms of sewing techniques, this pattern is quicker and easier to sew than others in the collection, a great option for otherwise experienced sewists who are working with scuba jersey for the first time.

Grasshopper is a cocktail dress with curved 'optical illusion' panels at the sides for a flattering effect. This dress is ideal for colour blocking, especially with darker colours on the side panels, since that enhances the effect. View A has cap sleeves that cover the shoulder. View B has cut-away arm holes with the same high neckline. Both versions of the dress are fully lined with a walking vent at the centre back and a centre back invisible zip.

Gimlet is a smart, fitted dress which shows off contrasting (or co-ordinating) lining for interest. This fully lined cocktail dress features external (inside-out) darts which reveal the lining in triangles at the neckline for a pop of colour or a change in texture (eg. satin lining). The fully illustrated instructions include detailed description of the dart construction, as well as an invisible zip and lined walking vent.

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